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Lectures & TalksAuthor conversation about love
This conversation at Books Inc. with local authors Christine Z. Mason and G. Elizabeth Kretchmer will explore love, including its many forms and complications. Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksStanford Another Look book club: 'Cosmicomics'
Stanford's public book club, Another Look, will hold a discussion of Italo Calvino's science-inspired fables, "Cosmicomics." The event will be moderated by Robert Pogue Harrision, with novelist and Stanford professor Tobias Wolff and literary journalist Cynthia Haven to participate. Oct. 27, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Stanford Humanities Center, 425 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Jim Dwyer on 'More Awesome Than Money'
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jim Dwyer will read from and discuss his nonfiction book, "More Awesome Than Money: Four Boys and Their Heroic Quest to Save Your Privacy from Facebook." Oct. 28, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksPanel discussion of 'Boy on Ice'
For this Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley event, panelists will discuss the questions raised by the brutality of contact sports portrayed in "Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard." The event will also cover the science and technology used to diagnose injuries. The event is co-produced with the Bay Area Science Festival. Oct. 28, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, Ringwood Avenue at Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksVC Taskforce: 'From Concept to Company'
This VC Taskforce event will discuss the best practices for transforming products and technologies into investor-supported companies with marketable products. Oct. 28, 6-8:30 p.m. $45-$75. Carr & Ferrell LLP, 120 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksMeet & Greet: YouTube Star Michelle Phan
At this Kepler's event, YouTube sensation Michelle Phan will share advice and stories captured in her book, "Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style and Success--Online and Off." Oct. 28, 7 p.m. $25 (includes book copy). Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Why the Golden State Became Green'
As part of a Fall Seminars on the West series, David Vogel of University of California, Berkeley, will give a talk on Stanford campus called "Why the Golden State Became Green: Environmental Protection in California." Lunch will be provided. Oct. 29, noon-1 p.m. Free. Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building (Y2E2), Room 300, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Christina Nichol on 'Waiting for Electricity'
Christina Nichol will share her new debut novel, "Waiting for Electricity," an imaginative work part picaresque, part satire. Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Top Ten Habits of Happy and Successful Gardeners'
This event organized by UC Master Gardeners will share concrete practices and a philosophy for home gardening to help new and experienced practitioners improve their results. Oct. 29, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & Talks'Wolf and Elk Diseases in Yellowstone'
For the October Evening Public Lecture at U.S. Geological Survey, research wildlife biologist Paul Cross will give a talk entitled "Wolf and Elk Diseases in Yellowstone: Lessons on emerging pandemics." Oct. 30, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park Campus, 345 Middlefield Road, Building 3, Conference Room A, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Cities and the Digital Frontier'
This Churchill Club event will explore how cities will be transformed by new digital technologies. Oct. 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $42 member; $67 nomember. PARC, 3333 Coyote HIll Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Hearts For Justice' conference
Trinity Church in Menlo Park will host a mini-conference called "Hearts For Justice: Coming Together to Confront Violence Against Women." Three speakers will discuss the trafficking of women and girls around the world and in local communities. Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Herschel Cobb on 'Heart of a Tiger'
The Menlo Park Library will welcome Herschel Cobb to discuss his book "Heart of a Tiger: Growing up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb." Refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Will Pye on 'Blessed with a Brain Tumor'
Will Pye will talk about his motivational memoir, "Blessed with a Brain Tumor," in which he relates how his diagnosis became an opportunity for profound growth. Nov. 3, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders'
This lecture by Denise Spellberg will look at how Enlightenment ideas about the toleration of Muslims influenced America's founding fathers when developing a government that would provide full citizenship and equality for all religious groups. Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m. Free. Tressider Memorial Union, Oak East, 459 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'Ukraine: What is the fighting all about?'
The Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies at Stanford will host professor Volodymyr Dubovyk from Odessa National University to speak on the subject of "Ukraine: What is all the fighting about?" Nov. 6, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Pigott Hall, Room 113, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'Family Portraiture in Art'
Makeda Best, assistant professor of visual studies at California College of the Arts, will give a free lecture about why family portraiture has remained popular throughout history and with artists today. Nov. 6, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksMedieval Matters lecture with Victoria Sweet
Dr. Victoria Sweet, author of the nonfiction bestseller "God's Hotel," will give a lecture called "Hildegard of Bingen: Medieval Lessons for Modern Medicine," in which she discusses how 12th-century ideas of seeing the body as a plant and the doctor a gardener can still be useful today. Nov. 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Bishop Auditorium, Lathrop Library, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Neville Frankel on 'Bloodlines'
The Oshman Family JCC will host popular author Neville Frankel to read from and discuss his newest novel "Bloodlines," a family tale set against the background of the South African Apartheid. Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. Oshman Family JCC, Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksSilicon Valley Internship Summit
The Silicon Valley Internship Summit will engage educators and industry professionals in a conversation about creating meaningful internships that help support the Silicon Valley economy. Attendance includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Those interested should register by Nov. 4. Nov. 6, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $25. Microsoft Silicon Valley, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Saving Privacy'
Reed Hundt, chair of the Federal Communications Commission under President Clinton, will argue that law and checks on political power have not kept pace up the development of digital technology, as well as discuss ways the U.S. government could support self-protection of privacy. Nov. 11, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Stanford Law School, Room 190, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'The View from High School for Students with Learning and Attention Differences'
This event will host a panel of high school administrators and learning specialists from a variety of schools to discuss their programs and resources and the expectations for students and families. Nov. 11, 7-9 p.m. $20 member; $30 non-member. Children's Health Council, 650 S. Clark Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksStanford Executive Briefings
Steve Blank, co-founder of E.piphany, will give a talk about why innovation is difficult in existing corporations and highlight tools and processes used by successful startups that companies can use to change that. Nov. 12, 7:30-9 a.m. $60. Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.