October 2009

A World Without Ice: Man's Impact on Climate Change

Tue, Oct 27 2009 - 12:00pm

A World Without Ice: Man’s Impact on Climate Change

Henry N. Pollack, Ph.D., Professor of Geophysics, University of Michigan

It has taken just three centuries for human growth and rising industrial economies to bring the delicate relationship between ice and humans to a dangerous precipice. Ice carved Earth’s landscape to its present state – the sharp Alpine peaks of Europe, the vast Great Lakes of North America, the majestic valleys of Yosemite National Park and the deeply incised fjords of Norway. Read more »

Watching Out for Your Financial Future

Tue, Oct 27 2009 - 6:00pm

Watching Out for Your Financial Future:
How to make Americans more financially literate and fiscally safe

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, President, Charles Schwab Foundation
Pam Erwin, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility Group, Wells Fargo
Michelle Greene, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Education, U.S. Read more »

Doing Well by Doing Good: Life Science in the 21st Century

Tue, Oct 27 2009 - 6:00pm

Doing Well by Doing Good: Life Science in the 21st Century

Bill Greene, Director, MPM Capital

At the dawn of the biotech era, investing in “new biology” was all about the tools of science and the promise of turning genes intro drugs. Now, more than 30 years later, there are over 300 biotech companies and several blockbuster drugs have been developed from their efforts. But what has made a real difference in these achievements? Read more »

Dispelling Healthcare Myths with Sally Pipes

Mon, Oct 26 2009 - 6:00pm

Dispelling Health-Care Myths with Sally Pipes

Sally Pipes, President and CEO, Pacific Research Institute; Author, The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care: A Citizen’s Guide

Inundated with medical terminology and ill equipped to navigate the options available, most people probably could use a little health-care-system guidance. Read more »

Barbara Ehrenreich

Sat, Oct 24 2009 - 2:00pm

Barbara Ehrenreich

Author, Nickel & Dimed and Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

Alyssa Byrkit, VP of Advancement, American Leadership Forum, Silicon Valley - Moderator

We’ve been told that optimism is the key to success and prosperity, but is that really the truth? Ehrenreich embarks on a myth-busting exposure of America’s history of forced positive thinking and its downside. Read more »

Sarah Singh - Artist & Filmmaker

Fri, Oct 23 2009 - 3:30pm

Crossing Borders: Geography and Memory

Sarah Singh, Artist and Filmmaker, The Sky Below

In conversation with Sarah Bachman, Journalist

Singh explores themes from her award-winning documentary on the creation of Pakistan and the India-Pakistan relationship. “We have more than 5,000 years of civilization to either ignore or learn from,” says Singh, a descendent of one of India’s royal families who was born in Patiala, India ,and raised in the United States. Read more »

Leon Panetta, Director Central Intelligence Agency:

Fri, Oct 23 2009 - 12:00pm

The CIA: Preparing for Tomorrow's Challenges

Leon Panetta, Director, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Dr. Gloria Duffy, President and CEO , The Commonwealth Club - Moderator

Hear about challenges facing national security from the man at the helm of the nation’s largest intelligence agency. California native and longtime congressman Panetta has spent his life devoted to public service. He was chief of staff under President Clinton, a director of the U.S. Read more »

Free Screening - By The People: The Election of Barack Obama

Thu, Oct 22 2009 - 6:30pm

Free Screening of By the People: The Election of Barack Obama

Film screening and discussion with special guest Ronnie Cho, Former Obama Campaign Staffer

Get an all-access pass to the dramatic campaign and grassroots movement behind Barack Obama’s history-making journey to the White House, including never-before-seen footage of the president and his staff as well as exclusive interviews with those who were behind the scenes on his road to inauguration. Read more »

Deepak Chopra

Thu, Oct 22 2009 - 7:00pm

Deepak Chopra

Author, Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How to Create A New You

Lata Krishnan, Vice Chair, American India Foundation and Member of Commonwealth Club Board of Governors - Moderator

“You can’t change the body without changing the self, and you can’t change the self without bringing in the soul,” says Chopra, a renowned pioneer in holistic medicine. Chopra believes the highest choice is to reinvent your body and resurrect your soul. Read more »

What's Your Body Telling You?

Wed, Oct 21 2009 - 12:00pm

What’s Your Body Telling You?

Steve Sisgold, M.A.; Author, What’s Your Body Telling You?

In a presentation filled with inspirational exercises and mind-body integration tools, Sisgold will tell you how to hear and connect with a primal level of information-sharing between your body and mind. Read more »