April 2011

Ed Harrington: Challenges and Progress for the SF Public Utilities Commission and Bay Area Customers (7/14/09)

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Ed Harrington, General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

After consultations in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties, Harrington has brought in a new SFPUC era of Hetch Hetchy retrofit and rebuilding, water sales agreements, water conservation and reuse, climate change response, sewer master plan, GOSolarSF and a community choice aggregation program for power. He’ll discuss water, sewer and power issues and protection for rivers, waterways and watersheds. Read more »

The Republican Party in California: Where Do We Go from Here? (7/10/09)

The Republican Party in California: Where Do We Go from Here?

Abe Maldonado, California State Senator
Joe Tuman, Professor of Political and Legal Communications, San Francisco State University
Tom Del Beccaro, Vice Chair, California Republican Party
Carla Marinucci, Political Writer, San Francisco Chronicle

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Diana Leafe Christian: Ecovillages: Where They Are, What They're Doing, Why They're Important (7/9/09)

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Diana Leafe Christian, EcoVillage Newsletter Publisher and Educator

Learn about the ecological, economic, social and cultural aspects of sustainability, with photos and stories from dozens of EcoVillage projects worldwide. Discover how finding community is as critical as obtaining food and shelter, and how "multiple centers of initiative" in a resident-planned-and-run green neighborhood can prevent suburban sprawl. Meet others who seek to create a family-oriented or retirement-focused ecologically sustainable life, in the Bay Area and beyond. Read more »

The Federal Education Reform Agenda and the Business Case for Reform (7/8/09)

Matt Miller, Author, The Tyranny of Dead Ideas; Columnist; Radio Host
Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor of Education, Stanford University; Former President, American Educational Research Association Read more »

Bicycle Safety Town Hall (6/3/09)

Will Kempton, Director of CalTrans
Carl Guardino, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group - Moderator Read more »

Panel on Curtailing Suburban Sprawl in California (7/7/09)

Ted Droettboom, Joint Policy Director, Association of Bay Area Governments
Laura Hall, Principal, Hall Alminana, Inc.
Paul Campos, Vice President and General Counsel, Northern California Home Builders Association Read more »

Maureen O’Sullivan: Lies and The Truth Wizards (6/29/09)

Maureen O’Sullivan, Ph.D.

O’Sullivan has devoted several years to the study of lies and liars. Of the over 13,000 people she has tested for the ability to detect deception, she found just 31, who she refers to as “Wizards.” O’Sullivan will discuss her work studying these Wizards and how they use microexpressions – facial changes that last less than a second – to catch liars in the act. Read more »

Vivienne Sosnowski: When the Rivers Ran Red (6/22/09)

Vivienne Sosnowski, Author, When the Rivers Ran Red; Editorial Director, Washington Examiner, San Francisco Examiner and Baltimore Examiner; Photographer Read more »

Richard Wrangham: Did Cooking Make Us Human? (6/10/09)

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Richard Wrangham, Professor of Biological Anthropology, Harvard University

Renowned primatologist Wrangham offers a startling new argument about how we came to be the social, intelligent and sexual species we are today. Our ancestors were apelike beings the size of chimpanzees until two million years ago, when homo erectus was born and we became human. What caused this extraordinary transformation? Wrangham argues that cooking created the human lineage. He will explain his bold theory. Read more »