February 2012

Michael Ellsberg: The College-Industrial Complex and the Future of Higher Education

Wed, Feb 29 2012 - 6:00pm
Michael Ellsberg: The College-Industrial Complex and the Future of Higher Education

Michael Ellsberg, Author, The Education of Millionaires; Blogger, Forbes.com

Our education system is imploding, and self-education may be a key component of what will replace it. Ellsberg has spent the last two years interviewing the world’s most successful people who did not complete college—including WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, fashion designer Marc Ecko, and Facebook’s Sean Parker.

From Durban to Rio

Wed, Feb 29 2012 - 6:00pm

From Durban to Rio

Tom Heller
, Executive Director, Climate Policy Initiative; Professor, Stanford Law School
Marc Stuart, Co-Founder, EcoSecurities
Mark Schapiro, Senior Correspondent, Center for Investigative Reporting

For the first time ever, developing and industrialized countries are crawling together toward a new treaty to reduce greenhouse gases. Read more »

Living in Truth: The Life and Work of Vaclav Havel

Wed, Feb 29 2012 - 7:00pm

 Living in Truth: The Life and Work of Vaclav Havel


Jane L. Curry, Political Science Professor, Santa Clara University
Steven Boyd Saum, Editor, Santa Clara Magazine

As a writer and political leader, Havel advocated using truth and love to combat oppression. He went from being a dissident in prison to negotiating the end of communism in Czechoslovakia in the Velvet Revolution. He served as president of Czechoslovakia and later the Czech Republic. Read more »

Humanities West Book Discussion: Mission to China- Matteo Ricci & the Jesuit Encounter with the East

Wed, Feb 29 2012 - 5:30pm
Humanities West Book Discussion: Mission to China: Matteo Ricci & the Jesuit Encounter with the East

In the 16th century, the vast and sophisticated empire of China remained almost unknown to the West. As global trade expanded, legends fed the fantasies of European merchants, and the Catholic Church imagined the saving of millions of souls, but the first Jesuits in China confronted enormous challenges when they settled in the fabled Forbidden City. Lynn Harris will moderate this discussion of Mary Laven’s fascinating book.

William J. Clancey: Voyages of Scientific Discovery with the Mars Exploration Rovers

Mon, Feb 27 2012 - 6:00pm

William J. Clancey: Voyages of Scientific Discovery with the Mars Exploration Rovers


Chief Scientist, Human-Centered Computing Intelligent Systems Division, NASA Ames Research Center and Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

For more than eight years, scientists have been doing fieldwork on Mars, the first overland investigation of another planet. Read more »

NOW AVAILABLE: MP3 audio of the first Week to Week program

Feb 24, 2012 @ 1:56 PM

Big thanks to everyone who attended our first Week to Week news discussion program today!

You can now download 99-cent MP3 files of the program. It's an entertaining and informative hour-long conversation with Debra Saunders, Dr. Larry Gerston, film critic Michael Fox, and our great audience. If you like politics, if you like culture, and you follow the news and you even want our little news quiz, this program was made for you!


Week to Week: 2/24/12

Fri, Feb 24 2012 - 12:00pm

Week to Week: February 24, 2012

Larry Gerston, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, San Jose State University; Political Analyst, NBC 11
Debra Saunders, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle
Michael Fox, Film critic and journalist
John Zipperer, Vice President of Media & Editorial, The Commonwealth Club of California -- Moderator Read more »

Food Addiction

Tue, Feb 28 2012 - 12:00pm

Food Addiction

Michael Prager, Author, Fat Boy Thin Man
Nicole Avena, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Florida
Eric Stice, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Oregon Research Institute
Dr. Vera Ingrid Tarman, MD., MSc., FCEP, CASAM, Medical Director, Renascent
Elissa Epel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry
Robert H. Lustig, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, in the Division of Endocrinology at UCSF. Read more »

This Week at The Commonwealth Club of California Feb. 21-24, 2012

Feb 22, 2012 @ 2:12 PM

This week at The Commonwealth Club of California:

TUESDAY: Dr. Landry Signe: Emerging African Markets, a Golden Opportunity for the Golden State; Dr. David Agus: The End of Illness.

WEDNESDAY: Thomas Donohue, CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce: The State of American Business 2012; Wyming P. Sun: The Elements of Classic Feng Shui.

THURSDAY: Architecture Walking Tour (sold out); George Shultz, Sam Nunn, William Perry; The Nuclear Chessboard 2012.

FRIDAY: Week to Week

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Daniel Sharp: Eisenhower's Legacy - Country over Party

Tue, Feb 28 2012 - 6:00pm

Eisenhower's Legacy: Country over Party

Daniel Sharp, CEO, The Eisenhower Foundation

Though the United States faces difficult economic and foreign policy issues right now, during the 1950s far starker fears were faced, with the onset of the nuclear age, a hostile and powerful communist bloc, a still economically devastated Europe, and a population boom worldwide that looked like it would outrun our resources. Read more »