Upcoming Events: East Bay

Thu 2/5

Image - Janet Napolitano and Mark Yudof: A Conversation on the Future of Higher

Janet Napolitano and Mark Yudof: A Conversation on the Future of Higher Education

Date: Thu, February 05, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

Janet Napolitano, President, University of California; Former Secretary of Homeland Security; Former Governor of Arizona
Mark Yudof, President Emeritus, University of California; Former Chancellor of the University of Texas System

From rising tuition costs to public concern over sexual assaults on college campuses, higher education faces a growing number of issues as 2015 begins. The University of California, with 10 campuses across the state, is no exception. The system is currently grappling with proposed tuition hikes, student protests and a statewide drop in funding. Join Napolitano and Yudof as they discuss the challenges currently facing America’s higher education system and, in particular, the University of California.

Wed 2/11

Image - Cli-Fi 2015

Cli-Fi 2015

Date: Wed, February 11, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Join us for a conversation about literature and film that explores what may be ahead.
Jason Mark, Editor, Earth Island Journal
Kim Stanley Robinson, Author, 2312  
The notion that humans can fundamentally alter the biochemistry of something as big as the Earth’s atmosphere is science fiction to some people. While politicians debate whether climate change is real, authors and filmmakers are tackling the far out notions in a new genre called Climate Fiction or Cli-Fi. How wild could a hot and crowded world get?
Films conveying a post-apocolyptic world include InterstellarWaterworldWallE and of course The Day After Tomorrow. Literature peering into a eco-dystopian future includes Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl and Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312.

The New Yorker called Kim Stanley Robinson “one of the greatest living science fiction writers.” Jason Mark recently penned an op-ed in The New York Times about Cli-Fi.
 
Join us for a conversation about literature and film that explores what may be ahead.