Upcoming Events: Silicon Valley

Tue 9/30

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Peter Thiel

Date: Tue, September 30, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Unlocking the startup philosophy for success.

Peter Thiel, Co-founder, PayPal; Author, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Quentin Hardy,  Deputy Tech Editor, The New York Times – Moderator

Who will create the next big idea? It could be you. Thiel is a Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur who invested in hundreds of startups, including Facebook, Space X, and Spotify. Hear Thiel discuss what’s behind the Zero to One philosophy and becoming successful and unique in today’s business world.

Thu 10/2

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Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg: How Google Works

Date: Thu, October 02, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman and Former CEO, Google; Co-Author, How Google Works
Jonathan Rosenberg, Google Advisor; Co-Author, How Google Works

In conversation with Sal Khan, Founder of the Khan Academy

Everyday millions of people use Google to email, work, search, network and shop. What started as a research project by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin has expanded to become a company well known for its unique philosophy, culture and innovative spirit. From wearable devices to self-driving cars, Google continues to push the boundaries of what is possible with technology. Join Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg as they reflect on the opportunities and challenges facing the company and the lessons they have learned along the way.

Fri 10/3

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Cornel West

Date: Fri, October 03, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
On fire for justice.

Cornel West, Ph.D.; Professor, Union Theological Seminary; Author, Black Prophetic Fire
Julie Chang, Associate Chair and Associate Professor of English, Santa Clara University – Moderator

“Have we forgotten how beautiful it is to be on fire for justice?” Dr. West – activist, author and philosopher – will discuss his latest work and offer his thoughts on the intersection between leadership, faith and social justice.

Mon 10/6

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Joshua Wolf Shenk: The Power of Two

Date: Mon, October 06, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM

Joshua Wolf Shenk, Curator, The Moth; Author, Lincoln’s Melancholy and Powers of Two: Seeking the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs; Twitter: @joshuawolfshenk

What drives creative success? According to Shenk, the magic number is two. Even when we’re alone, we are “collaborating” with the voice inside our head. Shenk examines dynamic duos in all fields of business, entertainment, social activism, etc., and unveils the “electrified space” of a partnership. He also identifies some of the core qualities of creativity and reveals six essential states in which he sees it unfold. Hear more about the genesis of creative innovation and the collaborative process.

Wed 10/8

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Steven Pinker

Date: Wed, October 08, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; Author, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century; Twitter: @sapinker

LOL and CU L8R – is technology corrupting the English language? With our daily lives bombarded by texts and tweets, are etiquette, writing, and grammar going out of style? Noted linguist and cognitive scientist Pinker will discuss the science of language as well as the challenges of crafting clear, coherent and stylish prose.

Fri 10/17

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Rita Moreno

Date: Fri, October 17, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Actress, singer, author and Hollywood survivor

Rita Moreno, Actress; Singer; Author, Rita Moreno: A Memoir
In conversation with Jan Yanehiro, Director, School of Multimedia Communications, Academy of Art University

An extraordinarily talented star of stage and screen, Moreno is a force of nature. The Puerto Rican-born entertainer is one of the few artists to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony as well as the National Medal of Honor.

Now, Moreno shares her story. From her Oscar-winning turn as Anita in West Side Story to her challenging role as a prostitute in Carnal Knowledge; from her stint on the children’s television classic “Electric Company” to her late-career triumph in HBO’s controversial series “Oz,” she will share tales of being a Hollywood survivor.
Learn about her tumultuous childhood, her career rise from “utility ethnic” to award-winning star, her explosive romance with Marlon Brando (and less-than-explosive romance with Elvis Presley), the ups and downs of her relationships and career, and finally finding peace with her choices and her life.

Sun 10/19

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Mark Bittman: How to Cook Everything Fast

Date: Sun, October 19, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM
Author and Food Columnist 

Mark Bittman, Author, How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food; Food Columnist, The New York Times; Twitter: @bittman

In conversation with Naomi Starkman, Founder and Editor in Chief, Civil Eats; Winner of the Publication of the Year, 2014 James Beard Awards; Twitter @NaomiStarkman

For Bittman, the secret to cooking fast is cooking smart. With the belief that time management is essential to cooking efficiently, Bittman offers tips for quick homemade meals. His newest collection of dishes incorporates clever and unorthodox techniques, and his flexible, commonsense advice provides cooks with plenty of choices and variation.

Bittman is passionate about food and eating healthy, and his regular columns on food policy and cooking appear weekly in The New York Times. Bittman is also the author of more than a dozen cookbooks with one million copies in print.

Tue 10/21

Go to Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology

Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology

Date: Tue, October 21, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
In the U.S., only 14% of engineers are women

Vivek Wadhwa, Fellow, The Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Co-Author, Innovating Women
Kim Polese, Chairwoman, ClearStreet Inc.
Alison van Diggelen, Host of “Fresh Dialogues”; Contributor, BBC – moderator
Additional panelists TBA

How have some of the world’s most outstanding women found success in the tech industry? What wisdom can they share about thriving in a male-dominated environment? Women are continuing to close the gender gap in the workplace, yet only 14 percent are engineers in the U.S. and even fewer serve at the executive level.

Join our panel of executives and entrepreneurs as they highlight opportunities and share their experiences, strategies and insights to support women in the tech industry.

Wed 10/22

Go to Steven Johnson: Six innovations that Made the Modern World

Steven Johnson: Six innovations that Made the Modern World

Date: Wed, October 22, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Discussing the history of innovation

Steven Johnson, Author, Where Good Ideas Come From and How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World; Twitter @stevenbjohnson

From the printing press to Wi-Fi, popular science writer Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation and examines where these ideas came from and how they moved from idea to existence. From a simple concept, bizarre coincidence, or surprising accident, hear more about some of the most brilliant inventions that have revolutionized the world we live in.

Mon 11/17

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John Cleese - Monty Python Actor and Comedian

Date: Mon, November 17, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
A grand tour of his ascent in the entertainment world.

John Cleese, Actor; Writer; Producer; Author, So, Anyway…

Join Cleese as he takes us on a grand tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town to the pinnacle of comedy and worldwide success.

With his signature characters – the Minister of Silly Walks and the owner (and would-be returner) of a dead parrot – Cleese's work with Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers has become legendary. His hit films Monty Python and the Holy GrailLife of Brian and A Fish Called Wanda, and his memorable roles in James Bond and Shrek have put him in a class of his own. From his hilarious tweets and new memoir, hear more from this towering comedic genius.

Wed 12/3

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Geo for Good

Date: Wed, December 03, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Rebecca Moore leads the Google Earth Outreach program

Rebecca Moore, Lead, Google Earth Outreach Program and Google Earth Engine

Moore conceived of and now leads the Google Earth Outreach program. The program supports nonprofits, communities and indigenous peoples around the world in applying Google's mapping tools to the world's problems such as environmental conservation, human rights and cultural preservation. Moore also initiated the development of Google Earth Engine, a new technology platform that supports global-scale monitoring and protection of the earth’s environment. Moore will discuss the company’s latest projects to help preserve our planet.