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'A State of Courts and Parties' discussion
Ira Katznelson and Margaret Levi will discuss ideas presented in Francis Fukuyama's lecture from the day before, "A State of Courts and Parties." Jan. 23, 1-3 p.m. Free. Landau Economics Building, Room 134A, 366 Galvez St., Stanford.
 

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'Venerable Sheng Yen and the Construction of a New Chan School in Taiwan'
This talk by Florida State University professor Jimmy Yu will cover the late Buddhist educator Master Shengyan Huikong and his formation of a new school within Chinese Buddhism, the Dharma Drum Lineage. The event is organized by the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford. Jan. 23, 12:15-1:30 p.m. Free. Main Quad, Building 70-72A1, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

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'The Recipe for a Great Relationship'
Dating coach Patricia Fuqua will give a talk designed for singles interested in relationships, offering tips to make dating enjoyable and for choosing a compatible partner. Those interested should call to register. Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. Free. East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Esther Wojcicki on 'Moonshots in Education'
Esther Wojcicki, a Palo Alto teacher and journalist, will discuss her new book "Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom." Jan. 24, 7:30-9 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

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'Zen & the Art of Mushroom Hunting'
Debbie Viess, an amateur mycologist and co-founder of the Bay Area Mycological Society, will share her love of fungi and knowledge about how to find them and why they are scientifically important. Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
 

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Raj Patel on Generation Food Project
Raj Patel -- a writer, activist and academic -- will speak about his newest work, Generation Food Project, as well as the global food movement. He will also show a clip from his film and answer questions. Jan. 24, 4-6 p.m. Free. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

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Winter Poetry Series event
This afternoon of poetry will feature Jym Marks, Leah Lubin and Gary Horsman, as well as special guests Kalamu Chache, Cheryl Watkins, Monica Zones, Walter Baker, Linda Burroughs, Saundra Curry, Rita Daneils, Rene Curry and Yolanda Garcia. Jan. 25, 3-5 p.m. Free. 4141 Bar, 4141 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
 

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Comedian Maria Bamford
Maria Bamford, standup comedian, writer and TV actor, will give a talk at Stanford, co-sponsored by the Stanford Storytelling Project and The ITALIC Program. Jan. 26, 8-10 p.m. Free. Cemex Auditorium, 655 Knight Way, Stanford.

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Author Elizabeth Svoboda on 'What Makes a Hero?'
Elizabeth Svoboda will share and sign her new book "What Makes a Hero? The Surprising Science of Selflessness," which discusses breakthroughs in biology and neuroscience that point to selfless tendencies in the brain, as well as how selfless behavior can be encouraged. Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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'Seven Steps to Boost Vitaltiy'
This talk will cover a handful of steps individuals can take to help over overcome blockages, experience joy and make the most of 2015. Jan. 26, 8-9 p.m. $5-$10 donation suggested. First Baptist Church , 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto .
 

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Author Deborah Rhode on 'What Women Want'
The Clayman Institute at Stanford University will welcome Deborah L. Rhode, a prolific author and former director of the institute, to speak about her book "What Women Want: An Agenda for the Women's Movement," which examines the current state of gender inequality. The event will also include a book signing. Jan. 27, 4:15-5:45 p.m. Free. Levinthal Hall, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.

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Author Jan Ellison on 'A Small Indiscretion'
At this book launch event, Jan Ellison will chat with Ann Packer about her debut novel "A Small Indiscretion," which explores themes of desire, obsession and mistakes that return to haunt their perpetrators. Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Author Maria Gitin on 'This Bright Light of Ours'
Veteran civil rights activist Maria Gitin will give a talk and sign her book, "This Bright Light of Ours: Stories from the Voting Rights Fight." Her activism has ranged from participation in the voting rights marches in Selma to involvement in (and awards from) organizations including the NAACP. Jan. 28, noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Black Community Services Center, Brandon Community Room, 418 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.

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'Pluto on the Horizon'
As part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Dr. Mark Showalter will give a talk called "Pluto on the Horizon: Anticipating Our First Encounter with the Double Planet," in which he will preview the upcoming arrival of the New Horizons spacecraft at Pluto in July. Jan. 28, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Foothill College, Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
 

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SAFER Bay Project talk
Len Materman, executive director of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, will discuss the alternatives being considered by the SAFER Bay Project to provide further tidal flood protection and reduce flood insurance costs in south San Mateo County and Palo Alto. Jan. 28, 7-9 p.m. Free. Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, Oak Room, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park.

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Author Armistead Maupin on 'The Days of Anna Madrigal'
Armistead Maupin will visit Kepler's Books to discuss the ninth and final novel of his Tales of the City series, "The Days of Anna Madrigal," in which the 92-year-old transgender San Franciscan delves into her past. Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m. $15 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Rose care and pruning talk
Master Gardeners will give a lecture on planning ahead for healthy rose growth, covering how to prune, fertilize, mulch and reduce disease during the winter. Jan. 28, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

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Author Wendy Lesser on 'Why I Read'
Wendy Lesser will make an appearance at Linden Tree Books to discuss her book "Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books," in which she describes the impact of literature on her life and experience. Jan. 29, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
 

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An Evening of Poetry and Prose
Peninsula Literary will hold a reading at Gallery House, featuring authors Kristi Moos and Kevin Sharp and welcoming guest readers Paul Carroll, Mary-Marcia Casoly, Sibel Sayiner and Preeva Tramiel. Jan. 30, 7-9 p.m. $10 donation. Gallery House, 320 California Ave., Palo Alto.
 

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Author Andrea Weir on 'A Foolish Consistency'
Local author Andrea Weir will share her debut novel "A Foolish Consistency," a love story that examines the repercussions of ignored fear and grief. Feb. 2, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.

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Author Michael Shermer on 'The Moral Arc'
Michael Shermer will come to Kepler's Books to discuss and sign his book "The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom," a work of skepticism, science and reason. Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. $10 student; $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Northern California artists talk
This talk will focus on the Northern California art scene from 1950s through the '80s, highlighting the work of Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud and Robert Arneson. Feb. 2, 7-8 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

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Veterinary Technology Internship & Career Fair
The Foothill College Veterinary Technology Program will host an internship and career fair for students and professionals working in veterinary medicine. RSVP is required. Feb. 4, 5:30-8 p.m. Free; $3 parking. Foothill College, Campus Center Dining Room, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

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Author Sandip Roy on 'Don't Let Him Know'
Sandip Roy will speak in conversation with Richard Rodriguez about his debut work of fiction, "Don't Let Him Know," which captures multiple generations of immigrant family life. Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Author Michael Shermer on 'The Moral Arc'
Michael Shermer, the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and a columnist for the Scientific American, will discuss his latest book, "The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom." Feb. 4, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Author Thomas Kirsch on 'The Jungian Life'
Thomas B. Kirsch, M.D., a current faculty member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, will discuss his memoir, "The Jungian Life," which tells of his upbringing by two first-generation Jungian analysts and his career as a psychologist. Feb. 4, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
 

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'Everything was a Matter of Life and Death'
In this talk sponsored by the Center for Ethics in Society, Larissa MacFarquhar, a New Yorker staff writer since 1998, will tell the story of a woman from the Los Angeles ghetto who opted for the path of nursing over the abstractions of the peace and justice movement. Feb. 5, 7 p.m. Free. Cemex Auditorium, 655 Knight Way, Stanford.

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Philosophy Talk radio show tapings
Philosophy Talk, an award-winning radio show, will hold two public tapings of new programs: "Democracy in America" at 4:30 p.m., featuring political scientist Francis Fukuyama, and "Morality in a Godless World" at 7:30 p.m., featuring humanist chaplain Jonathan Figdor. Feb. 6, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Free. Annenberg Auditorium, Crothers Way, Stanford.
 

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Woodside First Friday with Bill Davidow
For this Woodside First Friday Series event, local author Bill Davidow will speak on the topic of "Controlling the Consumer via the Internet." Feb. 6, 7-8 p.m. Free. Woodside Independence Hall, 2955 Woodside Road, Woodside.
 

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Travel writer Susan Van Allen
Susan Van Allen will discuss her latest work of travel writing, "50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go," which provides details a variety tips to make the most of a trip to Italy. Feb. 6, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

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'Downton Abbey' library lecture
Dr. DiAnn Ellis will give an illustrated lecture about the social-historical and geopolitical contexts surrounding the story of "Downton Abbey." She will also share highlights from her visit to Highclere Castle; tea and biscuits will be served. Those interested should RSVP to the Atherton Library. Feb. 7, 1-3:30 p.m. Free. Atherton Town Council Chambers, 94 Ashfield Road, Atherton.
 

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Author John Burley on 'The Forgetting Place'
John Burley, author of the award-winning author of "The Absence of Mercy," will share his latest work of psychological suspense, "The Forgetting Place." Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Rachel Gillum on 'Muslim-American Attitude Formation'
Rachel Gillum, a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford's Center for International Conflict and Negotiation, will give a talk called "Muslim-American Attitude Formation Toward U.S. Law Enforcement," in which she will share results from a national survey of Muslim Americans. Feb. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Pigott Hall, Room 113, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
 

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Lath Carlson on 'Body Metrics'
At this Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum event, Lath Carlson -- vice president of exhibits and content development at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose -- will describe a new permanent exhibit called "Body Metrics: Exploring the Digital You." Feb. 10, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 lunch. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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Stanford Executive Briefings with Susan Packard
At this Stanford Executive Briefing, Susan Packard, who led the successful growth of Scripps Interactive Network's HGTV cable network, will talk about "Three Keys to Building a Thriving Organization." Feb. 11, 7:30-9 a.m. $60. Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
 

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Author Steven Herrmann on 'Spiritual Democracy'
Steven Herrmann, a recognized author and Jungian psychotherapist, will his exploration of the "shaman-poets" Walt Whitman, Herman Melville and Emily Dickinson in his book "Spiritual Democracy: The Wisdom of Early American Visionaries for the Journey Forward." Feb. 11, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.

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Author Eric Topol on 'The Patient Will See You Now'
Eric Topol, M.D., will share his recently published book "The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands," in which he discusses how technology is beginning to give patients more control over their medical care. Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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'Condors and People'
As part of the Audubon Speaker Series, condor researcher Nicole Sault will give a presentation called "Condors and People: How We Live (or Die) Together," discussing how people view condors in the Andes as well as the challenges the birds face in California today. Feb. 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, Room H1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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Author David Axelrod on 'Believer'
David Axelrod, a veteran political consultant and adviser, will discuss with Computer History Museum CEO John Hollar his career and mission to inspire new leaders, a story told in his book "Believer." Registration is requested. Feb. 18, noon-1 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline, Mountain View.

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Author Pamela Gullard in conversation with Richard Moran
Pam Gullard, author of recently released "Through the Gates: Eighty-Five Years of Menlo College and its Times," will discuss the school's past, present and future with Menlo College President Richard Moran. The event will begin with a reception with refreshments, followed by the presentation at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 7-9 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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'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.

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'FIA Formula E Racing: Drive the Future'
The Computer History Museum will welcome Alejandro Agag, CEO of the new racing series for electric cars, who will speak about Formula E Racing and how it can serve as a catalyst for research and development of electric vehicles in general. Registration is requested. Feb. 3, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.