April 2011

Michael Krasny Talks off Mike (4/20/09)

Michael Krasny, Host and Senior Editor, KQED’s “Forum”; Professor of English, SFSU; Author, Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life

Krasny talks books, teaches literature, and for more than 65,000 people in the Bay Area he is the one to whom they tune their radio dials. Though he once dreamed of being a novelist, Krasny discovered that reality is often more exciting than fiction. Krasny delves into his life on and off the microphone. Read more »

Joe Kennedy: The Man Behind the Myth (4/17/09)

Cari Beauchamp, Author, Joseph P. Kennedy Presents: His Hollywood Years

Though remembered more for his role in politics and for the famous children he fathered, Joe Kennedy was once hailed as the “coming Napoleon of the movie business.” From running three studios to his famous affair with Gloria Swanson, Kennedy completely immersed himself in Hollywood before leaving abruptly, with millions of dollars. Beauchamp shares her extensive research on a Kennedy presence outside of politics. Read more »

Leonardo da Vinci: Renaissance Genius of Art and Science (4/16/09)

Ebe Sapone-Cavagnaro, Retired Foreign Language Department Head, San Francisco School District

Inventor, artist, scientist, architect, author – Leonardo da Vinci was a man of boundless creativity and curiosity. As a Renaissance genius, he had the versatility to paint faces of delicate beauty and to design weapons and bridges. Sapone-Cavagnaro, a native of Tuscany who teaches The Commonwealth Club’s weekly Italian class, brings to life her love affair with da Vinci’s accomplishments. Read more »

Ocean Adventures: Call of the Killer Whale (4/16/09)

Jean-Michel Cousteau, Explorer; Environmentalist; Educator; Producer

“I’ve always said, if you protect the ocean, you protect yourself,” says Cousteau. The son of Jacques travels to the most extreme locations on Earth, combining science with storytelling, to reveal how the ocean is connected with our own lives. His "Ocean Adventures" series and killer whale documentary bring to light the threats to sea life because of human activity, and ways we can protect these important creatures. Read more »

Putting Practical Idealism into Practice (4/14/09)

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John Hammock, Past President, Oxfam America; Professor of Ethics, Tufts University; Co-author, Practical Idealists: Changing the World and Getting Paid Read more »

The How-to of Social Entrepreneurship panel (4/8/09)

Wilford Welch, Former U.S. Diplomat, Business Executive and Publisher; Author, The Tactics of Hope
Lynne Twist, Co-founder, the Pachamama Alliance
David Hopkins, Social Entrepreneur, BeRewarding.com Read more »

Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution (4/7/09)

Auden Schendler, Executive Director of Sustainability, Aspen Skiing Company; Author, Getting Green Done

What does the mechanic say when you ask him to put french fry oil in his $250,000 tractor? How do you actually make sustainability happen? Schendler will give us a peek under the hood of the green movement – what it means, in the trenches, to implement actual solutions to climate change. Read more »