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Lectures & TalksMoore's Law @ 50
This two-part event at the Computer History Museum will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Gordon Moore's observation that the number of transistors on microchips doubles about every two years -- an idea which drove the digital revolution. Arnold Thackeray and David Brock, co-authors of "Moore's Law: The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley's Quiet Revolutionary," will participate in a talk with museum CEO John Hollar, as well as a later panel discussion. Visit the website for info on registration. April 17, 10:30 a.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Psychedelic Experience: New Uses and Research'
At this Sofia University and Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies event, three speakers will discuss the the present and future psychedelic research. April 17, 7-9:30 p.m. $5 general; free for students. Sofia University, 1069 E. Meadow Circle , Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksRadio astronomer Jill Tarter
Dr. Jill Tarter, a well-known radio astronomer and former director of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence program, will visit Palo Alto High School to talk about the possibility of life beyond Earth. April 17, 7-8 p.m. Free. Palo Alto High School, Haymarket Theater, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Longevity in the Age of Disease'
In this Peninsula Macrobiotic Community talk, Michael Rossoff, macrobiotic counselor and licensed acupuncturist, will discuss how many of fatal conditions -- cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory disease -- are related to dietary and lifestyle choices. April 20, 8-9:30 p.m. $5-$10 donation. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'The Meaning of the Armenian Genocide for the Diaspora'
Stanford Global Studies and the Stanford Humanities Center will host a panel discussion called "The Meaning of the Armenian Genocide for the Diaspora," featuring current students, graduates and professors. The event is part of a series marking the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. April 20, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Jennifer Jacquet on 'Is Shame Necessary?'
New York University professor Jennifer Jacquet will discuss ideas from her book "Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an Old Tool," in which she argues that shaming can be used as form of resistance. April 21, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksEarth Day! Biodiversity and the Native Plant Gardener
For this California Native Plant Society event, Arvind Kumar will discuss how using native plants provides habitat for wildlife, conserves natural resources, saves effort and money, and gives a sense of place. Plant lists will be available. Kumar is a past local chapter president and a longtime native plant gardener. April 22, 7 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & Talks'Lifting the Lid Off the Patent Box'
Withers Bergman will hold a seminar entitled "Lifting the Lid Off the Patent Box: A Cross-Border Tax Perspective," best suited for technology companies of all sizes. The event will provide guidance on the process of forming an IP holding company, which can lessen the exposure businesses, their owners and stakeholders face. April 22, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Rosewood Sand Hill, 2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksUSGS Evening Public Lecture: 'A Sight "Fearfully Grand"'
For April's public lecture at the U.S. Geological Survey, geologist Michael Clynne will present "A Sight 'Fearfully Grand': Eruptions of Lassen Peak, California, 1914-1917," during which he will review a number of eruptions and share historical photographs. April 23, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park Campus, Rambo Auditorium, Bldg. 3, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksStanford Archaeology Center: 'Opening Our Doors'
Stanford Archaeology Center will hold an open house entitled "Opening Our Doors: Community, Heritage, and Archaeology Today," where faculty and students will discuss their research near and far. There will also be interactive demonstrations and chances to see the collections and lab facilities. April 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Stanford Archaeology Center, Building 500, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksHidden Gems of Upper Lomita tour
The Stanford Historical Society will offer a tour of Stanford's historic Lomita Neighborhood, during which docents will discuss the architecture, landscape and history of several buildings and gardens. Stops will include the Knoll, Kingscote Gardens and the Bechtel International Center. There will only be limited access to interiors. April 26, 1-4 p.m. $15; free for children age 12 and under with adult admission. Lomita Neighborhood, , Stanford.
Lectures & TalksMedieval Matters: 'Visions and Voices'
As part of the Medieval Matters public lecture series, Stanford anthropologist Tanya Marie Luhrmann will describe her ethnographic and experimental research on both medieval and modern mystical experience in the talk "Visions and Voices: What Sense Do We Make of Them?" April 28, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Stanford School of Education, Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'Asset Allocation: A Strategy for Life'
Presented by the Financial Planning Association of Silicon Valley, this talk for all ages will discuss the investment strategy of asset allocation, which attempts to balance risk and reward. April 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Socially Conscious Careers: Innovating for Good'
At this Churchill Club event, social impact innovators will provide inspiration and insights on shifting careers from a for-profit focus to a societal-good focus. April 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $29 Churchill Club member; $49 nonmember. Microsoft Corporation, 1065 La Avenida St., Building 1, Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Jacqueline Winspear on 'A Dangerous Place'
Jacqueline Winspear will visit Kepler's to read from her latest Maisie Dobbs mystery "A Dangerous Place." April 29, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'From Pago Pago to Palo Alto: An Environmental Journey'
Jared Blumenfeld, administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Ageny's Pacific Southwest Region 9, will give a talk touching on environmental justice; protecting and restoring the air, land and waters; building federal, state, local and tribal partnerships; and responding to climate change. Online registration is requested. April 30, noon-1 p.m. $10. Knight Mangement Center, 655 Knight Way, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksPsychiatrist Susan L. Edelman on 'Be Your Own Brand of Sexy'
Susan L. Edelman, a Palo Alto psychiatrist and adjunct clinical associate professor at Stanford University, will discuss her new book "Be Your Own Brand of Sexy: A New Sexual Revolution for Women." April 30, 6-8 p.m. Free. Stanford University Bookstore, 519 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Gary Beaudoin on 'Unbroken Web'
Atherton Library will welcome art collector Gary Beaudoin for an illustrated talk on his book "Unbroken Web: The Art of Ellen & Lucy Begay," which celebrates the complex work of these Navajo (Dine) weavers. No registration is required. May 3, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton.
Lectures & TalksSFMOMA talk: Jasper Johns
This talk offered by SFMOMA will take a look at the connection between Jasper Johns and the San Francisco Bay Area, through images drawn from local private and public sources and the artist's own collection from the 1950s to the present. May 4, 7-8 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Jane Smiley on 'Early Warning'
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley will share "Early Warning," the second installment in The Last Hundred Years trilogy which chronicles the journey of the Langdon family through mid-century America. May 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Doomsday Vaults, Genebanks and Plant Breeding in the Age of Climate Change'
Dr. Cary Fowler of the Global Crop Diversity Trust will give a talk on the effects of climate change on crops and food production and measures humanity can take to prepare agriculture for a different future. May 6, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, 616 Serra St., Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'Reimagining the Profession of Teaching'
This year's Cubberley Lecture, moderated by Linda Darling-Hammond, a Stanford University professor of education, will feature education writers Dana Goldstein and Elizabeth Green discussing how to create a new career ladder for teachers that attracts talented individuals to the critical profession. May 7, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksEditor in Chief of Fodor's Travel Arabella Bowen
Arabella Bowen, the editor in chief of the guide book maker Fodor's Travel, will provide tips on vacation destinations, finding deals on hotels and airfare, booking, and what to pack. May 16, 2 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'A Photo Tour of Bird Behavior'
For this Audubon Speaker Series event, local bird photographer Steve Zamek will explore the behavior of a variety of bird species through photos. May 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, Room H1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Andrew Keen on 'The Internet Is Not the Answer'
Andrew Keen, who has been described as the "Christopher Hitchens of the Internet," will discuss his book "The Internet Is Not the Answer," in which he looks at the consequences of the rise of wealthy monopolistic companies like Amazon, Uber, Airbnb, Spotify and others. May 20, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.