The Parish of Saint Matthew: The Episcopal Church of Pacific Palisades

Saints Alive: St. Matthew’s 2017-2018 Speaker Series

Join us once a month to hear amazing stories from the people who lived them and unique perspectives from those with remarkable expertise! These “Saints Alive” will speak to us monthly at noon in the Parish Center on the following dates. Your ticket buys you a seat and a catered lunch for each rousing talk. Individual event tickets will be available in advance for $12 at or for $20 at the door – or get your Season Pass for only $80 today through October 2!

10.5.17 John Sharer
Innocent on Death Row

When John H. Sharer, the former chair of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Litigation Department, agreed to represent a black, former Alabama State trooper who was on death row for murdering his wife, he never anticipated how daunting the task would be or that his involvement would last a decade. Our very own Ken Anderson, his former law partner, will introduce him. Read more...
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11.2.17 Jonathan Taplin
Break The Internet

Move Fast and Break Things: How Google, Facebook and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy (Little, Brown) tells the story of how a small group of libertarian entrepreneurs (Peter Thiel and Larry Page among them) hijacked the original decentralized vision of the Internet, in the process creating behemoth monopoly platforms like Facebook and Google that take more and more of our attention while also determining the future of the music, film, television, publishing, and news industries. Taplin shows us how we can break the addiction of our smartphones and create an Internet where the artist can be paid.

12.7.17 Katie O'Laughlin
A Reading Season

Katie O’Laughlin, formerly of the beloved Village Books, will share her top book picks of the year for your reading and giving Christmastime pleasure. Just in time for the Christmas Season. Join us for lunch and a lively, literary discussion on December 7, 2017.

2.1.18 Terry McCarthy
Building America’s Future

When the world looks to America to discern the future, it is increasingly to California they come. California is taking the lead in discussions on climate control, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, trade relations with the dynamic economies of Asia and venture capital funding for new technologies around the globe. In his return engagement to Saints Alive, Los Angeles World Affairs Council CEO Terry McCarthy will talk about how California is building America’s future, as many politicians in Washington remain stuck in the past.

3.1.18 Susan Love
Notes from the Frontier of the Cancer Fight

Susan M. Love, MD, MBA has dedicated her professional life to the eradication of breast cancer. What began as a surgical career in the 1970’s quickly turned into a mission. She is currently known for writing the "bible" on breast cancer and as chief visionary officer of Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation (DSLRF). The Foundation focuses on studying the development of breast cancer in women and some men by collaborating with unusual partners to understand the cause and treatment of the disease as well as the collateral damage of treatment. Come learn about the new approaches to cancer treatment by an engaging and provocative speaker on March 1, 2018.  

4.5.18 Lawry Meister & Kevin Hirai
Housing the Homeless

Flyaway Homes was founded on the principal that to solve the homeless crisis in Los Angeles (and across the United States), permanent supportive housing must be built as an economically viable investment vehicle, providing a reasonable return to investors—without the need for government funds or private donations. The pilot project in South Los Angeles was built using modular units constructed from repurposed shipping containers; occupancy is scheduled for February, 2018. 

5.10.18 Dr. Kodi Azari
Reconstructive transplantation: A New Frontier in Medicine

Kodi Azari, MD, FACS is a Hand Surgeon, Microvascular Surgeon, and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon. He is a full Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery. Dr. Azari serves as the Reconstructive Transplantation Section Chief in the Department of Surgery and is the Medical Co-Director of Operation Mend which is a UCLA Heath System program aimed at providing complex reconstructive surgery for wounded service members injured in Operations Enduring freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Azari is regarded as one of the world's most successful hand transplant pioneers, having participated in directly or orchestrated most of the successful hand transplants on record. 

5.31.18 Jerry & Elena Marty
Life at the South Pole

In 1974, Jerry and Elena Marty spent six months working in Antarctica assigned to McMurdo and South Pole stations in Antarctica where Jerry worked as a junior Project Engineer and Elena was ‘allowed’ to work as an administrator.  At the time there were 14 women and 1000+ men at the US Stations making Elena a pioneer for women working on the ice. Today 30% of the workforce at US Stations are women. Twenty years later, Jerry became the National Science Foundation, senior representative at the South Pole station and spent the next 15 years ‘commuting’ between the family’s Washington D.C. area home from (November through February) to the South Pole, Antarctica. Come hear about life way, way down under on May 31, 2018.


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