George Dyson: Turing’s Cathedral, The Origins of the Digital Universe
Science Historian; Author, Turing’s Cathedral, Baidarka and Project Orion Katie Hafner, Journalist; Author - Moderator
Want to learn where the digital universe as we know it was born? Dyson sheds new light on the group of scientists and their government-funded lab at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton that started it all. Read more »
"I Do. Who Can't?" Silicon Valley Leaders on Marriage Equality
Kathy Levinson, Philanthropist; Co-Chair, LGBT National Finance Committee for Obama Rev. Roland Stringfellow, Director of Ministerial Outreach, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, Pacific School of Religion; Director, African-American Faith Community Project (Umoja Project), California Faith for Equality
Kathy Levinson, former president and COO of E*Trade, philanthropist and LGBT rights activist, will show the documentary I Do.Read more »
Joel Garfinkle: Getting Ahead- Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level
Joel Garfinkle, Founder, Dream Job Coaching, and Garfinkle Executive Coaching; Author, Getting Ahead
Top executive coach Garfinkle reveals his signature PVI model: perception, visibility and influence – the same model he's used with thousands of executives who've taken advantage of his business and executive coaching and consulting services.
Stephen Greenblatt's The Swerve, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for nonfiction, unearths the story of an Italian book hunter named Poggio Bracciolini, who, one fateful day in 1417, stumbled across what was then the only known surviving copy of the Roman poet Lucretius's On the Nature of Things. Read more »
Through the popularity of her food blog, Pim has appeared on TV shows such as Iron Chef America and Martha Stewart. As an accomplished home cook and baker, she has been featured in publications from the New York Times to Bon Appétit. It has been said that Pim has perfected the art of making macarons, those lovely meringue-based confections sandwiched with a delectable array of fillings such as ganache, butter cream or jam.
Michael Ellsberg: The College-Industrial Complex and the Future of Higher Education
Michael Ellsberg, Author, The Education of Millionaires; Blogger, Forbes.com
Our education system is imploding, and self-education may be a key component of what will replace it. Ellsberg has spent the last two years interviewing the world’s most successful people who did not complete college—including WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, fashion designer Marc Ecko, and Facebook’s Sean Parker.
Humanities West Book Discussion: Mission to China: Matteo Ricci & the Jesuit Encounter with the East
In the 16th century, the vast and sophisticated empire of China remained almost unknown to the West. As global trade expanded, legends fed the fantasies of European merchants, and the Catholic Church imagined the saving of millions of souls, but the first Jesuits in China confronted enormous challenges when they settled in the fabled Forbidden City. Lynn Harris will moderate this discussion of Mary Laven’s fascinating book.
Though the United States faces difficult economic and foreign policy issues right now, during the 1950s far starker fears were faced, with the onset of the nuclear age, a hostile and powerful communist bloc, a still economically devastated Europe, and a population boom worldwide that looked like it would outrun our resources. Read more »
Michael Prager, Author, Fat Boy Thin Man Nicole Avena, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Florida Eric Stice, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Oregon Research Institute Dr. Vera Ingrid Tarman, MD., MSc., FCEP, CASAM, Medical Director, Renascent Elissa Epel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry Robert H. Lustig, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, in the Division of Endocrinology at UCSF. Read more »