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 »
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 »
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 »
Barry Eichengreen, Ph.D., George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Political Science, UC Berkeley
This summer marks the second anniversary of the eruption of the subprime crisis. In his presentation, Eichengreen will evaluate the experience of the past two years and chart the way forward for U.S. and global financial systems.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at the Commonwealth Club of California on August 6, 2009.
Adrian Hoffman, Vice President and Culinary Director, Lark Creek Restaurant Group Vikki Blumenstein, Chef, Blumensteins Catering Thalassa Skinner, General Manager, Oxbow Cheese Merchant Matt Lane, Director of Wine Education, Foster's Wine Estates Evan Kleiman, Host, "Good Food" Los Angeles KCRW Sally James, Chef and Author; Co-host, PBS' "Wine Roads: Tales of Adventure in Wine, Food & Travel" - Moderator Read more »
Sean Randolph, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute Jim Herlihy, Managing Director, Private Wealth Management, Deutsche Bank San Francisco; Co-chairman, San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Committee Kaiser Mulla-Feroze, Vice President, International Development & Strategy, Salesforce.com Vivek Paul, Akansa Capital; Former Partner, TPG Capital Sandeep Kishore, Senior Vice President and Head of Hi Tech/Manufacturing, HCL Read more »
Michael A. Cohen, Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation
Sixty countries are unable to meet the basic requirements of statehood, as recently reported by the Brookings Institution. What is standing between these states and a spiral into dissolution or, worse, anarchy? Cohen explains how the “new colonialists” of the 21st century – aid agencies, international charities, philanthropists and foreign advisors – are stepping into roles as providers of basic health care, education and security. Read more »
Bill Reilly, Chairman, Climate Works Foundation; Former Administrator, EPA Larry Schweiger, President, National Wildlife Federation; Board Member, Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection John Bryson, Retired CEO, Southern California Edison; Co-founder, National Resources Defense Council Read more »