Upcoming Events: Silicon Valley

Wed 1/20

Image - Gretchen Rubin: Happiness and Habits

Gretchen Rubin: Happiness and Habits

Date: Wed, January 20, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
How do we change ourselves?

Gretchen Rubin, Best-selling Author, The Happiness Project and Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives; Twitter:
In conversation with Jenny Dearborn, Chief Learning Officer, SAP

We repeat about 40 percent of our behaviors every day. Whether they are good or bad, Rubin believes that when we change our habits, we change our lives.

So how do we change? Through research and experimentation, Rubin offers a framework of different strategies to fit our individual personalities. Rubin is the bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, with more than two million copies sold worldwide.

Thu 1/21

Sanjay Patel, Pixar Animator

Sanjay Patel: Sanjay's Super Team

Date: Thu, January 21, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM

Sanjay Patel, Animator; Short Film Director; Author, Sanjay’s Super Team

This is a Good Lit event, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

In the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, Sanjay's Super Team, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian boy whose love for western pop culture comes into conflict with his family’s traditions.

Tue 1/26

Image - SV Reads 2016: Chance of Rain? The Impact of Climate Change on Our Lives

SV Reads 2016: Chance of Rain? The Impact of Climate Change on Our Lives

Date: Tue, January 26, 2016
Time: 7:30 PM
Living with extreme weather and resource scarcity

Emmi Itaranta, Author, Memory of Water
Benjamin Parzybok, Author, Sherwood Nation
Sal Pizzaro, Columnist, San Jose Mercury News—Moderator

Too little rain … too much rain. Either case can dramatically impact everyday life. Itaranta and Parzybok explore how extreme weather conditions and resource scarcity can affect climate change.

Tue 2/2

Image - Joseph Henrich: The Secret of Our Success

Joseph Henrich: The Secret of Our Success

Date: Tue, February 02, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM

Joseph Henrich, Co-Director of the Human Evolution, Cognition and Culture Center, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University; Author, The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter

Humans are a puzzling species. On the one hand, we struggle to survive on our own in the wild. On the other hand, humans have produced innovative technologies, sophisticated languages, and complex institutions.

Henrich explores how our cultural and social development produces a collective intelligence that explains both our success and our uniqueness.

Tue 2/23

Image - Dr. Theodora Ross: Cancer in the Family

Dr. Theodora Ross: Cancer in the Family

Date: Tue, February 23, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Detecting and treating inherited cancer.

Theodora Ross, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine, Director of the Cancer Genetics Program, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Author, A Cancer in the Family: Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance

There are an estimated 13 million people diagnosed with cancer in the United States, and about 1.3 million of these cases are hereditary. Dr. Ross is a leading researcher on cancer susceptibility genes. Using her own family’s story and experiences as a practicing physician, Dr. Ross shares how to get treated and spot patterns of inherited cancer.