All interested Club members are welcome to attend monthly one-hour planning meetings of the International Relations Member-Led Forum. We focus on Europe, Latin America, Africa and worldwide topics. Join us to discuss current international issues and plan programs for 2013.
MLF: International Relations Location: Club Office Time: 5:30 p.m.Read more »
Doctors Without Borders and the Necessity of Compromise
Sophie Delaunay, Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the United States
The Nobel Prize-winning organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières negotiates life-and-death issues for people in need, but this humanitarian space is also “negotiating space,” where compromise is not only inevitable but necessary. In the current context, is it getting more difficult to reach compromises – and who decides what is an acceptable compromise? Read more »
George M. Church: Regenesis — How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves
Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Director, Lipper Center for Computational Genetics
Thomas Goetz, Executive Editor, Wired - Moderator
We eat genetically engineered foods, take drugs made in engineered bacteria and yeast, and someday soon may drive our cars using fuel produced by engineered microorganisms. The rise of synthetic biology marks a fundamental transformation in the relationship between biology and nature. Read more »
Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with fellow Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines. After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. Read more »
A Political Prognosis for the Presidential Race and its Aftermath
Henry Brady, Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley
Eleven days before the election, Dean Brady will delve into the details of electoral politics, laying out the reality of the processes of our democracy, how they played out in this election cycle, what we can expect to happen on election night, and what shifts he anticipates in the political landscape if those expectations are realized.
The Perlan Project: Climate Science and Altitude Record
Einar Enevoldson, Founder and Chairman, Perlan Project
The Perlan Project is dedicated to building and flying a manned research glider to 90,000 feet in altitude, or “near space”, to study what role the strong stratospheric winds called the “polar vortex,” play in ozone depletion and how they influence global weather patterns.
The Perlan Project has a three-part mission of science, engineering, and education. Read more »
What You Need to Know About Medicare Before You’re 65: A Medicare Primer
This program is cancelled.
Esther Koch, Medicare Aging Network Partner, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
2011 marked the year the first Boomers turned 65 and qualified for Medicare benefits, but for most, a true understanding of what these benefits are, how to determine the best options and how to actually sign up is not clear at all. Learn the realities of what you can expect — and, more important, what not to expect. Read more »
Robert Bringhurst, Author, The Elements of Typographic Style
Even in the era of the Internet and digital publishing, the writer’s craft becomes visible through the medium of print. Bringhurst will examine the common spirit that moves the typographer, master printer, artist and writer. He will place particular emphasis on California printing at the center of discovery and expression in the form of printed books. Read more »