The 2009 line-up for Dialogues includes renowned guest speakers who will examine informative, enlightening and entertaining subjects ranging from U.S. security and radio journalism to the UC school system and business ethics.
* Wednesday, Feb. 4: Michael S. Baker, M.D., F.A.C.S. - The retired rear admiral and current chairman of the Department of Surgery at John Muir Medical Center will discuss Strategic Biologic and Medical Threats to the Security and Safety of the USA.
* Wednesday, March 18: Richard Gonzales - The award-winning correspondent of National Public Radio's popular newsmagazines - All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition - will discuss "A Career Behind the Microphone: Vignettes Along the Way."
* Thursday, April 2: Mark Yudof - The 19th president of the University of California will address a topic of special interest to parents: "The State of the UC System."
* Thursday, May 21: Noah Alper - The founder of Noah's Bagels and Noah Alper Consulting will share "The Noah's Bagels Story: Running an Ethnic Business in a Multicultural World."
The public is invited to enjoy this thought-provoking series, which takes place at the Contra Costa JCC in Walnut Creek. All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. Individual lecture tickets go on sale Jan. 2. Space is limited. For tickets, which can include receptions and conversations with the guest speakers, call 938-7800, ext. 0, or visit www.ccjcc.org/dialogues. The Contra Costa JCC is located at 2071 Tice Blvd. in Walnut Creek.