Pianist Andrea Padova, cellist Zuill Bailey appearing at Yoshi's 


Amartya Sen: Nobel laureate, economist and Harvard University professor delivers this year’s Arrow Lecture at Stanford University. “Social Choice and Human Rights” is the theme of his talk. [5:30 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford]

Les Horswill:
The Canadian political commentator makes the case that an expanded union between Canada and the United States would significantly benefit both countries. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Ze Frank: The digital-media visionary shares his observations on how Facebook is affecting the pop-culture psyche. [7 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events
Pierre Guyotat:
The influential French writer reads from “Coma.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Geoff Dyer: The essayist, critic, and novelist, whose latest book is “Otherwise Known as the Human Condition,” speaks. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Sandro Veronesi: The Italian author presents “Quiet Chaos,” his international bestseller. [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, 814 Montgomery St., S.F.]

Richard Louv: The author and child advocate talks about “The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of the Nature-Deficit Disorder.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Meghan O’Rourke: The essayist, critic and poet talks about “The Long Goodbye: A Memoir.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the colleges
Human Rights Summit:
The 2011 SFSU Human Rights Summit begins. “Peace and Health Equity” is the theme. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., SFSU, Cesar Chavez Student Center, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Master’s degree program: USF hosts a “Master of Public Health Information Session,” geared toward both RNs and non-nurses. [4 p.m., USF, Lone Mountain 203, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

At the public library
‘First Monday Movies’:
Film series presents “Angel Face” (1952), a noir drama directed by Otto Preminger and starring Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons. [6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Homework help: Volunteers assist K-7 students with homework assignments. [4 to 6 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

Classical music
Pianist Andrea Padova and cellist Zuill Bailey appear in an evening of solo sets. Bach and Brahms are on the slate. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Local activities
World cinema:
The 54th San Francisco International Film Festival continues. Today’s films include “Black Bread” (Spain), “The Trip” (England) and “Ulysses” (Chile/Argentina). [1 to 11:15 p.m.; www.sffs.org]

Cabaret benefit: The San Francisco Fleet Week Association presents a cabaret benefiting San Francisco Fleet Week 2011 and its efforts to promote emergency preparedness. [5:30 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

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