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Lectures & TalksChris Hedges on The National Defense Authorization Act
At this ACLU of Northern California, Med-Peninsula Chapter event, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges will give a lecture on the the indefinite detention provision of the National Defense Authorization Act. Nov. 24, 7-9 p.m. Free. First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Beyond the Big Screen: 3D Technology'
Scott Summit, founder of Bespoke Innovations and a director of technology at 3D Systems, will talk about his work making custom artificial limbs. These devices are also on view at the Los Altos History Museum as part of the "Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends" exhibit. The museum will be open from 5:30 to 7 p.m. preceding the talk. Dec. 2, 7-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Stage Company, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
Lectures & Talks'Apocalypse Now: Rise of ISIS'
Dan Devitt, history teacher at Menlo School, will give a talk about the rise of ISIS in the Middle East, covering what the organization is and why it matters. Dec. 2, 12:15-1 p.m. Free. Menlo School, Martin Hall, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Tim Shriver with 'Fully Alive'
Tim Shriver -- founder of the Special Olympics and nephew to John, Robert and Ted Kennedy -- will share his book, "Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most," a memoir about lessons learned from people with intellectual disabilities, including his aunt, Rosemary. Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. $15. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Geo for Good' with Rebecca Moore
This talk by Rebecca Moore, leader of the Google Earth Outreach and Earth Engine programs, will discuss projects with communities and indigenous peoples to solve problems involving conservation, human rights and cultural preservation. Dec. 3, 7-8 p.m. $20 nonmembers; $12 member; $7 student. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Richard Ford on 'Let Me Be Frank With You'
Richard Ford will share his new work, "Let Me Be Frank With You," which centers on a familiar figure from his previous works, Frank Bascombe, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Ford will be in conversation with Rachel Smith, a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Tim Federle on 'Hickory Daquiri Dock'
Tim Federle -- a former Broadway dancer, a children's book author and the mind behind the cookbook "Tequila Mockingbird -- will share his new cocktail recipe guide, "Hickory Daiquiri Dock." Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Performance vs. Learning'
Oshman Family JCC will welcome acclaimed author Alfie Kohn for a discussion entitled, "Performance vs. Learning: The Costs of Overemphasizing Achievement," during which he will offer his critiques of standardized testing and suggest solutions for learning and success. Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m. $25 advance; $30 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.