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Lectures & TalksOpen Forum: The Local Services Economy
The Churchill Club hosts speakers from ReachLocal, Lyft, Exec and Nextdoor to discuss challenges and opportunities for this emerging market. Dec. 2, 6-9 p.m. $49-110. Four Seasons Hotel, 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksFashion at Stanford: Ron Johnson and Cathy Horyn
Cathy Horyn will sit with Ron Johnson, former CEO of JCPenney and SVP of Retail at Apple, to discuss brand integrity and the future of retail. Dec. 2, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. CEMEX Auditorium, 641 Knight Way, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksKeith Raffel: 'A Fine and Dangerous Season'
Author Keith Raffel will discuss and sign his newest book, about a fictional character and President John F. Kennedy. Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAri Shavit at Cubberley
Israeli columnist Ari Shavit, author of "My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel," will give a talk. Dec. 3, 7 p.m. $12-20 Cubberley Community Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAri Shavit at the Oshman Family JCC
Israeli columnist Ari Shavit, author of "My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel," will give a talk. Dec. 3, 8 a.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksTalk: 'How to License Your Product Idea'
Warren Tuttle, president of the United Inventors Association, will share best practices on licensing products to big corporations and companies. Dec. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free, but spaces are limited. Please RSVP online. LegalForce, 323 University Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksTalk: Health Care for Children with Disabilities
Heidi M. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D. of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, will discuss the health care concepts for delivering effective health care to children with disabilities and chronic illnesses. RSVP required; childcare can be arranged. Dec. 5, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Abilities United, 525 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Contextualizing the Holodomor' Talk
Observations on the 80th anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933, with Frank Sysyn and Norman Naimark. Dec. 5, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Fisher Conference Center, Arrillaga Conference Center, 326 Galvez St., Stanford.
Lectures & TalksTalk: 'The Art of French Pastry'
Jacquy Pfeiffer, pastry chef and co-founder of the French Pastry School in Chicago, will discuss his new book, "The Art of French Pastry." Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksFilm and Panel on Human Trafficking
A film and panel about human trafficking, both locally and globally, will be presented. Experts will discuss ways to work together to combat it. Dec. 7, 2:45-5 p.m. Free. Congregation Beth Am Sanctuary, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.
Lectures & TalksTEDxBayArea Global Women Entrepreneurs
TEDxBayArea will convene its fourth annual Global Women Entrepreneurs event to celebrate women leaders around the world. Dec. 7, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $99. TEDxBayArea, Mountain View venue, Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Craft Powerful Stories' Writing Workshop
Author, coach and editor Jordan E. Rosenfeld will lead this South Bay Writers workshop, touching on scene construction, fiction-writing techniques and how character, plot, and dramatic tension must function within individual scenes. Sponsored by nonprofit South Bay Writers (California Writers Club-South Branch). Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $29-67. Harry's Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave., San Jose.
Lectures & TalksTechnology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum
Roger Harris, conservation biologist for an environmental consulting firm, will discuss the science behind global warming based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and raises some political questions on how to respond. Dec. 10, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch is $12. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksStanford Executive Briefings
David Demarest, vice president for Public Affairs at Stanford University and lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, will discuss the methodology of decision-making. Dec. 11, 7:30-9 a.m. $60. Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksTalk: John P. Holdren
John P. Holdren, assistant to the President for science and technology and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), will talk with moderator John Markoff, senior writer of The New York Times science section. This event is part of the Computer History Museum's "Revolutionaries" speaker series, featuring renowned innovators, business and technology leaders and authors in conversations often with leading journalists. Dec. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. Free - please register at computerhistory.org/events. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksTelecom Council Forum
Telecom Council Silicon Valley hosts this forum, "Opportunities in the Modern Classroom," to discuss the Internet's impact on education. Dec. 12, 3-5 p.m. Free for Telecom Council members; $50 for nonmembers. PARC, 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksSFMOMA Talk: Fascinating Women
The Los Altos Library hosts a SFMOMA docent-led presentation that will discuss artists as Diane Arbus, Frida Kahlo, Georgia O'Keeffe, Wangechi Mutu, Louis Bourgeois and Doris Salcedo. Dec. 16, 7-8 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksHumanist Community Forum
Hear a different speaker speak each Sunday on a range of topics: philosophy, politics, humanism, health, relationships, history, the environment. A buffet lunch (complimentary for first-time visitors) immediately follows. See website for each Sunday's speaker and topic: www.humanists.org. Oct. 27-Dec. 29, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Palo Alto High School Student Center (in the main quad - see http://goo.gl/maps/eWMfv), 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksFree Introductory Meditation Lectures
Free Introductory Lectures to the Transcendental Meditation Technique every Wednesday at noon and 8 p.m. Transcendental Meditation Center, 1101 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Shedding Light on Lighting'
This talk by a lighting expert will describe the new lighting options that are on the market. Jan. 8, 7-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksShedding Light on Lighting
A lighting expert will lead this talk and describe new lighting/light bulb options and tips for how to retrofit or replace existing high-energy use lighting. Jan. 8, 7-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksSFMOMA: Project Los Altos
SFMOMA docents will lead a presentation on the newly commissioned art works located throughout downtown Los Altos. The talk will focus on the artworks in the context of Los Alto's history and culture. Jan. 13, 7-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksStanford Live: 'Go Baroque!'
In a Stanford Live Informance, the Philarmonia Baroque Orchestra will offer an educational presentation on how a Baroque "continuo team" (cello, lute, harpsichord) works together to form the harmonic and rhythmic foundation in baroque repertoire. Jan. 16, 7-8 p.m. Free. Community School of Music and Arts, Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'The Transaction Society: Origins and Consequences'
This lecture series, hosted by the Stanford Center for Ethics in Society, will feature two lectures by Nicholas Lemann, professor and former dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He will discuss how he thinks American society fundamentally changed in the second half of the twentieth century. Jan. 15 and 16, 5:30 p.m. Free. Koret-Taube 130, 366 Galvez St., Stanford.
Lectures & TalksTalk: Safety and Security in a Transnational Environment
Vinton G. Cerf, vice president and chief internet evangelist for Google, will speak at this talk, hosted by the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. Jan. 22, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Tresidder Memorial Union, 2nd Floor, 459 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksPeninsula Railroad History Talk
The San Mateo County History Museum will host Peter Hansen, editor of Railroad History, the magazine of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society. He will talk about 150 years of San Francisco Peninsula railroad history. Jan. 25, 1-4 p.m. $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors. San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Lectures & TalksReal Estate and Law Symposium
The Third Annual Real Estate and Law REAL Symposium will feature two keynote speakers: Robert E. Hall, professor of Economics at Stanford University and Eli Khouri, executive vice president and chief investment officer at Kilroy Realty Corp. Register before Jan. 20 for discounted prices. Jan. 29, 12:30-6:30 p.m. $95-225. Paul Brest Hall, Building 4, 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksSFMOMA's 'Photography: Art or Craft?'
SFMOMA docents will lead a presentation that traces photography back to its origins and looks at its many roles in modern art. The talk examines the evolving understanding of photography, from a scientific recording to an imitation of painting. Feb. 10, 7-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 South San Antonio Road, 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 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
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.