September 2010

Salt, Oil and Carbon

Wed, Sep 8 2010 - 6:00pm

Salt, Oil and Carbon
 
Jane Lubchenco
, Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Nancy Sutley, Chair, Council on Environmental Quality, the White House
 
How well is the U.S. government managing the BP oil debacle? Will stricter review of offshore oil drilling hurt the economy? Where did all the oil go? Oil sloshing around the Gulf of Mexico is just one disaster unfolding in the world's oceans. Trash heaps, acidification, and declining fish stocks all point to an ecosystem out of balance. Read more »

Running out of Water: The Looming Crisis and Solutions to Conserve Our Most Precious Resource

Wed, Sep 8 2010 - 12:00pm

Running Out of Water: The Looming Crisis and Solutions to Conserve our Most Precious Resource

Susan Leal, Fellow, Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University; Former Head, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

The world is well on its way to running out of fresh water, says Leal, but there are ways to fix this problem. Read more »

Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America

Tue, Sep 7 2010 - 6:00pm

Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America

Erika Lee, Associate Professor of History and Asian American Studies, University of Minnesota; Co-author, Angel Island
Judy Yung, Professor Emerita of American Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz; Co-author, Angel Island

Based on extensive new research, Lee and Yung examine the diversity of immigration through Angel Island: Chinese "paper sons," Japanese picture brides, Korean refugee students, South Asian political activists, Russian and Jewish refugees Read more »

Cradle to California

Tue, Sep 7 2010 - 6:30pm

Cradle to California

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William McDonough, Architect and Author, Cradle to Cradle

American architect McDonough and German chemist Michael Braungart started the Cradle to Cradle revolution in manufacturing and design. Now they want to drive that integrated thinking deeper into the heart of capitalism. How? By creating a startup in Silicon Valley. Read more »

FEMA: Political Football

Wed, Sep 1 2010 - 6:00pm

FEMA: Political Football

Karen Keefer, Retired Senior Program Officer, FEMA

Inside FEMA, decisions are made on how our government will respond to a disaster. What influences those decisions? How does the president decide to declare a disaster? Should the public feel there will be sufficient time to evacuate if there is a nuclear power plant accident? How timely was FEMA's response on 9/11? And what really happened during Hurricane Katrina five years ago? Read more »