January 2011

Dr. VS Ramachandran: A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human

Thu, Jan 27 2011 - 7:00pm

Dr. V.S. Ramachandran

Director, Center for Brain and Cognition, UC San Diego; Author, The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human

Unlock the deepest mysteries of the human brain with the man Richard Dawkins has dubbed the “Marco Polo of neuroscience.” Ramachandran reveals intriguing and profound insights into the evolution of the human brain tracing back the strange links between neurology and behavior. Read more »

Josh Silver: The Future of Journalism and Internet Access: The Nexus of Media/Technology/Politics

Mon, Jan 31 2011 - 6:00pm

Josh Silver: Future of Journalism and Internet Access – The Nexus of Media, Technology, Policy and Politics

CEO, Free Press; Blogger, Huffington Post

The future of journalism and the Internet are both in jeopardy, says the president of the leading national organization working on media and technology policy in the public interest. Read more »

John Robbins: The Food Revolution

Wed, Feb 2 2011 - 7:00pm

John Robbins

Author, The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World

Alison van Diggelen, Founder and Host, Fresh Dialogues - Moderator

Meet the man who said “no” to ice cream. Heir to the Baskin-Robbins empire, Robbins choose to walk away from the multi-million dollar ice cream business to pursue a healthier and ecologically balanced lifestyle. He outlines why eating is not just a culinary act, but one with profound political, economic and environmental consequences. Read more »

The Mind-Body Connection

Mon, Feb 7 2011 - 6:00pm

The Mind-Body Connection

Eric Nelson, Media Spokesperson and Legislative Advocate for Christian Science in Northern California

Monday Night Philosophy delves into whether the mind and the body are one and the same, or separate. Plato’s analogy was that the mind is like a charioteer and the body like two unruly horses pulling a chariot, in need of a reasonable charioteer’s control. Read more »

Matt Bannick: Social Entrepreneur Series

Wed, Feb 9 2011 - 6:00pm

Matt Bannick

This program has been rescheduled for April 5

 Managing Partner, Omidyar Network

The Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm that helps to scale innovative organizations to catalyze economic, social, and political change. It funds both nonprofit and profitable ventures, as well as several hybrids. Omidyar Network “aims to create opportunity for entrepreneurs to succeed. Read more »

Toledo Salon

Thu, Feb 10 2011 - 5:30pm

Toledo Salon: Imperial Power and Financial Excess During the Reign of Charles V

Dryden G. Liddle, Ph.D., Discussion Leader

Join us as Liddle leads our discussion of the themes and ideas inspired by the "Toledo: Multicultural Challenges of Medieval Spain" program at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco on February 4th and 5th. Read more »

US-China Relations: What Role for Human Rights?

Thu, Feb 10 2011 - 6:00pm

U.S.-China Relations: What Role for Human Rights?

John Kamm, Founder and Executive Director, Dui Hua Foundation

For more than 20 years Kamm has engaged the Chinese government in a dialogue on human rights. In addition to working on prisoners, he and his Dui Hua Foundation have had exchanges on juvenile justice, capital punishment, oversight of police forces and other topics. Kamm will reflect on what he has learned and how the United States can more productively engage a rising China on the sensitive subject of human rights. Read more »

SV Reads 2011: Michelle Richmond

Wed, Jan 26 2011 - 7:30pm

2011 Silicon Valley Reads: One Book. One Community Kick-Off Event

Michelle Richmond, Author, The Year of Fog

Local Silicon Valley author Richmond’s novel follows the journey of Abby, a young woman overwhelmed with guilt after her fiance’s six-year-old daughter disappears while in her care. The story continues as Abby tries to understand her memories and uncover the truth.

Location: Campbell Heritage Theatre, 1 West Campbell Ave., Campbell
Time: 7 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. program, 8:30 p.m. Read more »

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less From Each Other

Thu, Jan 27 2011 - 12:00pm

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less fom Each Other

Sherry Turkle, Social Studies of Science and Technology Professor, MIT; Founder and Director, MIT Initiative on Technology and Self

Turkle will shed light on the ways our use of technology is encouraging disturbing levels of isolation. We use social networking technology to modulate our relationships and make relationships easier to handle. Read more »

"I'll Have the Plate of Chaos, Hold the Crisis, Please!" How to Order in the Long Term Care Café

Thu, Jan 27 2011 - 5:15pm

“I’ll Have the Plate of Chaos, Hold the Crisis, Please!”: How to Order in the Long-Term Care Cafe

David Hahklotubbe, Gerontologist

This full-disclosure presentation will give you the tools to navigate long-term care. Read more »