January 2011

David Brooks Talks Tucson, Mental Illness, Politics, & More

Jan 14, 2011 @ 1:42 PM
New York Times columnist and "PBS NewsHour" commentator David Brooks addressed a standing-room-only Commonwealth Club of California audience January 11 in San Francisco. More than 500 people showed up to hear the conservative writer cover some of today's most talked-about issues – and one of the least talked-about aspects of the current hot-button topic.

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SFDebate Asks: Should We Support Net Neutrality?

Tue, Jan 18 2011 - 7:00pm

SF Debate asks; Will the new FCC net neutrality rules ruin the internet as we know it?

The FCC just released new rules and regulations on Internet neutrality – the controversy over whether service providers such as Verizon and AT&T can block or slow down access to web sites and applications that compete with sites and services favored by the providers. Should the Internet be maintained as a neutral database of information? Or does Internet access, a privately provided service, need to be regulated more heavily? Has the Internet already been effectively neutered? Read more »

EVs + Smart Grid

Thu, Jan 13 2011 - 9:00am

People Power: Rethinking Electricity

Dian Grueneich, Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
Mark Duvall, Director of Electric Transportation and Energy Storage, Electric Power Research Institute
Ted Howes, Partner, IDEO

How will electric utilities adapt to a world of distributed generation and choice among formerly captive customers? Will utilities become a combination of eBay and UPS, shuttling electrons between many buyers and sellers? Read more »

India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking

Tue, Jan 18 2011 - 6:00pm

India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking

Anand Giridharadas, Journalist; Author, India Calling; Columnist, The New York Times Read more »

William Davidow: The Dire Consequences of Overconnectedness

Tue, Jan 18 2011 - 6:00pm

The Dire Consequences of Overconnectedness

William Davidow, Former Sr. Vice President, Intel; Author, Overconnected

Charles Geschke, Co-founder and Co-chairman, Adobe Systems; Member, The Commonwealth Club’s Board of Governors - Moderator

Davidow explains how the success of the Internet has also created a set of hazards, in effect overconnecting us, with the direst of consequences. Read more »

Humanities West Book Discussion: The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal

Wed, Jan 19 2011 - 5:30pm

Humanities West Book Discussion: The Ornament of the World

Surprisingly, medieval Toledo, Spain, home of Muslims, Jews and Christians, fostered a relatively tolerant culture. As we struggle with today’s issues of religious and cultural tolerance, exploring a wondrous historical phenomenon of peaceful co-existance and openness could not be more relevant. Join us to discuss The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain, by Maria Rosa Menocal. Read more »

Abbas Milani:The Shah, the Ayatollah and Iran's nuclear program : Double-talk or Double-standards?

Wed, Jan 19 2011 - 6:00pm

The Shah, the Ayatollah and Iran’s Nuclear Program – Double Talk or Double Standards?

Abbas Milani, Director of Iranian Studies, Stanford; Co-director, Iran Democracy Project, Hoover Institution; Author, The Shah Read more »

Arts, Activism and Creativity

Thu, Jan 13 2011 - 6:00pm

Arts, Activism and Creativity

This program is postponed

Lee Bycel, Executive Director, Redford Center

Bycel brings a wealth of unique experiences to his work at the Redford Center. Founded by Robert Redford, the center’s mission is to inspire positive social, environmental and humanitarian change through creativity, education and empowerment and to address contemporary challenges in honest, open and bold ways. Read more »

Sacrifice Zones and Environmental Justice

Wed, Jan 19 2011 - 6:00pm

Sacrifice Zones and Environmental Justice

Steve Lerner, Author, Sacrifice Zones
Bradley Angel, Executive Director, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice
Gail Smith, Environmental Activist, Daly City, Midway Village

Across the United States, thousands of people, most of them in low-income or minority communities, live next to heavily polluting industrial sites. Many of them reach the point where they say that enough is enough. Read more »