Emi Hariyama is an award winning ballerina who graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow, and has performed across Russia, Asia, Europe and America. Emi talks about the beauty of ballet, her work as a dancer/ performer/artist, and challenges faced as a ballerina abroad.
Matthew Vines visits Google’s Mountain View office to discuss The Reformation Project and his book ‘God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships’. You can find Matthew’s book on Google Play here:
Matthew Vines is the founder and president of The Reformation Project, and the author of God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. The Reformation Project runs conferences across the country for Christians who want to advance the inclusion of the LGBT community in their churches. TIME has written that Vines “represents new momentum to change the evangelical tide,” and he has been featured on CNN, NPR, MSNBC, and in The New York Times.
Jeremy Scahill comes to Google to talk about his new book, Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield.
In Dirty Wars, Jeremy Scahill, author of the New York Times bestseller Blackwater: The World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, takes us inside America’s new covert wars. The foot soldiers in these battles operate globally and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture, or kill individuals designated by the president as enemies.
Drawn from the ranks of the Navy SEALs, Delta Force, former Blackwater and other private security contractors, the CIA’s Special Activities Division, and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), these elite soldiers operate worldwide, with thousands of secret commandos working in more than one hundred countries. Funded through “black budgets,” Special Operations Forces conduct missions in denied areas, engage in targeted killings, snatch and grab individuals, and direct drone, AC-130, and cruise missile strikes. While the Bush administration deployed these ghost militias, President Barack Obama has expanded their operations and given them new scope and legitimacy.
Dirty Wars follows the consequences of the declaration that “the world is a battlefield,” as Scahill uncovers the most important foreign policy story of our time. From Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond, Scahill reports from the frontlines in this high-stakes investigation and explores the depths of America’s global killing machine. He goes beneath the surface of America’s covert wars, conducted in the shadows, outside the range of the press, without effective congressional oversight or public debate. And, based on unprecedented access, Scahill tells the story of an American citizen marked for assassination by his own government.As US leaders draw the country deeper into conflicts across the globe, setting the world stage for enormous destabilization and blowback, Americans are not only at greater risk—we are changing as a nation. Scahill unmasks the shadow warriors who prosecute these secret wars and puts a human face on the casualties of unaccountable violence that is now official policy: victims of night raids, secret prisons cruise missile attacks and drone strikes, and whole classes of people branded as “suspected militants.” Through his reporting, he exposes the true nature of the dirty wars the United States government struggles to keep hidden.
About the Author: Jeremy Scahill is National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine and is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute.He is the writer, with David Riker, and a producer of the documentary feature film, Dirty Wars, which won the Cinematography Award for U.S. Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival 2013. IFC Films releases Dirty Wars in theaters June 7, 2013 throughout the United States.
Scahill has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen, the former Yugoslavia and elsewhere across the globe. Scahill is a frequent guest on a wide array of programs, appearing regularly on The Rachel Maddow Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Democracy Now!. He has also appeared on ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, BBC, al Jazeera, CNN, The NewsHour, and Bill Moyers Journal. Scahill’s work has sparked several Congressional investigations and won some of journalism’s highest honors. He was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk Award, in 1998 for foreign reporting and in 2008 for his book Blackwater.
In 2013, Scahill was named one of nine recipients of the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes at Yale University.
Education Lessons from Work Rules! That Will Transform How You Live and Lead.
Laszlo Bock shares lessons that are key to building successful education organizations. He discusses culture, failure / experimentation, bias, and importance of social / emotional learning.
William Green, author of the highly rated book “The Great Minds of Investing”, will speak about the most important lessons he has learned in two decades of studying, interviewing, and writing about many of the world’s best investors. He will discuss how you can become more successful — both as an investor and in other areas of life — by reverse-engineering the greatest investors and figuring out how they stack the odds of success in their favor. The goal: to become richer, wiser, and happier.
William has written for many publications, including Time, The New Yorker, Fortune, Forbes, Barron’s, Money, Worth, Bloomberg Markets, and The Economist. He was the Editor of the European, Middle Eastern, African, and Asian editions of Time. As a co-author, he worked closely with Guy Spier, helping him to write his memoir, The Education of a Value Investor. William has interviewed many remarkable investors, such as Sir John Templeton, Joel Greenblatt, Howard Marks, Bill Ackman, Seth Klarman, Bill Miller, Tom Russo, Marty Whitman, Bill Nygren, Donald Yacktman, Mohnish Pabrai, Jean-Marie Eveillard, Peter Lynch, Bill Ruane, and Michael Price.
As part of Black History Month, Google invited MA State Rep & Majority Whip Byron Rushing to give a talk on any topic relevant to the black experience. In this talk, Rep. Rushing delves into the lesser-known history of slavery in Massachusetts.
Rep. Rushing is a historian by training and former President of the Museum of African American History in Boston.
Classical saxophonist Dr. Paul Cohen visits Google to discuss the history of the saxophone and demonstrate rare instruments from his collection. Learn more about Dr. Paul Cohen and his saxophone collection on his web site,
Richard Rothstein discusses his book, “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.”
Moderated by Halimah DeLaine Prado.
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Chris Burhard and Ben Weiland stop by the Googleplex to discuss surf photography and their surf movie, “Cradle of Storms.”
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David Rockefeller’s eldest son David Jr. and his wife Susan, along with Jonathan Rendell, Deputy Chairman of Christie’s Americas, discuss the recent, record-breaking successful Rockefeller family auction hosted by Christie’s New York, as well as continuing legacy of the Rockefeller family’s philanthropy.
In spring 2018, Christie’s New York hosted the “auction of the century,” selling the entire contents of David and Peggy Rockefeller’s art collection for philanthropic purposes, raising a record-breaking $835 million — the highest total ever for any single-owner collection at auction and the most significant charitable auction in history. Mr. Rendell, David Jr. and Susan discuss the thrilling experience of the auction itself, the plan for dispersal of the sale proceeds to selected charities, and the innovative ways in which the current generations of Rockefellers are upholding the family’s dedication to philanthropy — a rare opportunity for an insider’s conversation with two members of this storied American family.
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Moderated by Emma Fallone.