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Strategic Philanthropy: Its Potential and Pitfalls (5/18/09)

Hal Harvey, CEO, ClimateWorks Foundation; Co-author, Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy
Paul Brest, President, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Co-author, Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy Read more »

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The Secrets of Haiku from Master Basho (4/23/09)

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Jane Reichhold, Author, Basho the Complete Haiku

Commemorate Poetry Month by learning about Japan’s legendary 17th-century poet, Matsuo Basho, the creator of haiku. Reichhold will discuss Basho the Complete Haiku, the first translation of all of Basho’s haiku by a non-Japanese person. She will portray the life of Basho and discuss the influence haiku has had on poetry of the 20th century, the basic structure, and how haiku can enrich your life. Read more »

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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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Michael Krasny Talks off Mike (4/20/09)

Michael Krasny, Host and Senior Editor, KQED’s “Forum”; Professor of English, SFSU; Author, Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life

Krasny talks books, teaches literature, and for more than 65,000 people in the Bay Area he is the one to whom they tune their radio dials. Though he once dreamed of being a novelist, Krasny discovered that reality is often more exciting than fiction. Krasny delves into his life on and off the microphone. Read more »

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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 »

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The How-to of Social Entrepreneurship panel (4/8/09)

Wilford Welch, Former U.S. Diplomat, Business Executive and Publisher; Author, The Tactics of Hope
Lynne Twist, Co-founder, the Pachamama Alliance
David Hopkins, Social Entrepreneur, BeRewarding.com Read more »

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Getting Green Done: Hard Truths from the Front Lines of the Sustainability Revolution (4/7/09)

Auden Schendler, Executive Director of Sustainability, Aspen Skiing Company; Author, Getting Green Done

What does the mechanic say when you ask him to put french fry oil in his $250,000 tractor? How do you actually make sustainability happen? Schendler will give us a peek under the hood of the green movement – what it means, in the trenches, to implement actual solutions to climate change. Read more »

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Social Media: Increasingly Pervasive, Powerful and Transformational (4/6/09)

John Blossom, President, Shore Communications; Author, Content Nation Read more »

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Nandan Nilekani (3/30/09)

Nandan Nilekani, Co-founder, Infosys; Author, Imagining India: The Ideas of a Nation Renewed

India's recent emergence as an economic giant has triggered tremendous social, political and cultural change. Visionary entrepreneur Nilekani will offer insights into the evolution and future of India as well as the reforms that he believes need to be made in all sectors of public life – infrastructure, education and the environment – that will help keep India on top. Read more »

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Inside Iran (3/24/09)

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Robert Baer, Former CIA Operative; Author, Sleeping with the Devil, See No Evil and The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower
Jonathan Curiel, Journalist, San Francisco Chronicle; Author, Al’ America: Travels through America’s Arab and Islamic Roots - Moderator Read more »

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