Go To Search
Click to Home

Malibu Library Speaker Series
About the Series
The 2017 Malibu Library Speaker Series is a program of the County of Los Angeles Public Library, Malibu Branch, and the City of Malibu featuring speakers on a wide range of subjects that will appeal to a broad section of the community. Speakers discuss the entertainment Industry, literature, science, motivation, the arts, education, sports, travel, food, and the environment. The events are free and open to the public.

Film screening and Q&A with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard & producer/photographer Matt Stoecker
Tuesday, May 9
7:00 PM
Malibu City Hall Civic Theater
23825 Stuart Ranch Rd., Malibu
RSVP online

Join producer, underwater photographer and ecologist Matt Stoecker and Yvon Chouinard, the billionaire businessman, outdoor adventurer and environmental champion who founded Patagonia for a screening of their film "DamNation." This powerful documentary explores the change in America's attitude toward big dams. What were once seen as wonders of modern engineering are now understood for their massive impacts on ecosystems, wildlife and landscapes. Dams across the country, and even in Southern California, including Rindge Dam in Malibu and Matilija Dam in Ojai, are sparking such debate.

Jonathan WhiteJonathan White
Author of “TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean”
Wednesday, May 17
7:00 PM
Malibu Library 
23519 W. Civic Center Way, Malibu
RSVP online

Malibu native Jonathan White, author of “TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean” is an expert mariner and marine conservationist who grew up in Malibu, attended local elementary and junior high schools, was a junior lifeguard at Zuma Beach, and learned to surf at Malibu Surfrider Beach. His lifelong love of the sea also includes scuba diving, sailing, and fishing on the beaches of Southern California. He has logged more than 100,000 miles sailing on the Pacific and Atlantic, and has surfed all over the world.

In the 1980s, White founded the Resource Institute, a non-profit educational organization for which he hosted an acclaimed seminar series aboard Crusader, a 65-foot wooden schooner that sailed the Pacific Northwest. Crusader’s odysseys nearly ended in tragedy in 1990 when the boat ran aground and was nearly destroyed on a large tide in Alaska’s Kalinin Bay. Shaken and intrigued by tides and their power, White set off on a quest across the globe to understand the history, science, and majesty of tides. He will also discuss the exciting prospect of harnessing the tides as a sustainable energy source as climate change threatens coastal regions and island nations.

Past Notable Speakers 
  • Civic rights lawyer Gloria Allred
  • Best-selling author Susan Casey
  • Abduction survivor and author Elizabeth Smart
  • Award-winning documentary filmmakers Rory Kennedy and Mark Bailey
  • Medical cannabis expert & author Michael Backes
  • David Garibaldi, radical performance painter
  • Tom Shadyac, prolific comedy writer and director
  • Elizabeth Gilbert, author of best-selling novel, "Eat, Pray, Love"
  • Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento and former NBA star
  • Jeff Henderson, award-winning chef and best-selling author

Contact Us
Melissa Stallings
Community Library Manager
County of Los Angeles
Public Library

City of Malibu