April 2010

Impressionism: Game Changers & Boundary Breakers

Thu, Apr 29 2010 - 7:30pm

Impressionism: Game Changers and Boundary Breakers

Lynn Orr, Curator, Birth of Impressionism, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Heather Champ, Director of Community, Flickr
Ken Holden, Fine Arts Photographer
Ken Goldberg, New Media Director, Berkeley Center for New Media - Moderator

Calling all game changers, boundary breakers, iconoclasts and troublemakers: Dare to be impressionable. Don't miss an evening celebrating the ideas and artists who keep pushing society forward. Read more »

New INFORUM Leadership Brings Fresh Perspective to Commonwealth Club

SAN FRANCISCO – (April 28, 2010) INFORUM, San Francisco’s hub for live discourse on twenty-first century issues, recently welcomed Josh McHugh, President at Attention Span Media (ASM), and Julie Crabill, Founder and CEO of Inner Circle Labs, to its Board of Directors as President and Vice President of Operations, respectively. INFORUM is a non-partisan division of the Commonwealth Club for and by people who are passionate about the power of civic debate to spur understanding, unite people, and inspire action.

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Frank Gaffney:"Shariah Law: A threat to America?"

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Wed, Apr 28 2010 - 12:00pm

Frank Gaffney: Shariah Law: A Threat to America?

Founder and President, Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C.; Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy under President Reagan

Gaffney discusses the controversial Muslim legal system known as Shariah and its implications for the United States. Read more »

Refuge and Recognition: Artemisia Gentileschi in Florence, 1613-1620

Wed, Apr 28 2010 - 6:00pm

Refuge and Recognition: Artemisia Gentileschi in Florence, 1613-1620

Andrea Husby, Ph.D., Art Historian

In 1971, art historian Linda Nochlin asked the question, “Why have there been no great women artists?” Among the dozens of women artists who have since been rediscovered in response, Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652), whose personal life was as dramatic as her Baroque-period paintings, enjoyed a reputation on par with many of her male contemporaries. Read more »

The Yes Men

Tue, Apr 27 2010 - 7:30pm

The Yes Men

Andy Bichlbaum, Leading Member, the Yes Men
Joe Garofoli, Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle – Moderator

Bichlbaum and his partner, Mike Bonanno, pose as top-notch representatives for large corporations and nations…yes, nations. At the Copenhagen Climate Conference last December, the Yes Men delivered a faux press release claiming Canada was reversing its position on climate change. Read more »

Tax Policies To Die For

Mon, Apr 26 2010 - 6:00pm

Tax Policies to Die For

George Hammond, Attorney; Author, Tax Policies for Future Democracies

It’s April again, and Americans are complaining about the weather (outside California) and about taxes. While the weather can’t yet be cured, our tax policies are self-inflicted wounds. Read more »

Rise of the Graphic Novel

Mon, Apr 26 2010 - 6:30pm

Rise of the Graphic Novel

Gene Yang, Creator, American Born Chinese
Andy Hartzell, Creator, Fox Bunny Funny
Lark Pien, Creator, Long Tail Kitty; Colorist, American Born Chinese
Dash Shaw, Creator, Body World and Bottomless Belly Button
Summerlea Kashar, Acting Director, Cartoon Art Museum
 
The popularity of graphic novels is exploding. Read more »

Cap and Charade?

Thu, Apr 22 2010 - 6:00pm

Cap and Charade?

Michael Shellenberger, Breakthrough Institute
Kristin Eberhard, Legal Director, Western Energy and Climate, Natural Resources Defense Council
Larry Goulder, Chair, Department of Economics, Stanford

Would capping and trading carbon pollution create a prosperous clean energy economy? Or would it be a boondoggle for Wall Street and scammers in developing countries? Read more »

Louann Brizendine in Lafayette - Author of "The Female Brain" and "The Male Brain"

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Thu, Apr 22 2010 - 6:30pm

Why “Y” Matters: The Male Brain

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Louann Brizendine, M.D.; Women's Mood and Hormone Clinic, UCSF; Author, The Female Brain and The Male Brain

Peter Hartlaub, Pop Culture Critic, San Francisco Chronicle; Founder, "The Poop," the Chronicle’s Parenting Blog - Moderator

For all those times you’ve wondered “Why?,” Brizendine has the answers. Read more »

Greenpeace's New Rainbow Warrior

Wed, Apr 21 2010 - 6:30pm

Greenpeace’s New Rainbow Warrior 

Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director, Greenpeace International

In conversation with Greg Dalton, Founder, Climate One

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After dropping below the radar for several years, Greenpeace is bouncing back as a more mainstream advocacy organization. They still use nonviolent publicity stunts (remember the writing on Hewlett Packard’s roof about e-waste?), but they are also now playing an inside game. Read more »