Elizabeth Warren got her first look at the workings of Washington, D.C., when she was called in to advise Congress on rewriting bankruptcy laws. The Harvard law professor fought against political dysfunction, retooling the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to better protect the working and middle classes, and ran for Senate in 2012. Now the senior senator from Massachusetts has written A Fighting Chance about the experience and how the government can do better for working families. Warren reads from and signs her new book on May 10 at Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 4pm. $35. 415.927.0960 x1.
The future is here, and it involves speakers standing onstage with a headset microphone and a PowerPoint remote. TED conferences, in which interesting people talk about interesting things for a $6,000 price tag, are embraced by CEOs, venture capitalists and YouTube view counters. TEDx talks, on the other hand, are not sanctioned by TED and can be sponsored by just about anybody. (A TEDx talk in Corpus Christi last month, since gone viral for the wrong reasons, advocated the attainment of “swag.”) TEDx Marin features an impressive lineup, including neurobiologist Mohammed El Majdoubi, astronaut Ed Lu, author Lynne Twist, futurist Andrew Hessel and others. Be there on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center. 200 N. San Pedro Drive, San Rafael. 5:30pm. $75. 415.444.8000.