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8 Fascinating Free Lecture Series In The SF Bay Area

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Updated: 2 November 2016
The San Francisco Bay Area is rife with opportunities to build your knowledge and broaden your horizons. Read on to discover how.
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Lectures at Stanford

If you are wondering what the geniuses of today are working on, Stanford provides lectures and discussions featuring national and international experts in their fields, spanning a breadth of topics equal to Stanford’s course material. Most of these lectures are free and open to the public, although some require you to RSVP in advance. A few departments also offer updates on their work for the public, such as the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, which provides open lectures every other month for members of the community to brush up on cutting-edge science from updates on Higgs Boson discoveries to the nanotechnology of diamonds.

Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA, USA, +1 650 723 2300

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Computer History Museum Lectures

The Computer History Museum has hosted lectures featuring interviews between journalists and the leading voices in business and technology; past guests have included Mark Zuckerberg, Jane McGonigal, Sheryl Sandberg, and Elon Musk. Lectures are free to the public, and you can sign up for their mailing list to keep track of upcoming events.

Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA, USA, +1 650 810 1010

San Francisco Amateur Astronomers Lectures

Get closer to the stars with monthly free astronomy lectures at the Observation Post at the Presidio and a Summer lecture and viewing series at the Mountain Theater put together by the SFAA club.

The Presidio-Observation Post, 211 Lincoln Blvd, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 561 5444

Mountain Amphitheater, Ridgecrest Blvd. Mill Valley, CA, USA

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Lectures at University of San Francisco

The Dean’s Lecture Series is open to students, faculty and the public (with a rsvp) and fuelled by their drive towards sustainability, diversity, internationalization, and academic excellence. The talks cover such topics as the Rwandan genocide, the theology of Salvador Dalí, and data visualization.

University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 422 5555

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Lectures at University of California, Berkeley

Keep an eye on the Berkeley events calendar to attend lectures on cutting-edge developments in academia. Lectures cover topics including neuroscience and philosophy, with guest speakers as well as Berkeley professors offering their expertise within their specific fields.

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA, +1 510 642 6000

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Lectures at California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences hosts scientific lectures and workshops for the price of general admission. The Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lectures series is offered as well as talks given by esteemed professors as part of each Night Life event.

California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 379 8000

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Author Discussions at Books Inc.

In addition to a delightful treasure trove of good reads, Books Inc. spotlights books by hosting discussions with the authors themselves. Different events are held at the East Bay, Peninsula, and San Francisco locations.

Multiple Locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA

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Shaping San Francisco

Every Wednesday evening throughout the year you can attend the free public historical lecture series, Shaping San Francisco at Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics.

Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 863 9977