October 2010

Theodore Sorensen, JFK's Speechwriter, Passes Away

Oct 31, 2010 @ 5:45 PM

Ted Sorensen, author of some of the most famous presidential speeches of the mid-20th century, died today at the age of 82.

You can listen to the audio of his May 17, 2010, Commonwealth Club program here, or you can watch the video of the event below:
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Video of Secretary of State HIllary Rodham Clinton

Oct 27, 2010 @ 4:37 PM

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed Climate One at The Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on Friday, October 15, 2010. Here's the video:
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James Hansen

Thu, Oct 14 2010 - 7:00pm

James Hansen: Storms of My Grandchildren

James Hansen, Climate Scientist; Author

A pioneer in climate science, Hansen testified at Al Gore's seminal Congressional hearings on global warming in the late 1980s. Read more »

The Farallon Islands

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Thu, Oct 21 2010 - 6:00pm

The Farallon Islands

Terri Watson, Executive Director, Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association

Though visible on a clear day, few people have been out to the Farallon Islands, just 27 miles off our coast. The Farallon Islands and the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary are an important and biologically diverse ecosystem, closely connected to the health of our local environment and economy. Because of this rich marine life, the U.S. commerce secretary designated this ocean wilderness as a National Marine Sanctuary in 1981. Read more »

One-day Farallon Islands Adventure - 2

Sun, Oct 31 2010 - 6:00am

One-Day Farallon Islands Adventure

This trip is sold out. If you are interested in being on the waiting list please e-mail travel@commonwealthclub.org

Join The Club as we sail out to the rarely visited Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary aboard Seaward, a beautiful 82’ classic schooner. The sanctuary encompasses over 1,200 square miles of open ocean and coastal waters as well as bays and estuaries. Read more »

The New, New Math: Calories & Carbon

Thu, Oct 21 2010 - 6:30pm

Calories and Carbon

Ken Cook, Founder and President, Environmental Working Group
Whendee Silver, Professor of Ecology, UC Berkeley; Marin Carbon Project
Helene York, Director, Bon Appetit Management Company Foundation

Improving our eating habits is one of the best ways to reduce our environmental and carbon footprint, while also  trimming our waistlines.  How do we get the biggest bang for our dietary bucks?  When it comes to climate change, are domestic steak and imported salmon created e Read more »

Eats, Shoots and Leaves: Food Photographers Dish on Art and Technique

Mon, Oct 25 2010 - 6:00pm

Eats, Shoots and Leaves: Food Photographers Dish on the Art and Technique of Food Photography

Shing Wong, Photographer
Pim Te', Food Blogger; Author and Photographer, Chez Pim
Megan Gordon, Freelance Food Writer; Food Blogger, A Sweet Spoonful
Richard Pelletier, Photographer; Copywriter, Lucid Content - Moderator

In our Bay Area food-centric culture, it isn't unusual to see people taking pictures of food at restaurants, farmer's markets and festivals. Read more »

Arthur Brooks: Free Enterprise Versus Big Government : The Battle For America's Future

Mon, Oct 25 2010 - 6:00pm

Free Enterprise Versus Big Government: The Battle for America’s Future

Arthur Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute; Author, The Battle: How the Fight between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future

Brooks outlines a new culture war – not the old struggle over guns or abortion or religion, but over two competing visions of America. In one, America continues as a unique and exceptional nation organized around the principles of free enterprise. In the other, the U.S. Read more »