Dale Russakoff, Author, The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?
Listen to Dale Russakoff, expert journalist, deliver a story of high ideals and hubris as reformers face off against entrenched unions, skeptical parents and bewildered students. The Prize is a portrait of a titanic struggle over the future of education for the poorest kids, and a cautionary tale for those who care about the shape of America’s schools. Read more »
Explore one of San Francisco’s 44 hills, and one of its original “Seven Hills”. Because of great views and its central position, Nob Hill became an exclusive enclave of the rich and famous on the west coast who built large mansions in the neighborhood. This included prominent tycoons such as Leland Stanford, and other members of the Big Four. Highlights include the history of four landmark hotels: The Fairmont, Mark Hopkins, Stanford Court, and Huntington Hotel. Read more »
Join Rick Evans for his new walking tour exploring the historic sites of the waterfront neighborhood that surrounds the location of the future Commonwealth Club headquarters. Hear the dynamic stories of the entrepreneurs, controversial artists and labor organizers who created this recently revitalized neighborhood. This tour will give you a lively overview of the historic significance of this neighborhood and a close look at the ongoing development.
Clete A. Kushida, MD, Ph.D., Medical Director, Stanford Sleep Medicine Center; President, World Sleep Federation
In conversation with Phil Bronstein, Executive Chairman of the Board, Center for Investigative Reporting
Sponsored by Anonymous Donor and Relevant Wealth Advisors Read more »
Larry Gerston, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, San Jose State University; Political Analyst, NBC Bay Area; Author, Reviving Civic Engagement; Twitter @lgerston John Zipperer, Vice President of Media & Editorial, The Commonwealth Club – Host Additional panelists TBARead more »
Hon. Jeh Johnson, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Dr. Gloria Duffy, President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club — Moderator
Jeh Charles Johnson was sworn in on December 23, 2013, as the fourth secretary of homeland security. Prior to joining DHS, Secretary Johnson was chief judge of the New York courts. Secretary Johnson also served as general counsel for the Department of Defense, where he led the more than 10,000 military and civilian lawyers across the department. Read more »
Elizabeth Holmes, Founder & CEO, Theranos
In conversation with Sal Khan, Founder, Khan Academy
As a business leader and entrepreneur, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is a powerful advocate for STEM education. She was just 19 when she started Theranos, the revolutionary blood testing company valued at more than $9 billion.
Holmes and Khan will discuss their thoughts on innovation and ongoing commitment to improving STEM education opportunities for young women and girls.