Upcoming Events: Silicon Valley

Thu 1/29

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Aasif Mandvi in Conversation with Adam Savage

Date: Thu, January 29, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM

Aasif Mandvi, Actor, Writer, Correspondent on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"; Author, No Land’s Man; Twitter @aasif
In Conversation with Adam Savage, Host of "Mythbusters"; Twitter @donttrythis

As a self-described “Indo-Muslim-British-American actor,” Mandvi gained notoriety as a regular correspondent on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." He is famous for his satirical segments about religion, politics and foreign policy.

“No Land’s Man” is a humorous mix of stories exploring who Mandvi is and where he came from. He addresses everything from his family, identity, and the cultural stereotypes he faced growing up in England and the United States.

Mandvi is an award-winning writer and actor and is one of the stars of HBO’s upcoming series “The Brink” with Jack Black and Tim Robbins.

Wed 2/4

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SV Reads 2015: Homeland & Home – The Immigrant Experience

Date: Wed, February 04, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM

NoViolet Bulawayo, Author, We Need New Names
Cristina Henriquez, Author, The Book of Unknown Americans
Bich Minh Nguyen, Author, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner: A Memoir
Sal Pizarro, Columnist, The San Jose Mercury News – Moderator

Santa Clara County is made up of a multitude of different ethnicities with more than one-third of residents born outside of the U.S. Hear this year’s selected authors as they share their stories of immigrating and the balance of maintaining connections to the culture and heritage of their homelands.

Tue 2/10

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Particle Fever: A Special Film Screening

Date: Tue, February 10, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

David Kaplan Producer, Physicist, Co-Star

Imagine being able to watch as Edison turned on the first light bulb, or as Franklin received his first jolt of electricity. Particle Fever follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.

As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially completing our understanding of ordinary matter. Join producer David Kaplan for a discussion of this far-reaching work.

Thu 2/19

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Lessons in Leadership and Success

Date: Thu, February 19, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
With venture capitalist Heidi Roizen

Heidi Roizen, Operating Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Alison van Diggelen, Host, “Fresh Dialogues”; Contributor, BBC – Moderator

Though women are continuing to close the gender gap in the workplace, female engineers, computer scientists and executives still remain minorities in U.S. companies. Nowhere is the disparity at the top as stark as in Silicon Valley. According to a recent survey published in The Wall Street Journal, tech firms there have half as many female directors and around two-thirds as many female executives as do America’s other largest companies. Roizen, a well-known Silicon Valley executive, venture capitalist and entrepreneur, will share her experiences in the industry and offer insights into how to overcome challenges and flourish in the tech world.

Mon 2/23

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Gary Wenk: Your Brain on Food

Date: Mon, February 23, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Author and Professor

Gary Wenk, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience & Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics, Ohio State University and Medical Center; Author, Your Brain on Food: How Chemicals Control Your Thoughts and Feelings
Lisa Krieger, Science/Medicine Reporter, San Jose Mercury News - Moderator

What is it about fat, sugar and salt that makes them so irresistible? Do so-called nutritional supplements help us live longer and healthier, or are they just another risky fad? What happens in our brains when we take a sip of coffee or a drag on a cigarette? We’ve all heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” Now we find out how true it really is. Drawing on the latest scientific research, Dr. Wenk investigates the effects of specific foods on our bodies and brains, illuminating why everything we consume affects the way we think, feel and act.

Thu 3/12

Go to Like Moths to A Flame: Technology Innovators

Like Moths to A Flame: Technology Innovators

Date: Thu, March 12, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
The diverse landscape of Silicon Valley

Privahini Bradoo, CEO and Co-Founder, BlueOak
Miro Salem, CEO and Founder, 3TEN8
Alex Torrenegra, CEO and Co-Founder, Bunny Inc.
Geetha Vallabhaneni, CEO, Luminix
Barbara Marshman, Editorial Page Editor, The San Jose Mercury News – Moderator

Santa Clara County – home to Silicon Valley’s flourishing tech scene – is made up of a multitude of different ethnicities, with more than one-third of its residents born outside of the United States. This diversity is reflected in the backgrounds of many of its tech industry leaders, who, while hailing from countries as diverse as India and Colombia, all flocked to the innovation mecca of Northern California. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and an uncompromising creativity, many have found success in building up their own brands from scratch, but often not without trials along the way. Join our panel of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, all born outside of the United State, as they discuss why technology innovators leave their homelands to start businesses here in the Bay Area.

Thu 3/26

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Gretchen Rubin: Happiness and Habits

Date: Thu, March 26, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
With author Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin, Author, The Happiness Project and Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives; Twitter: @gretchenrubin
Angie Coiro, Talk Show Host, KGO Radio - Moderator

Humans are creatures of pattern – we repeat our standard behaviors over and over again every day. Rubin, a bestselling author, columnist and blogger, believes that when we change our habits, whether good or bad, we change our lives. But how do we effect this change? Through research and experimentation, Rubin offers a framework of different strategies to fit our individual personalities. Whether you are an “upholder,” “questioner,” “obliger” or “rebel,” come experience how every individual can lead a happier and more productive life.