Upcoming Events: Inforum
The NBA’s Jason Collins: First Out Athlete in Major American Pro SportsDate: Mon, August 11, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
The man who made it okay to be gay in sports.
Jason Collins, Professional NBA player
In Conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas, Director, Producer, Actor, Documented; Founder, Define American
The pro’s pro. The ultimate teammate. The consummate professional. These are terms that have defined 35-year-old NBA player Jason Collins throughout his 14-year career. In April 2013, Collins came out as gay, becoming the first publicly gay athlete to play in any of the four major American pro sports leagues. Since coming out, Collins has been prominently featured in the public spotlight and has had to endure both the best and the worst of the sports world. Join us at the Castro Theatre to hear the unique and courageous story of the man who made it okay to be gay in sports.
Sal Khan: INFORUM's 21st Century Visionary AwardDate: Thu, September 04, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Sal Khan, Founder, Khan Academy; Author, The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined
"I teach the way that I wish I was taught."
– Sal Khan
When Sal Khan started helping his teenage cousin with algebra from across the country, he didn’t set out to change the world. Starting only with an office in his Bay Area apartment, he now has over 4,000 video lessons in his online library, ranging from chemistry to history to finance. Khan is truly an educational pioneer, reaching millions of students, teachers and individuals. Khan Academy’s mission to give a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere has breached the educational divide between poor and privileged and pioneered a transformation at the intersection of learning and technology. INFORUM will award this educational innovator with our 21st Century Visionary Award. Don’t miss your chance to learn from one of the best teachers you’ll ever have, in conversation with a special guest, live at the Castro Theatre.
Sheryl Sandberg & Marianne Cooper Talk: The Anxieties of Modern FamiliesDate: Tue, September 09, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
The worries all American families face and what can be done about it.
Marianne Cooper, Stanford Sociologist & Author, Cut Adrift
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook & Lean In
In an increasingly insecure economy, it’s easy to get bogged down with statistics and lose sight of the human costs of the recession. Stanford sociologist and lead researcher for the book Lean In, Marianne Cooper wants to change that. In her new book, Cut Adrift, Cooper weaves together deep data analysis of our frightening economic condition with real-world stories of families struggling to adjust. Hearing from everyone from suburban soccer moms to those struggling to feed their children, we’re given an intimate look at the challenges facing modern families, and how financial anxiety penetrates the daily lives of those at every socioeconomic level. Whether it’s the wealthy seeking even stronger security or the poor trying to avoid further instability, Cut Adrift gives us a glimpse of changing gender dynamics and how families are coping in a go-it-alone economy. Hear Cooper in conversation with LeanIn.org Founder Sheryl Sandberg, as they unpack the worries all American families face and brainstorm what can be done about it.
Humans According to DataDate: Wed, September 17, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Christian Rudder, Co-Founder, OkCupid; Author, Dataclysm
Our personal data has been used to spy on us, hire and fire us, and sell us stuff we don’t need. OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder — writer of the popular blog OkTrends and Harvard mathematics graduate — has made a name for himself by mining big data to reveal the uncanny and surprising truths behind human behavior. In his new book Dataclysm, Christian strives to harness the infinite potential of the online to do more than predict the next election cycle or try to market a product. Instead, he aims to use big data to understand human nature, from our politics to our standards of beauty to our racism.
Join us for our inaugural Oakland event at the very cool Impact Hub to confront our essential selves according to Facebook, Google, Twitter and the data collecting engines of the internet age.
Flour + Water’s Chef Thomas McNaughton In Conversation with Adam SavageDate: Mon, October 06, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Chef and Partner, flour + water
Thomas McNaughton, Chef and Partner, flour + water, central kitchen and salumeria; Author, flour + water: pasta
In conversation with Adam Savage, Host, “Mythbusters”
In 2009, Chef Thomas McNaughton started his San Francisco solo career with only a $500 stove and a fairly traditional concept. Just five short years later, flour + water has a cult-like local following and an award-driven national reputation, and McNaughton is on every short list of rising star chefs to watch. With a passion for artisanship and community agriculture, his handmade pasta dishes and creative regional Italian combinations have blown away diners and critics, inspiring McNaughton to launch other successful eateries such as central kitchen and salumeria. Now his new book, flour + water: pasta, takes you behind the scenes of San Francisco’s hottest Italian restaurant and shows all of you weekend warriors how to make the perfect bowl of pasta.
After the interview, 20 lucky guests can join us for an intimate meal with the speakers at flour + water, in its private dining space. Dinner tickets include priority seating tickets to the interview and the pre-program cocktail reception, as well as a deluxe five-course meal with wine pairings and pasta-making demos by the chef after the program. Tickets are limited and will sell out soon, so be sure to get your Early Bird Dinner Package quickly!
An Evening with Nicholas KristofDate: Tue, October 07, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Nicholas Kristof, Columnist, New York Times; Co-author, A Path Appears; Two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner
Nicholas Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, awarded first in 1990 for his coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement and later in 2006 for his reporting on genocide in Darfur. His columns unpack the hidden and often shocking side of global issues, from poverty to human trafficking. Nick’s latest book, A Path Appears, champions stories of individuals, organizations, and research breakthroughs that took small steps to make not-so-small differences in the world. A 9-year-old asked friends and family to donate to a charity:water campaign as her birthday present, raising $220 – six weeks later she tragically died, spurring $1.2 million in donations and providing clean water to 37,000 Ethiopians. Parasites in the bellies of schoolchildren account for a quarter of absenteeism in Africa—and deworming costs 2 cents at scale. Kristof reminds us that you don’t have to devote your life or give away millions to have a profound impact on the lives of the suffering.
Nick Carr: An Automated WorldDate: Wed, October 08, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
What is the deep psychological impact of technology?
Nicholas Carr, Author, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us
In conversation with Andrew Leonard, Staff Writer, Salon
Google Glass lets you take a picture with the blink of an eye. Your Fitbit wristband counts your calories and tracks your sleep. Soon even our cars will drive themselves. Technology is increasingly automating our lives, but is it for better or worse? In The Glass Cage, Nicholas Carr suggests that the transition to a technologically dependent and screen-dominated world makes people disengaged and unhappy. Join us and be faced with Carr’s thesis: Silicon Valley’s fascination with wearable technology and augmented reality will only serve to narrow our horizons instead of expand them.
Nicholas Carr, the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, is the former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review. He has written for The New York Times, Wired and famously for The Atlantic with his article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”
An Evening with Jared DiamondDate: Tue, December 09, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Join a discussion with one of the world's most celebrated polymaths.
Jared Diamond, Professor, UCLA; Author, Guns, Germs and Steel, Collapse and The World Until Yesterday
Jared Diamond is a scientist known for drawing from a variety of fields, from anthropology to evolutionary biology. He has published several popular science books, including Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs and Steel and, most recently, The World Until Yesterday. Diamond’s conclusions are critical and provocative, exploring concepts like how humans evolved to be so different from animals, despite sharing over 98 percent of our DNA with chimpanzees, and why Eurasian peoples conquered Native Americans and Africans instead of vice versa. Diamond yet again challenges the way our brains think in The World Until Yesterday as he chronicles tribal peoples and what they can teach us about the shortcomings of modern society. Join us for a night of intellectual stimulation with one of the world’s most celebrated polymaths.