Books & Writers

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Leonard Mlodinow: The Evolution of Science

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Wed, May 13 2015 - 7:00pm

Leonard Mlodinow, Theoretical Physicist; Author, The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos; Twitter: Read more »

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The Power of Ideals: The Real Story of Moral Choice

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Mon, May 11 2015 - 6:00pm

William Damon, Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education; Co-author, The Power of Ideals: The Real Story of Moral Choice

The Power of Ideals thoroughly examines the full range of available research on moral choice and presents a compelling new theory. It takes into account current scientific claims and explores our undeniable capacity to act on noble ideals, to make principled moral choices, and to live lives of generosity, integrity and genuine human connection.

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Jane Smiley

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Thu, May 7 2015 - 6:00pm

Jane Smiley, Novelist; Author, Early Warning
Peter Fish, Editor-at-Large, Sunset Publishing; Juror, California Book Awards — Moderator Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

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Wed, May 6 2015 - 5:30pm

Join us to discuss the classic novel about World War I, All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque. The discussion will be led by Lynn Harris.

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Book Discussion: The Last of the Wine, by Mary Renault

Mon, May 4 2015 - 5:30pm

In The Last of the Wine, the long Peloponnesian War against Sparta underpins a story centering on the life of Athens and the circle of young men around Socrates. The novel focuses on the coming to manhood of its narrator, a young Athenian nobleman named Alexias, and of Lysis, the man who becomes the love of Alexias' life. The novel's chief concern is the sort of Greek love that inspired Plato's great dialogues, Symposium and Phaedrus. Read more »

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Joseph Stiglitz: The Great Divide

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Wed, Apr 29 2015 - 7:00pm

Joseph Stiglitz, Professor, Columbia University; Author, The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them; Twitter
Monika Bauerlein, Co-editor, Mother Jones; Twitter — Moderator Read more »

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Juan Enriquez: Evolving Ourselves

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Thu, Apr 16 2015 - 6:00pm

Juan Enriquez, Co-Founder, Excel Venture Management; Co-author, Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation Are Changing Life on Earth, Twitter:
Paul Saffo, Futurist; Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford University, Twitter: - Moderator Read more »

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Laszlo Bock: Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google

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Tue, Apr 14 2015 - 7:00pm

Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President of People Operations, Google; Author, Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That will Transform How You Live and Lead; Twitter:

In Conversation with Farhad Manjoo, Technology Writer, The New York Times; Twitter

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Write the Book About Your Business to Increase Profits and Clients

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Fri, Apr 10 2015 - 12:00pm

Francine Brevetti, Business Journalist, Formerly with the Oakland Tribune; Ghostwriter; Memoirist Read more »

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American Whistleblowers: The Peril and Promise of Science

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Thu, Apr 9 2015 - 6:00pm

Judy Mikovits, Ph.D., Former Director, Antiviral Drug Mechanisms Laboratory, National Cancer Institute; Co-author, Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth
Kent Heckenlively, Attorney; Science Teacher; Founding Editor, Age of Autism; Co-Author, Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth
Brian Hooker, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor of Biology and Chair of the Science and Mathematics Division, Simpson University Read more »

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