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Sea Heroes: Extreme Edition

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Thu, May 12 2016 - 6:30pm

Liz Taylor, President, DOER Marine
Peter Willcox, Author, Greenpeace Captain: My Adventures in Protecting the Future of Our Planet
Stiv Wilson, Director of Campaigns, Story of Stuff

This is a Good Lit event, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Peter Willcox was captain of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior on the night in 1985 when it was bombed by French secret agents and sank off New Zealand. One shipmate was killed. Read more »

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Waterfront Walking Tour

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Thu, May 12 2016 - 1:45pm

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.

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Chris Anderson: How to Speak the TED Way

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Wed, May 11 2016 - 7:00pm

Chris Anderson, TED Curator; Author, TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
Jenny Dearborn, Chief Learning Officer, SAP—Moderator

What makes a great speech? Anderson shares his unique public speaking philosophy about creating carefully crafted talks.

Learn more helpful dos and don’ts from the man who has worked with everyone, including Bill Gates, Arianna Huffington, social activists, and Nobel Prize Winners.

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Willie Brown: Annual Commonwealth Club Lecture

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Wed, May 11 2016 - 6:30pm

Willie Brown, Former Mayor, San Francisco; Former Speaker, California State Assembly

Former San Francisco Mayor Brown will give his annual lecture on national and regional political trends. A two-term mayor of San Francisco, legendary speaker of the California State Assembly, and widely regarded as one of the most influential African-American politicians of the late 20th century, Brown has been at the center of California politics, government and civic life for an astonishing four decades.

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Jeremy Scahill: The Government's Secret War with Drones

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Tue, May 10 2016 - 6:30pm

Jeremy Scahill, Investigative Reporter; Co-founder, The Intercept; Author, The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program; Twitter  
Barry Eisler, Novelist; Blogger; Former CIA Operative—Moderator

Bestselling author Jeremy Scahill and his colleagues at the investigative website The Intercept reveal what they call stunning new details about America’s secret assassination policy. Read more »

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Charles Duhigg: The Science of Productivity

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Mon, May 9 2016 - 6:30pm

Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize-winning Reporter, The New York Times; Author, Smarter, Faster, Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business and The Power of Habit
Farhad Manjoo, Technology Columnist, The New York Times—Moderator Read more »

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Lord Nicholas Stern and Steve Westly on the Economics of Dropping Fossil Fuels

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Thu, May 5 2016 - 6:30pm

Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair, Center for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London School of Economics
Steve Westly, Founder and Managing Partner, The Westly Group Read more »

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Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly: Tipping Point for Planet Earth

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Wed, May 4 2016 - 7:00pm

Anthony Barnosky, Principal Investigator and Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley; Co-author, Tipping Point for Planet Earth: How Close Are We to the Edge?
Elizabeth Hadly, Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford University; Co-authors, Tipping Point for Planet Earth: How Close Are We to the Edge?
Lisa Krieger, Science and Medicine Reporter, San Jose Mercury News—Moderator

Planet Earth is headed for a tipping point. Read more »

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Presidential Politics in a Divided America

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Wed, May 4 2016 - 7:00pm

Terri Bimes, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Research, Institute of Governmental Studies, UC Berkeley
Jack Glaser, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
Mary Marcy, Ph.D., President, Dominican University of California; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors – Moderator Read more »

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United States Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil: Big Data and You

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Wed, May 4 2016 - 6:30pm

DJ Patil, United States Chief Data Scientist
Elizabeth Dwoskin, Silicon Valley Correspondent, Washington Post—Moderator

Big data’s role in our lives is increasing, whether we realize it or not. From influencing our health-care decisions to helping to make our streets safer, big data has changed the way that our government and the private sector are tackling some of today’s most complicated social and economic issues. Read more »

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