October 2012

George M. Church: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves

Tue, Oct 30 2012 - 12:00pm

George M. Church: Regenesis — How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves

Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Director, Lipper Center for Computational Genetics

Thomas Goetz, Executive Editor, Wired - Moderator

We eat genetically engineered foods, take drugs made in engineered bacteria and yeast, and someday soon may drive our cars using fuel produced by engineered microorganisms. The rise of synthetic biology marks a fundamental transformation in the relationship between biology and nature. Read more »

The Science of Distilling

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Tue, Oct 30 2012 - 6:30pm

The Science of Distilling

Featuring: St. George Spirits,  Charbay Winery & Distillery, Anchor Distilling, 1512 Spirits, Essential Spirits, SFVodka and more

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Sure, you can tell Johnnie Walker from Wild Turkey, but is there an inner geek behind that whiskey-swilling mustachioed facade? One that yearns to know how that lovely libation came to be before it graced your glass? Read more »

The Kurds: Self Determination and Human Rights

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Fri, Nov 9 2012 - 12:00pm

The Kurds: Self Determination and Human Rights

Karaman Mamand Faraj, Student of International Legal Systems, Golden Gate University
Joel Brinkley, Professor of Journalism, Stanford University; Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist


Educator, researcher and activist Faraj will discuss the history of the Kurdish people, who number more than 30 million and yet do not have their own country. Faraj received his masters degree in Laws in Kurdistan, Iraq, where he taught law. Read more »

Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs: A Startling Tale of Personal Triumph

Mon, Nov 5 2012 - 6:00pm

Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs: A Startling Tale of Personal Triumph

Deborah Strobin, Philanthropist; Co-author, An Uncommon Journey
Ilie Wacs, Fashion Designer; Artist; Co-author, An Uncommon Journey
Sydnie Kohara, Broadcast Journalist – Moderator

Strobin and her brother Wacs fled from Nazi Austria to the Shanghai Jewish ghetto. Hear their story of escape from Vienna to Shanghai to the U.S. Read more »

Rebecca Costa: The Watchman's Rattle - Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction

Thu, Nov 8 2012 - 6:00pm

The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction

Rebecca Costa, Interviewer, The Costa Report, Author, The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction Read more »

Sophie Delaunay: Doctors Without Borders and the Necessity of Compromise

Tue, Oct 30 2012 - 6:00pm

Doctors Without Borders and the Necessity of Compromise

Sophie Delaunay, Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the United States

The Nobel Prize-winning organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières negotiates life-and-death issues for people in need, but this humanitarian space is also “negotiating space,” where compromise is not only inevitable but necessary. In the current context, is it getting more difficult to reach compromises – and who decides what is an acceptable compromise? Read more »

Leland Faust: How Wall Street is Destroying America

Fri, Nov 2 2012 - 12:00pm

How Wall Street Is Destroying America

Leland Faust, Founder and Chairman, CSI Capital Management

Wall Street is a giant casino where gambling masquerades as investment, says Faust; pundits, politicians and regulators suggest only meager reforms that do nothing to eliminate the systemic rot that is leading us to financial disaster. Faust, an outspoken financial services insider and investment advisor, argues that a fundamental overhaul of the system is needed to rebuild the great economic engine that once powered prosperity. Read more »

Ross King: Leonardo and the Last Supper

Thu, Nov 8 2012 - 12:00pm

Leonardo and the Last Supper

Ross King, Author, Leonardo and the Last Supper

In 1495, Leonardo da Vinci began painting one of history’s most influential and beloved works of art. Leonardo was then at a low point, having failed to complete anything that demonstrated his astonishing promise. The commission to paint The Last Supper provided only small compensation, and Leonardo’s odds of completing such a large fresco, without previous experience in the difficult medium, were not promising. Read more »

Chef Yotam Ottolenghi: The Tastes of Jerusalem

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Thu, Nov 1 2012 - 6:00pm

Chef Yotam Ottolenghi

Author, Plenty and Jerusalem Read more »