February 2010

Inside NATO: Ambassadors Ivo Daalder,Stefano Stefanini,Per Poulsen-Hansen

Thu, Feb 25 2010 - 12:00pm

Inside NATO: Ambassadors Ivo Daalder, Stefano Stefanini, Per Poulsen-Hansen

In conversation with Commonwealth Club President and CEO Dr. Gloria Duffy

Now including 28 countries of Western, Eastern and Southern Europe – as well as the United States – NATO has evolved to include roles as varied as fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, airlifting aid to Haiti after the recent earthquake, and ensuring collaboration among its members in combating terrorism. What else does NATO do today? How strong is this alliance? Read more »

Amartya Sen: The Search For Justice

Thu, Feb 25 2010 - 6:00pm

Amartya Sen: The Search For Justice

Nobel Laureate; Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University; Author, Reducing Injustice on Earth

Nobel Laureate Sen has been called the "Mother Teresa of economics" for his work on famine, human development theory and welfare economics. He argues that social justice is more than a matter of intellectual discourse, and that the idea of justice influences how – and how well – people live. Read more »

Chinese Medicine: A Vital Partner in American Health Care

Thu, Feb 25 2010 - 6:00pm

Chinese Medicine: A Vital Partner in American Health Care

Efrem Korngold, O.M.D., LA.c, Chinese Medicine Works; Co-author, Between Heaven and Earth
Harriet Beinfield, LA.c, Chinese Medicine Works; Co-author, Between Heaven and Earth

Unbeknownst to many, Chinese traditional medicine has been a consistent part of American health care since the 1800s, but it didn’t capture the national consciousness until the 1970s, when President Nixon visited China. Read more »

Noah Alper - Founder of Noah's Bagels

Thu, Feb 25 2010 - 7:00pm

Noah Alper

Founder, Noah’s Bagels; Author, Business Mensch

As a successful entrepreneur, Alper grew Noah’s Bagels from a one-store location in Berkeley to a $100 million public offering phenomenon in just six years. Now, with over 35 years of business and nonprofit experience, Alper offers accessible and practical strategies for achieving personal and professional success.

Location: Schultz Cultural Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Time: 6:30 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. program, 8 p.m. Read more »

The International Criminal Court: How is it doing? Should the U.S. join it?

Wed, Feb 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 »

Dirty Rotten Strategies: How We Trick Ourselves and Others into Solving the Wrong Problems Precisely

Wed, Feb 24 2010 - 6:00pm

Dirty Rotten Strategies: How We Trick Ourselves and Others into Solving the Wrong Problems Precisely

Ian Mitroff, Professor, Alliant International University; Author, Why Some Companies Emerge Stronger and Better from a Crisis

How can people or groups tell whether others are deliberately steering us down faulty paths? Read more »

Free Speech, Private Speech, Government Speech

Tue, Feb 23 2010 - 6:00pm

Free Speech, Private Speech, Government Speech

David Bisno, M.D., Constitutional Law Scholar

Who is speaking when our government accepts the donation of a monument from a private group for placement in a public park? Or issues license plates with a message favored by one group but not by another? May the state require a citizen to carry the government’s message? Or look at it? Are the restrictions on government speech different than those on private speech? Read more »

Geo-Engineering: Global Salvation or Ruin?

Tue, Feb 23 2010 - 6:00pm

Geo-engineering: Global Salvation or Ruin?

Ken Caldeira, Professor, Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution
Albert Lin, Professor, UC Davis School of Law
David Whelan, Chief Scientist, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

Should humans address man-made rising temperatures and sea levels by tinkering further with Mother Nature? A lively debate about such geo-engineering burst into the mainstream recently with reference to Caldeira’s work in the final chapter of the popular book SuperFreakonomics. Read more »

Jill Tarter - Director of the Center for SETI Research

Tue, Feb 23 2010 - 7:00pm

Jill Tarter

Director, Center for SETI Research

As the recipient of the 2009 TED prize, Tarter hopes to empower a new generation of SETI enthusiasts. She will discuss her plans to assemble a group of engineers to advise, create and facilitate a system of mass collaboration over the web and incorporate innovative data processing methods. Read more »

Joseph Stiglitz

Mon, Feb 22 2010 - 6:00pm

Joseph Stiglitz

Winner, 2001 Nobel Prize Winner for Economics; Author, Freefall

This program is sold out

In conversation with Andrew Leonard, Senior Technology and Business Writer, Salon

Stiglitz argues that America exported bad economics, bad policies and bad behavior to the rest of the world. Read more »