EVs + Smart Grid. People Power: Rethinking Electricity


People Power: Rethinking Electricity

Dian Grueneich, Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
Mark Duvall, Director of Electric Transportation and Energy Storage, Electric Power Research Institute
Ted Howes, Partner, IDEO
Greg Dalton, Founder of Climate One, Moderator Read more »


Carol Scott: Stop Stressing About Stress (8/24/10)

Carol Scott, "Stop Stressing about Stress"

Recorded at The Commonwealth Club of California, August 24, 2010


Janet Yellen: View of the Economic Crisis and the Fed's Response (6/30/09)

View of the Economic Criss and the Fed's Response

Janet L. Yellen, Ph.D., President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Amid the deepest recession of the postwar era, the Federal Reserve faces one of the gravest challenges of its 96-year history. Yellen assesses the state of the economy while explaining the thinking and the actions behind some of the Fed’s precedent-shattering initiatives to rescue a financial system in crisis and help jump-start economic growth.


Firoozeh Dumas: In Conversation (9/10/09)

Firoozeh Dumas, Author, Funny in Farsi and Laughing Without an Accent

In conversation with Jaleh Daie


Now & Then Series: The Jewish Community of the Bay Area Since 1945

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Fred Rosenbaum, Founding Director, Lehrhaus Judaica

Jews have been at the center of business, political and artistic life in the Bay Area since the Gold Rush, but the postwar demographic transformation and technological revolution have linked the community with world Jewry in unprecedented ways. Nevertheless, the cosmopolitan ethos that has characterized local Jews and Jewish institutions has remained constant. Rosenbaum will discuss the evolution of this Bay Area community. Read more »


The Crowded Universe

Alan Boss, Astronomer; Research Scientist, Carnegie Institution of Washington Department of Terrestrial Magnetism; Author, The Crowded Universe Read more »


Leonardo da Vinci: Renaissance Genius of Art and Science (4/16/09)

Ebe Sapone-Cavagnaro, Retired Foreign Language Department Head, San Francisco School District

Inventor, artist, scientist, architect, author – Leonardo da Vinci was a man of boundless creativity and curiosity. As a Renaissance genius, he had the versatility to paint faces of delicate beauty and to design weapons and bridges. Sapone-Cavagnaro, a native of Tuscany who teaches The Commonwealth Club’s weekly Italian class, brings to life her love affair with da Vinci’s accomplishments. Read more »


Wine, Literature and Coming of Age (4/23/09)

Jay McInerney, Wine Writer; Author, Bright Lights, Big City and How It Ended
In Conversation with Julia Flynn Siler, Author, The House of Mondavi

From his first novel to his newest story collection, McInerney has captivated readers for years. Considered one of the pre-eminent writers of his time, McInerney explores delusion, experience and transformation in his most recent anthology, How It Ended. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a literary master. Read more »

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