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Is Your God Green?

Tue, Mar 23 2010 - 6:00pm

Is Your God Green?

Reverend Sally Bingham, Interfaith Power and Light
Senior Rabbi Stephen Pearce, Temple Emanu-El
What would Jesus say about climate change? What does the Torah say about stewardship of God's creation? Leaders from different religious traditions discuss how their respective philosophies and scriptures guide their approach to today's energy challenges. They'll also address how congregations around the country are getting involved in the movement to build a cleaner energy future. Read more »

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James A. Baker III: The Ethical Imperative of America's Involvement on the World Stage

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Tue, Mar 16 2010 - 6:00pm

Ethical Imperative of America’s Involvement in the World

James A. Baker III, Former U.S. Secretary of State

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The man who played a crucial role in crafting American policy over the last four decades returns to the spotlight for a candid discussion of the ethical concerns that must guide U.S. foreign policy.
A Republican Party powerhouse player since the 1970s, James A. Read more »

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Timothy Ferris: How Science Inspired Democracy In The Modern World

Mon, Mar 8 2010 - 6:00pm

How Science Inspired Democracy in the Modern World

Timothy Ferris, Former Editor, Rolling Stone; Professor Emeritus, U.C. Berkeley

Ferris argues that just as the scientific revolution rescued billions from poverty, fear, hunger and disease, the Enlightenment values it inspired have swelled the number of persons living in free democratic societies from fewer than 1 percent of the world population in 1600 to over a third today.

Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. Read more »

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California Media in Crisis: Who Will Hold California Institutions Accountable?

Fri, Feb 19 2010 - 12:00pm

California Media In Crisis: Who Will Hold California Institutions Accountable?

Sandy Close, Executive Director, New America Media
Stuart Drown, Executive Director, Little Hoover Commission
Mark Katches, Editorial Director, California Watch
Martin Reynolds, Editor, Oakland Tribune
David Lauter, Assistant Managing Editor, Los Angeles Times
Louis Freedberg, Director, California Watch – Moderator

At precisely the time California Read more »

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Same Sex Marriage: State vs. Fed

Wed, Feb 17 2010 - 6:30pm

Same-Sex Marriage: State vs. Fed

Molly McKay, Media Director, Marriage Equality USA
Jennifer Morse, President and Founder, Ruth Institute at the National Organization for Marriage
Therese Stewart, Chief Deputy City Attorney, San Francisco; Attorney for the plaintiffs in current court case challenging Prop. Read more »

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Garry Wills: The Extra-Constitutional Executive

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Thu, Feb 11 2010 - 6:00pm

Garry Wills: The Extra-Constitutional Executive

Historian; Author, The Modern Presidency and the National Security State

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Wills argues that the atomic bomb paved the way for presidential authority that has “enfeebled” Congress and the courts, and that reached its apex with George W. Bush. Wills will frame the postwar period in a new light in his aim to sound an alarm about a continued threat to our Constitution and the balance of power. Read more »

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After Copenhagen: What Happened? What Now?

Tue, Feb 2 2010 - 6:00pm

After Copenhagen: What Now?

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Emily Adler, Partnership Director, Alliance for Climate Education
Louis Blumberg, Director, California Climate Change, The Nature Conservancy
Tony Brunello, Deputy Secretary for Climate Change and Energy, California Natural Resources Agency
Leslie Durschinger, Managing Partner, Terra Global Capital
Caitlin Grey, Student, Alameda High School
Dan Jacobson Read more »

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John Yoo: Crisis and Command: Presidential Power from George Washington to George W. Bush

Wed, Jan 27 2010 - 6:00pm

Crisis and Command:  Presidential Power in the 21st Century

John Yoo, Law Professor, UC Berkeley; Author, Crisis and Command

Allen Weiner, Co-director, International Law Program, Stanford Law School - Moderator

At the Department of Justice, Yoo played a large and controversial role in shaping the Bush administration’s policy in the war on terrorism, arguing that prisoner of war status under the Geneva Conventions does not apply to “enemy combatants.” He further asserted executive authority to undertake “en Read more »

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Eliot Spitzer: The Cataclysm of 2008-2009

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Tue, Jan 26 2010 - 6:00pm

The Cataclysm of 2008-2009: Lessons Learned, or Lessons Ignored

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Eliot Spitzer, Former Governor and Attorney General, New York

Mary Cranston, Senior Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Immediate Past Chair, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors - Moderator

As the former attorney general and later governor of New York, Spitzer prosecuted some of the most notorious white-collar crime and securities fraud on Wall Street. Read more »

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Tom Campbell: The Economy: National and California--What Government Must Do To Promote Recovery

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Wed, Jan 20 2010 - 6:00pm

The Economy: What Government Must Do to Promote Recovery

Tom Campbell, Republican U.S. Senate Candidate; Former U.S. Congressman; Former Dean, Haas School of Business; Former California Director of Finance

Fresh from his decision to switch from the gubernatorial race to the U.S. Senate race, Republican candidate and economics Ph.D. Campbell says that his experience as state finance director in 2004-2005 - when California had a balanced budget - can help lead the state out of its current fiscal crisis. Read more »

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