November 2011

ANALYSIS: Bowling Alone on Veteran’s Day

Nov 21, 2011 @ 11:38 AM

By Pria S. Whitehead

Earlier this month, the United States commemorated Veterans’ Day. For many people, this meant a much-anticipated day off from work or from school. For others, it was a reminder of service rendered or painful loss incurred. For some, it may have brought to bear the frustration of months or years of social and professional exclusion and hardship. To this end, for certain vets and their families, perhaps the day signified or even provoked an impetus for change.  Read more »

Do We Need a Supercommittee for Economic Competitiveness? MIT's President Weighs In

Nov 21, 2011 @ 11:01 AM

Earlier this month, MIT President Susan Hockfield appeared at The Commonwealth Club of California Silicon Valley to talk about American competitiveness and innovation. Those are popular topics these days, as the United States continues to work through a difficult economic recovery and other nations – China, Germany, India, Poland, Turkey – are enjoying stronger growth and employment. Add to this situation the ongoing policy turmoil in Washington, D.C., and you have some leaders sounding the alarm. Add Hockfield to that group of leaders. Read more »

Tom Brokaw in Silicon Valley

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Mon, Nov 21 2011 - 1:00pm

Tom Brokaw

NBC Nightly News Special Correspondent; Author, The Greatest Generation, Boom! and The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation about America

Dan Ashley,  News Anchor, KGO TV and Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors - Moderator Read more »

"In Patagonia" by Bruce Chatwin

Mon, Dec 5 2011 - 5:30pm

In Patagonia

This event is SOLD OUT

Join fellow book lovers to discuss In Patagonia, by the late Bruce Chatwin, both a captivating travel narrative and an extraordinary literary meditation on the southern tip of South America, one of the most remote and exotic locations on the planet. Originally published in 1977, Chatwin's book continues to be seen as one of the great works of travel writing of the 20th century. Read more »

Robert Mueller, FBI Director - Library Seating

Thu, Nov 17 2011 - 12:30pm

Changing Threats in a Changing World: Staying Ahead of Terrorists, Spies and Hackers Read more »

PBS, KQED: Where is Public Broadcasting Headed?

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Tue, Nov 29 2011 - 6:00pm

PBS President Paula Kerger and KQED President John Boland: PBS – Past, Present and Future

In conversation with Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting Read more »