May 2009

George Lakoff: The Politics of Language

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Tue, Aug 4 2009 - 6:30pm

The Politics of Language

Rescheduled from August 4 to August 3

George Lakoff, Professor, Cognitive Science and Linguistics, UC Berkeley; Author, Don’t Think of an Elephant! and The Political Mind: A Cognitive Scientist’s Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics

Lakoff makes plain how the words used by politicians translate to the public’s support for various political issues. Language matters – especially when it comes to politics. Read more »

The Commonwealth June 2009

Issue 5

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi discusses personal and political power, oilman and investor T. Boone Pickens explains his energy plan, Bo Derek warns of the dangers of wild animal poaching, Matt Miller talks about dead ideas that need to be chucked into the dustbin, foreign consuls discuss the world's view of America under Obama, Dr. Gloria Duffy on her newest houseguest, and more.

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Gary Reback

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Thu, May 14 2009 - 7:00pm

Gary Reback

Counsel, Carr & Ferrell LLP; Author, Free the Market!

Is Google the new Microsoft? Should government block consolidation in Silicon Valley industries like software and pharmaceuticals? And how should competition policy deal with companies that are “too big to fail”? Read more »

Darrell Steinberg: Senate President Pro Tem

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Thu, May 14 2009 - 6:00pm

Darrell Steinberg

President Pro Tem, California State Senate

Following the passage of the largest state deficit reduction package in U.S. history, Senate President Pro Tem Steinberg is now focusing his attention on building a “smarter” agenda for California. Read more »

Andy Amstutz: Clean Water in Guatemala

Thu, May 14 2009 - 6:00pm

Clean Water in Guatemala

Andy Amstutz, Coordinator and Assistant Teacher, Living Waters Project

In a Central American community where providing clean and plentiful water was a chronic problem, the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church joined a Guatemala nonprofit, Amigos del Lago de Atitlan, to build water filter systems and train local teams. Read more »

Censoring You: The Limits of What You See and Hear

Tue, Jun 16 2009 - 6:30pm

Censoring You

Paul Krassner, Author, Who’s Saying What’s Obscene?: Politics, Culture, and Comedy in America Today; Blogger, The Huffington Post
Brian Cuban, General Counsel, Mark Cuban Enterprises; Blogger, The Cuban Revolution
Peter Phillips, Director, Project Censored
Austin Heap, IT Director, Pacific News Service; Entrepreneur
John Wildermuth, Political Writer, San Francisco Chronicle Politics Blog- Moderator

If you google “Tianamen Square” in Read more »

Sanjay Sinha: Microfinance: Promise or Peril?

Wed, May 13 2009 - 6:00pm

Microfinance: Promise or Peril?

Sanjay Sinha, Deputy CFO, MicroCredit Enterprise; Relationship Manager, California Bank & Trust

Since their inception about 30 years ago, microfinance programs have helped lift millions of people out of abject poverty around the world. Such programs have proliferated in recent years, leading some analysts to ring alarm bells and make comparisons to the sub-prime mortgage crisis. Read more »

Geoffrey Nunberg: The Years of Talking Dangerously

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Wed, May 13 2009 - 6:00pm

The Years of Talking Dangerously

Geoffrey Nunberg, Professor, School of Information, UC Berkeley; Senior Researcher, Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University; Author, The Years of Talking Dangerously

Language can inspire and move people. But it can also deceive and deflect. Read more »

Arthur Frommer: Travel in Troubled Times

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Tue, May 12 2009 - 6:30pm

Travel in Troubled Times

Arthur Frommer, Founder, Frommer Travel Guide Series; Author, Ask Arthur Frommer

Frommer has long been considered the guru of frugal travel. In today’s turbulent times, tips on cheap travel have never been more appreciated and more necessary. Learn the tricks of the trade and come find out how to travel on the cheap from the man who brought you Europe on $5 a Day.

Location: The Veterans Memorial Hall, 3780 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
Time: 5:45 p.m. Read more »

Jack and Suzy Welch in Silicon Valley

Mon, May 11 2009 - 12:00pm

Jack Welch in Conversation with Suzy Welch: The Transformative Power of 10-10-10

Suzy Welch, Columnist,  O, The Oprah Magazine; Author, 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea
Jack Welch, Business Commentator/Syndicated Columnist; Former CEO, General Electric
 
In today's accelerated world, with its competing priorities, information overload and confounding options, we can all use a compass, a guiding strategy to help navigate the parade of life decisions: Should I uproot my family Read more »