Lisa Chen, Planner, San Francisco Planning Department 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, Founding Principal, Urban Fabrick, Inc. Malo André Hutson, Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning, U.C. Berkeley—Moderator 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 »
The California Book Awards is sponsored by Bank of the West.
Join us for one of the Golden State’s premier literary events—the California Book Awards ceremony. The 2016 Book Awards ceremony recognizes the best published writing in California in 2015. This year, the 85th round of the awards, will feature Viet Thanh Nguyen, gold medal winner for fiction for the acclaimed novel The Sympathizer. Two months ago, Nguyen also became the first Vietnamese writer to win the Pulitizer Prize. 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 »
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.