August 11: Jose Antonio Vargas and other SF events 

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  • AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File
  • In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, immigration rights activist and self-declared undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on comprehensive immigration reform.
Who’s in town

Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in a major U.S. sports league, appears in conversation with journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. [6:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Lectures

Fiscal policy: Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R- Georgia, speaks about the nation’s fiscal instability and negative impacts on national security. [12:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Town hall: The theme is “The Islamic State on the March” as the Global Town Hall discusses the flaring violence in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Dog tales: New York Times Magazine writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis discusses his book “Travels with Casey,” his account of an epic road trip across America accompanied only by his dog. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Globe trotter: Adventure writer Laurie McAndish King talks about her travels and her new book, “Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive!” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

Green Apple Books throws a midnight party to celebrate the opening of its new branch in the Inner Sunset and the release of Haruki Murakami’s new novel “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.” [11 p.m., 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Math help: Volunteer math teachers visit the library to answer questions about math homework. [4 to 6 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Older Writers Laboratory: Poetry-writing group welcomes seniors. [10 a.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Techie Festival: Learn email tips and tricks to boost your productivity. [9 a.m.-noon, Polya Hall, Stanford University, 255 Panama St., Stanford]

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