Upcoming Events: East Bay

Wed 6/3

Image - Mark Bittman: A Bone to Pick

Mark Bittman: A Bone to Pick

Date: Wed, June 03, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
A discussion on the complexities of the American food system.

Mark Bittman, Author, A Bone to Pick; Food Columnist, The New York Times; Twitter @bittman
In conversation with Naomi Starkman, Founder and Editor in Chief, Civil Eats; Twitter @NaomiStarkman

Part of the Good Lit series underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman leaves no issue unexamined, scrutinizing everything from agricultural practices to government legislation and fad diets while praising the rise of slow-food movements, better school lunch programs, and even the concept of “healthy fast food.” One of the most impassioned and opinionated observers of the food landscape in the United States, Bittman routinely criticizes the staggering shortfalls of the American food system and the forces that regulate it, making us think twice about how the food we eat is produced, distributed and cooked.

Join Bittman for a discussion on the complexities of the American food system, his ideas about how we can improve upon these issues, and the impact that diet can have on our own health and that of the planet.

Wed 6/10

Image - Video Games and Neuroscience: A Vision of the Future of Medicine and Edu

Video Games and Neuroscience: A Vision of the Future of Medicine and Education

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D., Founding Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center and Associate Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, UCSF

Brain training games offered by companies like Lumosity and Fit Brains are rapidly gaining popularity, but how do we know if we’re truly able to keep our brains healthy? At the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Adam Gazzaley and his team focus on furthering our understanding of aging, neurological disease and the ways in which we can harness brain plasticity and improve cognitive function. Come hear the latest in neuroscience as Gazzaley explores how video games can train our brains, fend off mental decline and reduce our reliance on medication to treat neurological and psychiatric conditions.

Tue 6/16

Christiana Figueres: The Road to Paris

Date: Tue, June 16, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Can world leaders cut a climate deal when they meet in Paris in December? Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama have energized the negotiations with their pact to grow the two biggest economies while cutting carbon pollution. Other countries are advancing their plans to do the same. California is out front and upping its game. One big question is how fossil fuel companies flex their clout. What are the prospects for an agreement with teeth? Can any deal survive being dragged into the U.S. presidential election? A conversation about the politics of a global economic treaty.