Town Hall South announces 2014-15 lineup

Published Feb 13, 2014 at 10:00 am (Updated Feb 13, 2014 at 10:00 am)

Five speakers will enhance the stage of the 2014-15 Town Hall South 46th lecture series season, ranging from an author, to an expert on China, to a counter-terrorism chief, to a technology columnist and to a father/daughter chef and wine expert.

Author and researcher Robert Edsel will appear on the stage of the Upper St. Clair High School auditorium Oct. 7. Edsel is the author of “The Monuments Men; Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History. The book was the basis for the movie “The Monuments Men,” written, produced and staring George Clooney, John Goodman, Matt Daman and others.

Evan Osnos is a staff writer at The New Yorker and was the magazine’s correspondent in China. He previously worked as the Beijing bureau chief of the Chicago Tribune. He is currently the Washington correspondent at The New Yorker, speaks Chinese fluently and is a specialist in the Chinese culture. He will appear Nov. 11.

John Miller is set for Dec. 2. He was a senior correspondent for CBS News from 2011 and 2013. He was recently named the New York Police Department’s counter-terrorism chief. He has written “The Cell: Inside the 9/11 Plot and Why the FBI and CIA Failed To Stop It.” He’s earned nine Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards and an Alfred I. duPont Columbia Award.

For 13 years, David Pogue was a technology columnist for The New York Times, making the move to Yahoo in 2013. He is one of the world’s best selling author of how-to books having written or co-written seven books in the “For Dummies” series. Pogue has his own series of computer books called the “Missing Manual” series. He will appear Feb. 3.

The last speaker is actually a father/daugher duo that will speak March 3. Jacques Pepin and his daughter Claudine will address culinary topics. Pepin is a master chef and has published 25 cookbooks and hosted 12 public television cooking shows. He’s taught at the French Culinary Institute since 1988 and partnered with the late Julia Child on Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home. His daughter Claudine taught at the French Culinary Institute and Sommelier Society in New York and is host of “The Zen of Taste,” filmed in Hong Kong.

Tickets at $145 are for the series only. No individual tickets are sold. All proceeds are given to local charities and organizations, and since its inception more than 45 years ago, Town Hall South has given away more then $505,388.

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