January 2010

Turkey and Armenia

Fri, Jan 29 2010 - 12:00pm

Turkey and Armenia

Steven West, Ph.D. Turcology, Lecturer

Michael Pappas, Executive Director, the San Francisco Interfaith Council - Moderator

West, who taught Near Eastern languages and cultures at UCLA, will discuss the evolution and interaction of Turkey and Armenia from ancient times to modern day. Read more »

The Commonwealth February/March 2010

Issue 11

Captain Sully talks about how he became the "Hudson Hero," the SuperFreakonomics guys talk global warming and cooling, Thomas Frank discusses American faux-conservatism, Frank Luntz talks about how Americans really think, Firoozeh Dumas gives the lighter side of Iranian-American life, and much more.

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The Woman Who Invented the Information Age

Thu, Jan 28 2010 - 6:00pm

The Woman Who Invented the Information Age

Kurt W. Beyer, Author, Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age

When we think of the pioneers responsible for the information age, our thoughts often turn to Thomas Watson, Bill Gates, Andy Grove and Steve Jobs. But Beyer will share with us the amazing story of Grace Hopper, the woman whose achievements as a business executive, inventor and visionary created the technical foundation upon which the modern computer industry has been built. Read more »

Margaret Hamburg: Protecting Public Health - FDA's Global Challenge

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Thu, Jan 28 2010 - 6:00pm

Margaret Hamburg: Protecting Public Health: FDA’s Global Challenge

M.D., Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration

J. Michael Bishop, M.D., Professor and Director, G.W. Hooper Foundation, UCSF and Chancellor Emeritus UCSF - Moderator

FDA chief Hamburg has been tasked with an extremely difficult job: ensuring the safety of everything we consume, in an increasingly globalized world with increasingly obscured accountability trails. Read more »

Bank Lending on the Hot Seat: What Lies Ahead?

Wed, Jan 27 2010 - 6:00pm

Bank Lending on the Hot Seat: What Lies Ahead?

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Steve Buster, CEO, Mechanics Bank
Mike Walker, Northern California President, U.S. Bank
Perry Pelos, Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo National Commercial Banking
Tom Cleveland, Professor, St. Read more »

John Yoo: Crisis and Command: Presidential Power from George Washington to George W. Bush

Wed, Jan 27 2010 - 6:00pm

Crisis and Command:  Presidential Power in the 21st Century

John Yoo, Law Professor, UC Berkeley; Author, Crisis and Command

Allen Weiner, Co-director, International Law Program, Stanford Law School - Moderator

At the Department of Justice, Yoo played a large and controversial role in shaping the Bush administration’s policy in the war on terrorism, arguing that prisoner of war status under the Geneva Conventions does not apply to “enemy combatants.” He further asserted executive authority to undertake “en Read more »

Silicon Valley Reads 2010: Michael Pollan

Wed, Jan 27 2010 - 7:30pm

2010 Silicon Valley Reads: One Book, One Community Kickoff Event

Michael Pollan, Author, The Ominvore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food
Mike Cassidy, Columnist, San Jose Mercury News

According to Pollan, the advent of “nutritionism” has vastly complicated how Americans see food, without doing very much for our health. Read more »

The Criminal Court

Wed, Mar 24 2010 - 6:00pm

International Criminal Court: How’s It Doing? Should the U.S. Join?

William H. Taft, IV, Professor of International Law and Diplomacy, Stanford Law School

The International Criminal Court is almost 10 years old, but the Obama administration has yet to decide if the U.S. will join. Fear that it would be a politicized institution likely to prosecute American soldiers have not been realized, nor has it been effective in prosecuting persons responsible for war crimes. In recent years the U.S. Read more »

Eliot Spitzer: The Cataclysm of 2008-2009

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Tue, Jan 26 2010 - 6:00pm

The Cataclysm of 2008-2009: Lessons Learned, or Lessons Ignored

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Eliot Spitzer, Former Governor and Attorney General, New York

Mary Cranston, Senior Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Immediate Past Chair, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors - Moderator

As the former attorney general and later governor of New York, Spitzer prosecuted some of the most notorious white-collar crime and securities fraud on Wall Street. Read more »

The Peak: Oil and Climate Change

Tue, Jan 26 2010 - 6:00pm

The Peak: Oil and Climate Change 

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Chris Martenson, Author 

A former employee of the International Energy Agency told the Guardian newspaper recently that figures about worldwide oil supplies are exaggerated. That supported what peak oil adherents such as Martenson have been saying for years. In addition to oil, he discusses how the intertwining effects of the economy and environment will coalesce to shape a future radically different from the past. Read more »