Books & Writers

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Like Moths to a Flame: Technology Innovators

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Thu, Mar 12 2015 - 6:30pm

Privahini Bradoo, CEO and Co-Founder, BlueOak
Miro Salem, CEO and Founder, 3TEN8
Alex Torrenegra, CEO and Co-Founder, Bunny Inc.
Geetha Vallabhaneni, CEO, Luminix
Barbara Marshman, Editorial Page Editor, The San Jose Mercury News – Moderator
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2015: Critical Year for Planet Earth

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Thu, Mar 12 2015 - 6:00pm

James Fahn, Executive Director, Internews' Earth Journalism Network; Journalism Lecturer, UC Berkeley
David Akana, Journalist, Cameroon
Gustavo Faleiros, Journalist, Brazil
Neha Sethi, Journalist, India; Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley
Mark Schapiro, Journalist, United States; Author, Carbon Shock Read more »

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Bruce Schneier: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data

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Tue, Mar 10 2015 - 6:30pm

Bruce Schneier, Chief Technology Officer, Co3 Systems; Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School; Author, Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World
Shari Steele, Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation - Moderator

Join us for a shocking look at the ways corporations and governments track and control people, and the ways we can fight back. Read more »

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Minimizing Fear

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Mon, Mar 9 2015 - 6:00pm

George Hammond, Author, Rational Idealism and Conversations With Socrates Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: The Song of Roland

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Wed, Mar 4 2015 - 5:30pm

Join us to discuss The Song of Roland, the anonymous classical epic that glorifies the heroism of Charlemagne in the 778 battle between the Franks and the Moors. Lynn Harris will lead the discussion.

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Book Discussion: The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved and Why it Endures by Nicholas Wade

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Mon, Mar 2 2015 - 5:30pm

In The Faith Instinct, Wade investigates humanity’s transforming propensity for religion, showing how our innate piety has adapted to changing needs and conditions. Beginning as hunter-gatherers, humans were able to experience independent and personal access to the divine. Read more »

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Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered

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Thu, Feb 26 2015 - 6:00pm

Dianne Hales, Author, Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered

Why does Mona Lisa's smile still enchant us? Little is known about the world's most recognized face, most revered artist and most praised and parodied painting. Join Hales as she reveals Da Vinci’s muse, Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, and explores Giocondo’s colorful family history and the neighborhoods where she lived as a girl, a wife and a mother.

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Gary Wenk: Your Brain on Food

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Mon, Feb 23 2015 - 7:00pm

Gary Wenk, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience & Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics, Ohio State University and Medical Center; Author, Your Brain on Food: How Chemicals Control Your Thoughts and Feelings
Lisa Krieger, Science/Medicine Reporter, San Jose Mercury News - Moderator Read more »

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Bay Area: Ground Zero for the Reinvention of America

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Fri, Feb 13 2015 - 12:00pm

Peter Leyden, Former Managing Editor, Wired; Founder and CEO, Reinventors; Co-author, The Long Boom

There is no place on the planet better positioned than the Bay Area to drive the creation of a digital, global, sustainable civilization for the 21st century. Leyden, former managing editor of Wired magazine, presents a dazzling multimedia presentation covering the many tech, economic, social and political transformations that will unfold right here in the coming decades.

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The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine Is in Your Hands

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Thu, Feb 12 2015 - 12:00pm

Eric Topol, MD, Scripps Health Chief Academic Officer, Scripps Clinic; Author, The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine Is in Your Hands

In The Patient Will See You Now, Eric Topol, one of the nation’s top physicians, examines what he calls medicine’s “Gutenberg moment.” Much as the printing press liberated knowledge from the control of an elite class, new technology – from the smartphone to machine learning – is poised to democratize medicine. Read more »

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