Lectures

At our lecture-style events, speakers give engaging talks, with opportunities for Q&A and discussion. We can't wait to learn with you!

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Past Events

40.00
B√°rbara Mujica
Frida Kahlo: Artist and Rebel
Speaker: 
B√°rbara Mujica
Thursdays, October 22nd and 29th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

Today, images of Frida Kahlo are ubiquitous in mainstream culture. But in her time, Kahlo was a rebel who challenged the status quo with her paintings and her life. Join renowned literature professor and novelist Dr. Barbara Mujica for a two-part talk on the captivating life and art of Frida Kahlo.

35.00
Teresa Fry Brown
Womanist Activism and the Fight for Equality
Speaker: 
Teresa Fry Brown
Saturday, October 3rd, 10-11:30am PT / 1-2:30pm ET

Over the past 40 years, Black women activists have built the womanist movement to advocate for the rights of all people. The inspirational Reverend Dr. Fry Brown will highlight the work of several womanist activists, from public figures to ordinary people committed to making change, and demonstrate how their actions illustrate the ideals of womanism.

40.00
Eric Tagliacozzo
Pepper, Salt, Empire: How the Spice Trade Made the World Modern
Speaker: 
Eric Tagliacozzo
Saturday, September 26th, 12-1:30pm PT / 3-4:30pm ET

What we view as commonplace seasonings like pepper and cinnamon were once the most luxurious items known to humans. Join award-winning Cornell University Professor Eric Tagliacozzo for this talk about humanity's millennials-long yearning for the spices of Asia.

40.00
Cynthia Neal Spence
Seeking Justice for All: Race and the Criminal Justice System
Speaker: 
Cynthia Neal Spence
Sundays, September 13th and 20th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

Join Dr. Cynthia Neal Spence, award-winning sociology professor and director of the Spelman College Social Justice Fellows Program, for this two-part lecture examining the history of race and the criminal justice system.

15.00
Andrew Fraknoi
Where Jeff Bezos’s Great Granddaughter Will Go for Her Honeymoon: The Top Tourist Sights of the Solar System
Speaker: 
Andrew Fraknoi
Friday, September 18th, 6-7:30pm PT / 9-10:30pm ET

Take a tour of the most intriguing future ‚Äútourist destinations‚ÄĚ among the planets and moons in our cosmic neighborhood. Our stops include Venus, the Mount Olympus volcano on Mars, and Saturn's "Cold Faithful" and more!

40.00
Michael L. Littman
The Four Ways We Tell Machines What We Want, and How We Can Do Better
Speaker: 
Michael L. Littman
Tuesdays, September 8th and 15th, 12-1:30pm PT / 3-4:30pm ET

Over two lectures, renowned computer science professor Michael Littman will share the major ways in which humans endow computers with their intended autonomous behaviors. If you understand how computers are told, trained, and taught what to do, you will be a savvier consumer and more adept at convincing the machines to do what you want them to do.

25.00
Andrew Ridker
The Past, Present, and Future of Jewish American Literature in 60 Minutes or Less
Speaker: 
Andrew Ridker
Sunday, September 6th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Join acclaimed novelist Andrew Ridker for a fascinating talk and discussion on the past, present, and future of Jewish American literature, including how Jewish American literature responds to and shapes the ever-changing role of Jews in America.

15.00
Kim Kutz Elliot
President Lincoln in Pop Culture
Speaker: 
Kim Kutz Elliot
Tuesday, March 31st, 8-9pm PT / 11pm-12am ET

Join historian Kim Kutz Elliott for a thought-provoking exploration of Abraham Lincoln's ubiquitous presence in American popular culture.

15.00
Steve Chamow
Technologies for Vaccines for COVID-19
Speaker: 
Steve Chamow
Tuesday, May 19th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

Dr. Steve Chamow is back by popular demand for an extended conversation on COVID-19 drug discovery. Join us to learn more about the availability of technologies for therapeutics and vaccines and opportunities to shorten the timeline of clinical drug development.

10.00
Lauren Oakes
Coping with Climate Change & Trying to Stop It
Speaker: 
Lauren Oakes
Thursday, May 7th, 6-7pm PT / 9-10pm ET

The solution space for climate change isn‚Äôt only about stopping emissions. It‚Äôs also about coping with the consequences in our local communities. Conservation scientist Lauren Oakes will discuss two responses to climate change ‚ÄĒadaptation vs. mitigation ‚ÄĒ and what we can do to help.

15.00
Steve Chamow
What Does It Take to Develop a New Drug for COVID-19?
Speaker: 
Steve Chamow
Tuesday, May 7th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

The current pandemic is affecting our lives in ways we never expected, and scientists around the globe are working to stop its spread. In this timely talk with Dr. Steve Chamow, we'll learn about what it will take for drug companies to mitigate the impact of coronavirus.

15.00
Krithika Varagur
How Saudi Money Changed the Muslim World
Speaker: 
Krithika Varagur
Sunday, May 3rd, 12-1pm PT / 3-4pm ET

Award-winning journalist Krithika Varagur will discuss Saudi influence on the Muslim world and national security implications of the US-Saudi relationship.

15.00
Dan Berstein
How to Talk about Mental Health During a Pandemic (and Beyond)
Speaker: 
Dan Berstein
Friday, May 1st, 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

How do we talk candidly and sensitively about mental health during a pandemic (and beyond)? Dan Berstein draws on his professional training as a mediator, academic background in mental health, and personal experience living with bipolar disorder to help us navigate this critical topic.

15.00
Ophir Samson
How Do Self-Driving Cars Actually Work?
Speaker: 
Ophir Samson
Tuesday, April 29th, 8-9pm PT / 11pm-12am ET

Self-driving cars are in the news and on the roads, but how do they actually work? Industry veteran Ophir Samson will fill us in and engage us in a fascinating discussion about how autonomous vehicles will change our day-to-day lives.

15.00
Janet Golden
How Babies Made America Modern
Speaker: 
Janet Golden
Monday, April 27th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Historian Janet Golden believes babies have shaped many aspects of modern life, including medicine, government, consumer culture, and economics. Recommended for anyone who has ever been a baby!

10.00
Al Camarillo
In Times of Crisis: How Has America Responded?
Speaker: 
Al Camarillo
Saturday, April 25th, 6-7pm PT / 9-10pm ET

How have Americans and their leaders responded in times of crisis throughout our history? Join acclaimed Stanford historian Al Camarillo for this timely discussion.

15.00
Merve Emre
The Strange History of Personality Testing and Its Continued Allure
Speaker: 
Merve Emre
Wednesday, May 6th, 9-10am PT / 12-1pm ET

Oxford English professor Merve Emre explains the bizarre origins of personality testing and explores why these tests continue to intrigue us.

15.00
Eric Schwartz
Solving the Flint Water Crisis with Data Science
Speaker: 
Eric Schwartz
Sunday, April 19th, 12-1pm PT / 3-4pm ET

Learn how machine learning has helped researchers and policy makers take a targeted approach to solving water crises in Flint and beyond.

15.00
Lisa Ruth Rand
Space Junk: What To Do About Waste In Space
Speaker: 
Lisa Ruth Rand
Saturday, April 18th, 6-7pm PT / 9-10pm ET

Like industries on earth, the space industry also generates waste. Join science historian and space junk expert Lisa Ruth Rand to explore how space junk became a threat and to discuss the challenges faced by those who wish to fix the problem.

15.00
Andrew Ridker
The Future of Jewish American Literature
Speaker: 
Andrew Ridker
Friday, April 17th, 5:30-6:30pm PT / 8:30-9:30pm ET

Join acclaimed novelist Andrew Ridker for an engaging talk and discussion on the past, present, and future of Jewish American literature.

15.00
Steve Chamow
What Does It Take to Develop a New Drug for COVID-19?
Speaker: 
Steve Chamow
Thursday, April 16th, 6-7pm PT / 9-10pm ET

We're eager to learn from drug development expert Dr. Steve Chamow about what it will take to make drugs to treat COVID-19.

15.00
Lara Freidenfelds
The History of Miscarriage in America
Speaker: 
Lara Freidenfelds
Wednesday, April 15th, 9-10am PT / 12-1pm ET

Join science historian Lara Freidenfelds for a discussion of how Americans' perceptions of miscarriage have changed over the past 250 years.

15.00
Iris Litt
What to Do While Waiting for Precision Medicine
Speaker: 
Iris Litt
Monday, April 13th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Most drugs prescribed today have only been tested on white men. Don't miss this opportunity to talk with esteemed Stanford Pediatrics Professor Dr. Iris Litt about how this affects patients and what can be done.

15.00
Catherine Baylin Duryea
Human Rights in the Arab World, from the 1970s to the Arab Spring
Friday, April 10th, 7-8pm PT / 10-11pm ET

Spend the evening learning about human rights activism in the Arab world with law professor and historian Catherine Baylin Duryea.

15.00
Randi Hutter Epstein
Aroused: How Hormones Control Just About Everything
Thursday, April 9th, 12-1pm PT / 3-4pm ET

Medical writer Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein takes us on a fascinating journey into the history of hormones and the outsized role they play in our lives. Randi has an MD and MPH and teaches writing at Yale and Columbia.

15.00
Terry Johnson
Synthetic Biology: Beating the Cell at its Own Game
Speaker: 
Terry Johnson
Thursday, April 2nd, 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

Learn how scientists design and construct biological systems to do everything from edit the genome to make better dye for blue jeans.

15.00
Lauren Oakes
Hope, Panic, and Action in a Warming World
Speaker: 
Lauren Oakes
Wednesday, April 1st, 6-7pm PT / 9-10pm ET

Join conservation scientist Lauren Oakes to learn how we can adapt to climate change and support natural solutions to reduce emissions.

15.00
Lara Freidenfelds
The History of Miscarriage in America
Speaker: 
Lara Freidenfelds
Thursday, March 26th, 4-5pm PT / 7-8pm ET

Join science historian Lara Freidenfelds for a discussion of how Americans' perceptions of miscarriage have changed over the past 250 years.

15.00
Andrew Ridker
The Future of Jewish American Literature
Speaker: 
Andrew Ridker
Monday, March 23rd, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

Join acclaimed novelist Andrew Ridker for an engaging talk and discussion on the past, present, and future of Jewish American literature.