October 2011

David McCullough

Thu, Oct 13 2011 - 12:00pm

David McCullough

Pulitzer Prize Winner; Author, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

Howard Leach, Former U.S. Ambassador to France - Moderator

Celebrated author, historian and Presidental Medal of Freedom recipient McCullough presents the enthralling, inspiring - and until now untold - story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work. Read more »

The Race for Mayor 2011- Library Seating & Standing Room

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Thu, Oct 6 2011 - 6:30pm

The Race for Mayor 2011- Library Seating and Standing Room Read more »

Energy Innovation: Overhaul or Tweak?

Thu, Nov 3 2011 - 12:00pm

Energy Innovation: Overhaul or Tweak?

Severin Borenstein, Co-director, Energy Institute, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Richard Lester, Director, MIT Industrial Performance Center
Dan Reicher, Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, Stanford

Energy innovation is easy to talk about and difficult to implement. Does the country's system for creating new energy systems need to be radically overhauled or just tweaked? Read more »

The Race for Mayor 2011

Thu, Oct 6 2011 - 6:30pm

The Race for Mayor 2011

This program is sold out. Special library standing and seating room tickets still available Read more »

Re-thinking Waste in the Bay Area

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Wed, Oct 12 2011 - 9:00am

Rethinking Waste in the Bay Area  

This program is cancelled

One person’s garbage is another one’s gold. Experience how waste is transformed into valuable products through creative re-use and recycling methods on this full day tour. Meet the leaders who are responsible for keeping tons of reusable materials out of landfills. We’ll visit transfer stations: Urban Ore, Omega Salvage and other innovative models of sustainability. Join the tour in SF or in Berkeley. Read more »

Former National Park Service Director Roger Kennedy, 1926-2011

Oct 3, 2011 @ 1:47 PM

We're said to report the passing last week of Roger Kennedy at the age of 85. Kennedy was the former director of the National Park Service and, before that, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

You can watch a video of his 2007 appearance at The Commonwealth Club at Fora.tv. He talked about "The Politics of Disaster," discussing the ways the United States handles (and mishandles) emergencies.

Valerie Coleman Morris: "It's Your Money So Take It Personally"

Tue, Oct 11 2011 - 5:15pm

It’s Your Money, So Take It Personally

Note 5:15 p.m. start time!

Valerie Coleman Morris, News Correspondent/Anchor

Do you control your money, or does your money control you? Morris will review money basics: the process of identifying what you want and why, when you want it, and what it takes to achieve it. She will explore how to recover from the recession in a sustainable way, and how to re-calculate our relationship with money. Read more »

In 6 minutes, 40 seconds: How to Design a Sustainable Future

Mon, Oct 3 2011 - 6:30pm

In 6 Minutes, 40 Seconds: How to Design a Sustainable Future

This program is sold out

Mark Dwight, Founder & CEO, Rickshaw Bagworks
Rob Forbes, Founder, Design Within Reach; Founder, Public
Flora Grubb, Founder, Flora Grubb Gardens
Nikki Henderson, Executive Director, People’s Grocery
Walter Hood, Principal, Hood Design; Professor and Former Chair of Landscape Architecture, UC Berkeley
Max Schorr Read more »

Dr. Francis S. Collins: Director, National Institutes of Health

Mon, Oct 3 2011 - 6:00pm

A Revolution in Biomedical Innovation

This program is sold out

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D, Director, National Institutes of Health

Larry Brilliant, M.D., MPH, President and CEO, Skoll Global Threats Fund - Moderator Read more »