J. Keith Gilless, Dean of the College of Natural Resources; Chair, California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection
California wildfires used to be a seasonal challenge in rather remote parts of the state. Now they are burning nearly year-round and spreading from the urban-rural interface to more of the state’s urban and coastal population. What is driving California’s "hellfires"? How are they hitting the state treasury, environment and public health?
A conversation about the California dream lived in a hot and smoky world.
Larry Brilliant, Chairman, Skoll Global Threats; Former Executive Director, Google.org; Author, Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History; Twitter: @larrybrilliant
In conversation with Elliot Schrage, Vice President of Communications and Publicy Policy, Facebook
This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.Read more »
Caitlin Shetterly, Author, Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future Cathy Curtis, Chair, Food Matters Forum—Moderator
GMO products are among the most-consumed and the least-understood substances in the United States today. They appear not only in the food we eat, but in everything from the interior coating of paper coffee cups and medicines to diapers and toothpaste. Read more »
Sophia Amoruso, Author, Nasty Galaxy and New York Times best-seller #Girlboss; Founder and CEO, Nasty Gal; Founder, #Girlboss Foundation; Host, #Girlboss Radio Alison Pincus, Co-Founder, One Kings Lane; Co-Founder, HelloMazel—Moderator Read more »
Anthony Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
Anthony Romero is the ACLU’s sixth executive director, and the first Latino and openly gay man to serve in that capacity. Born in New York City to parents who hailed from Puerto Rico, Romero was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He is a graducate of Stanford University Law School and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs. He will address the intersection of big data and social justice. Read more »
Janet Flammang, Professor Emerita; Author; Table Talk: Building Democracy One Meal at a Time
In the current political climate, it is important for all of us to learn how to have difficult conversations. Flammang helps us understand why political conversations are so difficult and how table talk provides everyday opportunities to practice and teach the art of conversation.
Yingyi Qian, Dean and Professor, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, China Nicholas Lardy, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Board Member, Asia Policy and The China Review George Lewinski, Former Foreign Editor, "Marketplace"—Moderator Read more »
Jared Huffman, U.S. Representative
In conversation with Ali Rezaian
Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, a U.S. citizen, was held in an Iranian prison on undisclosed charges for 18 months. Why is Jason's story relevant today? Congressman Jared Huffman and Jason's brother, Ali, will give us the inside story of dogged diplomacy, and knowledge gained which may help other Americans detained overseas.
This program includes complimentary light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar from 7-7:45.