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The Author Talk Series hosts readings and talks by prominent authors.
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Upcoming Current Talks 

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Berkeley Arts & Letters presents:

TED TALKS: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking

Tuesday, May 10, 7:30pm

If you've ever been inspired by a talk…learn an insider’s tips for creating talks that are unforgettable.
Since taking over TED in the early 2000s, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted short talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, sharing knowledge and insights, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience’s worldview. Done right, a talk is more powerful than anything in written form.

Anderson considers how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved, and looks at equipping us -- there is no set formula; no two talks should be the same. The goal is for you to give the talk that only you can give. Intimidated? You may find it more natural than you think.

Chris Anderson has worked behind the scenes with all the TED speakers who have inspired us the most, and here he shares insights from such favorites as Sir Ken Robinson, Amy Cuddy, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Salman Khan, Dan Gilbert, Mary Roach, Matt Ridley, and dozens more — everything from how to craft your talk’s content to how you can be most effective on stage.

Chris Anderson is the curator of TED. Trained as a journalist after graduating from Oxford University, Anderson launched more than 100 successful magazines and websites before turning his attention to TED, which he and his nonprofit organization acquired in 2001. His TED mantra — “ideas worth spreading” — continues to blossom on an international scale. He lives in New York City.

                      Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets online or 800-838-3006

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

Tuesday, May 17, 7:30pm


Acclaimed theoretical physicist Sean Carroll has never been one to shy away from difficult questions. He has taken readers along for a ride across the arrow of time in From Eternity to Here and into the search for the Higgs Boson in The Particle at the End of the Universe. Carroll now tackles his most expansive and comprehensive topic yet.  

The Big Picture embarks on a journey of unprecedented scientific scope, examining everything from the matter that makes up the far reaches of our universe to the molecules that make up our DNA. With his unique ability to demonstrate complicated and mind-bending subjects with enjoyable clarity, Carroll explores how human values relate to scientific reality, and more importantly, why it should matter that we understand how our world works.
Carroll considers, among much else, the best explanation for the existence of the universe at the quantum, cosmic, and human levels; why life after death is very unlikely; how human biases keep us from changing our beliefs in the face of inconsistent evidence; and why morality is important, even if it is a human construct.  
Ultimately, Carroll demonstrates that while our lives are dwarfed like never before by the immensity of space and time, it is our capacity to comprehend the universe that gives life purpose and meaning.

Sean Carroll, PhD, is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology. After receiving his doctorate at Harvard, he pursued his research at MIT, the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, and the University of Chicago. The author of From Eternity to Here, and The Particle at the End of the Universe, he has been awarded prizes and fellowships by the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and has appeared on The Colbert Report and Nova. Who else could explain entropy in a cup of coffee and prove consciousness through a stubbed toe?

                        Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets online or 800-838-3006