Town Hall South speakers

From left are Dan Rather, Kevin Surace, Leon Logothetis, Richard Stengel and Dr. Temple Grandin.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still a public health risk, Town Hall South’s 52nd season has been postponed until 2021-22.

Town Hall South’s board members decided postponing the season for one year would be the best way to ensure the health and safety of their audience, while still providing the opportunity for their audience to see and hear nationally and internationally known speakers in person locally.

All scheduled speakers for 2020-2021 have agreed to move their appearances to next year. Tickets for this season’s series will be honored then.

Veteran journalist and news anchor Dan Rather will discuss the political atmosphere and the state of the news media at the opening lecture Oct. 5. He will be followed by:

  • Kevin Surace, a Silicon Valley innovator and visionary, Nov. 9, 2021;
  • Leon Logothetis, global adventurer, inspirational speaker, and host of Netflix’s “The Kindness Diaries,” Dec. 7, 2021;
  • Richard Stengel, diplomat, historian and former Time editor, Feb. 1, 2022;
  • Dr. Temple Grandin, author and professor of animal science who will discuss her personal journey with autism, March 15, 2022.

Tickets are available at

Town Hall South has been bringing eminent people in the fields of the arts, literature, science, travel, humor, entertainment and politics to the South Hills for more than a half century.

“The series has been successful because of the educated populace of the area who enjoy learning new ideas. We take pride in being able to offer this level of cultural stimulation to residents all over the South Hills,” said Janette Simmons Clements, who chairs the board.

In addition, Town Hall South is a philanthropic organization that donates a portion of its proceeds to a wide variety of local charitable organizations. Founded in 1969 as an outreach program of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair, it continues its strong tradition as an independently run lecture series overseen by a dedicated group of volunteer women.

Lectures and book signings take place at 10:10 a.m. Tuesdays in the Upper St. Clair High School Theater. For an additional fee, a limited number of tickets are available for a luncheon at St. Clair Country Club with a question-and-answer session following each event.

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