Lisa Chen, Planner, Citywide Division, San Francisco Richard J. Jackson, M.D, Professor and Former Chair, Environmental Health Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA Fran Weld, Vice President of Strategy and Development, San Francisco Giants Bill Worthen, Executive Director, Urban Fabrick
This program is underwritten by The California Wellness Foundation.Read more »
The Middle East Forum discussion group that primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan has been meeting for more than eight years. We do not debate. We exchange ideas and opinions. The discussion is considered a perk of membership but those interested, especially students, are welcome to attend.
On one Monday evening of every month the Humanities Forum sponsors Socrates Café at The Commonwealth Club. Each meeting is devoted to the discussion of a philosophical topic chosen at that meeting. The group's facilitator, John Nyquist, invites participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic is asked to briefly explain why she or he considers that topic interesting and important. An open discussion follows, and the meeting ends with a summary of the various perspectives participants expressed. Read more »
Brian Kelly, Secretary, California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA)—Keynote Norman Y. Mineta, Secretary (ret.), U.S. Department of Transportation Asha Agrawal, Ph.D., Director, Mineta Institute’s National Transportation Finance Center Grace Crunican, General Manager, Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) Steve Heminger, Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Division Read more »
Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley; Co-Director, Greater Good Science Center; Author, The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence
Monday Night Philosophy investigates a revolutionary reconsideration of power. It is taken for granted that power corrupts. This is reinforced culturally by everything from Machiavelli to contemporary politics. But enduring power only comes from empathy and giving, because power is given to us by other people. Read more »
Maher Kalaji, Ph.D. Celia Menczel, Chair, Middle East Member-Led Forum
Jordan, a strong American ally, is one of the most historically and strategically important countries in the Middle East. It is also one of the most welcoming. However, tourists to Jordan were markedly fewer this March when Menczel toured Jordanian archeological sites, including Petra, one of the seven new wonders of the world. She will show images and discuss her enlightening and wonderful experience with Professor Kalaji, who was born and raised in Jordan.
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.