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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 & TalksStory Time with Emily Jiang and April Chu
Emily Jiang and her collaborator April Chu will attend a launch party for their new book, "Summoning the Phoenix: Poems and Prose about Chines Musical Instruments." April 19, 2 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
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 & TalksQ&A with Vietnam War journalists
In an event presented by the Stanford Journalism Program, David Kennerly, Nick Ut and Peter Arnett will speak about their work as Vietnam War journalists, which earned them Pulitzer Prizes. April 23, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Free. McClatchy Hall, First Floor, Mendenhall, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
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, Building 3, Conference Room A, 345 Middlefield Road, 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 & TalksPeninsula Literary Reading
Peninsula Literary will present a reading with poets John Evans and Angela Torres, as well as guest readers Victoria Muirhead, Jeanne Watson, Katie Wu and Olga Zilberbourg. April 25, 7-9 p.m. $10 donation. Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave. , Palo Alto.
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. 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 & TalksSleep Disorders Lecture: Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep issues can be a sign of something more serious and are associated with a host of medical conditions. Community members can learn about causes and treatment options at this free lecture presented by Dr. Tony Masri, medical director of El Camino Hospital's Sleep Disorders Program. April 30, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. El Camino Hospital Mountain View, Conference rooms E&F, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Impact of Sea-Level Rise on San Mateo County'
Hosted by the League of Women Voters in the county, this talk will be given by Dave Pine of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. He will discuss the potential impacts of sea-level rise in the county, as well as what is being done to address these issues. April 30, 7-9 p.m. Free. San Mateo County Government Center, Room 101, 455 County Center, Redwood City.
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 will present a talk entitled "Who's in Your Teen's Village?" with Dr. Kent Pekel, President and 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. Center for Performing Arts, Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
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 & TalksPost-WWI talks with Yale professor Adam Tooze
The Europe Center Lectureship on Europe and the World will present a series of three lectures by Adam Tooze, the Barton M. Briggs Professor of History at Yale University. His talks will focus on the aftermath of WWI in Europe and are based on portions of his forthcoming book on the subject. April 30-May 2, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Koret Taube Room at the Gunn-SIEPR Building, and the Bechtel Conference Center, see website for specific addresses, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks23rd annual Authors Salon Luncheon
Hosted by Peninsula Volunteers, this literary event will include talks by 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"). Stanford law professor and legal fiction writer Paul Goldstein will act 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 & TalksTechnology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum
Cary Peters -- president of Coinage LLC, a Mountain View based company that owns and operates Robocoin ATM kiosks -- will give an overview of the bitcoin payment system and currency, describe the security features of bitcoin ATMs, and offer his views on the future of bitcoins as a valid currency. May 6, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 lunch. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Sandra Tsing Loh
In her hilarious new memoir, 'The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones,' Tsing Loh chronicles her life as a daughter, mother, wife, artist and most of all a woman going through menopause. She will discuss the book and her experience at this event. May 7, 7-8 p.m. $12-$20 Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Ed Catmull
In his new book, "Creativity, Inc.," Ed Catmull reveals some of the secrets of Pixar's success and describes his own approach to inspiring excellence in a large organization in the long term. Please register on website. He will give a talk on the subject. May 8, 7-8:30 p.m. Free- please register at computerhistory.org/events Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Art, Equity and Inequity'
Performance artist Andrea Fraser will explore the motivations that drive artists, collectors, art dealers and corporate sponsors. Shannon Jackson, professor of rhetoric and of theater, dance, and performance studies at U.C. Berkeley, will be in conversation with Fraser. May 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Cummings Art Building, Annenburg Auditorium, 435 Lasuen Mall, 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.