Upcoming Events: Silicon Valley

Tue 4/28

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David Brooks

Date: Tue, April 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
The Road to Character

David Brooks, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times; Author, The Road to Character; Twitter: @nytdavidbrooks
Judge LaDoris H. Cordell (ret), Independent Police Auditor, City of San Jose — Moderator

Part of the American Value Series, underwritten by The Koret Foundation

How is character developed? In a society that emphasizes success and achievement, Brooks illustrates what humility, inner worth and moral depth really mean.

Brooks is a popular political commentator, and his New York Times column reaches over 800,000 readers around the world.

Wed 4/29

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Joseph Stiglitz: The Great Divide

Date: Wed, April 29, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Former Senior Vice President of the World Bank

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

We are living in an era defined by economic uncertainty and bitter politics: The gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow, an emboldened Wall Street has shrugged off attempts at regulation, and important political policies have become the playthings of financial interests. Still, economist Joseph Stiglitz believes that a healthy economy and a fair democracy are within our grasp. By taking what he sees as practical political steps, such as making those at the top pay their fair share, spending more in areas that we all value – education, health, and infrastructure – and eliminating the corrosive advantages built into our markets, Stiglitz argues that we can once again create the opportunities that have for so long defined America, and get the country back on track.

Stiglitz is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

Wed 5/13

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Leonard Mlodinow: The Evolution of Science

Date: Wed, May 13, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Theoretical physicist and author

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

As humans, we have a natural inclination to question how the world around us works. Whether it’s wondering how we stay firmly planted on the ground, or how we came to develop our own intellectual capabilities, this thirst for understanding has been the driving force behind scientific breakthroughs from antiquity through modernity. Mlodinow, himself a ground-breaking physicist, celebrates the curious nature that forms the cornerstone of scientific inquiry, and offers an in-depth look at the history of science from the birth of reasoning to the formation of the defined fields of physics, chemistry and biology. Hear about the great philosophers, scientists and thinkers who have shaped human thought and played integral roles in the evolution of science.

Thu 5/21

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Kelly McGonigal: The Upside of Stress

Date: Thu, May 21, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM

Kelly McGonigal, Health Psychologist; Lecturer, Stanford University; Author, The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It

We’ve all heard stress can make us sick, but can it be a good thing? McGonigal debunks stress myths and shares how it can make us stronger, smarter and happier.

So stop losing sleep – you don’t need to get rid of stress, she says, just learn how to embrace it.

Thu 6/11

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A Spirited Evening with Adam Rogers

Date: Thu, June 11, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

Adam Rogers, Articles Editor, Wired; Author, Proof: The Science of Booze

In a spirited tour across continents and cultures, Rogers puts our alcoholic history under the microscope.

From our ancestors’ accidental discovery of fermented drinks to the cutting-edge laboratory research, Rogers offers a unique glimpse inside the barrels, stills, tanks and casks that produce some of our most iconic beverages. He uncovers alcohol’s deepest mysteries and the subtle mixture of psychology and neurobiology that fuels our taste for such drinks.

If you’ve ever wondered how your drink of choice arrived in your glass, or exactly what happens once you empty it, Rogers reveals the answers.