June 2010

An Update on Christopher Hitchens

Jun 30, 2010 @ 3:39 PM
A writer, provocateur, intellectual, and even gadfly, Christopher Hitchens has long been the target of jabs from his opponents, and he's thrown more than a few jabs himself.

Van Jones: INFORUM's 21st Century Visionary Award

Tue, Jun 29 2010 - 6:30pm

Van Jones: Inforum’s 21st Century Visionary Award

Founder, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights; Former Advisor to President Obama

Jones broke new ground with his proposal for a green-collar economy, stating that “the time has come to move beyond eco-elitism to eco-populism.” He fights for environmental justice and to create an economy that is both sustainable and that lifts up the poorest communities through green-collar jobs. Read more »

Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan

Tue, Jun 29 2010 - 6:00pm

Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan

Azby Brown, Author; Architect; Professor; Director, KIT Future Design Institute, Tokyo

A glimpse into Japan’s past teaches that “just enough” may be the key to going green. Brown takes us behind the scenes, revealing the complex and ingenious techniques that put Japanese traditional life in harmony with nature. Around 200 years ago, during the Edo period, the Japanese confronted the same issues that society faces now – energy, water, materials, food and population. Read more »

Tech Night at The Commonwealth Club Is the Talk of the Town

Jun 28, 2010 @ 10:57 AM
Photo above: Michael Arrington (left) engages author David Kirkpatrick in discuss

KGO-TV Reports on Commonwealth Club Transportation Funding Results

Jun 28, 2010 @ 10:34 AM
KGO-TV (ABC 7) in San Francisco filed the report below concerning the results of a study on taxation and transit that were presented at a June 25 event at The Commonwealth Club.

Norman Mineta, the former U.S. transportation secretary, moderated the program where the findings were presented. The survey suggested that Americans could be amenable to increased gasoline taxes if some of the money is used for environmental protection.

Rosalyn Carter Headlines Month-Long Series to Explore Evolving World of Women and Women's Causes

SAN FRANCISCO – (June 28, 2010) Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a driving force in the field of mental health, will headline the Commonwealth Club August Series “The Ascent of Women.” Congresswoman Jackie Speier and Jan Yanehiro will ask the question, “What is a woman worth?” and examine the power of women's' voices and actions. These women will be joined by a score of other speakers to investigate the evolving status of women in this month long inquiry. We're a world away from the lives women led in 1900. Or are we? Read more »

Christopher Hitchens in Silicon Valley

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Sun, Jun 27 2010 - 5:30pm

Christopher Hitchens

This program is postponed

Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair; Media Fellow, Hoover Institution; Author, Hitch 22: A Memoir

Ever wonder how Christopher Hitchens became Christopher Hitchens? English-born and American by adoption, Hitchens is one of the most captivating (and sometimes controversial) literary journalists working today. Read more »

Christopher Hitchens in SV

Sun, Jun 27 2010 - 5:30pm

Christopher Hitchens

This program is postponed

Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair; Media Fellow, Hoover Institution; Author, Hitch 22: A Memoir

Ever wonder how Christopher Hitchens became Christopher Hitchens? English-born and American by adoption, Hitchens is one of the most captivating (and sometimes controversial) literary journalists working today. Read more »

Funding the Transportation System of the Future

Fri, Jun 25 2010 - 9:00am

Asha Weinstein Agrawal, Ph.D., Director, Mineta Transportation Institute National Transportation Finance Center
William Millar, President, American Public Transportation Association
John Horsley, Executive Director, Association of American State Highway and Transportation Officials
Alan Lowenthal, California State Senator
Norman Mineta, U.S. Secretary of Transportation (Ret.); Former U.S.Congressman - Moderator 

Within the next two decades, the Census Bureau estimates that the U.S. Read more »

Christopher Hitchens in San Francisco

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Thu, Jun 24 2010 - 12:00pm

Christopher Hitchens

This program is postponed

Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair; Media Fellow, Hoover Institution; Author, Hitch 22: A Memoir

In conversation with Lowell Bergman, Producer/Correspondent, PBS’ "Frontline"; Distinguished Professor of Investigative Reporting, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Ever wonder how Christopher Hitchens became Christopher Hitchens? Read more »