Theoretically Speaking Series — Black Holes, Firewalls, and the Limits of Quantum Computers

October 18, 2017
6 - 7:30 pm
FREE | Register

Speaker: Scott Aaronson, the University of Texas at Austin

Quantum computers are proposed devices that would exploit quantum mechanics to solve certain problems dramatically faster than we know how to solve them with today's computers. In the popular press, quantum computers are often presented not just as an exciting frontier of science and technology (which they are), but as magic devices that would work by simply trying every possible solution in parallel. However, research over the past 25 years has revealed that the truth is much more subtle and problem-dependent: for some types of problems, quantum computers would offer only modest speedups or no speedups at all.

Theoretically Speaking is a lecture series organized by the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, highlighting exciting advances in theoretical computer science for a broad general audience. No special background is assumed. Light refreshments will be served before the lecture, at 5:30 p.m.

Investing Responsibly: how values and finance intersect for today’s investor

October 19, 2017
5:30 - 8 pm
FREE | Register
There is a tidal shift happening in how investors view the impact of their capital and how institutional investors assess investments. A growing number of investors want to use their portfolios to address climate change, promote social equity, and encourage companies to behave as responsible corporate citizens. Within a very short period, this had led to a significant increase in utilizing ESG Investing criteria (environmental, social and corporate governance) to assess the performances of businesses beyond the bottom line to promote sustainable values without compromising performance.
Our conversation features industry leaders in the measurement and construction of investment vehicles that use ESG principles in their decision-making. We will discuss the effects these recent shifts have had on our economy and individual investors, and how the investment industry is responding to the challenge.

Dwelling In-Between: Korean Americans in the Bay Area

October 21, 2017
2 - 6 pm
Dwelling In-Between (사이에 머물다) will feature Korean American artists, writers, and scholars who will discuss the transnational connections of the Korean American experience. As bicultural, bilingual, and/or binational subjects, Korean Americans describe their identity as in-between “Korea” and the “West,” as both physical locations and diasporic imaginaries. This symposium will celebrate Korean American immigration histories and modes of cultural production, with particular focus on the Bay Area as a dynamic hub of Korean culture.

An Accidental Activist

October 26, 2017
6 - 9:30 pm
$30 - $300 | Register
Jessica Zitter redefines what a medical hero looks like. In a field where the default is always more procedures and more technology, Dr. Zitter's journey led her to put her patients first. What does this person love to do? Who does this person love to be with? Dr. Zitter wrote "Extreme Measures," and is featured in Extremis, an Oscar-nominated documentary. She is an intensive care unit and palliative care doctor at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. Alameda Alliance for Health will kindly provide free CEUs to our community of providers at the event.

The Changing Landscape of the Land Conservation Model: Acquisition, Transfer, and Stewardship

November 6, 2017
9:30 am - 1 pm
$0-$30 | Register
Join us at our Harvest Gathering for a discussion on the evolving relationship between land trusts and their stewardship partners. You will hear perspectives on: where the traditional model began, how and why it has changed, and a forecast of where things are going; innovative ways that land trusts and agencies are working together to uncover untraditional funding sources and partners to acquire, transfer, and steward land; and, to what extent these models are working and where more collaboration is needed. Photo: Karl Gohl, Bay Area Ridge Trail

Bubbles & Bivalves

November 8, 2017
6 - 9:30 pm
$75 | Register

Join The Watershed Project, supporters, and Bay Area environmental leaders for an evening of celebration! Enjoy oysters, hors d'oeuvres, and festive libations from local sustainable restaurants, a silent auction, and live music with local musicians while supporting watershed restoration and education efforts in the Bay. Email for more information.