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Janet Beard

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Women in Manhattan Project’s culture of secrecy

What was it like to be one of the thousands of young women working on the Manhattan Project with no idea of what they were helping to create? Janet Beard’s novel The Atomic City Girls follows eighteen-year-old June Walker as she boards an unmarked bus in 1944, destined for a city that doesn’t officially exist: Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Beard will talk about the women’s history hidden in America’s nuclear past and what we still might have to learn from the women
who worked on the Manhattan Project. She currently lives and writes in Columbus, Ohio.

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Patrick Hunt

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Hannibal’s Secret Weapon

The compelling story of Hannibal Barca of Carthage, one of military history’s greatest commanders, is vividly brought
to life by Patrick N. Hunt, an archeologist, historian and author. A specialist in the archeology of the Alps, Hunt is the author of Hannibal. A lively raconteur, Hunt will tell the story of the general best known for crossing the Alps with war
elephants. A lecturer at Stanford University, Hunt directed Stanford’s Alpine Archeology Project between 1994 and
2012, which continued as the Hannibal Expedition for the National Geographic Society.

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Andy Weir

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Science, Fiction and Life

Livermore native and author of the best-selling The Martian, Andy Weir, will discuss his life before and after the science fiction novel adapted into a hit movie in 2015, including a lifelong interest in interplanetary travel. A software engineer by training, Weir attaches great importance to technical accuracy and scientific authenticity in his novels. His most recent novel is Artemis, a novel about life in a city on the Moon. Weir graduated from Livermore High and served as an intern at Sandia before becoming a computer programmer.

Above photo by Aubrie Pick

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Joel Breakstone

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Detecting Fake News

With an election in November and the dark cloud of Russian interference still hanging over the US electoral system, the ability of citizens to assess the veracity of online information remains a critical issue. Fake news is certainly a problem. However, it’s not the biggest. The Internet is filled with content that defies labels like “fake” or “real.” Determining who’s behind information and whether it’s worthy of trust is more complex than a true/false dichotomy. Joel Breakstone, who directs Stanford University’s History Education Group, will discuss a report that revealed how a dismaying number of otherwise digitally fluent students were unable to evaluate the credibility of information they found online. He also will describe curriculum and assessments that his group has developed based on research about how professional fact checkers evaluate online content. 

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Upcoming Events

Fri 14

The Nutcracker

Fri, December 14 @ 7:00 pm
Organizer: Valley Dance Theatre
925.243.0925
Thu 20

The Doo Wop Project Christmas

Thu, December 20 @ 7:30 pm
Fri 21

Irish Christmas in America

Fri, December 21 @ 8:00 pm
Sat 22
Sat 22

Love Actually

Sat, December 22 @ 7:00 pm

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