June 2010

America's Climate War

Thu, Jun 24 2010 - 6:30pm

America’s Climate War

Eric Pooley, Deputy Editor, Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Why is the national conversation about America’s energy future so polarized? Who are the true believers, power brokers and climate-change deniers working the halls of power in Washington? The political story of global warming includes colorful characters from activists chaining themselves to bulldozers and powerful lobbyists in the West Wing of President Obama’s administration. Read more »

How to Breathe Easier in California

Wed, Jun 23 2010 - 12:00pm

How to Breathe Easier in California

This program is cancelled

Charles D. Connor, National President and CEO, American Lung Association

For more than 100 years, the American Lung Association has been fighting for healthy air and healthy lungs. Today, that fight is more important than ever, as air pollution, tobacco smoke and airborne diseases like H1N1 flu continue to attack our lungs and threaten our health. Read more »

David Kirkpatrick: The Facebook Effect

Wed, Jun 23 2010 - 6:00pm

David Kirkpatrick: The Facebook Effect

Both Double Feature programs for tonight are sold out

Journalist; Author, The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of a Company that Is Connecting the World

With an introduction by Marc Benioff, Founder and CEO, Salesforce.com

Michael Arrington, Founder and Editor, TechCrunch - Moderator

Kirkpatrick traces the story of the most powerful social networking tool of our day from its humble beginnings to its role as Read more »

Double Feature: The Facebook Effect and Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Wed, Jun 23 2010 - 6:00pm

Kick back for the insider's scoop on Facebook, then find out what the Internet is doing to our brains, for better or worse.

The Facebook Effect

with an Introducti

Peter Beinart : The Icarus Syndrome

Wed, Jun 23 2010 - 7:30pm

Peter Beinart

Senior Political Writer, The Daily Beast; Senior Fellow, New America Foundation; Author, The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris

Beinart analyzes a century of American foreign policy, highlighting some of the ideological mistakes he believes have been made along the way: From Woodrow Wilson’s hubris that the belief of reason, not force, could govern the world, to President Bush’s use of force in Iraq and Afghanistan, Beinart offers his thoughts on what he sees as opportunities for change. Read more »

Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Wed, Jun 23 2010 - 7:45pm

What's the Internet Doing to Our Brains?

Both this and the David Kirkpatrick program for tonight are sold out 

Nicholas Carr, Author, The Shallows

In conversation with Peter Norvig, Director of Research, Google

Introduction by Josh McHugh, President, Attention Span Media; President, INFORUM Board

“Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Read more »

Conchy Bretos: Social Entrepreneur Series

Tue, Jun 22 2010 - 6:00pm

Conchy Bretos

CEO, MIA Consulting; Ashoka Fellow

In 1993 Bretos was appointed Florida secretary for aging and adult services, a position that allowed her to see the thousands of low-income elders and disabled adults who were not getting the services they needed to stay in their homes. Bretos became the driving force behind the nation’s first public housing project to bring assisted living services to older adults who just need a little help to stay in their homes. Read more »

Congressman Joe Sestak:A New American Pragmatism

Mon, Jun 21 2010 - 12:00pm

Congressman Joe Sestak: A New American Pragmatism

Member, U.S. House of Representatives (D-PA)
 
Despite efforts by the White House and his own party to drive him from the Senate race in Pennsylvania nine months ago, two-term congressman Sestak took on the establishment, and knocked off Senator Arlen Specter in a remarkable upset for the Democratic nomination. Read more »

Stephen Kinzer: Iran Beneath the Veil: Could It Become America's Partner?

Mon, Jun 21 2010 - 6:00pm

Iran Beneath the Veil: Could It Become America’s Partner?

Stephen Kinzer, Former Correspondent, The New York Times; Author, Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America’s Future

Just returned from a trip to Iran sponsored by The Commonwealth Club, journalist and author Kinzer suggests that this ancient nation is not fated to be the United States’ enemy forever. On the contrary, he argues that Iran and Turkey are the most logical long-term partners for us in that troubled region. Read more »

Design Imperatives from the Roman Empire to the NASA Space Program and Beyond

Mon, Jun 21 2010 - 6:00pm

Design Imperatives from the Roman Empire to the NASA Space Program and Beyond

Michael Meyer, CEO, Adaptive Path

The world of design has become big business – and business is being revolutionized by “design thinking." Using his own unique career path from Navy nuclear engineer to Harvard MBA to leadership roles at IDEO, Frog Design and Adaptive Path, Meyer will zero in on the lessons of breakdowns and innovation from the Roman spread of civilization to the NASA space program, and provide valuable insight from his insider’s view of the design wo Read more »