Breaking the Chains: The Battle to Find and Use My Voice
Hirsi Ali, a high profile critic of Islam, will share her journey from a forced marriage in Somalia to a new life in the West. She will discuss the costs of her controversial views, including the multiple death threats that required her to seek police protection.
SPEAKER: P. J. O’Rourke; Humorist; Author, On the Wealth of Nations
TITLE: P. J. O’Rourke’s Take on On the Wealth of Nations
Satirist P.J. O’Rourke will delve into Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations, making that often-quoted, but rarely read tome on economics, accessible. He will reveal why what seems obvious now was once, and still is, revolutionary. Renowned for his strong libertarian stance, O’Rourke will explain why self-interest must be a governing principle of society. Read more »
Internationally renowned as one of the world’s greatest leaders in the area of mind-body medicine, Dr. Deepak Chopra, will offer his advice on how to live a life anchored in true and lasting happiness, exploring connections between life and after-life. Chopra will tell us why he believes that life and death are not separate, and that they co-exist. Read more »
One of the business world's consummate dealmakers, billionaire Sanford Weill, looks back on corporate coups, dizzying crashes and stunning comebacks. The self-proclaimed "kid from Brooklyn" built two leading financial services companies and pursued a string of daring acquisitions that led to the creation of securities giant Shearson Loeb Rhoads. He is also responsible for resuscitating the Commercial Credit Company which he molded into Citigroup, the world's largest financial institution. Read more »
Assistant managing editor of The Washington Post and Bay Area-native Rajiv Chandrasekaran will describe the surreal state of affairs in Baghdad's American-occupied Green Zone. He will draw on hundreds of interviews and internal documents to paint a picture of life in what he dubs the "Emerald City." He will also elaborate on how the headquarters for the American occupation of Iraq, the Green Zone, is a ritzy enclave of palm trees, pools, and nightclubs that sorely clashes with the war and violence around it. Read more »
Katie Couric, the woman to become the network's first solo female anchor, following in the footsteps of Dan Rather and the legendary Walter Cronkite, will raise awareness about the need for cancer screening and prevention. Since losing her husband to colon cancer in 1988, Couric has become an activist and prominent spokesperson on the subject, sharing how education and community outreach can save lives. After Couric's on-air colonoscopy in March 2000, hundreds were inspired to get screened for the disease. Read more »
Anthony Bourdain, TV host, chef, author of Kitchen Confidential
World traveler, chef and best-selling author Anthony Bourdain will talk about his travels and discuss his penchant for underused, inexpensive cuts of meat as outlined in his Les Halles Cookbook. In a quote from the book, Bourdain says, "Any schmo can grill a fancy steak, it takes a cook to transform a humble pig's foot into something people clamor for." Read more »
New Yorker climate journalist Elizabeth Kolbert offers her take on whether increasingly fierce huricanes, changing animal migration patterns, and disapperaing glaciers signal that we're headed for global melt down.
The former New York Times reporter has made it her mission to educate the public about the very real threat of Earth's rising temperature, and what can be done, if anything, to save the planet and bring the thermometer back down a notch or two.
Her new book is titled "Field Notes From a Catastrophe" Read more »