For Today

Join the Police Chief Search

The Community Advisory Committee, tasked with finding Seattle's new police chief, is seeking public input at several meetings.

Head to the University Heights Center for the first meeting, or check the website for dates and locations of the others.

Public Police Chief Search Meeting, Tue, January 28, 6–8pm, University Heights Center, Room 209, 5031 University Way NE, free.

For Wednesday

Not On Our Watch

Sex trafficking is a national and global problem, but local and regional action may be the best way to start making a difference.

Seattle City Council Member Tim Burgess moderates a panel on local sex trafficking and the solutions that local officials, survivors, and organizations are coming up with to fight trafficking. Sponsored by Stolen Youth and other organizations, the panel includes Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, Judge Barbara Mack, and representatives from local organizations, including YouthCare and the Center for Children and Youth Justice.

Not On Our Watch: Responding to Sex Trafficking Locally, Wed, January 29, 7:30–9:15pm, Great Hall at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $10

For Thursday

Hidden Pictures

Navos, a local organization serving low-income people and families with serious mental health challenges, is screening the new film Hidden Pictures: The Underexposed World of Global Mental Health. Delaney Ruston, producer and director, takes the audience across the globe to uncover the stories of those with mental illness, stories that are often ignored and untold. 

Hidden Pictures airs on PBS this spring, but you can see it now at this special screening. Director Ruston will be available after the one-hour film for questions. Reserve a spot now, though—seating is limited to 100.

Film Screening: Hidden Pictures, Thu, January 30, 5–8pm, Big Picture Movie Theater, 2505 First Ave, free.

Future of Work and Technology

As technology advances, people worry (with good reason) that too many jobs will be lost to automation.

However, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, authors of The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, have a different POV: that we can work with this technology to improve work environments and our economy.

Join Brynjolfsson and McAfee, along with Ramez Naam, technologist and CEO of Apex Nanotechnologies, for a discussion on the technological future of work and education. (Maybe they’ll let us know if Hoverboards are in the works? It’s almost 2015.)

Surviving the Technology Revolution, Thu, January 30, 7:30–8:30pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

Clinical Trial Awareness

Clinical trials can lead to new drugs and treatments for a variety of diseases, as well as a little money for the participants, but the idea of actually doing one can be a bit scary.

The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation is hosting an educational event: a discussion on clinical trials, the process, and the benefits of participating. The session will also include free health screenings, information booths with local healthcare professionals, and free food.

Aware for All: Clinical Research Education Day, Thu, January 30, 6–8pm (with info on display at 5), Great Hall at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, free (registration is encouraged).

Advance Notice for February 8

Stairway Walks Day

The second annual Stairway Walks Day features 18 guided tours of Seattle steps and history. Choose a tour based on the neighborhood you'd like to explore or, thanks to this helpful list, based on the number of steps you do or don't want to walk up. 

Stairway Walks Day, Sat, February 8, 10am–12pm, multiple locations, free.

Want to see your nerdy event featured on the PubliCalendar?
Send the details to Genie Leslie at [email protected]


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