Social Issues

Past event

Is the Rising Tide Lifting All Boats? Race and Inclusion in the Bay Area

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Tue, Jul 12 2016 - 6:30pm

Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland
James Bell, Civil Rights Leader; Executive Director, W. Hayward Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice, Fairness and Equality
Manuel Pastor, Demographer and Professor of Sociology, American Studies and Ethnicity, The University of Southern California
Joshua Johnson, Creator/Host, Rockit Fuel Radio Podcast; Lecturer, U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism—Moderator Read more »

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Larry Brilliant and Wavy Gravy: How to Change the World

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Wed, Jun 1 2016 - 7:00pm

Larry Brilliant, M.D., Chairman, Skoll Global Threats; Former Executive Director, Google.org
Wavy Gravy, Entertainer, 60's Icon, Activist, Philanthropist
Zoë Elton, Director of Programming, Mill Valley Film Festival—Moderator Read more »

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Ashanti Branch: "Taking off the Mask" in the Ever Forward Club

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Tue, May 24 2016 - 6:00pm

Ashanti Branch, M.Ed., Project Fellow, Stanford's d.school; Studied in Civil Engineering, Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo; Fulbright Exchange Fellowship to India, a Rotary Club Cultural Ambassadorial Fellowship to Mexico, and a 2010 Teacher of the Year Award from the Alameda-Contra Costa County Math Educators Read more »

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Stop Elder Fraud: Seniors and the Law

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Wed, May 11 2016 - 5:15pm

David G. Knitter, Attorney

David Knitter marks the month of May as Abuse Prevention Month for Seniors and Vulnerable Persons by presenting a program based on their informative "Seniors & the Law" guide. The program also will include how the state bar can help protect consumers who have a problem with their lawyers, a problem that can be of particular concern to the elderly and their adult children.

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A Candid Window into the American Criminal Justice System

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Thu, May 5 2016 - 6:00pm

M. Gerald Schwartzbach, Author, Leaning on the Arc Read more »

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Fred Ross: America's Social Arsonist

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Thu, Apr 14 2016 - 12:00pm

Gabriel Thompson, Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing, San Jose State University; Author, America's Social Arsonist

This program is part of the Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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The Missing Kennedy

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Wed, Mar 23 2016 - 5:15pm

Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff, The New York Times Bestselling Author Read more »

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Women Fostering Women As Change-agents Through Global Mentoring

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Tue, Mar 22 2016 - 6:00pm

Eileen Brewer, Director, Symantec; Tech Advisor, WAKE
Trish Tierney, Co-founder, Women’s Alliance for Knowledge Exchange
Barbara Bylenga, Co-founder and Executive Director, SHE-CAN (formerly Open a Door)
Jocelyn Mizero, Scholar, Lafayette College
Julie Roberts, Health-care Executive; SHE-CAN Lead Mentor—Moderator Read more »

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Sally Osberg and Roger Martin: Bold Ideas to Make the World a Fairer, Better Place

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Tue, Feb 23 2016 - 6:30pm

Sally Osberg, President and CEO, Skoll Foundation; Author, Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works 
Roger L. Martin, Former Dean, University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management; Co-author, Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works
Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO—Moderator Read more »

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Paradise Now

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Wed, Feb 17 2016 - 6:00pm

Chris Jennings, Author, Paradise Now

Many wonder what the future will look like. A few visionaries try to recreate it. Jennings explores the golden age of American utopianism through the lens of five bold and eccentric dreamers who, in the wake of the Enlightenment and the onset of industrialism, confronted the messiness and injustice of a rapidly changing world. Read more »

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