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Division of Continuing and Global Education

William Saroyan: Places in Time

saroyanThe Saroyan Theatre is a popular venue for concerts and special programs in downtown Fresno, yet many attendees of events held in the theater may not know the history or significance of the man the theater honors. Join Pat Hunter and Janice Stevens as they introduce you to the early years of William Saroyan, literary great and Fresno’s native son. Through multimedia visuals and original art, we’ll view Saroyan’s childhood home and the school where he spent his early years. Hear his words and thoughts from his many books and short stories about growing up Armenian in the Central Valley. For those who knew Saroyan, share your reminiscences of this eccentric but gifted writer. Gain a deeper appreciation of the significance of William Saroyan and his Armenian heritage in the Central Valley. 

Dates: Tuesdays, March 19, 26, April 2 & 9, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Location:  Fresno State Downtown Center, Bitwise South Stadium, Room 2, 700 Van Ness at Mono

Fee:  $100. Class No. 37598. Pay online at the red Register button below, or download registration form (PDF)

Registration recommended by March 12, 2019.

Instructor: Janice Stevens and Pat Hunter are the author and illustrator, respectively, of ten California history books, including William Saroyan Places in Time and Breaking Bread with William Saroyan. They also write and illustrate the popular Pastimes column in Central Valley Magazine. They are co-owners of Gallery II in Fresno; more information on the author and artist can be found on their website,