Sara Miller McCune is the publisher and chairman of Sage Publications, located in Thousand Oaks, CA, as well as the president of the McCune Foundation of Montecito. She established the Sara Miller McCune and George D. McCune Endowment in 1997. The endowment supports programming and events in the Sara Miller McCune and George D. McCune Conference Room on the sixth floor of the HSSB, and enhancements to the room. Programs which focus on the intersection of the social sciences and the humanities, as well as other interdisciplinary programs, are supported by the endowment.
Events sponsored by the Sara Miller McCune and George D. McCune Endowment include talks by Dexter Filkins on the U.S withdrawal from and future of Afghanistan in April 2022; Ronald Rael on “Borderwall as Architecture” in May 2018; Claire Jean Kim on “Murder and Mattering in Harambe’s House” in March 2018; Nathan Schneider (University of Colorado-Boulder) on “Revolution as Storytime: The Uprisings of 2011 and the Art of Viral Narrative” (Spring 2017); Jacqueline Rose, of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London, who discussed “‘Bantu in the Bathroom’: Sex and Race in the New Millennium” (Fall 2015); Andrew Revkin, of the New York Times, who contemplated “Charting a ‘Good’ Path in a Turbulent Age” (Fall 2014); Joan Tronto, of the University of Minnesota, who lectured on “Caring Democracy: The Paradigm Changes” (Winter 2014); Leslie Brody, of the University of Redlands, who explored “The People in Power are Nothing to Fear: Jessica Mitford and the Public Good” (Spring 2012); Laura Shapiro, who spoke on “Rebel Without a Cuisine: Julia Child and the Making of the American Cook” (Spring 2009); and Allen James Grieco, of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, who talked about “The Evolution of the Mediterranean Diet from the Middle Ages” (Winter 2009).