Sanjay Patel, Animator; Short Film Director; Author, Sanjay’s Super Team
This is a Good Lit event, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.
In the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, Sanjay's Super Team, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian boy whose love for western pop culture comes into conflict with his family’s traditions.
Our meeting is open to all members who have an interest in the visual and performing arts. We welcome your ideas and your energy. This is a chance for you to take a more active role in planning the Club’s calendar of events.
Adam Johnson, Associate Professor, Stanford University; Author, The Orphan Master’s Son and Fortune Smiles Kathryn Ma, Author, The Year She Left Us and All That Work and Still No Boys; Jury Member, The Commonwealth Club’s California Book Awards — ModeratorRead more »
Alva Noë, Professor of Philosophy, UC Berkeley; Author, Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature
What is art? Why do we value art as we do? What does art reveal about our nature? Alva Noë offers new answers to these questions through his book Strange Tools, which makes provocative use of examples in philosophy, art history and cognitive science. Listen to Noë explain why recent efforts to frame questions about art in terms of neuroscience and evolutionary biology alone have been, and will continue to be, unsuccessful.
Owsley Brown III, Producer; Director Sandy Tolan, Journalist; Author Eugene Rodriguez, Executive Director, Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy David Stull, President, San Francisco Conservatory of Music – Moderator
This program is part of the 2015 Platforum series Music Matters, sponsored by Ernst & Young and the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation. Read more »
Steven Machtinger, Attorney; Violist; Independent Mozart Scholar
This program is part of the 2015 Platforum series Music Matters, sponsored by Ernst & Young and the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation.
Steven Machtinger and the London Quintet return to The Commonwealth Club for the Music Matters series, this time exploring how Mozart expressed Masonic attitudes toward death and immortality in the third movement of his "G minor String Quintet" of 1787. Read more »
Michael Morgan, Music Director, Oakland Symphony and Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra; Artistic Director, Festival Opera, Walnut Creek David Conte,Composer Mason Bates, Composer Gabriela Frank, Composer Read more »