April 2011

The Pope Of Wine: Alexis Lichine

Wed, Jun 1 2011 - 6:00pm

The Pope of Wine: Alexis Lichine

Leslie A. Hennessy Jr., Author, The Pope of Wine: The Biography of Alexis Lichine

Salesman, self-promoter, journalist, author, ladies man, connoisseur, war veteran, chateau-owner and – above all – French wine enthusiastic, Alexis Lichine led a fascinating life and is credited with creating the American market for French wine. Read more »

Michel de Montaigne: The Philosopher of Improvisation

Mon, Jun 13 2011 - 6:00pm

Michel de Montaigne: The Philosopher of Improvisation

Timothy Hampton, Professor of French; Bernie H. Williams Professor of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

The first great “modern” philosopher, Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) explored the changeable nature of human experience. Montaigne worked out a strikingly modern ethical response to the violence of his day. His essays embrace the limits of human knowledge and virtue. Read more »

Lessons from England: Holding Health Care Providers Responsible For Quality and Costs

Tue, Apr 12 2011 - 12:00pm

Lessons from England: Holding Health-Care Providers Responsible for Quality and Costs

Chris Ham, CEO, The King's Fund; Professor of Health Policy and Management, University of Birmingham

Much of the attention paid to health reform has focused on insurance coverage, but another important aspect of the new law will be to foster “accountable care organizations” that would take responsibility for improving outcomes and controlling costs. Read more »

Arts Planning Meeting

Thu, Apr 14 2011 - 5:30pm

Arts Forum Planning Meeting

Join fellow Commonwealth Club members in discussing ideas for arts programs and exhibitions at The Commonwealth Club. Be part of the process to help shape programs of fine art, drama, music and dance in the coming year.

MLF: The Arts
Location:
Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. planning meeting
Cost: FREE
Program Organizer:
Anne Smith

Salmon in the Trees

Thu, Apr 21 2011 - 6:00pm

Salmon in the Trees

Amy Gulick, Conservation Photographer; Author

Most of us will never visit the vast wilderness of Alaska, so the phrase "Salmon in the trees" may seem a bit whimsical.  But in the Tongass rainforest, there really are salmon in the trees. Read more »

Balenciaga and Spain: Austerity and Extravagance

Fri, Apr 29 2011 - 12:00pm

Balenciaga and Spain: Austerity and Extravagance

Julia Geist, Chair of Docent Council, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

“The master of us all,” said Christian Dior about Cristobal Balenciaga, who created day dresses of deceiving simplicity and evening gowns of staggering extravagance. Spain was his muse. Geist's illustrated lecture will look at the life and success of the couturier who maintained tradition and continuity in Spain and Paris for more than 30 years. Read more »

The War Next Door

Wed, Jun 29 2011 - 6:00pm

The War Next Door

Charles Bowden, Author, Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields Read more »

Cosmic Wisdom: An Astronomer Looks at Human History...and Our Future Prospects

Thu, Apr 7 2011 - 6:00pm

Cosmic Wisdom: An Astronomer Looks at Human History...and Our Future Prospects

This program is sold out

Sandra Faber, Ph.D., University Professor, UC Santa Cruz; Staff Member, UCO/Lick Observatory

We now know more about the distant universe in many ways than we do about our own planet.  Using breathtaking images and computer simulations, cosmologist Faber will tell the story of how human beings got here and where we are headed, cosmically speaking. Read more »