February 2011

Diane Ravitch: The Paradox of Education Reform Today

Thu, Feb 24 2011 - 5:00pm

The Paradox of Education Reform Today

Diane Ravitch, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education; Research Professor of Education, New York University; Author, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education

With the U.S. continuing to fall behind in reading, math and science, what can be done to save our schools? Are charter schools the answer? And what role do teacher unions play? Read more »

Michael Scheuer: Discovering Bin Laden

Wed, Feb 23 2011 - 6:00pm

Michael Scheuer: Discovering Bin Laden

Michael Scheuer, Former Chief, Central Intelligence Agency’s Bin Laden Unit; Author, Osama bin Laden

This event is sold out. PLEASE NOTE: We will be unable to take walkups for this program.

A 20-plus year veteran of the CIA, Scheuer provides a rare, detailed look at Osama Bin Laden, showing him still to be a formidable and implacable enemy of the West. Read more »

The Commonwealth, Feb/March 2011

February/March 2011

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner headlines this issue of The Commonwealth magazine. Inside, Geithner discusses the U.S. economic recovery and options for government policy. Read more »

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Dr. Gloria C. Duffy

Gloria Duffy has been president and CEO of The Commonwealth Club since 1996. She oversees the organizational strategy, programming, publications, broadcast outreach, membership activities and fundraising for the nation’s largest and oldest public affairs forum. Based in San Francisco, the Club has more than 18000 members and holds more than 450 public lectures, panels and group discussions on public policy issues each year. Many of these are broadcast nationally and internationally on radio, television and the internet. Read more »

Should Sales of Violent Video Games Be Restricted?

Thu, Mar 17 2011 - 6:00pm

Should Sales of Violent Video Games be Restricted?

Leland Yee, Ph.D, State Senator, CA; Author, AB 1179 – Law that bans sale of violent video games to minors
George Rose, Executive VP and Chief Public Policy Officer, Activision Blizzard Inc.
Michael McConnell, Director, Stanford Constitutional Law Center; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
John Diaz, Editorial Page Editor, San Francisco Chronicle - Moderator

Do violent video games present a danger to national safety? Read more »

Never Say Die

Thu, Feb 24 2011 - 5:15pm

Never Say Die

Susan Jacoby, Author, The Age of American Unreason, Alger Hiss and the Battle for History and Never Say Die

Jacoby unmasks the fallacies promoted by what she calls 21st century hucksters of longevity - businessmen predicting that 90 may soon become the new 50 and that a “cure” for the “disease” of aging is just around the corner, and wishful thinkers asserting that older means wiser. Read more »

Walter M. Bortz:Wealth Before Health:Is American Healthcare Threatening the Stability of the Nation?

Tue, Feb 22 2011 - 6:00pm

Walter M. Bortz: Wealth Before Health: Is American Health Care Threatening the Stability of the Nation?

Note new date! May 31

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Recognized as one of America’s most distinguished scientific experts on aging and longevity, Bortz believes that the defects of the American health-care system threaten the stability of the nation. Read more »