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Joshua Kendall: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama

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Wed, Jun 8 2016 - 7:00pm

Joshua Kendall, Associate Fellow, Trumbull College, Yale; Author, First Dads: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama

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

Work-life balance is a constant struggle for parents, but how does it change when you are the president of the United States? Read more »

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How LA and SJ Embraced Modern Transit

Tue, Jun 7 2016 - 12:30pm

Ethan Elkind, Author, Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City
Hon. Rod Diridon, Emeritus Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute

Both Los Angeles and San Jose are reinventing themselves from auto-oriented cities to the “railtowns” of tomorrow. What has Los Angeles learned from the South Bay, and what can we learn from LA’s recent transit expansions? Elkind and Diridon offer their thoughts on this important issue.

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Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

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Mon, Jun 6 2016 - 6:30pm

Antonio Villaraigosa, Former Mayor of Los Angeles (2005-2013); Fellow at Harvard University; Twitter
Russlynn Ali, CEO, XQ Institute—Moderator Read more »

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Queensland, Australia Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

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Mon, Jun 6 2016 - 12:00pm

Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk, MP, Premier of Queensland, Australia
Jeffrey Bleich, Former U.S. Ambassador to Australia—Moderator
Introduction by Dr. Jaleh Daie, Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

Queensland is Australia’s second largest state and the third most populous, with more than 4.5 million inhabitants. The Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, premier of Queensland, is one of her country’s leading political figures. Read more »

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Tom Steyer and Andy Karsner: Making Good on the Promise of Paris

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Thu, Jun 2 2016 - 6:30pm

Andy Karsner, Managing Partner, Sustainability, Emerson Collective
Tom Steyer, Member, Breakthrough Energy Coalition

This program is underwritten by ClimateWorks and the Energy Foundation.

Countries and corporations united in Paris to forge a global climate deal to reduce carbon pollution while continuing to expand the economy. Now comes the hard part. 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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Can the Pacific Coast Lead the Transition to a Clean Economy?

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Wed, Jun 1 2016 - 12:00pm

Kate Brown, Governor, Oregon
Jay Inslee, Governor, Washington
Mary Polak, Minister of Energy, British Columbia Read more »

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Nob Hill Walking Tour

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Fri, May 27 2016 - 1:45pm

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 »

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Cultivate Your Entrepreneurial Spirit with Jessica Herrin, CEO of Stella and Dot

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Thu, May 26 2016 - 6:30pm

Jessica Herrin, Founder and CEO, Stella & Dot Family Brands; Author, Find Your Extraordinary: Dream Bigger, Live Happier and Achieve Success on Your Own Terms
Jory Des Jardins, Author, Media Strategist and Co-founder, BlogHer—Moderator Read more »

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Mark Kurlansky: The History of Paper

Wed, May 25 2016 - 7:00pm

Mark Kurlansky, Author, Cod, Salt, and Paper: Paging Through History

For the past two millennia, paper has been one of the simplest pieces of human technology. It has formed the foundation of civilizations and promoted revolutions. It has also been essential to the development of education, commerce, arts, religion, and language. But what will we start to lose as we continue to move toward a paperless society?

Kurlansky traces the evolution of paper and explains why paper will never go out of style.

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