Dates subject to change. Call ahead to verify. SEPTEMBER 14 JIM HIGHTOWER The populist activist speaks on "Innovations in Agriculture and Energy and a New Civic Awakening: How Do We Realize Our Promise?" Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 800-383-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com. 27 DEAD SEA SCROLLS Shalom Paul, professor at Hebrew University and chairman of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation, will speak on "The Significance of the Scrolls for the Study of the Hebrew Bible, Early Judaism, and the Birth of Christianity." Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 877-DSS-1947, www.pacificsciencecenter.org. 28 seymour hersh The Pulitzer Prize winner and investigative journalist who told of Abu Ghraib focuses on abuses of power in the name of national security. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-628-0888, www.ticketmaster.com. OCTOBER 7 LINDA CARLSON The author of Company Towns of the Pacific Northwest will talk about the employer-built and -controlled world in Cedar River Watershed–area towns. Cedar River Watershed Institute, North Bend, 206-233-1515, www.cedarriver.org. 7 janeane garofalo and friends In a fund-raiser for Foolproof, the panel (in development) discusses "Politics and the Press: Fair and Balanced or Lazy and Cowed?" Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-628-0888, www.ticketmaster.com. 9 frank rich The former theater critic now writes on the op-ed page for The New York Times but maintains his advocacy for the arts. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-621-2230, www.lectures.org. 11 tavis smiley The talk-show host and author of What I Know for Sure challenges people to fight for causes in which they believe. Kane Hall, UW, 206-628-0888, www.ticketmaster.com. 18 Essential seattle Dr. Lorraine McConaghy, historian at the Museum of History and Industry, discovered surgeon John Y. Taylor's drawings, the earliest images of the settlement of Seattle. Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-324-1126. www.brownpapertickets.com. 21 eric carle An illustrated conversation with the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and more than 70 picture books for young children, in conjunction with the Tacoma Arts Museum exhibit, "The Art of Eric Carle." Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-621-2230, www.lectures.org. NOVEMBER 16 keith knight The award-winning cartoonist—the K Chronicles and (th)ink—incorporates urgency, edge, humor, satire, politics, and race in his multimedia presentation, "Fear of a Black Marker." Richard Hugo House Theatre, 1634 11th Ave., 206-323-4032, www.cdforum.org. 21 frank mccourt 'Tis the man himself—he won the Pulitzer Prize for Angela's Ashes, and looked into his past again for 2005's Teacher Man, recounting his 20-year career as a teacher. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206- 621-2230, www.lectures.org. DECEMBER 7 NAT TURNER AND JOHN BROWN "Patriot or Terrorist?" Explores the legacy of two men. Langston Hughes Performance Arts Center, 104 17th Ave. S., 206-323-4032, www.cdforum.org.