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Lectures & TalksSFMOMA talk
This talk at the Los Altos Library will explore how a influential group of early 20th century artists -- including Many Ray, Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali -- incorporated elements of play, experiment and fantasy into their work. Jan. 5, 7-8 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & Talks'Performance vs. Learning'
Oshman Family JCC will welcome acclaimed author Alfie Kohn for a discussion entitled, "Performance vs. Learning: The Costs of Overemphasizing Achievement," during which he will offer his critiques of standardized testing and suggest solutions for learning and success. Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m. $25 advance; $30 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Mandy Aftel on 'Fragrant'
Mandy Aftel will share her new book "Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent," which discusses history, culture, science, poetry and philosophy through five stars of the fragrance world. Jan. 8, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn on 'A Path Appears'
Oshman Family JCC will welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn to read from and discuss their latest book, "A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity," an inspirational book about creating change around the world. Jan. 11, 5 p.m. $12 advance; $15 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Viral Forecasting for Pandemic Prevention'
For this Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley event at SRI International, Dr. Nathan Wolfe will discuss how other animals introduce new viruses to the human population, creating pandemics. He will also talk about his group's research in controlling viruses which have recently emerged. Jan. 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, Ringwood Avenue at Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Graeme Simsion with 'The Rosie Effect'
Author Graeme Simsion will discuss his new book "The Rosie Effect," a witty follow-up to his bestselling novel "The Rosie Project" concerning an expecting couple in New York. Jan. 14, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'The Social and Economic Impact of Climate Change'
For this Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley event at SRI International, Dr. Marshall Burke, assistant professor of Environmental Earth System Science at Stanford University, will present evidence for how social and economic outcomes are shaped by climate change and discuss the implications of business and policy. March 10, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, SRI's International Building, Ringwood Avenue at Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.