March 2012

Speaking Youth to Power

Mon, Mar 26 2012 - 6:00pm

Speaking Youth to Power

Abigail Borah,
Tania Pulido, Green For All Fellow; Brower Youth Award winner
Adarsha Shivakumar, Stanford student, litigation plaintiff
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Esther Koch: What You Need to Know Before You're 65 - A Medicare Primer

Mon, Mar 26 2012 - 5:15pm

Esther Koch: What You Need to Know Before You’re 65: A Medicare Primer

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Medicare Aging Network Partner, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

2011 marked the year the first Boomers turned 65 and qualified for Medicare benefits. For most, a true understanding of what these benefits are, how to determine what options are best for you, and how to actually sign-up is not clear at all. Learn the realities of what you can expect, and more important, what not to expect. Read more »

Dr. Laurie Santos, The Monkey Whisperer: The Evolution of Irrationality--Insights from Monkeys

Thu, Mar 22 2012 - 6:00pm

Dr. Laurie Santos, The Monkey Whisperer: The Evolution of Irrationality – Insights from Monkeys

Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Yale University; Director, Yale’s Comparative Cognition Laboratory
Henry Tenenbaum, KRON TV Feature Reporter- Moderator

Santos, who has been called “the Monkey Whisperer,” studies the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. Read more »

Philippa Kelly: Only Connect: Dramaturgy and Shakespeare's Living Theater

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Tue, Mar 13 2012 - 6:00pm
Philippa Kelly: Only Connect – Dramaturgy and Shakespeare’s Living Theater

Philippa Kelly, Ph.D., Resident Dramaturg, California Shakespeare Theater; Author, The King and I
Jonathan Moscone, Artistic Director, California Shakespeare Theater- Moderator

Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet will be performed during the session by actress Anna Bullard and playwright Daniel Heath.

In her recent book The King and I, Australian author and dramaturg Philippa Kelly str

Jodi Kantor: What You Don't Know About the Obamas

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Wed, Mar 21 2012 - 12:00pm

 Jodi Kantor: What You Don't Know About the Obamas 
Jodi Kantor, Arts and Leisure Editor, The New York Times; Author, The Obamas
Belva Davis, Journalist/Host, KQED, This Week in Northern California- Moderator

The author of the new highly publicized bio of President Obama and the first lady reveals personal and political details, and how the first couple’s partnership affects all Americans.
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Donald Stadtner: Burma (Myanmar)

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Tue, May 8 2012 - 6:00pm

Donald Stadtner: Power and Piety in Burma's New Political Landscape

Dr. Donald Stadtner, Burma Scholar; Author, Ancient Pagan and Sacred Sites of Burma

The repression of the democracy movement in the late 1980s prompted a wave of unprecedented government sponsorship of Buddhist building projects. Certain key pagodas were hastily restored and re-gilded soon after the shooting ceased. What did the military government achieve by fostering these projects? Read more »

Gary Devore: The Ancient Roman World in Film

Mon, Apr 2 2012 - 12:00pm

The Ancient Roman World in Film

Gary Devore, Stanford Archeologist

Step back in time with a director of excavations in Pompeii and at Roman sites in England, as Gary Devore explores how we continually re-imagine Romans through film. Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) uses Roman political decline to comment on the current politics and race relations in America. Read more »

Dr. Ira Byock: The Best Care Possible - What It Is and How To Get It

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Thu, Mar 29 2012 - 7:00pm

Dr. Ira Byock: The Best Care Possible – What It Is and How to Get It

Dr. Ira Byock, Director of Palliative Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Professor of Anesthesiology and Community & Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School; Author, The Best Care Possible: A Physician’s Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life
Dr. Dale Larson,  Professor of Counseling Psychology,  Santa Clara University- Moderator Read more »

John Yoo: Reconceptualizing U.S. Power and International Law

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Thu, Mar 15 2012 - 6:00pm

John Yoo: Taming Globalization

Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley; Co-author, Taming Globalization: International Law, the U.S. Constitution, and the New World Order
John Yoo argues that dozens of international institutions like the International Court of Justice and the World Trade Organization present an unavoidable challenge to American constitutional law. Read more »

Don't Miss This Week's Events at The Commonwealth Club

Mar 12, 2012 @ 2:39 PM

We've got a full week of interesting, delicious, and entertaining events for you this week:

George Hammond: Time & Eternity
Vivek Ranadive: The Two-Second Advantage

Poisons in the Press: Deciding for Yourself What's "Safe"
Philippa Kelly: Only Connect – Dramaturgy & Shakespeare's Living Theater

Eric Topol: The Creative Destruction of Medicine
Must Politics Be a Dirty Business? Read more »