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Lectures & TalksCafe Scientifique Silicon Valley
"Forgotten Reefs, Forgotten People: How Conservation in Micronesia May Be Key to Sustainable Oceans" will be presented by Nicole Crane of Cabrillo College and the Oceanic Society as part of SRI International's "Cafe Scientifique" talks series. March 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksJulian Hoffman at Books Inc.
Winner of the 2011 Terrain.org Nonfiction Prize for the essay "Faith in a Forgotten Place," Julian Hoffman shares the manuscript containing this prize-winning work, "The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World." March 11, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksTechnology and Society Committee Luncheon
Eric E. Sabelman, Ph.D., an engineer in the Neurosurgery Department at Kaiser Hospital in Redwood City, describes new tools for discovering how the brain works, including developments in optogenetics, functional and other magnetic imaging techniques, and brain-computer interfaces. March 11, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch is $12. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksWomen in Politics Talk
Mary V. Hughes, of Close the Gap CA and The 2012 Project; Rebecca Sive, author of "Every Day is Election Day: A Woman's Guide to Winning Any Office from the PTA to the White House"; Susan Hammer, former mayor of San Jose; and Lisa Van Dusen, interviewer, will hold a discussion on women in politics. March 11, 7:30-9 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. The Woman's Club of Palo Alto, 475 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Nick Taylor
T.T. Monday, aka local author Nick Taylor, will discuss and sign his new book, "The Setup Man.," in which aging Major League pitcher Johnny Adcock moonlights as a private investigator. March 11, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksOcean Cruising
Maureen Jones of All Horizons Travel will talk about two cruises: 11 days in the Mediterranean and 14 days in Australia and New Zealand. March 11, 7-8 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksThe Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
John Hollar will moderate a conversation with professor Peretz Lavie, the Technion's 16th president. Along with Israel's penchant for innovation and entrepreneurship, they will talk about the Technion's storied history and Lavie's path to its presidency. March 12, 3-4 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksGro Harlem Bruntland Lecture
Gro Harlem Bruntland - the former prime minister of Norway and the Haas Center for Public Service's distinguished visitor for this year - will give a lecture entitled "From Public Health to Sustainable Development in an Interconnected World: A Life in Public Service." RSVP is required. March 12, 4:00 p.m. Free (open to public). Paul Brest Hall (East), 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksLisa Solomon and Erik Burmeister Conversation
Menlo Park resident Lisa Kay Solomon, co-author of "Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change," will share insights from her new book in conversation with Hillview Middle School Principal Erik Burmeister. March 12, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Yoga: The Art of Transformation' Lecture
The Asian Art Museum Lecture Series will have its third and final presentation. Temple sculptures, devotional icons, illustrated manuscripts and court paintings — in addition to colonial and early modern photographs, books and films — will shed light on yoga’s tenets and history. March 12, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, Program Room, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & Talks'The Teaching of Character and the Character of Teaching' Talk
Michael McPherson, author and president of the Spencer Foundation (which grants funds to support education research), will discuss education and development of character. The talk is hosted by Stanford's Center for Ethics In Society. March 13, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'A look at no-longer-hidden Burma'
Tim Clark will give an informal presentation entitled "A look at no-longer hidden Burma," based on his visits and work there. This talk will follow a soup dinner as part of the church's "Thursdays in Lent" series. RSVP is necessary for the dinner. March 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
Lectures & TalksSharon Penman at Books Inc.
New York Times-bestselling author and critically acclaimed historical novelist Sharon Kay Penman shares the dramatic sequel to "Lionheart": "A King's Ransom." March 13, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc. Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksDouglas Stone and Sheila Heen Talk
Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen, co-authors of "Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most" and Harvard Law School professors, will discuss and sign their book. March 13, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksStartup Employee Equity Bill of Rights
Chris Zaharias and Mary Russell will discuss what founders and investors do not want their employees to know about startup equity in this talk. The event will also address how employees can share in more of the startup value they create. For non-founding startup employees only; no VCs, CEOs or founders will be admitted. March 14, 5-7 p.m. Free. First Floor Atrium, 125 University Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Inventing Future Entrepreneurs' Lecture
Michelle Khine, Ph.D., will give a talk, "Inventing Future Entrepreneurs," focusing on the growing need to cultivate "homegrown" STEM student innovators. Marc Tarpenning, co-founder of Tesla Motors, will give opening remarks. March 14, 7 p.m. $8 general admission includes parking; $5 Foothill students. Foothill College, Room 5015, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Lectures & Talks'Interpretations and Speculation on the Structural Development of Owens Valley'
The Peninsula Geological Society has organized a talk about the East Sierra Valley System, with speakers Cal Stevens of San Jose State University and Paul Stone and Richard Blakely of U.S. Geological Survey. Social hour begins at 5:30; meeting follows at 7:30. Email to RSVP. March 15, 5:30 p.m. Free lecture; $35 for social hour and dinner. Hartley Conference Center, Mitchell Earth Sciences, 397 Panama Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks7th Annual Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference
The Society for Humanistic Psychology will hold its 7th annual conference (APA, Division 32). Sofia University faculty members, educators and psychologists from all over the world will present and facilitate conversations about today’s trending topics in the field of psychology. March 13-16, various times. Prices vary. Sofia University, 1069 E. Meadow Circle, Palo Alto .
Lectures & TalksChurch and Synagogue Library Association Luncheon
The San Jose Bay Area chapter of the Church and Synagogue Library Association is hosting its annual spring luncheon with author Cynthia Swensen McAlister as a guest speaker. McAlister wrote "Crisscrossing the Globe," a memoir about her experience as an international charter flight attendant. March 17, 12 p.m. $12. Union Presbyterian Church, 858 University Ave., Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksSFMOMA Talk: Gerogia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams
SFMOMA docents will lead a presentation on these two American artists. March 17, 7-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksKelly Corrigan at Kepler's
Kelly Corrigan will discuss and sign her new memoir, "Glitter and Glue." She is also the author of "The Middle Place" and "Lift," both New York Times bestsellers. She is also a contributor to O: The Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping and Medium. March 18, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksTiffany Baker at Books Inc.
The Peninsula Parlour presents New York Times & San Francisco Chronicle-bestselling author Tiffany Baker, author of the "Mercy Snow," in conversation with Ellen Sussman, author of "The Paradise Guest House." 7 p.m. Free Books Inc. Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksCaring for Maples Talk
The De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will feature a talk by Arnie Cornez on "The Maple As A Garden Feature." Cornez, an aesthetic pruner and docent at Hakone Japanese Gardens, will share his expertise on the selection, care and pruning of these beautiful trees. March 18, 7:30 p.m. Free. Hillview Community Center , 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksMolly MacRae at Books Inc.
Winner of the 2013 Lovey Award for Best Paranormal Novel, , author Molly MacRae shares "Spinning in Her Grave: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery." Her stories have also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine for more than twenty years. March 19, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksSarah Mylnowski at Books Inc.
Sarah Mylnowski shares "Don't Even Think About It," in conversation with CJ Omololu, author of "Transcendence." March 19, 7 p.m. Free Books Inc. Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksPhilo T. Farnsworth: Father of Modern Electronic Television
Steve Player, nephew of inventor Philo T. Farnsworth, will share personal anecdotes about his uncle and the invention of television. March 19, 7-8 p.m. Free for museum members; $10 for nonmembers. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksJenny Bowen at Kepler's
Jenny Bowen will discuss and sign her book: "Wish You Happy Forever: What China's Orphans Taught Me about Moving Mountains." She and her husband adopted a little girl from China and was overcome with a desire to help the children that she could not bring home. She created Half the Sky Foundation, an organization conceived to bring love into the life of every orphan in China. March 19, 7:30 p.m. Free Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAnchee Min at Kepler's
Anchee Min will discuss and sign her memoir, "The Cooked Seed," the next chapter after growing up in China during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution. This book takes her from the deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of the promised land, without language or money. March 20, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksBrian Turner at Books Inc.
Brian Turner shares his extensively researched guide to the easiest and simplest ways to protect against lawsuits, "How To Kill a Lawsuit." March 20, 7 p.m. Free Books Inc. Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksCalifornia Ethnobotany: Historical Uses of Native Plants
Naturalist John Kipping will give a talk on the relationship of California native plants to indigenous peoples and will discuss how native plants can be used for food, medicine and material sources, especially for basketry. He will demonstrate Pomo style coiled weaving and how to make manzanita cider. March 21, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, Program Room, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksPlanning Ahead for College
As part of the 2013-2014 MVLA Schools Parent Education Series, Santa Clara University psychology professor Jerrold Shapiro will discuss finding the best fit for college, what the college choice process is like and how to address the emotional concerns of college bound children and the normal concerns of their parents. March 25, 7-9 p.m. Free. Mountain View High School Theater, 3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAt Home with Harlan Coben
Harlan Coben, live from his living room in New Jersey, will give a talk about his new book, "Missing You," with an opportunity to ask him questions. 7 p.m. Free Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksKaren E. Fields with Sergio C. Muñoz
Sociologist Karen E. Fields will discuss her book, "Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life," about America's failure to create proper language to talk about inequality. She will speak with Sergio C. Muñoz, who produced a twelve-part radio series on the book in Los Angeles. March 26, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksThe Art & Technology of Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil’s mission is to invoke the imagination, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world. This is a rare look inside an imaginative organization that successfully blends daring artistry with cutting-edge technology. March 27, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksMedical Mission to the Philippines
Chris Castillo will present an informal presentation entitled "Medical Mission to the Philippines." A simple soup supper will follow the talk as part of the church's "Thursdays in Lent" series. Please RSVP for the soup supper. March 8, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
Lectures & TalksUSGS March Evening Public Lecture
Dan Cayan, USGS climate researcher, will talk about "Preparing for California Climate Change - Climatologists Look Back and Peer Forward." March 27, 7-8 p.m. Free USGS Menlo Park Campus , 345 Middlefield Road, Bldg. 3, Conf. Room A, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksCara Black at Books Inc.
San Francisco Library Laureate and member of the Paris Societe Historique in the Marais, Cara Black will share the latest installment in her bestselling Aimee Leduc mystery series "Murder in Pigalle." March 27, 7 p.m. Free Books Inc. Palo Alto, 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksCraig Nelson at Kepler's
Craig Nelson will discuss and sign his new book, "The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era," the first full history of the Atomic Age, from X-rays to Marie Curie to Los Alamos, Hiroshima, Mutual Assured Destruction, Dr. Strangelove, the Nevada Test Site, and the 2011 meltdown in Japan. March 27, 7:30 p.m. Free Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksSmall Art and Small Bites
Exhibiting artist Dalton Ghetti will transform ordinary pencils discovered on the street into small pieces of art. March 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, Lobby, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksBootstrappers Breakfast with Jaio Sports Founder
Jon Wang, founder of wearable device startup Jaio Sports, will share his wisdom and ideas from his time in business. March 28, 9-10:30 a.m. $5 in advance; $10 at the door (breakfast and tip not included). Red Rock Coffee, 201 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran'
The co-authors of "A Sliver of Light" -- Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Joshua Fattal -- were captured by border patrol after they unknowingly crossed into Iran while hiking and were accused of espionage and imprisoned for two years in Evin Prison. They'll speak about their experiences. March 28, 7-8 p.m. $12-20. Los Altos High School - Eagle Theatre, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksAutism Lecture
This lecture will provide tools that can be used immediately to build a connection with a child with autism. March 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Unity Palo Alto, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksYouth Event: Jonathan Stroud
Jonathan Stroud will read from and sign his book, "The Screaming Staircase," part of his new Lockwood & Co. series that offers action, suspense and humor. March 31, 7 p.m. Free Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAllison Brennan at Kepler's
Allison Brennan will discuss and sign her new novel, "Notorious: A Max Revere Novel." Brennan is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of 20 thrillers and romantic suspense novels, plus numerous short stories. A five-time RITA award nominee for Best Romantic Suspense, she also won the Daphne du Maurier winner for Best Suspense. She's a graduate of Menlo School. April 1, 7:30 p.m. Free Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksPresentation: Artists Working in Graphite
Cantor Arts Center Curator Emerita of Prints and Drawings Betsy G. Fryberger will lead this presentation, "From Ingres and Cézanne to Hockney and Sol Lewitt: Artists Working in Graphite." April 2, 6:30 p.m. Free. Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksHerant Katchadourian at Books Inc.
Stanford professor of psychiatry and human biology Herant Katchadourian will speak at Books Inc. Palo Alto on his memoir, "The Way It Turned Out." April 3, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksKepler's Youth Event: Ridley Pearson
Ridley Pearson will read from and sign "Kingdom Keepers 7: The Insider," in which deception and betrayal rock the Kingdom Keepers as a group of Disney villains known as the Overtakers stage an unexpected comeback. April 4, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksJeanne Farr McDonnell: 'The Joy of Research'
The Museum will present author Jeanne Farr McDonnell who will speak about “The Joy of Research: When Suddenly You Get it from People, Books, Files and Objects,” based on her experience in writing the book "Juana Briones of Nineteenth-Century California." April 5, 1-4 p.m. $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City.
Lectures & TalksJared Diamond Lecture
Author of "Guns, Germs, and Steel" and "The Third Chimpanzee," Jared Diamond will examine the evolutionary history of humans and the unique traits and behaviors that distinguish us from other animals. He will also explain why our innate tendencies for invention and violence have led us to a crucial tipping point. April 9, 7-8 p.m. $15-$45. Eagle Theatre, Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksSusan Schillinglaw at Kepler's
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, directed the Center for Steinbeck Studies there from 1987 to 2005. April 10, 7:30 p.m. Free Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Jail Chaplaincy in San Jose'
Reverend Melanie Weiner will give an informal presentation titled "Jail Chaplaincy in San Jose." The talk will follow a soup dinner as part of the church's "Thursdays in Lent" series. RSVP is necessary for the dinner. April 10, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley.
Lectures & TalksGame Changers with Shuhei Yoshida
Shuhei Yoshida, president of Worldwide Studios at Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., will speak at the Computer History Museum. He has been an integral part of the development of the PlayStation® family of video game products. The moderator Mark Cerny is a veteran of the video game industry for over 30 years. April 10, 7-8:30 p.m. Free (please register on website). Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAnn Brashares at Kepler's
Ann Brashares, author of "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series, will discuss and sign her new book, "The Here and Now." This is the story of 17-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was 12 -- not from a different country, but a different time. April 11, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksIan Morris at Kepler's
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." Here he tells the gruesome, gripping story of 15,000 years of war, going beyond the battles and brutality to reveal what war has really done to and for the world. April 16, 7:30 p.m. Free Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksJustin Go at Kepler's
UC 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 an idea of what it is like to see 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 & 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 & TalksBarbara Ehrenreich with Angie Coiro
Author 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 & TalksGu 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'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 & 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.