March 2011

Nuclear Power's Future

Mar 31, 2011 @ 10:34 AM

This past Monday marked the 32nd anniversary of the accident at Three Mile Island. As Japan deals with its own nuclear crisis, the anniversary seems more apt than usual.

On March 28, 1979, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The mishap still remains the most significant accident in the history of the U.S. commercial nuclear power generating industry. Read more »

Islam and Homosexuality in Western Europe

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Boris Dittrich, Human Rights Activist; Former Member, Netherlands Parliament

Dittrich will discuss LGBT issues around the world, including efforts to save lives of homosexual men in the Middle East; the anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda, which introduces the death penalty; the role of the United Nations in supporting, or hindering, LGBT rights; and emerging LGBT groups around the world.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at the Commonwealth Club of California on March 16, 2010.

China 20/20: How Western Business Can and Should Influence Social and Political Change in China

Michael Santoro, Associate Professor, Business Ethics, Rutgers Business School

Drawing on personal interviews, documentary sources and almost two decades of visits to China, Santoro assesses the role of multinational corporations in China’s social and political development. Hear how moral integrity (or lack of it) by Western business is having a profound impact on whether economic privatization and growth usher in greater democracy and respect for human rights in China. Read more »

Apocalypse Never: The Global Governance Architecture of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World

Tad Daley, Ph.D., Writing Fellow, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War; Author, Apocalypse Never

Daley shares not only why we must abolish nuclear weapons, but also how he believes we can, and what the world will look like after we do. He argues that the nuclear double standard is both morally indefensible and politically unsustainable. Read more »

California Choices: Pathways to Reform

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David Kennedy, History Professor Emeritus, Stanford University
Mark DiCamillo, Director, California Field Poll
Noel Perry, Venture Capitalist and Founder, Next 10
Kathay Feng, California Common Cause
Annette Fuentes, New America Media
Lenny Mendonca, Bay Area Council
Sunne Wright McPeak, California Forward Read more »

Volunteer Opportunities

Next Volunteer Orientation:

The Commonwealth Club Volunteer Corps

Volunteer at events and help to keep public discourse alive. Read more »

Uncorking the Urban Wine Scene

Thu, Apr 7 2011 - 6:30pm

Uncorking the Urban Wine Scene

Jim Mirowski, Co-founder and Owner, Treasure Island Wines
Derek Rohlffs, Proprietor and Winemaker, Bravium Wines
Sasha Verhage, Winemaker and Proprietor, Eno Wines
Kathryn Cohen, Proprietor, Stomping Girl Wines
Ryan Flinn, Reporter, Bloomberg News; Wine Reviewer – Moderator

Move over, Napa and Sonoma. Wine producing is making a huge shift from rural wineries to urban producers. Read more »

The State of Sex and Dating in SF

Thu, Mar 31 2011 - 6:30pm

The State of Sex and Dating in SF

Ethan Watters, Author, Urban Tribes; Co-founder, San Francisco Writer’s Grotto
Sasha Cagen, Author, Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics; Essayist; Founder and Publisher, To-Do List Magazine
Nicole Daedone, Founder, OneTaste; Author, Slow Sex: The Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm
N.W. Read more »