Malibu Library Speaker Series

2017 Speaker Series


Entering its fourth year, the Malibu Speaker Series has lined up another amazing year of authors, panels, speakers and films for 2017.  All Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. 

Space is limited, so RSVPs are required. Online RSVP page

B. Gentry Lee


Tuesday, August 29, 7:00 P.M.
Malibu Civic Theater

B.Gentry Lee
 is chief engineer for the Solar System Exploration Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Mr. Lee currently oversees engineering integrity of all of JPL’s robotic planetary missions for NASA. He led the hugely successful and popular Curiosity rover mission to Mars in 2012, the Dawn mission to the asteroids Vesta and Ceres in 2011, the Juno mission to Jupiter in 2011, and the GRAIL missions to the Moon in 2011. Lee partnered with the late Carl Sagan on the creation of “Cosmos,” which has earned several Emmy Awards. 
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Past Speakers Have Included: 

  • Gloria Allred, Civic rights lawyer 
  • Sylvia Earle- Environmental activist, marine biologist, explorer, and author 
  • Daniel James Brown, Author of "Boys in the Boat"
  • Bill McKibben, Environmental activist and creator of 350.org
  • Dara Torres, 5 time Olympic swimmer and gold medalist
  • Elizabeth Smart, Kidnapping Survivor and Victims Advocate
  • Johnny Strange, Malibu Naitive and adventurer, mountain climber
  • Michael Backes, head of research and development for a Southern California-based consultancy that specializes in cannabis science and policy issues
  • Norman Ollestad, Author of "Crazy for the Storm"