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Lectures & TalksSpitzer Space Observatory lecture
Dr. Michael Bicay from NASA's Ames Research Center will give an illustrated and non-technical talk called "Lifting the Cosmic Veil: Highlights from a Decade of the Spitzer Space Telescope." The talk is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, which is in its 14th year. April 16, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; $3 for parking. Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Lectures & TalksHelen Bigelow at Books Inc.
Helen Park Bigelow shares her memoir "Given Time." This recounting of her 35 year relationship and marriage with photographer and musician Edward Bigelow is a look at two strong, artistic people who supported each other with love until the end. April 16, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksStanford Executive Briefings
Itamar Simonson, professor of marketing at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, will use analysis, case studies and cutting-edge research to discuss how to influence consumer decision-making in an age of mass information. April 16, 7:30-9 a.m. $65. Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksInternational Journalists panel
A panel of international journalists in the Knight Fellow program at Stanford will discuss news challenges in difficult political environments. The event is co-sponsored by World Affairs Council, Peninsula Chapter, and the Los Altos Public Library. April 16, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Ian Morris
Historian, archaeologist and Stanford Classics professor Ian Morris will discuss and sign his new book, "War! What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots." His work tells the story of 15,000 years of war, going beyond the battles and brutality to reveal what war has done to and for the world. April 16, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksConversation with Tony Kushner
Stanford University will host a conversation between professor Peggy Phelan and Tony Kushner. Kushner is the award-winning author of such plays and screenplays as "Angels in America," "Lincoln," "Caroline or Change" and "Munich." April 16, 6-7 p.m. Free (open to public). Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium Complex, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksWilliam Deresiewicz: "Excellent Sheep"
William Deresiewicz will discuss his forthcoming book, "Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life." He will read an excerpt and afterwards take part in a conversation with professor Rob Reich on the issues brought up in the book. April 16, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Cemex Auditorium, 641 Knight Way, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Susan Schillinglaw
Susan Schillinglaw will discuss and sign her new book, "Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage." Carol Henning Steinbeck, John Steinbeck’s first wife, was the inspiration for his great work of the 1930s, culminating in "The Grapes of Wrath." Shillinglaw, professor of English at San Jose State University, directed the Center for Steinbeck Studies there from 1987 to 2005. April 17, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksMarion Nestle: Advocacy for Healthier Food Systems
Marion Nestle, author of the book "Food Politics," will speak about ways that the food movement can draw on the lessons learned from social movements of the past to define advocacy goals, targets and methods; engage allies; and monitor progress. April 17, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'Rev Up Your Biz Dev Mojo'
Led by expert Chip Doyle, this evening will teach effective strategies and practice them in high-energy breakout sessions with peers from Women in Consulting. April 17, 6-8:30 p.m. $45-$65. Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksYouth event: Author Matthew Jobin
Matthew Jobin will read from and sign his book "The Nethergrim," a fantasy work that combines reality, magic and adventure. April 18, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksGeorgia O'Keeffe docent presentation
A docent from the de Young Museum will give a presentation about its Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit, Modern Nature. This exhibit covers the Lake George period of the artist's career, when she created more than 200 paintings. April 19, 2 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Lectures & TalksPet Ready! Emergency Prep Presentation
Pet Ready! is a three-hour combination of live presentations by veterinary professionals, bandaging demonstrations and even live search-and-rescue dog demonstrations -- to help prepare pet owners and neighbors for what to do in the case of a natural disaster. Parking is free for first 50 to register. April 19, 1-4 p.m. Free. Foothill College Veterinary Technology Lab, 12345 El Monte Road, Room 8507, Los Altos Hills.
Lectures & Talks'Reinventing the Future of Work'
This keynote address by Neil Jacobstein will provide multiple perspectives to explore the nature and complexity of the changes ahead and future of work. April 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $45 Churchill Club member: $65 nonmember. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAmerican Whistleblowers
Thousands of American workers witness waste, fraud, abuse or malfeasance on the job that could jeopardize the lives of others or the well-being of the public. The American Whistleblower Tour seeks to educate the public about the important role whistle-blowers play in promoting accountability. 7-8:30 p.m. Free Paul Brest Hall, Stanford Law School, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Justin Go
U.C. Berkeley graduate Justin Go will discuss and sign his debut novel, "The Steady Running of the Hour," in which a young American discovers he may be heir to the unclaimed estate of an English World War I officer. April 22, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksTravel Tuesdays: River Cruising
River cruise expert Maureen Jones shares her experiences of seeing the world from inland waterways in Europe and Asia. April 22, 7-8 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksYouth event: Author Andrea Cremer
Andrea Cremer will attend a book talk for her new novel, "The Inventor's Secret," an alternate history and steampunk adventure that asks what would have happened if the British had won the Revolutionary War. April 23, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksWilliam Goodson at Books Inc.
Local author William Goodson will share his debut novel "The Blue-Eyed Girl." Set in the 1960s, this story follows a small town girl's new life amidst a sprawling college campus in the Midwest and the aftermath of a violent crime. April 23, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Saving the Bay Past & Future: The Power of individual Action'
Local journalist Jay Thorwaldson will lead a discussion about how the San Francisco Bay was saved by determined visionaries. April 23, 7-8 p.m. Free for museum members; $10 for nonmembers. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksChrystia Freeland
Chrystia Freeland will give a talk entitled "Plutocrats, the Hollowed out Middle Class and Democracy." She will discuss the status of plutocrats in North America today, who have never been richer or wielded more economic power. April 24, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Law School, Room 290, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksParenting with Dr. Brad Sachs
Brad Sachs, Ph.D., will speak to parents of children in grades 5 to 12, about parent-child communication; enhancing adolescents' self-awareness, self-esteem and self-reliance; and how to soften family conflict. April 24, 7-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos High School, Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksUSGS April public lecture
Thomas L. Holzer of the United States Geological Survey will give a lecture called "Catastrophic Earthquakes: In a Crowded World." He will discuss the frequency of catastrophic earthquakes in the 21st century, the history and future of earthquake death tolls and the urbanization of the planet. April 24, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park Campus, 345 Middlefield Road, Bldg. 3, Conf. Rm A, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Albert Rothenberg
Albert Rothenberg, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and currently a Stanford fellow, will speak about his novel "Madness and Glory." The work of historical fiction follows a real doctor, Dr. Philippe Pinel, who freed the mentally ill during the French Revolution. April 24, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Barbara Ehrenreich with Angie Coiro
Barbara Ehrenreich will discuss her new book, "Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything," in conversation with Bay Area journalist Angie Coiro. Ehrenreich's new book reconstructs the story of her adolescent search for meaning. April 25, 7:30 p.m. $10 general; $15 at the door. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Nicolette Hahn Niman
Nicolette Hahn Niman is the author of "Righteous Porkchop: Finding Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms," an investigation of factory-farmed meat. She will speak as part of the Peninsula Open Space Trust's 2014 Wallace Stegner Lecture series. April 28, 8 p.m. $22 per person. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksGreen Innovation Speaker Night
Featuring Stanford professor Mark Jacobson, Paul Kephart of Rana Creek Design, David Kaneda of Integral Group, Ron Freund of Plug In America and Tom Kelly of KyotoUSA, a speaker night hosted by the Green Energy Innovation Club will be held to raise awareness of climate change and clean energy. April 29, 7-9 p.m. Free. Spangenberg Theatre, Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Edgar H. Schein
Edgar H. Schein will discuss his books "Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help" and "Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling." Schein analyzes the social and psychological dynamics common to many helping relationships, explains why help is often not helpful and shows how would-be helpers might ensure their assistance is welcomed and useful. April 29, 7 p.m. Free. Channing House, 850 Webster St., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksDara Horn Author Talk
The Oshman Family JCC presents Dara Horn, author of "A Guide for the Perplexed," who will speak about love and memory in conversation with blogger Robert Schoble. April 30, 6 p.m. $8 member; $10 nonmember; $15 at the door. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks"Making Peace in Europe" talk on post-WWI Europe
The Europe Center Lectureship on Europe and the World will present this first lecture of three by Adam Tooze, the Barton M. Briggs Professor of History at Yale University. This talk, "Making Peace in Europe 1917-1919: Brest-Litovsk and Versailles," and his others are based on portions of his forthcoming book on the World War I peace and its aftermath. April 30, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Koret Taube Room at the Gunn-SIEPR Buiilding, 366 Galvez St., Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'Does Teaching Ethics do any Good?'
Panelists from Stanford -- Barbara Fried, Benoit Monin and Tamar Schapiro -- will probe and debate the purposes and effectiveness of teaching ethics. May 1, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Stanford Law School, Room 290, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'Who's in Your Teen's Village?'
The M-A Parent Education Series presents a talk entitled "Who's in Your Teen's Village?" with Dr. Kent Pekel, President/CEO of the Search Institute. The lecture will discuss the importance of teenagers building strong, supportive non-parent relationships for success in school and life. May 1, 7-9 p.m. Free. M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC), 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
Lectures & Talks'Hegemony' talk on Europe after WWI
The Europe Center Lectureship on Europe and the World will present the second lecture in a series of three by Adam Tooze, the Barton M. Briggs Professor of History at Yale University. This lecture, "Hegemony: Europe, America and the problem of financial reconstruction, 1916-1933," and the others are based on portions of his forthcoming book on the World War I peace and its aftermath. May 1, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Koret Taube Room at the Gunn-SIEPR Buiilding, 366 Galvez St., Stanford.
Lectures & TalksArtist Gu Wenda
Leading Chinese conceptual artist Gu Wenda will discuss developments in contemporary Chinese art. May 1, 7 p.m. Free. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'Unsettled Lands' talk on Europe after WWI
The Europe Center Lectureship on Europe and the World will present the final lecture in a series of three by Adam Tooze, the Barton M. Briggs Professor of History at Yale University. This lecture, "Unsettled Lands: the interwar crisis of agrarian Europe," and the others are based on portions of his forthcoming book on the World War I peace and its aftermath. May 2, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, 616 Serra St., Stanford.
Lectures & Talks23rd annual Authors Salon Luncheon
Held by Peninsula Volunteers, this literary event will include as speakers historical novelist Margaret George ("Elizabeth I"), emerging author Tracy Guzeman ("The Gravity of Birds"), Ron Hansen ("The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"), and Susan Shillinglaw ("Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage"), with Paul Goldstein as moderator. May 4, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $125 (includes lunch). Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park .
Lectures & Talks'Art, Equity & Inequity'
Performance artist Andrea Fraser explores the motivations that drive artists, collectors, art dealers, and corporate sponsors. Shannon Jackson, professor of rhetoric and of theater, dance, and performance studies at the University of California, Berkeley, joins Fraser in conversation. May 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free Cantor Arts Center, Annenberg Auditorium/Cummings Art Bldg. , Stanford.
Lectures & TalksCharles Anselmo Art Talk
The Town of Los Altos Hills is hosting photographer Charles Anselmo to discuss an exhibit, "Photographs of Magical Cuba," on display from March 9 until Aug. 28. Anselmo will speak on May 9, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Brian Fagan
Author, anthropologist and archaeologist Brian Fagan will discuss his latest book, "The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present and Future of Rising Sea Levels," which describes how earlier societies adapted to rising water and how the increase in sea levels today impacts people. This talk is part of the Peninsula Open Space Trust's Wallace Stegner Lectures series. May 12, 8 p.m. $22 per person. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksTravel Tuesdays: Cuba: So close...yet so far.
Nicholas Clayton, a Los Altos librarian who studied in Havana in 2001, will give a talk about Cuba. The country is home to rich cultural traditions and famous cities. Attendees can learn about the Cuba's history as well as listen to music from the 1900s to the present. May 13, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksTalk with Author Paul Taylor
As part of the Stanford Center for Longevity's Distinguished Lecture Series, Paul Taylor will give a talk centered on his newest book, "The Next America: Boomers, Millenials, and the Looming Generational Showdown." Paul is the executive vice president of the Pew Research Center, where he oversees demographic, social and generational research. He was formerly a reporter with the Washington Post. May 14, 4 p.m. Free (open to public). Bechtel Conference Center, 616 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAudubon Speaker Series
The Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society invites the community to join birders, scientists, researchers, travelers and photographers from around the Bay Area for a fun and educational evening of science, travel stories and photography. Check website for specific event details. Third Wednesday of the month, through May, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, Rm H-1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksDiana Gabaldon, author of 'Written in My Own Heart's Blood'
Peninsula Arts & Letters hosts Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander novels, to discuss and sign her latest book, "Written in My Own Heart's Blood." June 12, 7:30 p.m. $25. Foothill College - Smithwick Theater, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.