March 2012

George Dyson: Turing's Cathedral - The Origins of the Digital Universe

Thu, Mar 8 2012 - 6:00pm

George Dyson: Turing’s Cathedral, The Origins of the Digital Universe

Science Historian; Author, Turing’s Cathedral, Baidarka and Project Orion
Katie Hafner, Journalist; Author - Moderator

Want to learn where the digital universe as we know it was born? Dyson sheds new light on the group of scientists and their government-funded lab at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton that started it all. Read more »

Zara McDonald: Mountain Lions and Humans - Can they Co-Exist?

Thu, Mar 15 2012 - 6:00pm

Mountain Lions and Humans: Can they Co-Exist?

Zara McDonald,
Founder and Director, Felidae Conservation Fund; Entrepreneur; Conservationist 

These keystone predators (also called pumas) play a critical role in maintaining the health and biodiversity of our ecosystems. However, human development is increasing the number of encounters and conflicts between humans and pumas, and it is multiplying tensions in our local communities. Read more »

Poisons in the Press: Deciding for Yourself What's 'Safe'

Tue, Mar 13 2012 - 2:00pm

Poisons in the Press: Deciding for Yourself What’s ‘Safe’

Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Kent R. Read more »

Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful

Wed, May 16 2012 - 6:00pm

Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful

Keiko Fukuda, Judo practitioner

Standing less than five feet tall and weighing less than 100 pounds, Fukuda is one of only four Judo practitioners in the world (and the only woman) to currently hold 10th Dan, Judo’s highest degree black belt; she is also 99 years old and still teaches in San Francisco. She is the last surviving student of Dr. Kano, the founder of Judo. With excerpts from director Yuriko Gamo Romer's documentary, Mrs. Read more »

Marc Freedman: Are You Ready for the Big Shift? Thoughts on Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife

Thu, Apr 26 2012 - 6:00pm

Marc Freedman: Are You Ready for the Big Shift? Thoughts on Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife

Founder and CEO of Civic Ventures; Author, The Big Shift
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George Hammond: Time and Eternity

Mon, Mar 12 2012 - 6:00pm

George Hammond: Time and Eternity

Author, Rational Idealism

Monday Night Philosophy focuses on the very unfocused ideas we have about time and eternity. Alluring, yet confusing, even their scientific versions allow for responsibility-escaping backward movement in time. Clarity is achieved by using the underlying, and more coherent, concept of the continuum of change. But clarity has its price. Read more »

Chinatown Walking Tour #8

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Mon, May 14 2012 - 2:00pm

Chinatown Walking Tour

Enjoy another Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure. Join Rick Evans for a memorable midday walk and discover the history and mysteries of Chinatown. Explore colorful alleys and side streets. Visit a Taoist temple, an herbal store, the site of the first public school in the state, and the famous Fortune Cookie Factory. There is a short break for a tea sample during the tour.

Location:  Meet at corner of Grant and Bush, in front of Starbucks, near Chinatown Gate
Time: 1:45 p.m. Read more »

Hemingway's A Moveable Feast is Considered by the San Francisco Book Discussion Group

Mon, Apr 2 2012 - 5:30pm

Hemingway's A Moveable Feast is considered by the San Francisco Book Discussion Group

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway was published posthumously in 1964. It remains one of Hemingway's most enduring works. The piece was largely written about his time with Hadley, touches on his defection to the arms of Pauline, and after his suicide was pasted together by Mary. Read more »