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Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again

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Tue, Oct 18 2016 - 6:00pm

Elaine Kamarck, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Author, Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again

Elaine Kamarck argues that for most of their lives, Americans have experienced government failure. The idea that government can and will produce results, implement policy, and efficiently govern the nation is met with rolled eyes. Kamarck explores the failings of presidents Carter, Bush and Obama with a bipartisan analysis of how and why each fiasco occurred. Read more »

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Special Preview: Meet the 17th Annual Brower Youth Award Winners

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Mon, Oct 17 2016 - 6:00pm

Rosemary Brower Olsen, Granddaughter of David R. Brower—Moderator
Panelists TBA

The Brower Youth Awards are recognized as North America's most prestigious prize for youth environmental activism between the ages of 13-22. Six winners will be announced at the public awards ceremony in San Francisco. Read more »

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From Moldova to Mountain View: Technovation Challenges Girls to Code Solutions to Social Problems

Tue, Oct 11 2016 - 6:00pm

Madhavi Bhasin, Global Partnerships Director, Technovation
Allie Holmes, Events & Engagement Director, Technovation Read more »

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Parkinson’s Disease: Nutritional Therapy

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Tue, Oct 11 2016 - 12:00pm

Steve Blake, Sc.D., Faculty Nutritional Biochemist, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience; Author, Vitamins and Minerals Demystified and Parkinson’s Disease: Dietary Regulation of Dopamine

Parkinson’s disease involves a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Symptoms can include tremor, rigidity and slow movements. In this program, you will learn about changes in dietary protein that have been found to reduce these symptoms by half. Read more »

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The Creative Architect

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Mon, Oct 10 2016 - 6:00pm

Pierluigi Serraino, Architect; Author, The Creative Architect: Inside the Great Midcentury Personality Study
In conversation with John King, Architecture Critic, San Francisco Chronicle Read more »

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End-of-Life Challenges and Solutions

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Fri, Oct 7 2016 - 1:15pm

Jackie Speier, U.S. Representative (D-California 14th); Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations; Member, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Rebecca Sudore, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF; Clinician-researcher; Geriatrician; Hospice and Palliative Care Physician; Staff Physician, San Francisco VA Medical Center Read more »

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From Arab Spring to Islamic State: A Regional Perspective

Fri, Oct 7 2016 - 12:00pm

Banafsheh Keynoush, Ph.D., Foreign Affairs Scholar; Author
Dina Ibrahim, Ph.D., Middle East Analyst, Educator
Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting—Moderator

Dr. Keynoush and Dr. Ibrahim will trace the demise of the Arab Spring and the violent rise and threat of Islamic State with Robert Rosenthal, a former editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. Read more »

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Can Courts Get the Law Right? Judicial Review’s Problem with Objectivity

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Wed, Oct 5 2016 - 6:00pm

Tara Smith, Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin; Author, Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System Read more »

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Expanding the Voice of Ordinary Africans: The Afrobarometer Journey

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Fri, Sep 30 2016 - 12:00pm

E. Gyimah-Boadi, Executive Director, Afrobarometer and Ghana Center for Democratic Development; Political Scientist; Author

Until recently, almost nothing was known about the values and preferences of most Africans. Afrobarometer has changed this—by interviewing nearly a quarter of a million ordinary citizens across 36 countries in all regions of Africa since 1999. As a result, we can now make important, and often surprising, generalizations about what Africans think. Read more »

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Solar for All: Energy for All the Planet and All the People

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Wed, Sep 28 2016 - 6:00pm

Adam Browning, Executive Director, Vote Solar
Vien Truong, Director, Green for All
Erica Mackie, Co-Founder and CEO, Grid Alternatives Read more »

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