May 2011

Highlights of the 80th Annual California Book Awards Winners

May 18, 2011 @ 1:30 PM
Highlights of the 80th Annual California Book Awards Winners

By John Dangaran

Continuing an 80-year tradition, the ceremony for the California Book Awards will be held on June 2 at The Commonwealth Club of California's downtown San Francisco headquarters. This year, 11 authors were chosen for their achievements in literature in fields including poetry, first fiction, young adult, nonfiction, juvenile and Californiana. Read more »

Willie Brown: 2011 Annual Lecture on Political Trends

Thu, May 26 2011 - 6:00pm

Willie Brown Jr.: 2011 Annual Lecture on Political Trends

This program is sold out

Former Mayor, San Francisco; Chairman and CEO, Willie Brown Institute on Politics and Public Service

With a new governor and an unprecedented fiscal crisis in California, 2011 is shaping up to be a big year for politics. Read more »

Richard White: Myths About The Transcontinental Railroad and the Building of The American West:

Wed, Jun 8 2011 - 6:00pm

Myths About the Transcontinental Railroad and the Building of the American West

Richard White, Professor of History, Stanford University; Author, Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

In conversation with David Kennedy, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus Read more »

A Closer Look at the CA State Budget

Tue, Jun 14 2011 - 11:45am

A Closer Look at the California State Budget

Sarah Henry, Program Officer, Next 10

Join us for an interactive state budget simulation with Next 10 in which you decide how to close the state’s multi-billion dollar budget deficit. Using an updated version of the nonpartisan California Budget Challenge, participants will vote in real-time on some of the tough choices being considered at the Capitol. Read more »

America Slips in the Science and Math Olympics

May 16, 2011 @ 11:33 AM
America Slips in the Science and Math Olympics

By James Dohnert

With a future filled with scientific challenges, it’s up to today’s young minds to prepare to solve tomorrow’s greatest mysteries. But with no moon landing to excite eager young minds and fewer opportunities to let them get motivated, how do you produce the next wave of scientists? Read more »

Between Two Oceans: Panama Canal Expedition

Aboard the 132-guest Silver Explorer
Wed, March 28, 2012 - Wed, April 04, 2012
From Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, we depart on our luxury expedition ship, Silver Explorer. Visit Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most bio-diverse areas of the world. Look for capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys and three-toed sloth and meet with the creators of the Santuario Silvestre de Osa, a rainforest wildlife rehabilitation center. Kayak through tropical mangroves; hike tropical rainforest trails; snorkel and swim amidst colorful sea life. Identify parrots, macaws, hawks, hummingbirds, vultures and the endangered great curassows.
Travel Cost: 

From $3,598 per person, based on double occupancy

80th Annual California Book Awards

Thu, Jun 2 2011 - 6:00pm

The 80th Annual California Book Awards

Jack Boulware, Co-founder and Co-director, Litquake; Author, Gimme Something Better- Master of Ceremonies

Since 1931, the California Book Awards have been honoring literary excellence among authors in the Golden State. At our special awards ceremony, we will bestow gold and silver medals in several categories, including fiction, nonfiction, first fiction, poetry, young adult, juvenile, Californiana and contribution to publishing. Hear from some literary giants and amazing writers. Read more »

Another Look at Particle Physics

Mon, May 16 2011 - 6:00pm

Another Look at Particle Physics

This program is sold out

Marianne Ryan, Artist
Richard Breedon, Physicist Read more »

James Stewart: Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining America

Tue, May 24 2011 - 6:00pm

James Stewart: Tangled Webs: How False Statements Are Undermining America

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist; Former Wall Street Journal Page One Editor; Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Author, Den of Thieves

In conversation with Kirk Hanson, Executive Director, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, University of Santa Clara

Business journalist Stewart says that a “perjury outbreak” is symptomatic of a broader breakdown of ethics in American life. Read more »