Best Upcoming Educational Seminars On The Peninsula

July 8, 2013 5:00 AM

When most people think summer, they think vacation. This year, why not take a vacation for your mind? Learn something new by attending one of these upcoming lectures and talks being held on the Peninsula this summer.

Courthouse Docket: Photo Preservation

San Mateo County History Museum
2200 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 299-0104
Date: July 13

Do you have a pile of old photographs that are beginning to fade or albums with yellowing snaps? If you would like to learn how to preserve old prints and photographs, consider attending an upcoming talk on photograph preservation with conservator Gawain Weaver. This event is part of the Courthouse Docket series held at the San Mateo County History Museum, located in downtown Redwood City. This event is a great way to get started with documenting your family’s history. If you’d like to learn more about the history of San Mateo County, the History Museum’s archives are free and open to the public.

The Road to Conquering Diseases of the Brain
Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family JCC
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(415) 597-6700
Commonwealth Club
Date: July 17

Dr. Dale Schenk, CEO of Prothena, has pioneered some of the most promising new treatments of Alzheimer’s disease and other brain diseases. In this talk, Schenk will discuss his work and the challenge of understanding, mapping and curing the complex human brain. This talk is sponsored by the Commonwealth Club of California.

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Stanford University Campus

View from the Stanford oval lawn toward Memorial Church. (James Irwin / CBS)

A Cultural Revolution in Islamic Iran

CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center
641 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305
(650) 725-2650
Date: July 29

The Human Rights Lecture Series at Stanford University has chosen to focus its program this year on international human rights issues across the world. The free lecture on July 19 will focus on the issues facing contemporary Iran. Abbas Milani, “one of the most highly visible and respected scholars on all aspects of contemporary Iran,” is the director of Iranian Studies at Stanford and the co-director of the Iran Democracy Project. He will be speaking on the issues facing 21st century Iran and how the legacy of the Islamic Revolution has shaped contemporary Iranian culture and politics.

The Buddha’s Teaching on Family and Lay Life
Sati Center
108 Birch St.
Redwood City, CA 94062
(650) 599-3456
Date: Aug. 3

Many people in the Bay Area are interested in Buddhism, whether their interest is intellectual or religious. One of the best local resources on Buddhism is the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City. The Center offers meditation instruction, yoga and weekly community events. The Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, associated with the Insight Meditation Center, works to spread the knowledge of Buddhism on the Peninsula. The Sati Center will be hosting monk Bhante Piyanada, who has lived in Los Angeles and has served as the abbot of a religious community there since 1976 as well as writing several books on Buddhism. He will be discussing the Buddha’s teaching on family and lay life.

Stanford Summer Theater Symposium

Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium
551 Serra Mall, Room 144
Stanford, CA 94305
(650) 725-2650
Date: Aug. 3

Each year, Stanford University hosts a summer theater program. This year’s focus is on the comedic works of Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett. Accompanying the summer-long performances of Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” and Beckett’s “Happy Days,” the Stanford Summer Theater program will also host a one-day symposium open to the community. This day-long event will include multiple talks and performances of staged scenes from the plays of Beckett and Wilde. The Summer Theater Festival will also offer a free film series focusing on apocalyptic comedy held throughout the summer. Registration for the film series is not necessary.

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Laura Tarwater-Scharp is a freelance writer, editor and historian. Originally from the Midwest, she has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over a decade. Her work can be found at

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