1) ARE WE ALONE?
The idea of people all over the world using their home computers to scan radio signals for signs of extra-terrestrial intelligent life may sound like science fiction, but that’s exactly what’s been happening for the last fourteen years thanks to the Berkeley-based SETI@home project. Yet while the large-scale experiment hasn’t yet made contact, scientists aren't deterred. Hear about the possibilities of life beyond our planet in a conversation with SETI@home co-founder and chief scientist Dan Werthimer, titled “Is Anybody Out There?” At Sutardja Dai Hall; noon-1 p.m., free.
2) YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
Nachos, hot dogs, hamburgers, and French fries — these are the unfortunate kinds of foods kids eat at school. No wonder two-thirds of Americans are overweight, and the trend is only getting worse. Join Katrina Heron, director of The Edible Schoolyard Project, in a conversation about the nation’s “deeply flawed” National School Lunch Program, and how it might be changed. At Freight & Salvage; 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m., $10.
3) PHILIP KAN GOTANDA
One need only to look at the local Cineplex to realize that the vast majority of media excludes the experiences of a vast number of Americans. Over the last several decades, Asian-American playwright Philip Kan Gotanda has tried to change that. Hear him discuss his creative process, as well as how his years at Berkeley influenced his works, in a conversation with Chinese playwright Stan Lai. At Durham Studio Theater on the UC Berkeley campus; 5:30 p.m., free.
4) PROSTATE PLEASURE
Meet Charlie Glickman and Aislinn Emirzian, authors of The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure, as they discuss their helpful guide. At Good Vibes on Lakeshore; 6:30 p.m., free.
5) POETRY TO THE RESCUE
Can Poetry Save Our Planet? That’s the provocative title of a discussion with former California poet laureate Al Young, who’ll touch on topics including the power of language, marketing, global discourse, and awareness. At Northbrae Community Church; 7:30 p.m., $5 suggested donation.