July 2009

Marijuana Economics: The Pros and Cons of California's Cash Crop

Thu, Jul 30 2009 - 6:30pm

Marijuana Economics: The Pros and Cons of California's Cash Crop

Richard Lee, Founder, Oaksterdam University, Founder, Oakland Civil Liberties Alliance
Chief Scott Kirkland, Chief of Police, El Cerrito
Eugene Schoenfeld, M.D., Court-Appointed Psychiatrist Panel Superior Court of Contra Costa County
Josh Richman, Politics and Legal Affairs, Contra Costa Times - Moderator

Marijuana is by some estimates California's largest cash crop, bringing in more than twice the revenue of Read more »

Reem Al-Alusi: Re-Orienting Occidental Art: Eastern Influences in the West

Wed, Jul 29 2009 - 6:00pm

Re-Orienting Occidental Art: Eastern Influences in the West

Reem Al-Alusi, Art Historian

Many centuries of contact between East and West in art and architecture have shaped the Western aesthetic. The images and mythologies of cities, dynasties and even the Roman Catholic papacy itself drew on Eastern artistic philosophies and formal elements for meaningful inspiration. Read more »

Albert Maysles: The Godfather of Documentary Cinema

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Tue, Jul 28 2009 - 6:00pm

Albert Maysles: The Godfather of Documentary Cinema

Albert Maysles, Legendary Filmmaker and Cinematographer

Maysles is considered the dean of documentary filmmaking. Along with his brother David, he pioneered the craft of making nonfiction feature films, including The Beatles in the USA, Meet Marlon Brando, The Gates, Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens and three documentaries for HBO. Read more »

David Helvarg: The U.S. Coast Guard Today

Mon, Jul 27 2009 - 6:00pm

The U.S. Coast Guard Today: Risks and Challenges

David Helvarg, Author, Rescue Warriors: The US Coast Guard, America’s Forgotten Heroes

The U.S. Coast Guard will soon celebrate its 220th year of stewardship of our nation’s seas. Today’s 50,000 “Coasties” save dozens of lives on any given day in daring sea rescues and oil spill cleanups, immigration detail and protecting our shores from terrorist attacks. Helvarg spent two years riding on Coast Guard boats and aircraft from Hawaii to the North Arabian Gulf. Read more »

Patty Duke Tells All

Mon, Jul 27 2009 - 6:00pm

Patty Duke Tells All

Patty Duke, Actress

In conversation with KCBS Entertainment Reporter Jan Wahl

Patty Duke is a star of stage and screen, from her role as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker to playing Madam Morrible in San Francisco’s “Wicked.” Duke served as president of the Screen Actors Guild, hosted “The Patty Duke Show,” and continuously advances awareness in the field of mental health. Read more »

China's Stimulus Plan

Thu, Jul 23 2009 - 6:00pm

China's Stimulus Plan

Amy L. Sommers, Attorney

It’s smaller than the American plan, but still huge: China has adopted a US$586 billion stimulus package. How is it structured? What do we know about where China's funds are flowing? Are there any opportunities for foreign investors? Sommers, an American attorney who works in Shanghai, will discuss these and other compelling issues.

MLF: Asia-Pacific Affairs/Humanities
Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. Read more »

Steve Talbot: Sound Tracks: A Sneak Peak at A New PBS Series

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Thu, Jul 23 2009 - 6:00pm

Sound Tracks: A Sneak Peak at A New PBS Series

Steve Talbot, President, The Talbot Players; Executive Producer, “Sound Tracks”; Former Producer/Reporter, "Frontline"

Want to learn about the music behind Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat"? How about a Russian pop propaganda song called "I Want a Man Like Putin"? Read more »

J. William Grimes: Traditional Media's Future in a Digital World

Wed, Jul 22 2009 - 6:00pm

Traditional Media’s Future in an Increasingly Digital World of Unlimited, Ubiquitous Content

J. William Grimes, Former President, CBS All-News Radio Stations; Former CEO, ESPN and Multimedia Inc.

Newspaper, magazine and broadcast media continue to lose audience and revenues to new forms of content that sprout up daily in digital forms. Read more »

SF Micro-Brews: Get Wiser Than Bud

Tue, Jul 21 2009 - 6:30pm

SF Micro-Brews: Get Wiser than Bud

Zak Davis, West Coast Regional Manager, Shmaltz Brewing Company
Shaun O’Sullivan, Co-founder, 21st Amendment Brewery
Griz, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer, San Francisco Brew Craft
Forest Gray, Founder and President, Speakeasy Brewery
Bob Coleman, Co-founder, SF Brewers Guild - Moderator

The Bay Area is a hub for West Coast craft beer. Read more »

Tina Seelig: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World

Tue, Jul 21 2009 - 6:00pm

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World

This program is sold out

Tina Seelig, Executive Director, Stanford Technology Ventures Program

Discover how to have a healthy disregard for the impossible, how to recover from failure and how to creatively turn problems into opportunities. Read more »