Upcoming Events

Thu 9/18

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General Anthony Zinni: Before the First Shots Are Fired

Date: Thu, September 18, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
How does the U.S. decide to go to war?

General Anthony Zinni, USMC (ret.); Special Envoy to the Middle East (ret.); Author, Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose off the Battlefield

The question of whether the U.S. should act as the world’s police force has been disputed for decades – should the U.S. respond to issues abroad with military force? Retired four-star General Tony Zinni examines this question and breaks down the process of how the U.S. decides to go to war in his latest book. Drawing on his extensive military career spanning several decades, General Zinni analyzes America’s history of military action, the role of government in the military process and the necessary shifts in order to make the decision to go to war a more transparent process.

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Ruth S. DeFries: The Big Ratchet - How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis

Date: Thu, September 18, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Exploring the cycle of crisis and growth with Ruth DeFries.

Ruth S. DeFries, Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development and Chair, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University; Author, The Big Ratchet

The Big Ratchet is the story of how in the 20th century a range of technologies – from fossil fuels to scientific plant breeding to nitrogen fertilizers – combined to nearly quadruple our population in a century and to grow our food supply even faster. To some, these technologies are a sign of our greatness; to others, of our hubris. MacArthur fellow DeFries argues that the debate is the wrong one to have. Limits do exist, but every limit that has confronted us, we have surpassed. That cycle of crisis and growth is the story of our history; indeed, it is the essence of her book. Understanding it could reveal not just how we reached this point in our history, but how we might survive it.

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Benedict Carey: How We Learn

Date: Thu, September 18, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
What if everything we know about learning is wrong?

Benedict Carey, Science Reporter, The New York Times; Author, How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens; Twitter: @bencareynyt

Jenny Dearborn, Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer, SAP – Moderator

What if almost everything we know about learning was wrong? With our brain sensitive to mood, timing, location and environment, how do we absorb and retain information? Find out more about whether repetition is necessary, why sleeping and daydreaming can be important to the learning process, and hear Carey’s tips for the best techniques to remember more. Carey has been with The New York Times for 10 years and writes about neuroscience, psychiatry, neurology and everyday psychology.

Fri 9/19

Go to The Haze Clears: The Checkered Past & Brilliant Future of Medical Marijuana in California

The Haze Clears: The Checkered Past & Brilliant Future of Medical Marijuana in California

Date: Fri, September 19, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM

Michael Backes, Author, Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana; Consultant

Peter Hecht, ­Author, Weed Land; Senior Writer, The Sacramento Bee

Two decades after Prop 215, the state legislature remains unable to regulatemedical marijuana despite recent law enforcement support. Join Backes and Hecht as they dissect California’s attempts to regulate, suppress and understand medical marijuana. They say that nearly everything Californians believe about marijuana is wrong, skewed by a century of bad policy and worse science. So why do they believe the future of California cannabis looks so very bright?

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Van Jones & John Hope Bryant: How the Poor Can Save Capitalism

Date: Fri, September 19, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Financial dignity for the “teetering class.”

Van Jones, Host, “Crossfire”; Former Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, White House Council on Environmental Quality
John Hope Bryant, Founder and CEO, Operation HOPE; Author, How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class

"There is a difference between being broke and being poor; being broke is a temporary economic situation, but being poor is a disabling frame of mind.” John Hope Bryant 

Van Jones will talk with Bryant about his work as founder of Operation HOPE. Bryant plans to revive the American economy by building financial dignity and empowerment for the “teetering class” to rise out of poverty, while reigniting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s "Poor People’s Campaign” for economic justice. 

Van Jones is the president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy. He has also written two New York Times best sellers about the green economy and progressive politics.

John Hope Bryant was raised in Compton and South Central Los Angeles and has tirelessly promoted the virtues of hope, self-esteem, empowerment and opportunity for all. He has received more than 500 awards and citations for his work to empower low-wealth communities and has been an advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents. Bryant’s new book is How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class.

Sat 9/20

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Art Murmur Gallery Walk in Uptown Oakland

Date: Sat, September 20, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM
Explore the vibrant East Bay community of artists.

Danielle Fox, PhD, Art Consultant and Gallery Director, SLATE Contemporary; Former Executive Director, Oakland Art Murmur

Heard the buzz about the Oakland art gallery scene? Explore Uptown Oakland with a guided tour highlighting galleries surrounding the heart of Oakland’s Art Murmur. Visit selected exhibits during this two-hour stroll that includes presentations by featured artists. At the end, participants 21 and over can compare notes while tasting award-winning Two Mile Wines (included).

Mon 9/22

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San Francisco Neighborhood Newspapers: Creating Healthy and Informed Environments and Neighborhoods

Date: Mon, September 22, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Explore the impact of SF's community newspapers.

Juan Gonzales, Founder and Editor, El Tecolote
Paul Kozakiewicz, Publisher, Richmond Review and Sunset Beacon
Willie Ratcliff, Publisher, San Francisco Bay View
Glenn Gullmes, Publisher, West Portal Monthly – Moderator

San Francisco's vibrant community newspapers play a critical role in the environment, health and safety of the city's distinct neighborhoods. Join San Francisco media and news publishers and reporters who have created and maintained a “hometown view” of what is happening in and to San Francisco and its many diverse communities. Find out what it means to report first-hand on the streets of San Francisco and why this reporting is so important for the future development of the city.

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Joe Zee: What’s In, What’s Out, What’s You

Date: Mon, September 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Get a rare glimpse into the fashion world.

Joe Zee, Editor in Chief and Executive Creative Officer, Yahoo Style; Former Creative Director, Elle; Twitter @mrjoezee
Carolyne Zinko, Style Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle; Twitter @carolynezinko

Here’s a chance to improve your own sense of style in a world where the clothes you put on each morning send a message. As San Francisco Fashion Week begins, noted fashion expert Joe Zee will provide a rare inside look at the trends that dominate the fashion industry. He’ll also bring behind-the-scenes stories about designers and the celebrities who wear them. Having previously held fashion editorial positions at W, Details, Vanity Fair and House & Garden, Zee will also discuss his latest role at Yahoo.

Tue 9/23

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Nob Hill Walking Tour

Date: Tue, September 23, 2014
Time: 1:45 PM
Eegance, urbanity, scandals and fabulous views!

Explore one of San Francisco’s 44 hills, and one of its original “Seven Hills”. Because of great views and its central position, Nob Hill became an exclusive enclave of the rich and famous on the west coast who built large mansions in the neighborhood. This included prominent tycoons such as Leland Stanford, and other members of the Big Four. Highlights include the history of four landmark hotels: The Fairmont, Mark Hopkins, Stanford Court, and Huntington Hotel. Visit the city’s largest house of worship, Grace Cathedral, and discover architectural tidbits and anecdotes about the railroad barons and silver kings. A true San Francisco experience of elegance, urbanity, scandals and fabulous views.

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Roberto Trotta: The Edge of the Sky – All You Need to Know About the All-There-Is

Date: Tue, September 23, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Trotta tells the story of the most important cosmology discoveries

Roberto Trotta, Theoretical Cosmologist, Astrophysics Group, Imperial College London; Author, The Edge of the Sky

From the big bang to black holes, from dark matter to dark energy, from the origins of the universe to its ultimate destiny, Trotta’s book The Edge of the Sky tells the story of the most important discoveries and mysteries in modern cosmology – with a twist. He uses a lexicon limited to the thousand most common words in the English language, excluding “physics,” “energy,” “galaxy,” or even “universe.” Through the eyes of a fictional scientist (Student-People) hunting for dark matter with one of the biggest telescopes (Big-Seers) on Earth (Home-World), Trotta explores the most important ideas about our universe (All-there-is) in language simple enough for anyone to understand.

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Creating the New Work Paradigm: Employee Loyalty and Retention

Date: Tue, September 23, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM

Naomi Chavez Peters, Global Executive Talent, Salesforce
Divyasmita Ghatak, Chief People Officer, GoodData
Dan Finnigan, CEO, Jobvite
Dan Grosh, Managing Partner, Calibre One - Moderator

To attract and retain employees, some companies are now offering unconventional perks like luxury transportation, free meals, onsite massages, babysitting, and even dry cleaning services. Is this the new standard for companies? Are these additional perks meeting employee expectations and keeping them engaged and happy? How cost-effective is this practice? Hear the latest retention strategies from the talent development leaders at Salesforce, GoodData and Jobvite.

Wed 9/24

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Tavis Smiley

Date: Wed, September 24, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
The real story of Martin Luther King Jr's final year

Tavis Smiley, TV Host, Public Broadcasting Service; Radio Host, Public Radio International; Author, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Final Year
Judge LaDoris H. Cordell (ret), Independent Police Auditor, City of San Jose - Moderator

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations in U.S. history, but little is remembered about the trials and tribulations he faced in his final year. Award-winning television and radio broadcast host Smiley chronicles the final 365 days of Dr. King’s life. Despite assaults on his character and ideology, Dr. King remained committed to ending racial inequality and segregation in our country. Hear more about his story of leadership and perseverance.

Thu 9/25

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Daring: My Passages

Date: Thu, September 25, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
An iconic guide for women and men seeking to have it all.
Gail Sheehy, Literary Journalist; Author, Daring: My Passages
 
Hear Gail Sheehy, author of the classic New York Times bestseller Passages, discuss her unguarded memoir, a thrilling tour of her trials and triumphs as a groundbreaking “girl” journalist starting in the 1960s, her growth into an iconic guide for women and men seeking to have it all and one of the premier political profilers of modern times.
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Heather Burnett Gold: Empowering Communities with Gigabits to the Home

Date: Thu, September 25, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
President, Fiber to the Home Council North America

Heather Burnett Gold, President, Fiber to the Home Council North America

Certain communities around the United States have recently coalesced around an idea: America needs a critical mass of communities with exceptional bandwidth so we can foster human capital that knows how to design, build, operate and, above all, innovate using the best networks in the world. The movement is nascent, but early examples are proving successful, such as the bond rating increase Kansas City received thanks in part to Google Fiber, and Tom Friedman reporting how Chattanooga has changed from “a slowly declining and deflating urban balloon, to one of the fastest-growing cities in Tennessee.” Heather Burnett Gold will discuss the process of becoming a “gigabit city.” She claims it’s not a matter of economics or engineering; it’s about organization.

Fri 9/26

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The Sea & Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

Date: Fri, September 26, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM

Lincoln Paine, Author, The Sea & Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea with our ancestors' first forays from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He looks at world history through the lens of maritime enterprise, revealing how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream; how goods, languages, religions and entire cultures spread across the world's waterways, bringing together civilizations; and how civilizations and humans have changed and continue to change world-wide environments and planet earth.

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Paul Williams and Tracey Jackson: Gratitude and Trust

Date: Fri, September 26, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Insights on the benefits of the recovery process.

 Paul Williams, Author, Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life; Twitter: @IMPaulWilliams

Tracey Jackson, Author, Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life; Twitter: @traceyjackson4

Celebrating the theme "recovery is not just for addicts," Williams and Jackson discuss their insights on the benefits of the recovery process. Paul Williams is a talented Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe-winning Hall of Fame songwriter and president of the American Society of Composers, Authors and publishers (ASCAP). He is a major force in the recovery movement and a graduate of UCLA¹s Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certification Program. His recent work also includes Latino creative projects with Guillermo del Toro. Tracey Jackson is a successful screenwriter, author and blogger who wrote the films Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Guru, and The Other End of the Line, among others.

Mon 9/29

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Charles Blow - New York Times Visual Op-Ed Columnist

Date: Mon, September 29, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
A powerfully redemptive memoir.

Charles Blow, Visual Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times; Author, Fire Shut Up in My Bones; Twitter @CharlesMBlow

Blow mines the compelling poetry of the out-of-time African-American Louisiana town where he grew up – a place where slavery's legacy felt astonishingly close, reverberating in the elders' stories and in the near-constant wash of violence. Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a powerfully redemptive memoir that both fits the tradition of African-American storytelling from the South and gives it an indelible new slant.

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Middle East Discussion Group

Date: Mon, September 29, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM

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. There will also be a brief planning session.

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Human Trafficking of Foreign-Born Individuals into the Bay Area: Stories of Hope and Survival

Date: Mon, September 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Discover trends, patterns and stories about survivors.

Jadma Noronha, Human Trafficking Program Manager, SAGE Project
Ellyn Bell, Executive Director, SAGE Project

The mission of the SAGE Project is to improve the lives of persons who have experienced or are at risk of sexual exploitation, human trafficking, violence and other forms of trauma. Founded on the principles of peer (survivor) leadership, for 20 years SAGE has provided trauma-focused healing services to survivors of all forms of human trafficking. Noronha and Bell will focus on international citizens who have been trafficked into the Bay Area and will highlight trends, patterns and stories of overcoming violence and adversity.

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Necessary Wisdom

Date: Mon, September 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
An introspective discussion on spirituality and wisdom.

Jacob Needleman, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Philosophy, SFSU; Author, Necessary Wisdom
Stephanie Kriebel, Board Certified Health Coach; Educator; Chair, Personal Growth Member-Led Forum - Moderator

The Personal Growth Forum presents an introspective discussion on spirituality and wisdom with philosopher Dr. Jacob Needleman, who has studied at Harvard, Yale and the University of Freiburg. He has spoken and written about these topics for over 50 years. The discussion will cover a diverse range of subjects, including making sense of mysticism, the secrets of time and love, the meaning of money, and, of course, the great questions of life. Please join us for a fascinating and enlightening evening that is sure to leave you feeling hopeful and inspired.