The Siebens-Binz SNC Tahoe Forum

The 2015 Siebens-Binz SNC Tahoe Forum Presents


New York Times Bestselling Author

Isabel Allende

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 4pm
Patterson Lawn
Free but “SOLD OUT” – Waitlist Information Below

Isabel Allende on KNPB’s “A Conversation”

Allende was interviewed for an episode of KNPB-TV’s A Conversation during her trip to SNC Tahoe. Host Brent Boynton described her as “one of my most memorable interviews”. For those who were not able to attend the Tahoe Forum or who would like more of Allende’s elegant and candid humor, click the image below to view the episode on the KNPB website.

Isabel Allende’s novels and memoirs have established her as one of the most respected Latin American writers – and one of the most respected writers period – the world has known. A native of Chile, Allende was forced into exile after the assassination of her uncle, Salvador Allende, in the 1973 military coup which ended 40 years of Chilean democracy.

She has written 20 books, including The House of the Spirits, Eva Luna, Daughter of Fortune (an Oprah pick), Ines of My Soul, Island Beneath the Sea, Maya’s Notebook, the memoirs Paula and The Sum of Our Days, and her latest, the crime novel Ripper. Many of her books have been adapted for film, theater, television, opera, ballet, and radio, including feature productions of The House of the Spirits and Of Love and Shadows.

“I write because I need to remember and overcome. It is from memory and a sense of loss that the passion to create emerges. Every book is an act of love, an offering that I prepare with great care, hoping that it will be well received.”

Allende’s lifelong commitment to advocacy and activism led to her creation in 1996 of the Isabel Allende Foundation for the empowerment of women and girls worldwide. The foundation is guided by a vision of a world in which women have achieved economic and social justice. She was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S.

She has lectured internationally on the subject of empowerment, as well as Latin American and world politics, writing and the creative process, and spirituality. Her writing has been translated into 35 languages, and she has received 14 international honorary doctorates.

The Siebens-Binz SNC Tahoe Forum is a biennial event held in late summer on the Sierra Nevada College campus on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The Forum was endowed in 2004 through the generosity of Nancy Siebens-Binz, a long-time supporter and former Trustee of the College. Ms. Binz wished to create a substantial event that would bring high-level intellectual topics and discussion to the region for the benefit of both SNC Tahoe students and the greater Reno-Tahoe community.

Modeled after the American Heritage Lecture series created by her father, Harold Walter Siebens, at Buena Vista University in Iowa, the Forum has brought a distinguished array of national and international cultural and social leaders and thinkers, including such luminaries as the late Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto; former Egyptian First Lady Madame Jehan Sadat; former United States President Bill Clinton; Astronaut Eileen Collins; Archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass; and marine scientist Alexandra Cousteau.

Through Ms. Binz’s support, we are able to offer tickets to the general public at no charge.