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Silicon Valley Reads Kickoff: Together—Connecting and Finding Comfort

COVID-19 upended the world at the beginning of 2020, and life as we know it was forever altered. As we adjust to the changes, many of us are valuing, more than ever, our relationships. Our connections with each other and with things that provide comfort help give us a sense of security in a world that sometimes feels out of control.

This year, Silicon Valley Reads will be centered on the theme of “Connecting”—the universal human ability to build resilience by looking for people, places and things that provide comfort and joy during tough times.

Dr. Sara Cody, Dr. James Doty and Usha Srinivasan will be part of the 2021 kickoff event and discuss their perspectives on ways in which each of us and our community can find comfort and connection through difficult times.


This is a free, online-only program; pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

In Partnership with: Santa Clara County Office of Education, Santa Clara County Library District, San Jose Public Library.

Special performance by the Cupertino High School Capella Choir and virtual “Sources of Solace” art show by the Euphrat Museum of Art

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Dr. Sara Cody

Director of Public Health, Santa Clara County

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Dr. James Doty

Neurosurgeon and Founder, Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism; Author, Into the Magic Ship: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart

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Usha Srinivasan

Co Founder and President, Mosaic Silicon Valley

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Sal Pizarro

Columnist, Mercury News—Moderator