John Hargrove: Beyond BlackfishDate: Tue, March 31, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Provocative views on the relationship between orcas and humans.
John Hargrove, Former Killer Whale Trainer; Star, Blackfish; Author, Beneath The Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld and The Truth Beyond Blackfish
David McGuire, Marine Biologist; Founder, ocean health and conservation nonprofit, Shark Stewards; Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences – Moderator
John Hargrove’s career as one of the most experienced orca trainers in the world spanned the course of two decades. He worked with 20 different whales, on two different continents, and at two of SeaWorld’s U.S. facilities, where he was promoted to the highest level of trainer and given elite access to the parks’ most dangerous whales.
After two of his fellow trainers were killed by orcas in marine parks, Hargrove says he came to the realization that marine parks are not only dangerous for trainers, but also physically and psychologically detrimental to the whales themselves on an irreversible level. After he left SeaWorld, Hargrove became the star of the documentary Blackfish, airing widely on CNN, which tells the story of one particular killer whale that killed several people in captivity.
Hear his provocative views on the relationship between orcas and humans, and bring your questions.
The 18th Annual Travers Conference on Ethics and Accountability in GovernmentDate: Fri, April 10, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM
Presented by the Travers Dept. of Political Science at UC Berkeley
Presented by The Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley in cooperation with The Commonwealth Club
Theme: Money and Politics
The conference will consist of several panels with presentations of research and roundtable discussions with scholars and experts in the field of money and politics.
Stephen Ansolabehere, Harvard University
David Broockman, UC Berkeley
Bruce Cain, Stanford University
Ray Laraja, University of Massachusetts
Christine Mahoney, University of Virginia
Tom Mann, Brookings Institution and UC Berkeley
Nolan McCarty, Princeton University
Jeff Milyo, University of Missouri
Paul Pierson, UC Berkeley
Brian Schaffner, University of Massachusetts
Mark Schmitt, New America Foundation
Is the Sky Falling? Asteroids and the EarthDate: Wed, May 06, 2015
Time: 7:45 PM
With Ed Lu, Astronaut
Ed Lu, Astronaut; Chairman, B612 Foundation
Brian Hackney, News and Weather Anchor, CBS5 San Francisco? - Moderator
Dangerous collisions between asteroids and our planet, which occur at least twice every year, are the only natural disaster that we have means of stopping. However, despite our advanced solutions to preventing catastrophic impacts, we face a more basic problem: We don’t know where in our solar system most asteroids are, or, more important, when they will hit Earth. Lucky for us, Astronaut Ed Lu and the B612 Foundation are committed to meeting this challenge. The foundation’s Sentinel Mission, the first privately funded interplanetary venture, will map and catalogue near-Earth asteroids, helping to ensure that we are aware of potential asteroid strikes. Join Lu to hear more about why the mission matters and what technological innovations will make it possible.
An Evening of Culinary Delight with Rebecca Katz & Mollie KatzenDate: Tue, May 12, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Science-based culinary delight!
Rebecca Katz, Chef; Educator; Author, The Healthy Mind Cookbook and The Longevity KitchenIn conversation with Mollie Katzen, Author, The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation and the Moosewood Cookbook; Inductee, James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame
Healthy eating tends to focus on keeping our bodies physically fit, but what about improving the health of our minds? In The Healthy Mind Cookbook, Rebecca Katz takes cutting-edge brain research on improving cognition, memory and mood and applies it directly to the plate through recipes like cozy lentil soup with delicata squash and chocolate cherry walnut truffles. A nationally recognized culinary translator and nutrition expert, Rebecca Katz’s previous cookbooks include One Bite at a Time, the award-winning The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen and The Longevity Kitchen.
Mollie Katzen is listed by The New York Times as one of the best-selling cookbook authors of all time and is a James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame inductee. The author of the iconic Moosewood Cookbook, Katzen is largely credited with having brought vegetarian cuisine into the mainstream.
Join Katz and Katzen for a conversation on science-based culinary delight and promoting happier, healthier minds through food.