Upcoming Events: Silicon Valley

Tue 6/7

How LA and SJ Embraced Modern Transit

Date: Tue, June 07, 2016
Time: 12:30 PM
Turning car-oriented cities into railtowns

Ethan Elkind, Author, Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City
Hon. Rod Diridon, Emeritus Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute

Both Los Angeles and San Jose are reinventing themselves from auto-oriented cities to the “railtowns” of tomorrow. What has Los Angeles learned from the South Bay, and what can we learn from LA’s recent transit expansions? Elkind and Diridon offer their thoughts on this important issue.

Wed 6/8

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Joshua Kendall: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama

Date: Wed, June 08, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
What do the First Dads have to tell us?

Joshua Kendall, Associate Fellow, Trumbull College, Yale; Author, First Dads: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Work-life balance is a constant struggle for parents, but how does it change when you are the president of the United States?

Of the 43 men who have served as U.S. president, 38 have biological children and 5 have adopted children. Kendall offers a fascinating look at these First Dads and what their individual parenting style reveals about their personal beliefs and leadership qualities.

Tue 6/21

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Mary Roach: The Curious Science of Humans at War

Date: Tue, June 21, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM

Mary Roach, Author, Bonk, Stiff, Packing for Mars, and Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War; Twitter

Millions of people serve in our armed forces, but what does it take get them prepared and keep them alive? Roach tackles the science behind some of a soldier’s most challenging adversaries – panic, exhaustion, heat and noise. She shares some of her bizarre experiences dodging hostile fire as part of a training exercise with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team and staying up all night with the crew manning missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee.

Take a tour of duty with Roach and you’ll never think about our nation’s defenders the same way again.

Wed 6/22

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Janna Levin: Black Hole Blues

Date: Wed, June 22, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM

Janna Levin, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Barnard College; Author, Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space

If black holes collide in outer space and no one can see it, does it make a sound?

A black hole collision is an event more powerful than any since the origin of the universe. But when black holes collide, they will do so unilluminated—emanating only gravitational waves. The only evidence would be the sound of spacetime ringing.
Levin shares the obsessions, the aspirations, and the trials of the scientists who embarked on an arduous, 50-year endeavor to capture these elusive waves and record the soundtrack of the universe.

Tue 7/12

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Hacking for Defense: Making the World a Safer Place

Date: Tue, July 12, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Founder of the Lean Startup movement

Steve Blank, Entrepreneur; Educator, Stanford University, UC Berkeley and Columbia University; Twitter
J.D. Schramm, Lecturer in Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Twitter —Moderator

In a crisis, national security initiatives move at the speed of a startup, yet in peacetime they default to decades-long cycles. Startups operate with continual speed and urgency and using Lean Startup methodologies have become extremely efficient with resources and time.

Steve Blank, father of the Lean Startup movement, has created a class, Hacking for Defense, that connects the Department of Defense and intelligence community with Silicon Valley’s innovation culture mindset. He will discuss how the class helps the U.S. protect the homeland and Americans around the world and prevents the need to put our brave men and women in harm's way.

Thu 7/14

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Finding Your Wine Personality

Date: Thu, July 14, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM

The Boisset Wine Ambassadors will guide you through a wine tasting that explores your wine style. They’ll serve as your personal wine concierge—sharing exclusive new releases, the stories behind the wines and the vineyards, and the knowledge to guide you to wines best-suited for your palate. Join us as wine and style unite, and embrace l’art de vivre!