Upcoming Events: Inforum

Tue 12/2

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This event is Postponed

Haiti Five Years Later: Women on the Ground

Date: Tue, December 02, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
A panel of powerful women discuss Haiti

Malya Villard-Appolon, Founder of KOFAVIV
Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis, Ph.D., Former Prime Minister of Haiti
Nicole Phillips, Esq., Attorney for the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti
Megan Coffee, M.D., Ph.D., Founder of Ti Kay Haiti
Anne-Christine d'Adesky, Journalist & Activist – Moderator

Gason konn bouke, men pa fanm.”—in Kreyòl
“Women’s work never ends.”

On January 12, 2010, Haiti was hit by a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake, killing approximately 150,000 people and crippling the nation. The earthquake and its 52 aftershocks exacerbated longstanding challenges of housing, sanitation, health care and gender violence. Five years later, Haiti is still picking up the pieces, often with women leading the charge. Hear the incredible stories of women on the ground, from Dr. Megan Coffee who went to Haiti to treat earthquake victims and never left, establishing and running a tuberculosis clinic in Port-au-Prince, to Malya Villard, a victim of rape in Haiti who boldly founded and now runs KOFAVIV to uplift victims of sexual violence, despite threats against her life for doing so.

Tue 12/9

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An Evening with Jared Diamond

Date: 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

In conversation with Kishore Hari, Director, Bay Area Science Festival

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.

Thu 1/15

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Cornel West: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Date: Thu, January 15, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s 84th birthday!

Cornel West, Ph.D.; Professor, Union Theological Seminary; Author, Black Prophetic Fire

Praised by The New York Times for his “ferocious moral vision” and hailed by Newsweek as “an elegant prophet with attitude,” Dr. Cornel West bridges the gap between black and white opinion about the country’s problems. As a leading voice in societal commentary, Dr. West marched in civil rights demonstrations, taught at Yale, Harvard, and Princeton and is currently a professor at Union Theological Seminary. He draws from traditions of Christianity, the black church, Marxism, and neopragmatism. Hear his fiery oration on the past, present and future of race and injustice in the United States today in conjunction with the release of his latest book, The Radical King. Join us to celebrate January 15 as Dr. Martin Luther King’s 86th birthday.

Wed 1/28

Image - 7 Reasons You Can’t Miss This Event with BuzzFeed’s CEO

7 Reasons You Can’t Miss This Event with BuzzFeed’s CEO

Date: Wed, January 28, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Jonah Peretti, Founder & CEO of Buzzfeed

Jonah Peretti, Founder & CEO of Buzzfeed
In conversation with Chris Dixon, Investor

  1. The site is said to be the fastest-growing on the internet, with more than 150 million people a month viewing viral hits such as “50 puppies to help you get through work today” and “The 45 Most Powerful Images of 2011.”
  2. Learn why Jonah Peretti once said of BuzzFeed, “We’re all teenage girls a little bit.”
  3. Don’t know what regression analysis is, or the importance of a click-through? Well, you should. Find out from the pros.
  4. Answer the age-old question: Can investigative journalism and memes coexist?
  5. Hear the secret sauce on the theory of virality and ask yourself, is it evil for media to let human data crunching dictate content strategy?
  6. Trying to learn how to raise money? BuzzFeed is valued at $850 million – LOL win omg cute.
  7. Get the Inside Scoop on 3 Things BuzzFeed Will Do Next…. Did this list just get meta?