LiveTalk Lecture Series

LiveTalk is the College Preparatory School's evening lecture series for parents, students, and the community. Join us for these engaging, thought-provoking lectures by local and national experts and celebrities on intriguing topics and current events.

Doors open at 7:00 pm for food, drink, and mingling. Events begin at 7:30 and end at 9:00. We recommend you arrive 20 minutes ahead to ensure the best seating.

Ticketing Opportunities
  • Individual tickets are $15/each
  • Series Subscription for $50 (15% discount)
  • LiveTalk Supporter: $120 helps to underwrite the series and includes admission to all four lectures!
 LiveTalk lectures are always free for faculty and students.

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  • Thursday, October 6, 2016 • Election 2016 • Joe Tuman, Professor, San Francisco State University

    Joseph S. Tuman is a renowned political analyst and commentator, former Mayoral candidate in Oakland, and a professor and former chair of the Department of Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. Dr. Tuman has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, the New School, and the University of Paris II, and has published widely in the field of communication studies with books on public speaking, human communication, rhetoric and terrorism, political communication, and freedom of speech. Dr. Tuman has also appeared regularly on local and national network television and radio as a political analyst since 1984. In 2009 he was nominated for an Emmy® for his coverage of the 2008 US Presidential campaign. In 2014, he was one of the leading candidates and vote-getters in the election to be Mayor of the City of Oakland. Dr. Tuman will walk us through various aspects of the 2016 election, including state and local issues and candidates and how the presidential race is likely to play out.
  • Thursday, January 26, 2017 • Interactive Roots Music • Linda Tillery, Musician, Cultural Heritage Choir • Cohosted by the Parents' Equity and Inclusion Committee

    Linda Tillery has been a fan favorite in the SF music scene since the 1960s. She was the drummer and vocalist for the group The Loading Zone, and in the 1990s she formed the Cultural Heritage Choir, which is her current group. The Cultural Heritage Choir is a Grammy-nominated, percussion driven, vocal ensemble whose mission is to preserve and share the rich musical traditions of Africa-American roots music. Linda stands out as the lead vocalist on their African and Gospel works. She delves deeply into the diverse resources of African-American roots music, the tradition of call and response, and the rhythms that drive this music and give it vitality. Linda will teach you how to sing and dance some of the following at this LiveTalk: Work Songs, Spirituals, Children's Play Songs, Field Hollers, Moans, Ring Shouts, and Plantation Dances.
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017 • Academy Awards Preview Night • Harry Chotiner, NYU Professor and Film Historian

    Join us for one of the most entertaining and beloved evenings in the LiveTalk series. Renowned film historian Harry Chotiner will guide us through an in-depth preview of Academy Awards 2017. This annual College Prep tradition features New York University film history professor and former Twentieth Century Fox vice president Harry Chotiner. Professor Chotiner's informed perspective offers an inside look at the nominees, along with plenty of lively, interactive audience participation. We add hot popcorn, soda, candies, and door prizes! Bring your opinions and get a copy of Harry's picks for the best movies, actors, and directors of the year.
  • Thursday, April 13, 2017 • Teen Sleep • Michelle Primeau, Consulting Assistant Professor, Stanford University

    Dr. Michelle Primeau, is board certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and practices Sleep Medicine at Palo Alto Medical Foundation. She conducts her research on sleep in children and adolescents as a Consulting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. We all know sleep is important, but do you know how it impacts school performance, athletic performance, and mood? Though teenagers are no longer kids, their sleep is still quite different from adults, and these differences in the high school years can have a big impact on all aspects of performance. Dr. Primeau will discuss the importance of sleep, how sleep changes in the teenage years, and give tools for teenagers to help take control of their sleep habits. She loves to give talks at high schools about sleep, because she wishes someone had taught her this when she was in high school.

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