Upcoming Events

Wed 5/6

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Humanity and the Universe

Date: 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

Sponsored by Relevant Wealth Advisors

As heard on "60 Minutes," Astronaut Ed Lu thinks a great deal about the planet earth and other planets, stars and asteroids in the universe. What is the relationship among them? How safe are we from collision and how can we learn from them? Brian Hackney, anchor of CBS 5 news will talk with Ed Lu about these questions and the role that technology now plays in answering these questions.

Tue 5/12

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An Evening of Culinary Delight with Rebecca Katz & Mollie Katzen

Date: Tue, May 12, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Science-based culinary delight!

Rebecca Katz, Chef; Educator; Author, The Healthy Mind Cookbook and The Longevity Kitchen
In 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

A Food Lit event, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation

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.

Tue 5/26

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Is California Losing the Race for Global Innovation?

Date: Tue, May 26, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Urgent challenges for Bay Area firms.

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.; President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Growing threats to California’s leadership in global innovation pose urgent challenges for Bay Area firms as well as national, state and local policymakers. California has already fallen to third position behind other U.S. states in innovation competitiveness. California’s biotech leadership is under threat from higher government R&D investment in countries like China and Scandinavia and more attractive regulatory regimes in markets such as Europe. In IT China’s rising export prowess and its growing restrictions on sales by foreign firms limit future growth and put increased pressure on margins. European regulators hold very different views on everything from Google’s competitive behavior and the safety of GMO crops to the need to let data cross national borders. In an array of emerging IT applications such as health, smart cities and mobile finance, foreign nations lead America. To top it off, Washington is consumed in political struggles, leaving little space for a robust innovation and competitiveness agenda.

In an informal dialogue, we will discuss the gamut of challenges, their potential impact and actions needed to sustain U.S. and California innovation-based competitiveness.

Mon 6/1

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84th Annual California Book Awards Ceremony

Date: Mon, June 01, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
Some of California’s most gifted writers!

The Book Awards is sponsored by Bank of the West.

Since 1931, The Commonwealth Club has honored the Golden State’s literary giants at the California Book Awards. At our special awards ceremony, we will bestow Gold and Silver medals in several categories, including fiction, non-fiction, first fiction, poetry, young adult and juvenile.  Come hear from some of California’s most gifted writers. See you at the ceremony!

 

Thu 6/4

I Never Knew There Were so Many Stars: San Francisco Ninth Graders at Camp Mather in the Sierras

Date: Thu, June 04, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM

Erik Rice, Supervisor, College and Career Readiness, San Francisco Unified School District
Vanessa Varko-Fontana, Community Health Outreach Worker, John O'Connell High School Ninth Grade Students from John O'Connell High School
Laura Page, Arts and Education Program Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission - Moderator

In association with San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

In spring of 2015, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department are bringing students from San Francisco's Mission District to Camp Mather in the Sierras. For the second year in a row, students will swim, hike and learn about Hetch Hetchy, the Sierras, our national and state forests and explore mountain environments, stars in the skies and opportunities for work and careers. Join our panel to learn about students' adventures in discovering forests, rivers, lakes, wild life, horse trails and nature's wonders.

Wed 6/10

Hayes Valley Sweets Tour

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM
Cupcakes, ice cream, macarons, chocolates!

Assisting Organization: Gourmet Walks

Join Gourmet Walks on a 2.5-hour exploration of Hayes Valley's sweetest shops. You'll learn about the latest San Francisco dessert trends while sampling fresh-baked cupcakes, gourmet ice cream, Parisian macarons, artisan chocolates and more. This easy walking tour will make six tasting stops in the Hayes Valley neighborhood.

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Forgive for Good: The Research, Value and Practices of Forgiveness

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
With Dr. Fred Luskin with the Stanford Forgiveness Project

Fred Luskin, Ph.D., Director, Stanford Forgiveness Project, Forgive for Good

Dr. Luskin says the need for forgiveness is a universal concept in all faith traditions and an important psychological healing process. He will share his research on this topic and help us understand the Nine Steps he has developed to better address forgiveness for our health and well-being. The practice of forgiveness has been shown to reduce anger, hurt, depression and stress, leading to greater feelings of hope, peace, compassion and self-confidence. An individual, guided practice will be part of the program.

Ashlee Vance on Elon Musk, Tesla, Space-X and the Future

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM

Ashlee Vance, Technology Writer, Bloomberg Businessweek; Author, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future; Twitter @valleyhack

Can the nation of inventors and creators, which led the modern world for a century, still compete in an age of fierce global competition? Vance argues that Elon Musk is a contemporary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes and Steve Jobs. Vance is one of the most prominent writers on technology today. After spending several years reporting on Silicon Valley and technology for The New York Times, Vance went to Bloomberg Businessweek, where he has written dozens of cover and feature stories on topics ranging from cyber espionage to DNA sequencing and space exploration.

Image - Video Games and Neuroscience: A Vision of the Future of Medicine and Edu

Video Games and Neuroscience: A Vision of the Future of Medicine and Education

Date: Wed, June 10, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D., Founding Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center and Associate Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, UCSF

Brain training games offered by companies like Lumosity and Fit Brains are rapidly gaining popularity, but how do we know if we’re truly able to keep our brains healthy? At the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Adam Gazzaley and his team focus on furthering our understanding of aging, neurological disease and the ways in which we can harness brain plasticity and improve cognitive function. Come hear the latest in neuroscience as Gazzaley explores how video games can train our brains, fend off mental decline and reduce our reliance on medication to treat neurological and psychiatric conditions.

Tue 6/23

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Peter Coyote: On Zen, Politics and An Amazing Life

Date: Tue, June 23, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Actor, activist and author

Peter Coyote, Actor; Activist; Author, The Rainman’s Third Cure: An Irregular Education

Part of The Club’s Good Lit Series, Underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation

Coyote’s new spiritual biography details a life that has taken him from privileged halls of power to Greenwich Village jazz bars, to jail, to the White House, to government service, and finally to international success on stage and screen. He describes the wide range of mentors who shaped him—a violent, intimidating father; a bebop bass player who taught him that life can be improvised; a Mafia consiglieri who demonstrated to him that men can be bought and manipulated; a gay dancer in Martha Graham’s company who enlightened him about Mexico and marijuana; and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder, who introduced him to Zen practice. Through Zen, Coyote says he discovered an alternative to status seeking and material wealth. Come hear first-hand his amazing journey and its lessons for all of us.

Wed 7/8

Image - Output: Body & Mind – Lowering the Risk for Alzheimer's Disease

Output: Body & Mind – Lowering the Risk for Alzheimer's Disease

Date: Wed, July 08, 2015
Time: 5:15 PM
Second in a series of three scientific talks.

Patricia Renaut Spilman, M.S., Senior Scientist, Buck Institute

Assisting Organization: The Buck Institute

In this second in a series of three scientific talks, Spilman will discuss the ability of exercise, social interaction, continuing intellectual and spiritual growth, and sensory stimulation to lower the risk or delay onset of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. A person’s engagement in the surrounding world is vital! The impact of sleep disturbances and stress – and how to address them – will be presented, as well as the science behind recent findings. Spilman is a scientist working on Alzheimer's disease drug discovery.

Wed 7/15

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Working Stiff

Date: Wed, July 15, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
With co-authors Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell

Judy Melinek, Forensic Pathologist and Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF; Medical Center; Co-author, Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

T.J. Mitchell, Co-author, Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband T.J. and their toddler Daniel holding down the home front, Melinek threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation – performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling grieving relatives. Melinek offers a firsthand account of daily life in one of America’s most arduous professions, and the unexpected challenges of shuttling between the domains of the living and the dead. The body never lies – and through the murders, accidents, and suicides that land on her table, Melinek lays bare the truth behind the glamorized depictions of autopsy work on shows like “CSI” and “Law & Order” to reveal the secret story of the real morgue.