CPS Lectures

P A S T

CPSL #84 | May 14, 2014
Sheila Heen, author of Thanks for the Feedback.
CPSL #83 | April 30, 2014
Dr. Zeke Emanuel on Reinventing American Health Care
CPSL #82 | February 11, 2014
Sheryl Sandberg on Lean In — Musings on Equality and Confidence
CPSL #81 | December 19, 2013
Esther Wojcicki on 30 years of instilling a passion for critical thinking in high schoolers.
CPSL #80 | November 16, 2013
Kim Malone Scott on Virtual Love
CPSL #79 | October 4, 2013
Ben Davis on lighting up our San Francisco Bay.
CPSL #78 | September 30, 2013
Jen Chaiken on "Inequality for All"
CPSL #77 | August 5, 2013
Stewart Oksenhorn speaks on Aspen culture: a pop-up CPS Lecture.
CPSL #76 | June 27, 2013
Ron Lieber on parenting, money, and values for today’s families.
CPSL #75 | June 26, 2013
Dr. Daphne Miller on FARMACOLOGY-- a family doctor discusses what innovative farming can teach us about health and healing
CPSL #74 | May 18, 2013
Jon Mooallem on what it means to live in, and bring life into, a broken world.
CPSL #73 | May 11, 2013
Celebrating National Teacher Day with a pirate store, film clips and much, much more!
CPSL #72 | April 30, 2013
Dr. Adam Grant on giving and taking …
CPSL #71 | March 23, 2013
Todd Wanerman on creativity in education: What are we talking about and what do we mean?
CPSL #70 | February 9, 2013
Dr. Robert Lustig on "Darwin, Diet, Disease, and Dollars."
CPSL #69 | February 8, 2013
Jill Sheeley on "The Importance of Writing for Youth"
CPSL #68 | January 26, 2013
Wanda M. Holland Greene on "As Necessary As Bread: Poetry as Substance and Sustenance."
CPSL #67 | January 13, 2013
Dan Pink on The Surprising Truth about Moving Others
CPSL #66 | October 23, 2012
Lehane Unplugged
CPSL #65 | September 15, 2012
Kara Swisher on All Things D(igital)
CPSL #64 | June 23, 2012
Sebastian Ruth: Redefining Musicianship For The Public Good
CPSL #63 | June 14, 2012
Pam Allyn: On the Write Track
CPSL #62 | May 8, 2012
Dr. Tina Seelig on her new book inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity
CPSL #61 | April 28, 2012
Ken Jennings, Author of The Greater Goal
CPSL #60 | March 31, 2012
Elizabeth Weil on "No Cheating, No Dying" - A Discussion about Modern Marriage
CPSL #59 | March 21, 2012
Jodi Kantor on "The Obamas"
CPSL #58 | March 3, 2012
Erin Keown Ganju of Room to Read on Scaling Social Good
CPSL #57 | January 6, 2012
Bedtime Story: Annie Barrows, Wax, and No News is Good News
CPSL #56 | December 10, 2011
The Bay Area's Hidden Gems - A Guide to the Best Bay Area Restaurants You May Not Know About!
CPSL #55 1/5 | December 9, 2011
Supporting Independent Bookshops
CPSL #55 | November 19, 2011
Star Wars hiking, whitewater rafting, tarantula petting, oh my! How to make any day in Northern California an adventure

CPSL #54 | July 29, 2011
Todd Wanerman on Disability, Diversity, Democracy: Directions in Education From the Inclusion Preschool Classroom

CPSL #53 | June 20, 2011
Christin Evans and Alex Beckstead

CPSL #52 | May 21, 2011
Author Matt Richtel

CPSL #51 | Mar 12, 2011
Ted Conover and The Routes of Man

CPSL #50 | Mar 5, 2011
Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith on "The Dragonfly Effect"

CPSL #49 | Feb 5, 2011
Peggy Orenstein on "Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture"

CPSL #48 | 1/8/2011
MovieFest 2011 with Mick LaSalle

CPSL #47 | 12/8/2010
Author Kelly Corrigan on Lift and The Middle Place.

CPSL #46 | 10/30/2010
Bill Hemenger on High Tech Flight from San Francisco: What it is and why it's happening.

CPSL #45 | 8/11/2010
Tina Sciabica on Stories of Impact in Asia from Read Global.

CPSL #44 | 5/15/2010
Marion Nestle on Food Politics and Today's Healthcare Mess.

CPSL #43 | 5/1/2010
James Hirsch on Willie Mays

CPSL #42 | 4/18/2010
Is There a Connection Between Law and Justice? Roger Berkowitz on the threat that science poses for an ethical legal system

CPSL #41 | 4/16/2010
Dr. Ed Hallowell on key principles for managing modern life

CPSL #40 | 4/12/2010
Historian Professor Richard Tedlow: Why Business Leaders Fail to Look Facts in the Face -and What To Do About It

CPSL #39 | 2/8/2010
Curtis Roosevelt: Too Close To the Sun

CPSL #38 | 1/16/2010
Dan Pink on Drive and the Surprising Truths about What Motivates Us

CPSL #37 | 1/10/2010
"Obesity and our Children" with Fran Kaufman, author of Diabesity

CPSL #36 | 12/27/2009
MovieFest 2010 with Mick LaSalle

CPSL #35 | 12/10/2009
Read a book, Ask a question, Start a conversation: A Discussion with Diane Frankenstein

CPSL #34 | 12/5/2009
Proposition 8: Past, Present, Future

CPSL #33 | 7/18/09
Dr. David Kessler, former FDA Commissioner, on "The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite"

CPSL #32 | 6/20/09
NY Times Your Money Columnist Ron Lieber

CPSL #31 | 5/29/09
Author Linda Himelstein of the forthcoming The King of Vodka

CPSL #30 | 3/7/09
Jacque Grillo on Raising Good and Engaged Citizens

CPSL #29 | 1/16/09
Movies with Mick LaSalle

CPSL #28 | 11/22/08
Lloyd Sacks on Demystifying Darfur

CPSL #27 | 10/27/08
Lehane Unplugged: The Election, the Bailout, and the Post-Crash Economy

CPSL #26 | 8/12/08
Pete Blackshaw on "Angry Customers Tell 3000...

CPSL #25 | 1/6/08
Mick LaSalle on Movies in 2008

CPSL #24 | 10/19/07
Heather McLeod Grant and Leslie Crutchfield | Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits

CPSL #23 | 8/25/07
Jon Cowan | Building a Lasting Progressive Majority: What Will it Take?


CPSL #22 | 3/29/07
Cathy Hunter on Eyes for Invisibles
$480 raised for the Sayers Scholarship Fund


CPSL #21 | 3/2/07
Richard Heinberg: Peak Oil and the Oil Depletion Protocol
$420 raised for Heinberg's nonprofit organization


CPSL #20 | 12/21/06
Mick LaSalle | Early Oscar Picks, Moviefest, and Movies You Must and Can't See Over the Holidays

CPSL #19 1/2 | 11/15/06
Jim Hirsch | Cheating Destiny
CPSL #19 | 05/13/06
Andrew Griffin | Mariquita Farm
$420 raised for employee health fund at Meriquita



CPSL #18 | 03/17/06
David Hill | Whither China?


CPSL #17 | 01/08/06
Nancy Koehn | on Leadership
$520 raised for Boston MSPCA



CPSL #16 | 12/06/05
David M. Darst | Economy & Society


CPSL #15 | 08/23/05
Paul Sack | 10 Pictures in SFMoMA


CPSL #14 | 05/21/05
Thomas Cunningham | SF Opera 2005 Season Preview


CPSL #12 | 04/23/05
Catherine R. Newman | Waiting for Birdy


CPSL #11 | 03/12/05
Alain Enthoven | Medicare or Choice


CPSL #10 | 11/23/04
Amanda Marquit | Shut the Door


CPSL #09 | 10/23/04
Lisa Materson | Women's Sexuality


CPSL #08 | 09/11/04
Michael Wolfe | The Making of Muhammad


CPSL #07 | 05/08/04
Beth Navon | Youth Violence
$620 raised for Friends of Island Academy



CPSL #06 | 01/10/04
Diana Kapp and Christy Jones | Egg Freezing


CPSL #05 | 11/19/03
Film Premiere | My Flesh and Blood
$415 raised for Oakland Children's Hospital



CPSL #04 | 09/20/03
Kay Moffett | 30 'Starter Marriages'


CPSL #03 | 06/26/03
Deb Cohan and Cynthia Cobaugh | Sex Work, San Francisco Style


CPSL #02 | 05/22/03
Mark Estes | AIDS Today


CPSL #01 | 03/22/03
Jon Cowan | Gun Safety


F U T U R E

CPSL #85 | August 27, 2014
Saeed Malik on transforming education in Pakistan with jeeps, enthusiasm, and cast-off kids books
CPSL #86 | December 1, 2014
Sam Mogannam, founder/owner of Bi-Rite



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T E S T I M O N I A L S

"The CPS lectures are a gathering of incredibly smart people learning about issues out of the range of their daily activities and past education. It's like the Commonwealth Club with younger people, better refreshments, and a disco ball."
Elizabeth Malloy, Writer, San Francisco



"Kelly and John are doing something good for our community...by organizing these salon/pot luck/lecture/discussion/disco evenings. The past gatherings have had excellent presenters and terrific discussions. As the series progresses, it will be great to see an intriguing and eclectic mix of ideas covered."
Evan Marquit, Program Manager, Business Intelligence, Intuit



"Very thought provoking discussion with a great group of people... and then you get to enjoy Johnny's stylish dance moves!"
Alex Terry, Vice President, AOL



"CPS Lectures offers the kind of substantive interaction that intellectually-alive 30-, 40-, 50- and 60+-somethings have been hungering for in San Francisco since the blind frenzy of cocktail schmoozers in the stock option days ended over two years ago. If you're horrified to attend parties where folks over 30 appear to perceive that Reality TV is a gripping subject to debate, then CPS Lectures is the refreshing return to Eden-for-the-mind that you've been hoping for. The topics are controversial, the Q&A provocative, and you'll be likely to leave with an sense that your brain took a yoga class-- your mind will feel opened, your perspective broadened, and your reassurance that there is still freedom of speech and some pockets of tolerance left in the USA will be strengthened and lengthened."
Hope Wedemeyer, Certified Massage Therapist, Rubb/ San Francisco



"I think what you are doing is amazing. Thank you very much"
Erin Keown, Executive Director, Room to Read



"Good conversation, and visiting, and cause"
Amy Baker, San Diego



"CPS lectures is a rare and valuable forum where one can learn from experts and peers and discuss important (or merely interesting) issues. In a transient city like San Francisco, this is an updated substitute for the front porch of the general store."
Grady Clouse, CEO,Wellinx



"The CPS Lectures series provides a welcome vehicle to step out of my day-of-day routine and consider the bigger issues that affect our world. It's a wonderful venue for exploring and challenging ideas..."
Kimberly R. Clouse, Vice President, U.S. Trust Company



"The CPS lectures are a great place to hear provocative, thoughtful speakers, discuss the issues of the day and then dance the night away. The combination of Kelly's warmth and passion and John's excellent perspectives and charming English mannerisms - and of course the disco ball! - are the keys to a great time."
Ammar Hanafi, Vice President, New Business Ventures, Cisco



"CPS Lectures is a really great forum for discussing very relevant "hot" topics of the day, in a very welcoming environment"
Andrew Brown, Vice President, Electronics for Imaging, Inc.

I N   M E M O R Y   O F

Cyril Patrick Shaughnessy, Jr.

CPS Lectures is a discussion series that takes place every month or two in San Francisco. The series honors the memory of Cyril Patrick Shaughnessy, Jr., Kelly's father, who died in late 2002. CPS loved meaty discussion and took any opportunity he could to learn. We love these gatherings, as they offer fantastic opportunities for us to learn along with friends, new and old - and also an opportunity just to gather - Kelly inherited her love of connecting and gathering from CPS.

All evenings start at 7:30pm with wine, cheese, and dessert, followed by a talk at 8:00 pm and discussion/Q&A to follow - the evenings end with people drinking wine long into the night and/or dancing under Kelly and John and Coco and Lola and Valentino's disco ball.


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F U T U R E   G A T H E R I N G S

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


CPSL #85
Saeed Malik on transforming education in Pakistan with jeeps, enthusiasm, and cast-off kids books

When Saeed Malik retired home to Pakistan after a 45 year career spent mostly abroad, he was disturbed by the large increase in intolerance and narrow mindedness he found.

He was especially disturbed to find that the poorer children he met were more likely to contemplate a future as jihadis than as doctors or engineers.

On a visit to his own children living in San Francisco, he saw the San Francisco Public Library’s mobile library and was struck by how few children in Pakistan had access to the civilizing influence of books. Libraries are essentially non-existent even in the immediate surroundings of Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, where he lives. And few parents can afford to buy their children books, especially at an early age, when they can have the greatest impact on a child’s future literacy and outlook on life.

“I’ve always loved reading and couldn’t imagine a life without books. But these children don’t get a chance to read when they most need it. And without books, how do we expect them to develop a love of learning? Think about your own experience -- could you be who you are without the books you’ve read in your life?”

Inspired by what he saw in San Francisco, Saeed returned to Pakistan and in 2011 the Bright Star Mobile Library started operations with two aging jeeps donated by his former employer, the United Nations World Food Program. Bright Star now has five vehicles and serves 17 schools in the surroundings of Islamabad, reaching 5,000 children a week.

“Our kids are more likely to attend school on the days when our library visits. And teachers tell us that they’re also more engaged in their other classes after they’ve spent some time with the books in our libraries.”

Saeed has plans to expand Bright Star beyond this pilot phase, helping more children across Pakistan develop a love of reading and giving them a place to read safely and undisturbed.

“Despite what you read in the news, Pakistan can again be a much more tolerant and peaceful country. The lives of many children and future adults can be far, far better with a love of learning and access to books that show them other worlds. It is entirely achievable. But only if we start to invest in their minds. And brightly-colored, engaging books are such a powerful tool. How could we not do this?”

Saeed and Bright Star were covered last year by NPR’s correspondent in Pakistan, Jackie Northam. Story here.

About Saeed
Born in what is now Pakistan in 1941, Saeed began his career in the Pakistan Navy where as a young officer he was selected to be Aide-de-Camp to Pakistan’s President. Saeed left the Pakistan Navy in 1970 for a 12 year career in shipping, followed by 25 years in the United Nations World Food Program, organizing and delivering emergency food aid in Africa, the Balkans, Chechnya, Bangladesh, and elsewhere in Asia. Saeed’s two children, Salman and Abinta, live and work in the San Francisco area and Saeed visits them on breaks from his work with Bright Star in Pakistan.



P A S T   G A T H E R I N G S

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014


CPSL #84
Sheila Heen, author of Thanks for the Feedback.

CPS Lectures is VERY excited to welcome Sheila Heen who will share with us her latest thinking on feedback, based on her new book with co-Author Douglas Stone, Thanks for the Feedback; The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well.

"I'll admit it: Thanks for the Feedback made me unconformable. And that's one reason I liked it so much."
~Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell is Human and Drive

"Thanks for the Feedback is a potentially life-changing look at one of the toughest but most important parts of life: receiving feedback."
~Adam Grant, Wharton professor and author of Give and Take

Sheila Heen is a superstar - with the Harvard Negotiation Project for twenty years and teaching negotiation and difficult conversations at Harvard Law School. She is also CEO of Triad Consulting in Harvard Square, where she specializes in working with executive teams on issues where there is strong disagreement and emotions run high. Sound familiar?! She has worked with corporate clients on six continents, with the US White House and the Singapore Supreme Court and key clients.

Logistics! We start at 7:30 pm with wine, beer, + coffee, along w/fruit, dessert, and mingling; Heen's talk starts at 8 pm. Write to us if you are not on our mailing list!


Wednesday, April 30th, 2014


CPSL #83
Dr. Zeke Emanuel on Reinventing American Health Care

CPS Lectures is excited to welcome Dr. Zeke Emanuel on April 30th, when he will share with us his latest book Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System. Dr. Emanuel will explore his point of view on the latest health care system reform, as well as discuss the six mega trends in health that will determine the market for health care to 2020 and beyond – this is a ‘not to miss’ lecture for anyone interested in the current and future state of our health care system!

This will be an incredible evening! Dr. Emanuel is a fellow at the Center for American Progress which is a left wing public policy research and advocacy organization. He is an extremely educated man, holding degrees from Amherst College (undergraduate), University of Oxford (Master’s in Biochemistry), and both a M.D. and a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Harvard University. Since 2011, Emanuel has headed the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at University of Pennsylvania. You might also know his younger brother, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, of which there was an interesting video article on Zeke and Rahm Emanuel’s different takes on the need for a health-care overhaul.

To learn more about Dr. Emanuel, please look at the articles he has written for the New York Times, and the collection of books he has authored or co-edited on Amazon.com. For CPS Lectures fodder, follow us on Twitter!


Tuesday, February 11th, 2014


CPSL #82
Sheryl Sandberg on Lean In — Musings on Equality, Confidence, and Growth

CPSL is very excited to host Sheryl Sandberg in mid-February. Her first widely-awaited book, Lean In, was published last spring to incredible attention and success. To learn more, see the Lean In Foundation's amazing website.


Thursday, December 19th, 2013


CPSL #81
Esther Wojcicki - 30 years of instilling a passion for critical thinking in high schoolers

CPS Lectures is excited to welcome Esther Wojciki on Thursday, December 19, when she will discuss how her career in teaching has been more than just reading the classics of literature, but teaching her students to learn the skills of analysis and critical thinking, and how rewarding that can be for both teacher and student.

This will be an incredible evening! Esther has been a Journalism/English teacher at Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA for the past 29 years. She has built the journalism program from a small group of 20 students in 1984 to one of the largest in the nation including 600 students, four additional journalism teachers, and five award-winning journalism electives: newspaper "The Campanile", magazine "Verde", online "The Paly Voice", television "InFocus", and "Viking", a sports magazine. Selected by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as 2002 California Teacher of the Year. She also keeps busy with her roles as Vice Chair of the Creative Commons, Chair of Learning Matters, and is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post.

To learn more about Wojciki, please look at her latest article for Huffington Post: "TRICK in Education." For CPS Lectures fodder, see our website and follow us on Twitter as well!


Saturday, November 16th, 2013


CPSL #80
Kim Malone Scott on Virtual Love

CPS Lectures is excited to welcome Kim Malone Scott on Saturday, November 16, when she will discuss her latest book “Virtual Love.” Recently reviewed in Wired, Steven Levy writes, “...you get far more of the actual texture of a real-life company. And she doesn’t duck behind a fictional name for her firm. Virginia Libert might be an imagined character but she works for Google. Scott even puts Virginia on the same team she led in real life — AdSense.”

This will be an incredible evening! Kim's got an absolutely remarkable background. Originally from Tennessee, she's worked as an analyst on the Soviet Companies Fund, started a diamond cutting factory, and founded Juice Software. She also worked at the FCC and ran a pediatric clinic in Kosovo. Kim attended Princeton and then Harvard Business School. Her career since business school has taken her through Google (2004-2010), Apple (Apple University faculty) and most recently an advisor for Dropbox and Twitter. During her time at Google, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg called Scott’s credentials a “perfect Googler’s resume.”

To learn more about Scott, please read her piece on Lean In or download her three books on Amazon. For CPS Lectures fodder, follow us on Twitter as well!

The logistics! We start at 7:30 pm with wine, beer, coffee, tea, and water, along with fruit and dessert and mingling; Kim's talk starts at 8 pm.


Friday, October 4th, 2013


CPSL #79
Ben Davis on lighting up our San Francisco Bay.

CPS Lectures is proud to welcome Ben Davis on Friday, October 4, when he will discuss the creative direction behind the Bay Bridge’s light celebration for the bridge’s 75th birthday. Likening the bridge to Cinderella in a New York Times article (compared to the more popular Golden Gate Bridge), he asks, “Wouldn’t it be nice just for a moment to put on a gown and be the belle of the ball?” If you haven’t seen the lights in action, view this Vimeo video produced by Davis’ company, Words Pictures Ideas: http://vimeo.com/25870560

So this will be an incredible evening! We so hope you can join us. A bit on Davis’ background, Ben is Founder of Words Pictures Ideas, Chair of Illuminate the Arts, and is ISHKY (behind Pi in the Sky, which was included as one of seventeen works of public art in the ZERO1 Biennial). Davis notes that the desire to merge art and urban infrastructure is not new, and that while bringing The Bay Lights project to reality, he helped edit and produce a book of poetry and photography about the new Bay Bridge.

For those that want to learn more about Davis, please read his article on the Bay Bridge featured in Wired, find his company on LinkedIn, or follow him on Twitter. For CPS Lectures updates, please follow us on Twitter as well!

The logistics! We still start at 7:30 pm, with wine, beer, coffee, tea, and water, along with fruit and healthy dessert, followed by Davis' lecture starting at 8 PM. If you RSVP yes and wind up needing to cancel, please do so within 24 hours of the talk.

Thank you again HEAPS for your encouragement and support about CPS Lectures and for helping us make this such a special series for our family. Please send suggestions for future talks to us.


Monday, September 30th, 2013


CPSL #78
Jen Chaiken on "Inequality for All"

Very exciting news for CPS Lecture goers! We will be hosting this Monday a private showing of the film "Inequality For All", which is releasing in theaters on September 27th.

Jen Chaiken, the producer of "Inequality for All", will be joining us at the showing to answer qs and tell us about the experience of creating this documentary! You may remember Jen showed the amazing, award-winning "My Flesh and Blood" at CPS Lectures #5 in fall, 2003.

INEQUALITY FOR ALL examines the crisis of widening income inequality in the US through the eyes and the influential work of Robert Reich. Noted economic policy expert Reich walks us through a big picture look at what makes a good society and what role the widening income gap plays in our economic and political well-being. He distills the story through the lens of widening income inequality -- now at historic highs -- and explores what effects this increasing gap has on our economy and on our democracy itself.

EQUALITY FOR ALL won the Sundance 2013 U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award and has been very widely awaited in theaters.

To watch the trailer, please go HERE. To learn how to get involved, find a listing near you + more, please go to the movie's WEBSITE.

To join on FACEBOOK, and for a listing of theaters via Facebook go HERE.

Jen also produced AFTERNOON DELIGHT (Sundance 2013 U.S. Dramatic Directing Award), MY FLESH AND BLOOD, NAKED STATES, FAMILY NAME and BIG EDEN. She was chosen for Variety’s prestigious “10 Producers to Watch” 2012 list along with producing partner Sebastian Dungan.


Monday, August 5th, 2013


CPSL #77
Stewart Oksenhorn speaks on Aspen culture: a pop-up CPS Lecture.

Stewart Oksenhorn, longtime Arts editor for the Aspen Times, will come to the WC3 on Monday, August 5th at 7:00pm for evening of conversation about Aspen Culture. This lecture is an installment of the San Francisco based "CPS Lectures" series hosted by Kelly and John Close. We are especially excited to hear Mr. Oksenhorn's top picks for Aspen culture for August and the fall:

  • the best of the Aspen Music Festival
  • upcoming highlights of the Aspen Institute
  • future theatre events
  • autumn events
We look so forward to hearing Stewart Oksenhorn's opinions on all the above and more - we'll have local wine and fruit and desserts and so hope you can join us. Free to the Roaring Fork community.

Click here to view photos from the event.


Thursday, June 27th, 2013


CPSL #76
Ron Lieber on parenting, money, and values for today's families.

CPS Lectures is proud to welcome back Ron Lieber on Thursday, June 27, when he will discuss his book in progress, called "The Opposite of Spoiled," about parenting, money and values. He'll walk us through a handful of things he's already certain about (your family should operate more like a farm; your 14 year-old should know how much money you make -- and may have already figured it out anyway), and others that he's still trying to figure out before his December 31 manuscript deadline (including the merits of forced deprivation, aka "The Four Seasons dilemma;" and how and why college admissions officers ruined the after-school job).

So this will be an incredible evening! We so hope you can join us. As many of you may know, Ron writes The New York Times column "Your Money," one of the most widely read, blogged, and forwarded columns at The Times. Both the column and the Web-only material cover anything and everything that hit you in the wallet, from grocery prices to loyalty programs to inter-generational wealth transfers.

Before coming to The Times, Ron helped develop the personal finance Web site FiLife and wrote for The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and Fortune. He's the author or co-author of 3 books, including The New York Times bestseller "Taking Time Off," which encouraged young adults to take a year off between high school and college or sometime during their undergraduate years.

For those that want to learn more about Lieber, please visit his website, like him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter. For CPS Lectures history, see our website and for updates, please follow us on Twitter as well!

The logistics! We still start at 7:30, with wine, beer, coffee, tea, and water, along with fruit and healthy dessert, followed by Liebers' lecture starting at 8 PM and his book signing. If you RSVP yes and wind up needing to cancel, please do so within 24 hours of the talk.

Thank you again HEAPS for your encouragement and support about CPS Lectures and for helping us make this such a special series for our family. Please send suggestions for future talks to us.

Very sincerely, kelly + john


Wednesday, June 26th, 2013


CPSL #75
Dr. Daphne Miller on FARMACOLOGY-- a family doctor discusses what innovative farming can teach us about health and healing

Practicing family physician, nutrition explorer and author of THE JUNGLE EFFECT, Daphne Miller MD will bring us beyond the simple concept of “food as medicine” and introduce us to the critical idea that it's the farm where that food is grown that offers us the real medicine on Wednesday, June 26th.

By venturing out of her clinic and spending time on seven family farms, Miller uncovers all the aspects of farming--from seed choice to soil management--that have a direct and powerful impact on our health. Bridging the traditional divide between agriculture and medicine, Miller will share lessons learned from inspiring farmers and biomedical researchers and weave their insights and discoveries, along with stories from her patients, into the talk. Miller offers us a compelling new vision for sustainable healing and a treasure trove of farm-to-body lessons that have immense value in our daily lives.

So this will be an incredible evening! We so hope you can join us. Miller is a nationally recognized leader in the Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative, an effort spearheaded by the National Parks Service to build linkages between our medical system and our park system in order to reintegrate human, environmental, and ecological health. Her 2009 Washington Post article “Take a Hike and Call Me in the Morning” is widely credited with sparking “nature prescriptions,” a concept that is rapidly gaining traction across the United States.

For those that want to learn more about Dr. Miller, please visit her website. If you are looking to purchase her book in advance of the lecture, or you are unable to attend, you can find information about the book here. For CPS Lectures history, see our website and for updates, please follow us on Twitter as well!

The logistics! We still start at 7:30, with wine, beer, coffee, tea, and water, along with fruit and healthy dessert, followed by Dr. Miller's lecture starting at 8 PM and her book signing. If you RSVP yes and wind up needing to cancel, please do so within 24 hours of the talk.

Thank you again HEAPS for your encouragement and support about CPS Lectures and for helping us make this such a special series for our family. Please send suggestions for future talks to us.

Very sincerely, kelly + john


Saturday, May 18th, 2013


CPSL #74
Jon Mooallem on what it means to live in, and bring life into, a broken world.

CPS Lectures is proud to welcome Jon Mooallem on Saturday, May 18, when he will discuss his most recent research concerning animal species extinction using science and history. In addition to this lecture, he will also be signing copies of his book "Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America."

So this will be an incredible evening! We so hope you can join us. Some background on Mr. Mooallem -- he has been a Contributing Writer to the New York Times Magazine since 2006 and is also writer at large for Pop-Up Magazine, the live magazine, performed on stage, in San Francisco. He has contributed to many magazines and radio shows including: This American Life, Harper's, Wired, The New Yorker, and Radiolab.

For those that want to learn more about Mooallem, please visit his website or his Byliner page to read a selection of his articles, and you can follow him on Twitter for his latest thoughts and updates. Also you can check out a clip from when he appeared on The Colbert Report about his New York Times Magazine article "They Gay?". For CPS Lectures history, see our website and for updates, please follow us on Twitter as well!

The logistics! We still start at 7:30, with wine, beer, coffee, tea, and water, along with fruit and healthy dessert, followed by Mooallem's lecture starting at 8 PM and his book signing. If you RSVP yes and wind up needing to cancel, please do so within 24 hours of the talk.

Thank you again HEAPS for your encouragement and support about CPS Lectures and for helping us make this such a special series for our family. Please send suggestions for future talks to us.


Saturday, May 11th, 2013


CPSL #73
Celebrating National Teacher Day with a pirate store, film clips and much, much more!

Here at the Palazzo de Amore we'll be celebrating National Teachers' Day — will you join us? Here to speak about the topic is one of San Francisco's strongest teacher advocates and community workers, Nínive Calegari.

Nínive is the cofounder of 826 Valencia, a nonprofit that helps students in San Francisco's public schools learn to love to write and supports teachers who are inspiring their students. Nínive served as founding CEO of 826 National, the umbrella organization for all eight tutoring centers. Come and find out why 826 tutoring centers are located behind storefronts that sell superhero supplies and pirate goods. Learn out about the core values that drive that work. Find out about the founding of the San Francisco chapter and the breakneck speed at which the other chapters were opened in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and beyond.

Nínive is also the Producer of the film American Teacher, and founder of The Teacher Salary Project, an organization dedicated to addressing the urgent need for a complete cultural shift in the way our society values, supports and rewards excellent teachers. The film was inspired by her New York Times bestselling book, Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America. Come to the Palazzo and meet some of the film's stars.

Nínive is a veteran teacher with ten years of experience in the classroom, including teaching at San Francisco's first charter school. Her experience spans suburban and urban high schools and she holds a Master’s Degree in Education in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

To learn more about her work, please enjoy SF Chronicle's profile of her from May of 2012: http://www.sfgate.com/living/article/826-Valencia-s-Ninive-Calegari-supports-teachers-3530083.php

The logistics! We still start at 7:30, with wine, beer, coffee, tea, and water, along with fruit and healthy dessert, followed by Calegari's lecture starting at 8 PM. The evening will include details and film clips about the founding of 826 Valencia and the work to attract, retain, and respect America's teaching force, and why it's so urgent for our democracy, economy and even our national security! Spoiler alert; the evening will also include a pop up pirate supply store set up in the Palazzo for your enjoyment. If you RSVP yes and wind up needing to cancel, please do so within 24 hours of the talk.

Thank you again HEAPS for your encouragement and support about CPS Lectures and for helping us make this such a special series for our family. Please send suggestions for future talks to us!

Very sincerely, kelly + john


Tuesday, April 30th, 2013


CPSL #72
Dr. Adam Grant on giving and taking …

CPS Lectures is proud to welcome Adam Grant on Tuesday, April 30, when he will discuss the world of work and productivity, how you can not only relish your work but get more of it done, all while helping other people more than ever. In addition to this lecture, he will also be signing copies of his book "Give and Take" which will be launched April 9. His book has already received rave reviews, including one from our CPS Lecturer Dan Pink!

So this will be an incredible evening! We so hope you can join us. Some background on Dr. Grant -- he is the youngest-tenured and highest-rated professor at UPenn's Wharton School of Business. He was on the cover of last week’s New York Times Magazine article "Is Giving the Secret To Success?" The lengthy (and impossible to put down) piece discusses how changing your perspective from 'answering 300 emails' to 'helping 300 people through email' can make all the difference. We're very eager to hear more about this from him when he visits us ...

For those that want to learn more about Grant, please visit his bio at http://www.management.wharton.upenn.edu/grant/ to read a selection of his articles, or you can follow him on Twitter for his latest thoughts and updates. For CPS Lectures history, see our website and for updates, please follow us on Twitter as well!

The logistics! We still start at 7:30, with wine, beer, coffee, tea, and water, along with fruit and healthy dessert, followed by Grant’s lecture starting at 8 PM and his book signing. If you RSVP yes and need to cancel, please do so within 24 hours of the talk.

Thank you again HEAPS for your encouragement and support about CPS Lectures and for helping us make this such a special series for our family. Please send suggestions for future talks to us!

Very sincerely, kelly + john


Saturday, March 23rd, 2013


CPSL #71
Todd Wanerman on creativity in education: What are we talking about and what do we mean?

CPS Lectures is proud to welcome Todd Wanerman on Saturday, March 23 when he will discuss early childhood education and the importance of art-based projects in their development. Parents and educators alike place have placed high value on creativity and its importance in education in recent years. But what is creativity? How does it connect with play, friendships and learning? What does creativity in the classroom look like? How can teachers and families foster children's unique ways of exploring while still promoting academic skills?

Todd Wanerman will bring these questions to life with stories, images and reflections from 25 years of presenting creative preschool curriculum, which he has collected in his new book, From Handprints to Hypotheses: Using the Project Approach with Toddlers and Two's. Come learn why sinking your hands into paint at age two has everything to do with academic success at age 15.

This will be an incredible evening! We so hope you can join us. Some background on Mr. Wanerman -- he has been an early childhood educator for over twenty-five years. Since 1990, he has been a head teacher and administrator at The Little School, a renowned inclusion program in San Francisco. The school's philosophy of strong, positive relationships are the keys to a successful learning community are very much the core of Wanerman's own teaching philosophy, so we are looking forward to hearing more about this from him when he visits us...

For those that want to learn more about Todd, he received his MA in Early Childhood Education from SF State. During his career, he has taught at the Santa Cruz Toddler Care Center, and has worked with the Welfare Parents Support Group in Santa Cruz. Besides teaching at Little School, Todd is a lecturer at SF State, co-authored with Leslie Roffman the book "Including One Including All: A Guide to Relationship-based Early Childhood Inclusion."

On the 23rd, Todd will also be signing copies of his new book "From Handprints to Hypotheses," which was released earlier this year.

For CPS Lectures history, see our website and for updates, please follow us on Twitter as well!


Saturday, February 9th, 2013


CPSL #70
Dr. Robert Lustig on "Darwin, Diet, Disease, and Dollars."

CPS Lectures is proud to welcome Dr. Robert Lustig on Saturday, February 9, when he will discuss one of the topics he is most passionate about: how food sugar fructose can be damaging not only for your diet, but also on your wallet due to the multitude of side effects that come with obesity. This topic has sparked quite the debate in not only the medical field, but also for friends and family who may have an overweight or obese family member. In addition to this lecture, he will also be signing copies of his book "Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease."

So this will be an incredible evening! We so hope you can join us. Some background on Dr. Lustig -- he is a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics. He came to public attention in May 2009 when he delivered a lecture titled "Sugar: The Bitter Truth." The video of this lecture is posted on YouTube, and while it is nearly an hour and a half long, just reading through the comments you can see how captivating his lecture was (not to mention the nearly 3.2 million views it has received). We're very eager to hear more about this from him when he visits us...

For those that want to learn more about Dr. Lustig, please visit his profile on the UCSF website, which also includes a selection of his research and publications. For CPS Lectures updates, please follow us on Twitter as well!


Friday, February 8th, 2013


CPSL #69
Jill Sheeley on "The Importance of Writing for Youth"

CPS Lectures is proud to host Jill Sheeley on Friday, February 8, when she will discuss the importance of teaching young writers the value and art of writing. For Sheeley, her writing has been influenced and contributed to by her family: her first three books were illustrated by her mother, Ruth Stern, and it was after reading her daughter Courtney hundreds of books that she decided to write an adventure book for children. Courtney became the character in her Fraser Chidlren's Book series, and her dogs are also characters in the series -- they are some lucky dogs!

So this will be an incredible evening! We so hope you can join us. Some background on Sheeley -- she has lived in Aspen for over 41 years fulfilling a lifelong dream of writing and publishing books. She lives high in the mountains in a log house with her husband Don, her daughter Courtney and her three yellow Labrador Retrievers, Fraser, Maggie, and their latest addition Ranger. Besides writing her own books, she also visits schools around the world to teach writing workshops, sponsors an annual writing contest, and volunteering at the Aspen Valley Hospital.

For those that want to learn more about Jill Sheeley, please visit her website, like her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter. For CPS Lectures history, see our website and for updates, please follow us on Twitter as well!


Saturday, January 26th, 2013


CPSL #68
Wanda M. Holland Greene on "As Necessary As Bread: Poetry as Substance and Sustenance."

CPS Lectures is proud to welcome Wanda M. Holland Greene on Saturday, January 26, when she will share her passion for poetry and how it can and will enrich our lives when it is included as a part of our daily lives.

So this will be an incredible evening! We so hope you can join us. Some background on Wanda - her professional life has been focused on enriching the lives of children, but in her personal life she has deep personal interests in vocal performance (jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel), poetry, reading, and international travel. We're very eager to hear more about how these two sides of her life have come together to form her thesis for the night's lecture.

Her background! Wanda M. Holland Greene has been the head of The Hamlin School (San Francisco, CA) since July 2008. She is a former trustee of Concord Academy (Concord, MA) and The Chapin School (New York, NY) and a current trustee of Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco and the National Association of Independent Schools.

A native New Yorker, Ms. Holland Greene graduated from The Chapin School in 1985 and earned her bachelors degree from Columbia College (New York, NY) in 1989, majoring in English Literature with a minor in Psychology. She earned her masters degree in curriculum design from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1991. She returned to The Chapin School in 1990 to teach third grade and later became the school’s first Dean of Students. In 1997, Ms. Holland Greene moved to Boston, MA to assume the role of Middle School division head at The Park School in Brookline. She worked at Park for 11 years, also serving as Acting Head of School for six months and Assistant Head of School during her final four years. Ms. Holland Greene is married to Robert L. Greene, an independent school administrator at Marin Country Day School, and she is also the proud mother of two sons, David (8 yrs. old) and Jonathan (5 yrs. old).

For those that want to learn more about Wanda, You can check out her personal blog for The Hamlin School here.


Sunday, January 13th, 2013


CPSL #67
Dan Pink on The Surprising Truth about Moving Others

CPS Lectures is proud to welcome Dan Pink on Sunday, January 13, when he will discuss ideas from his soon-to-be-published book, out December 31, To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others. Many of you heard Dan speak in 2010 at CPS Lectures and we're thrilled he is returning. For those new to his work, Dan is the author of three other provocative books about the changing world of work — including the long-running New York Times bestseller, A Whole New Mind, and the #1 New York Times bestseller, Drive.

So this will be an incredible evening! We so hope you can join us. Some background on Dan - using a combination of behavioral science, economic trends, statistics and his own research, Dan digs deeper into the fact that “one in nine Americans works in sales” (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). He argues that actually, every single American is working at selling something even if “sales” isn’t in their job description. We're very eager to hear more about this...

For those that want to learn more about Pink, his website is a gold mine! We listen to "Office Hours" religiously at Close Concerns and urge you to tune in ... you can also listen to a TED talk he gave a couple of years ago here. For the latest updates on Dan Pink, go to Facebook and Twitter ... for CPS Lectures updates, please follow us on Twitter as well!

More history! From 1995 to 1997, Daniel worked as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore and as an aide to US Labor Secretary Robert Reich. He graduated from Northwestern University with honors, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and went on to receive his JD from Yale Law School. He now lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and three children.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012


CPSL #66
Lehane Unplugged

Come join us for CPS Lectures #66 with Chris Lehane - this will reprise CPS Lectures #27 four years ago, when Chris spoke to us in a standing room only setting, riffing on the election, the bailouts, and the post-crash economy. A longtime political and economic strategist, Chris is a partner in the California-based company Fabiani & Lehane, has since 2001 provided strategic advice and tactical execution to corporate, entertainment, political and professional sports clients facing complex financial, communications, government affairs, electoral and legal challenges. In the 1990s, Lehane served in various positions in the Clinton-Gore Administration. From 1998-2000, he was the Press Secretary for former Vice President Al Gore. From 1995 through 1997, Lehane was Special Assistant Counsel to President Bill Clinton, providing legal, communications and political counsel to the President and First Lady. In 1997, Lehane was Counselor to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo where he was involved with various economic and community development projects. Lehane graduated from Harvard Law School in 1994 and from Amherst College in 1990. Lehane serves on numerous advisory boards, including the Board of Trustees of Amherst College, Common Sense Media, Think BIG Sacramento and San Francisco’s ChinaSF Committee. The co-author of a book on crisis management entitled The Masters Of Disaster: The Ten Commandments of Damage Control, which is being released by Palgrave Macmillan in December of 2012, he is currently serving as a Lecturer in Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Lehane is also the co-writer and co-producer of the film Knife Fight, a political thriller scheduled for release by IFC in January of 2013 that stars Rob Lowe as a fixer dealing with a series of "October surprises." He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Andrea, and two sons, Dominic and Quincy.


Saturday, September 15, 2012


CPSL #65
Kara Swisher on All Things D(igital)

CPS Lectures is very proud to host Kara Swisher at CPS Lectures. Ms. Swisher currently co-produces and co-hosts The Wall Street Journal’s “D: All Things Digital,” with Walt Mossberg. This major annual high-tech conference is a highly sought-after, invitation-only gathering with interviewees such as Bill Gates, Sheryl Sandberg, and many other leading players in the tech and media industries. The gathering (http://www.allthingsd.com/d) is considered the leading conference focused on the convergence of tech and media.

She and Mossberg are also the co-executive editors of a tech and media Web site, AllThingsD.com (www.allthingsd.com), where her online-only version of the “BoomTown” column appears.

Additionally, Vanity Fair recently persuaded Ms. Swisher to join its masthead; the engagement was widely hailed as a victory for editor-in-chief Graydon Carter and Swisher’s first piece is eagerly awaited by tech-watchers and a broader public.

Kara Swisher worked in The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau for many years, where she wrote the column, “BoomTown,” which appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also on The Wall Street Journal Online at WSJ.com. Previously, Ms. Swisher covered breaking news about the Web’s major players and Internet policy issues and also wrote feature articles on technology for the paper. She has also written a weekly column for the Personal Journal on home issues called “Home Economics.”

Previously, Ms. Swisher worked as a reporter at the Washington Post and as an editor at the City Paper of Washington, D.C. She received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her graduate degree at Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

She is also the author of “aol.com: How Steve Case Beat Bill Gates, Nailed the Netheads and Made Millions in the War for the Web,” published by Times Business Books in 1998. The sequel, “There Must Be a Pony in Here Somewhere: The AOL Time Warner Debacle and the Quest for a Digital Future,” was published in 2003 by Crown Business Books.

The evening will start at 7:30 with mingling and grabbing early seats. We’ll have fruit and water and beer and wine to share – please feel free to bring any healthy snacks or any drinks to share! Swisher will begin reflections on Silicon Valley and digital goings-on starting at 8 pm, followed by Q&A. Discussion under the disco ball will follow. Attendance is limited and as usual, an RSVP is required. For more information on CPS Lectures and the influence of C. Patrick Shaughnessy, Jr. for whom the series is named, please see cpslectures.com.


Saturday, June 23rd, 2012


CPSL #64
Sebastian Ruth: Redefining Musicianship For The Public Good

One June 23, 2012, CPS Lectures had the honor to host Sebastian Ruth. He is a musician at heart, but that belies his achievements as the founder of Community MusicWorks, which The New Yorker recently characterized as a revolutionary organization “in which the distinction between performing and teaching disappears.” This group, based in West Providence, Rhode Island, provides music lessons and concerts to countless young people in multiple high-risk areas of Providence, giving the community a sense of purpose and pride as well as appreciation of music itself.

Mr. Ruth explained that his primary aims were to emphasize music’s inherent richness and accessibility, and to harness it in a way that makes it vital to the community in which it exists. It is hard to look at his work in West Providence and think he has not succeeded in these aims. Sebastian Ruth is special because he knows it is not enough to simply care for and master a particular field. To make the greatest difference, one has to pass on that knowledge and love. He seeks to help others by doing what he loves, and for that he made a very special guest for CPS Lectures. It was a joy and an honor to have him, as was evidenced by the very packed room and the questions that Mr. Ruth generously answered well into the night. For more information on Community MusicWorks, see http://www.communitymusicworks.org/.

Read more here!


Thursday, June 14th, 2012


CPSL #63
Pam Allyn: On the Write Track

Remember what it was like to learn how to read? Wherever the learning process may have taken place, however it took form, it’s one of the most important and worthwhile journeys we ever take. Literacy, or even the ability to love and appreciate storytelling, is a true wonder for all who possess it.

Few understand this as well as Pam Allyn, whom CPS Lectures is proud to host on June 14. Ms. Allyn, a graduate of Amherst College and Columbia University, is the head of LitWorld, a group that fights for “children’s rights as readers, writers and learners.” She has authored such acclaimed books as What To Read When: The Books and Stories To Read With Your Child - And All The Best Times to Read Them (Penguin).

Her work has been featured in a number of national media outlets, including The New York Times, Good Morning America, and Oprah Radio. Ms. Allyn believes that for children, literacy means dignity, power, and above all the ability to change the world. Ms. Allyn will speak to CPS about the power and importance of the right to read.

Ms. Allyn is the Executive Director and founder of LitWorld, a global organization advocating for children's rights as readers, writers and learners. She is also the Executive Director and founder of LitLife, a national organization dedicated to school improvement. Her other books include Pam Allyn's Best Books for Boys: How To Engage Boys in Reading in Ways That Will Change Their Lives (Scholastic), and her most recent publication, Your Child's Writing Life: How to Inspire Confidence, Creativity, and Skill at Every Age (Avery Trade). Pam is also an ambassador for Scholastic’s global literacy campaign, Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life., that encourages everyone to support a child’s right to read.


Tuesday, May 8th, 2012


CPSL #62
Dr. Tina Seelig on her new book inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity

In today's world, innovation and creative problem solving are more important than ever. For many, however, this process is a mystery. Whether we are attempting to generate fresh ideas or struggling with problems with no solutions in sight, the innovative spark is out of reach. inGenius (released on April 17) offers a fascinating new model, the Innovation Engine, which explains how creativity is generated on the inside and how it is influenced by the outside world. Describing the variables that work together to catalyze or inhibit our creative abilities, Dr. Seelig provides a set of tools we can each use right away to radically enhance our own ingenuity as well as that of our colleagues, teams, organizations, and communities.

Dr. Tina Seelig is an expert on innovation and creativity. She is the Executive Director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, the entrepreneurship center at Stanford University's School of Engineering, which won the NASDAQ Entrepreneurship Center of the Year award in 2004. Dr. Seelig received the Gordon Prize from the national Academy of Engineering in 2009, the National Olympus Innovation Award in 2008, and the Stanford Tau Beta Pi Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2004. Seelig is truly an innovator, and she will shares her knowledge with her students in the Management Science and Engineering department where she teaches courses on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.


Saturday, April 28th, 2012


CPSL #61
Ken Jennings, Author of The Greater Goal

Have you ever wondered what it takes to stay motivated? Where does that gusto come from? Ken Jennings's new book, co-authered with Heather Hyde, lets the rest of us in on the little secret that the most motivated people already know. The answer lies in "aligning every person and every function around an inspiring purpose." As Jennings explains in The Greater Goal: Connecting Purpose and Performance, "purpose gives everyone the feeling of working for a cause, not just a company. But simply having a greater goal is not enough. Leaders must also make this greater goal the foundation of their overall strategy and execute that strategy while staying true to the larger purpose."

Ken Jennings, Ph.D. has a long and decorated history in the management and consulting world. He is a senior partner at VentureWorks, as well as a managing partner at Third River Partners. Formerly, he served as co-director for the Global Leadership Program at the University of Michigan Business School. We're so excited to have Ken speak for us this February. We really love his book and hope you can join us! Copies of The Greater Goal will be available for purchase at the lecture.


Saturday, March 31st, 2012


CPSL #60
Elizabeth Weil on "No Cheating, No Dying" - A Discussion about Modern Marriage

Celebrated New York Times Magazine Contributing Writer Elizabeth Weil's book "No Cheating, No Dying: I Had A Good Marriage. Then I Tried to Make It Better" was just published and is making lots of waves around San Francisco and across the country! This is a thoroughly fascinating look at modern marriage today. Says Oprah: “Weil has a voice that charms, full of wit, intelligence and compassion.” Says Meredith Maran in the SF Chronicle: “Quite wonderful . . . an astonishingly intimate, hilariously self-deprecating, vibrant and thoroughly modern memoir.” Says A. J. Jacobs, author of The Know-It-All and A Year of Living Biblically: “Marriage is complicated and Elizabeth Weil's is no exception: Loving, overall happy, but complicated. But her openness about this and pledge to improve the relationship makes for a wonderfully compelling and inspiring memoir. The book will provide many insights to anyone who is married, considering marriage -- or hellbent on avoiding it." Last, says Kelly Corrigan (who spoke at CPS Lectures #47) "Ever wish you had a really articulate, thoughtful friend who had the guts to tell you every important and ridiculous thing about her marriage? Allow me to introduce you to the wise and generous Elizabeth Weil. You'll love her."

Liz has written for the New York Times since 2000 (she is the author of a range of very widely read issues you can see here) and also contributed to Vogue, Real Simple, Outside, and many others. She attended Yale and lives in San Francisco with her two elementary school aged children and her husband. CPS Lectures will begin March 31 at 7:30 pm pronto - Liz will speak at 8 pm and sign books after her discussion. Parking is available a block from 56 Lloyd at CPMC - free!


Wednesday, March 21st, 2012


CPSL #59
Jodi Kantor on "The Obamas"

We are thrilled to welcome Jodi Kantor to CPS Lectures, where she will speak March 21 (Wednesday!) and sign copies of her new book on President and First Lady Obama "The Obamas", which debuted in January at #6 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Jodi Kantor began her journalism career by dropping out of Harvard Law School to join Slate.com in 1998. Four years later she became the Arts & Leisure editor of the New York Times, the youngest person in memory to edit a section of the newspaper. She has been covering the Obamas since 2007, writing about their faith, friends, marriage, roots, and family, among other topics.

Jodi is a recipient of a Columbia Young Alumni Achievement Award, was named to Crain’s “Forty Under Forty” list of New Yorkers, and appears regularly on television. Though she is a Washington correspondent for the Times, she lives in Brooklyn with her family (her husband is NYT "Your Money" columnist Ron Lieber - he spoke at CPS Lectures #32). Following her talk, she will sign copies of her book, which are being made available to CPS Lectures guests at a 25% discount, courtesy of Booksmith in the upper Haight.

Parking on the street or at CPMC at 45 Castro (usually free at this hour). We will start promptly mingling (!) at 7:30 and Jodi will begin her talk at 7:45 pm. Coffee, tea, wine, beer, and dessert will be served.

Find out more about Jodi at jodikantor.net.


Saturday, March 3rd, 2012


CPSL #58
Erin Keown Ganju of Room to Read on Scaling Social Good

We are supremely excited to have Erin Keown Ganju, CEO of Room to Read, come speak at CPS Lectures on Saturday, March 3.

Room to Read is a nonprofit that promotes literacy and gender equality in education. The organization works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and to support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they'll need to success in school and beyond. It began in 2000 with books that were donated to local communities throughout Nepal. Through various programs, Room to Read affects change in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Zambia; to date, it has distributed over 10 million books, has enrolled nearly 15,000 girls in its education programs, and has provided over 6.0 million children with books. The organization's goal is to reach 10 million children by 2015 - see more at roomtoread.org.

Before joining Room to Read as its first employee in 2001, Erin was a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs in New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore. She helped expand Room to Read from a small nonprofit to one of the most respected nonprofit organizations today - it has been awarded the Charity Navigator 4-star rating each year since 2006. Erin will join us to discuss Room to Read's pioneering model of scaling social good.


Friday, January 6th, 2012


CPSL #57
Bedtime Story: Annie Barrows, Wax, and No News is Good News

Think of your favorite childhood book. I'm sure that simply even picturing the cover of it still brings back fond, fantastic memories. CPS is extremely delighted (actually, we're positively over the moon) to have Annie Barrows, author of the Ivy and Bean book series. The books revolve around Ivy and Bean, two girls who, despite having completely opposite personalities, become best friends and allow their differences to complement each other. The two go on a number of adventures together, both big and small, all the while relying on the other to bring out the best in each other.

Annie Barrows was born in San Diego into a family of book lovers and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area shortly thereafter. She spent most of her childhood at the library; "because I wouldn’t leave, they hired me to shelve books at the age of twelve."" After attending UC Berkeley and getting a BA in Medieval History, she had a succession of publishing jobs, rising to the position of senior editor at Chronicle Books, where she acquired their first New York Times bestseller, Griffin & Sabine. The first book in her children’s series Ivy and Bean was published in 2006 and was an ALA Notable book for 2007; it was followed by four others, with the sixth book in the series to be published in fall 2009. Her 2008 stand-alone children’s novel, The Magic Half, was described by School Library Journal as "a delightful tale brimming with mystery, magic, and adventure."

On January 6 Annie will read from her books, in addition to leading a mini tutorial on making wax mustaches from Babybell cheese! Be sure to bring your kids (and tell them to come in their PJ's, too!!). You definitely won't want to miss this one! Copies of her books will be available for purchase, and Annie will sign them post-talk and workshop.


Saturday, December 10th, 2011


CPSL #56
The Bay Area's Hidden Gems - A Guide to the Best Bay Area Restaurants You May Not Know About!

Food brings people together, but great food can keep them together. The Bay Area has some of the best culinary delights in the country and some of the best organic movement initiatives to boot. CPS Lectures is excited and proud to say that Lauren Kiino of il Cane Rosso as our next speaker on Saturday, December 10 at 7:30.

il Cane Rosso is known for its wondrous Italian food that has a special twist! Born in California but raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan Lauren, chef and owner, had a vision upon opening il Cane Rosso: great-tasting food made from quality ingredients Italian in feeling but nearly completely local. Lauren began her culinary education in her mother’s kitchen. After graduating from Amherst College in 1994 with a BA in geology, she eventually found herself working at Chris Schlesinger’s East Coast Grill in Cambridge, MA and has been in the food world ever since. In 1998 she moved to San Francisco and began working at Lulu, became a top chef at Delfina, and is now the Chef/Owner of il Cane Rosso.

Lauren will discuss her with us her favorite "hidden gem" restaurants in the Bay Area, especially those that are excellent value and very healthy! You won't want to miss this delicious treat.


Friday, December 9th, 2011


CPSL #55 1/5
Supporting Independent Bookshops

Come share in the second to last CPS Lectures event of 2011!

Booksmith, our favorite local independent bookstore (1644 Haight Street, right around Clayton, just up from Masonic) is offering CPS Lectures attendees 15% off CPS Lectures authors' books and 10% off all books in their amazing upper Haight bookshop for all CPS Lectures shoppers this Friday evening between 5 and 7 pm!

** Artisan beer and Christmas cookies will abound

CPS Lectures authors - we have been privileged to hear these people speak at our series:

Jennifer Aaker / Andy Smith
Annie Barrows (coming in January!)
Pete Blackshaw
Todd Conover
Kelly Corrigan
David M Darst
Diane Frankenstein
James Hirsch
Ed Hallowell
David Kessler
Health McLeod Grant
Nancy Koehn
Kay Moffett
Marion Nestle
Catherine Newman
Peggy Orenstein
Todd Wanerman

We hope to see you at Booksmith! 1644 Haight Street. This is one of the outstanding independent bookstore of our time - we're so lucky to live in the same town as Booksmith - help it flourish over the holidays (and help keep John and Coco and Lola and Valentino and me company!) by coming in on Friday night!

If this is successful we will give more notice for 2012 : >.


Saturday, November 19, 2011


CPSL #55
Star Wars hiking, whitewater rafting, tarantula petting, oh my! How to make any day in Northern California an adventure

Laure Latham, author of "Best Hikes with Kids: San Francisco Bay Area," writer for local websites The Red Tricycle, Daily Candy, SFKids, and the Examiner, will speak at CPS Lectures' next gathering on Saturday, November 19 at 7:30pm. Laure will talk about the benefits of greenbonding with your loved ones and why everyone needs a little nature, and she’ll also share her favorite haunts and foraging experiments. Author of the travel and outdoors blog Frog Mom, Laure Latham connects the dots between what gets kids excited and what’s out there waiting to be discovered.

A former tax attorney, Laure is a French native who grew up in the South Pacific island of New Caledonia, in Thailand and in France. Based in the Bay Area since 2001, she learned about local green spaces as a naturalist for an environmental education program in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. As a mom of two girls, she decided to share her passion and keep doing what she liked at kid level. Her book “Best Hikes with Kids: San Francisco Bay Area” came out in September 2011 with The Mountaineers Books.


Friday, July 29th, 2011

CPSL #54
Todd Wanerman on Disability, Diversity, Democracy: Directions in Education From the Inclusion Preschool Classroom

Todd Wanerman, co-author of Including One, Including All: A Guide to Relationship-Based Early Childhood Inclusion and Head Teacher at San Francisco’s The Little School, will speak at CPS Lectures on the topic of inclusion, a model of early childhood education that sees all children as aligned through their strengths and challenges; all programs as able to serve children with challenges; and the job of teachers to be attuned to the unique needs of individuals and groups. Todd will share stories and insights gained from two decades of relationship-based inclusion teaching to kick off a discussion on how serving one child at a time can inform and inspire the field of early childhood education from developmental perspectives through curriculum planning, administration and funding, community networking, up through public policy and the role of education in a democratic society.

Todd has been teaching at The Little School (a pre-school in San Francisco that focuses on giving unique, individualized attention to each child through a curriculum that balances child initiation and teacher planning) for 21 years, before which he spent 10 years as the school’s Development Coordinator. He holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from San Francisco State University, where he now teaches undergraduate ECE courses. Todd’s work has been so meaningful to the field of education that he, along with his coworkers, received a certificate of honor from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for their contribution to the field of early childhood education.


Monday, June 20th, 2011


CPSL #53
Christin Evans and Alex Beckstead

Christin Evans is one of the owners of the Haight’s very successful independent bookstore, the Booksmith. Christin and her husband Praveen bought the Booksmith in 2007 after leaving their jobs in corporate America, and have great plans (that are underway as we speak!) to nurture the Booksmith into “the bookstore of the 21st century.”

Alex Beckstead is the director of the documentary, Paperback Dreams, which recounts the history of two of the Bay Area’s favorite independent bookstores, Cody’s and Kepler’s. The story of these two bookstores exemplifies the trends that, on a national level, all bookstores have faced over the years.

The two will speak about the current crossroads that independents are at—the roads taken and not taken—and some of the exciting experiments underway to reinvent the independent bookstore nationally, particularly amidst the rise of online shopping and eBooks. We will make Pimm's, our favorite cocktail, for the first 20 people who sign up!


Saturday, May 21st, 2011, 7:30 PM


CPSL #52
Author Matt Richtel

San Francisco-based Matt Richtel is a novelist, cartoonist and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times. His writing includes exploration of technology, its impact on society, and how it changes the way we how we work, play, and relate to each other. Matt joins CPS Lectures in advance of the publication of The Devil's Plaything; his second novel, it is the sequel to Matt's national bestseller Hooked.


Saturday, March 12th, 2011


CPSL #51
Ted Conover and The Routes of Man

In his latest book The Routes of Man, Ted Conover explores the ways roads can both bind cultures and people as well as sunder them, taking a look at six major byways across the globe and using them to engage with some of today's most pressing global issues. Says The Economist: "One of Mr Conover's previous books, about being a corrections officer in Sing Sing prison, was a finalist for the Pulitzer prize, and it is easy to see why. He has a wonderful eye for detail and the easy, unshowy style that marks the best travel writing. ...Like the hoboes he met on the railways and the Mexican migrants of his earlier book, Mr. Conover here has taken an unpromising subject and turned it into a book that is about far more than just the strips of tarmac that criss-cross the world." Ted Conover describes himself as an author "that writes about real people, often by living, or 'visiting' their lives for awhile." He is currently a writer-in-residence at New York University.


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CPSL #50
Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith on "The Dragonfly Effect"

How do you connect meaning to social media to create impact? In The Dragonfly Effect, Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith draw on social psychological insights to reveal why some ideas take off when they harness social media--and why others don't. They will conclude with key insights on the psychology of happiness and meaning. An experienced tech marketer, Andy Smith is a Principal of Vonavona Ventures where he advises and bootstraps technical and social ventures with guidance in marketing, customer strategy and operations. A social psychologist and marketer, Jennifer Aaker is the General Atlantic Professor of Marketing at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Her research spans time, money and happiness. Co-authors and husband and wife, Jennifer and Andy live in Lafayette, California.


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CPSL #49
Peggy Orenstein on "Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture"

Peggy Orenstein will join us to read from her forthcoming book "Cinderella Ate My Daughter" on Feb 5, 2011.


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CPSL #48
MovieFest 2011 with Mick LaSalle

Mick LaSalle joins CPS Lectures for its fourth annual movie fest, sharing his top picks for 2010 and looking ahead to films in 2011. Mick is the longstanding lead film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, and is the author of two books on pre-code Hollywood. He has written nearly two thousand reviews and has been podcasting since 2005. Read Mick's work at his Chronicle blog.


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CPSL #47
Author Kelly Corrigan on Lift and The Middle Place

Kelly Corrigan, author of Lift and The Middle Place, was with CPS Lectures on Dec 8th, 2010 to read from her latest work and share her reflections on life, loss and family. Kelly's touching, warm and funny writing can be found at http://kellycorrigan.com/.


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CPSL #46
Bill Hemenger on High Tech Flight from San Francisco: What it is and why it's happening.

Bill Hemenger, candidate for District 8 Supervisor, has twenty years of experience with local technology businesses, from working with small startups during the dotcom boom to his tenure at, most recently, Oracle, where he spent nearly a decade. On Oct 30, 2010, he spoke with us on what attracts tech and other businesses to the area, as well as constraints—and discussed ways San Francisco can learn from other cities. Learn more about Bill at www.billfordistrict8.com.


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CPSL #45
Tina Sciabica on Stories of Impact in Asia from Read Global.
  
  

Tina is the Executive Director of READ Global, an international nonprofit that is inspiring rural prosperity in Nepal, India, and most recently, Bhutan-- a country that measures its success in terms of Gross National Happiness. In nearly 50 rural communities, READ Global has built community library and resource centers that give adults and children access to books, computers, health services, vocational training and leadership development. READ Nepal received the Bill and Melinda Gates' Foundation's Access to Learning Award in 2006, and READ Global subsequently received Gates funding to bring its model to additional countries in the developing world. To learn more, please visit www.readglobal.org.


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CPSL #44
Marion Nestle on Food Politics and Today's Healthcare Mess.

Marion Nestle on Food Politics, Pet Food Politics, and Today's Healthcare Mess." Marion Nestle is a Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University. She has a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition, both from the University of California, Berkeley. She is author of the widely praised Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (2002), What to Eat (2006), and Feed Your Pet Right (2010). See more at www.foodpolitics.com. We so hope you can join us! Easy parking a block away at Castro/Dubose; free for after 9 pm departures.


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CPSL #43
James Hirsch on Willie Mays

Best-selling author James S. Hirsch spent seven years trying to meet Willie Mays -- he finally did, and the result is "Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend," the groundbreaking biography of a baseball immortal. (www.williemaysbook.com) Arguably the greatest player of all time -- and a true icon of San Francisco -- Mays is still revered for the passion that he brought to the game. He began as as a teenager in the Negro Leagues, became a cult hero in New York, and was the headliner in Major League Baseball’s bold expansion to California. Athletically, he was a fusion of Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb, a new archetype. With 3,283 hits, 660 home runs, and 338 stolen bases, he was a blend of power, speed, and stylistic bravado that enraptured fans for more than two decades. He also contributed to blacks’ assimilation during the turbulent civil rights era, a distinctive figure of ambition, sacrifice, and triumph who became a lasting cultural touchstone for a nation in search of heroes.

Hirsch lifts the veil on Mays's complex relationships with everyone from Jackie Robinson to Barry Bonds, his sometimes contentious dealings with the press, and his long commitment to children's causes.

Hirsch, a former reporter for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, is the author of four other books, including "Cheating Destiny: Living with Diabetes." He is a columnist for diatribe (www.diatribe.us), an online newsletter about diabetes.


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CPSL #42
Is There a Connection Between Law and Justice? Roger Berkowitz on the threat that science poses for an ethical legal system

The front pages of our newspapers and the lead stories on the evening news bear witness to the divorce of law from justice. The rich and famous get away with murder; Fortune 500 corporations operate sweatshops with impunity; blue-chip energy companies that spoil the environment and sicken communities face mere fines that don't dent profits. In The Gift of Science, a bold, revisionist account of 300 years of jurisprudence, Roger Berkowitz looks beyond these headlines to explore the historical and philosophical roots of our current legal and ethical crisis. Berkowitz will talk about this in his discussion with us.

Moving from the scientific revolution to the nineteenth-century rise of legal codes, Berkowitz tells the story of how lawyers and philosophers invented legal science to preserve law's claim to moral authority. The "gift" of science, however, proved bittersweet. Instead of strengthening the bond between law and justice, the subordination of law to science transformed law from an ethical order into a tool for social and economic ends. Drawing on major figures from the traditions of law, philosophy, and history, The Gift of Science is not only a mesmerizing and original intellectual history of law; it shows how modern law remains imprisoned by a failed scientific metaphysics.


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CPSL #41
Dr. Ed Hallowell on key principles for managing modern life

This discussion is for anyone looking for practical, how-to solutions for, as Dr. Hallowell puts it, managing modern life. Best selling author Dr. Ned Hallowell offers groundbreaking advice on how to survive in an ultra-competitive, ultra fast, attention deficit society while remaining sane, how to raise happy children, the art of forgiveness, the importance of connection, and how to manage worry. A graduate of Harvard College and Tulane School of Medicine, Dr. Hallowell is a child and adult psychiatrist and the founder of The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, MA. He was a member of the faculty of the Harvard Medical School from 1983 to 2004.

Dr. Hallowell is considered to be one of the foremost experts on attention disrupters. Dr. Hallowell observes that people who do not have ADHD still often show many of its symptoms due to lives that are so busy that they overload their brains. He explores this phenomenon in his book, CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! In this book, Dr. Hallowell shows how the hectic pace of modern life has led our society to suffer from broader, culturally induced ADD. His insight into how to unsnarl frenzied lives and take charge of how we really want to be living should prove quite inspirational as we understand it from others who have heard him speak. His new book, Married to Distraction: Restoring Intimacy and Strengthening Your Marriage in an Age of Interruption, will be published in March and both books will be available for him to sign at this event.

Dr. Hallowell is a highly recognized speaker around the world. He has presented to thousands on topics such as strategies on handling your fast-pace life, the Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness and other pertinent family and health issues. He has been prominently featured in the media, including 20/20, Oprah, CNN, PBS and NPR as well as 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Dateline, Good Morning America, US News and World Report, Newsweek, the Harvard Business Review and the New York Times.

From corporate audiences to parent-teacher workshops and national television shows, people who listen to Dr. Hallowell are said to come away stimulated, inspired and empowered to change their lives. We are excited to hear how he combines the knowledge of an amazing medical school instructor with his incredible understanding of human nature and the struggles we face in this crazy/busy world.


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CPSL #40
Historian Professor Richard Tedlow: Why Business Leaders Fail to Look Facts in the Face - and What To Do About It

Denial -- the unconscious belief that a certain fact is too terrible to face and therefore cannot be true -- has torpedoed many good businesses and more than a few great ones. It turns challenges into crises, and dilemmas into catastrophes. It is one of the greatest obstacles business leaders face.

In Denial, Harvard Business School Professor Richard S. Tedlow tackles two essential questions: Why have so many sane, smart leaders refused to accept and act on the facts that threatened their companies and careers? And how have some executives found the courage to resist denial when facing new trends, changing markets, and tough new competitors?

To answer these questions, Prof Tedlow takes an in-depth look at examples of people and organizations that were crippled by denial, including Ford, Coke, and Sears. He also shows how companies like DuPont, Intel, and Johnson & Johnson were able to acknowledge harsh realities about their products, markets, and organizations, and use that information not only to avoid catastrophe, but to achieve greatness.

Finally, Tedlow identifies common signs of denial to look for in your own company (or life!) Denial will always be with us, but some people are particularly skillful at battling it. This book can help you to become one of them. This isn't one anyone should miss - even if business is not your strongest interest, Prof. Tedlow is routinely described as one of the top historicians of all time. He is one of the best speakers Kelly and John have ever, ever heard (he has been in residence at the Computer History Museum over the last couple of years, where they heard him speak multiple times). He is also one of the most popular Harvard Business School professors of all time.


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CPSL #39
Curtis Roosevelt: Too Close To the Sun

Curtis Roosevelt is the oldest grandson of Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt. He and his sister are the only living people to have lived with Franklin and Eleanor and there is simply nothing out there like his recently-published book Too Close to the Sun.

Curtis Roosevelt was three years old when he and his sister moved into the White House, soon after their grandfather's inauguration and in the wake of his parents' separation. They were the country's "First Grandchildren", known to the media as "Sistie and Buzzie." From age 3-15 Curtis either lived in or spent most of his time at the White House and his memoir Too Close to the Sun recreates the strange and magical world of the Roosevelt White House. He brings readers into the "goldfish bowl," as his family called it, that glare of public scrutiny to which all presidential households must submit.

He recounts his adventures and misadventures as a child caught up in the heady atmosphere of his family's complex relationships. Having spent his formative years with Franklin and Eleanor, his perspective is unique. He offers a fascinating view of the private drama inside the famous household—from the tensions between his grandmother and her mother-in-law to the painful fact that his father was excluded from this tightly knit family and much more.

Curtis Roosevelt currently lives in France, where he retired after a long career at the United Nations Secretariat and in university administration.


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CPSL #38
Dan Pink on Drive and the Surprising Truths about What Motivates Us

Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, will join us and share his take on this intriguing issue. While intuition might suggest that external rewards are the major drivers in our lives, Daniel will explain to us why that is a mistake. In his book, he talks about how performance and satisfaction are deeply human needs to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Drive follows Daniel's trio of provocative, bestselling books on the dynamic world of work: Free Agent Nation, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko, and A Whole New Mind. His articles on business and technology appear in New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Wired, where he is a contributing editor. He lectures to corporations, associations, and universities around the world on economic transformation and what he calls the new workplace.

From 1995 to 1997, Daniel worked as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore and as an aide to US Labor Secretary Robert Reich. He graduated from Northwestern University with honors, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa, and went on to receive his JD from Yale Law School. He now resides in Washington, DC, with his wife and three children.


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CPSL #37
"Obesity and our Children" with Fran Kaufman, author of Diabesity

Fran Kaufman, MD, author of best selling book, Diabesity, is an internationally-known authority on diabetes and obesity. Dr. Kaufman she has developed many important clinical innovations and is a tireless public advocate. She has developed innovative programs for overweight and diabetic children and their families, served for more than twenty years as medical director of a summer camp for diabetic children, and was instrumental in banning the sale of soda in the LA Unified School District.

Obesity in children is increasing at alarming rates, and Dr. Kaufman will explain what is behind this. Experts predict that over one-third of American children born after the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime; she will take a close look with us behind this and explain how excess weight destroys the body's ability to process sugar properly and what the steps are that we need to take to prevent this life-threatening epidemic.

Currently the vice president of Global Medical Affairs for diabetes business at Medtronic, Dr. Kaufman has played an enormously important role in addressing the pressing issues of diabetes. She was until 2009, Head of the Center for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at Children's Hospital Los Angeles; she has been Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Communications University of Southern California for over 20 years. A prolific writer, Dr. Kaufman has published over 120 peer-reviewed publications, as well as more than 200 articles and abstracts.

A former president of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Dr. Kaufman has had an illustrious career in medicine. She has served as a delegate to the World Health Organization, and was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine. She has been funded by the NIH since 1980, and is the current Chair of the National Diabetes Education Program. She has been named Woman of Valor in 2003 by the ADA, and is consistently on the annual "Best Doctors in America" list. Dr. Kaufman is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Chicago Medical School. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Neal Kaufman, M.D., M.P.H., and is the mother of two sons, Adam and Jonah.


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CPSL #36
MovieFest 2010 with Mick LaSalle

For the third year in a row, San Francisco movie critic Mick Lasalle will give us his best movie picks for 2009 and tell us what to look out for in 2010. Mick is the longstanding lead film critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, and is the author of two books on pre-code Hollywood. He has written nearly two thousand reviews and has been podcasting since 2005. See more on his work at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/mlasalle/index.


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CPSL #35
Read a book, Ask a question, Start a conversation: A Discussion with Diane Frankenstein

Diane Frankenstein, author of Reading Together: Everything You Need to Know to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read, joins us to share the secret that helps children become good reader: finding the appropriate book and talking with them about the story. Her book shares invaluable advice for parents, teachers, librarians, and caregivers on how to help children find what to read, and further find meaning and pleasure in their reading through conversation. Included in her book are over 100 book recommendations for kids Pre-K through sixth grade. Frankenstein has been an educational consultant in children's and adolescent literature for the past 20 years. She earned her Masters in Children's Literature and Language at SF State University. CPS Lectures partner, Alexander Books, provides a 15% discount to this valuable book, and we will have books available on the evening.


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CPSL #34
Proposition 8: Past Present and Future-A Seminar On Same Gender Marriage

This is going to be an incredible panel that examines the issues surrounding same gender marriage and proposition 8 for our 34th CPS Lecture. Come get informed, and be ready to debate and discuss what is happening now, what happened last year with Proposition 8, the gay rights defeat in Maine, and how this issue will move forward in California and around the nation. We believe the issue of same sex marriage has become one of the most divisive civil rights issues of our time and we are very eager to hear this most compelling slate of speakers.

Carl Rashad Jaeger, local film maker and gay rights advocate will lead the panel to include:

-Christie Herring, Producer/Director will show revealing clips from her current film in progress, The Campaign, which documents the struggle which took place inside the campaign to defeat Proposition 8 and discuss some of the major themes and issues from an insider's point of view. The film includes interviews with everyone from key decision makers in the campaign, all the way to people who worked at the street level.

-Xavier Barrera Gonzalez, Board Member of EQCA (Equality California), and member of the executive committee. EQCA works to achieve equality and secure legal protections for the LGBT community and spearheaded the campaign against Proposition 8 in California. He will bring the latest news from the front lines in CA and Maine and discuss the next steps of this civil rights issue. Originally from Mexico, Xavier has worked as a civil rights advocate for most of his adult life.

-Carl will show a few clips from "We", his new short film about two men trying to put their marriage back together and discuss the issue of same gender marriage on a personal and relationship level, and explore the impact of this issue on families.

We look so forward to seeing you for what we know will be an incredibly evening of learning and discussion.


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CPSL #33
Dr. David Kessler, former FDA Commissioner, on "The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite"

Dr. Kessler, author of The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, is an amazing advocate for public health. From 1984-1990, Dr. Kessler ran a major teaching hospital in New York City, and taught at the Columbia Law School and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 1990, he was appointed as Commissioner of the FDA by President Bush and was later reappointed by Presidfent Clinton. He has served as the Dean of the medical schools at Yale and UCSF and today is a Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF.

In his role at FDA, Dr. Kessler made tremendous strides on improving consumer safety. Under his direction, the FDA announced a number of new programs, including the regulation of the marketing and sale of tobacco products to children, nutrition labeling for food, user fees for drugs and biologics, preventive controls to improve food safety, and measures to strengthen the nation's blood supply. According to The New York Times (11/96), David Kessler "... revitalized a beleaguered agency that had become mired in bureaucratic disarray." The Los Angeles Times (11/96) praised him for "... restor[ing] the FDA to what it was meant to be--an aggressive advocate for the public's health." With his departure, "[t]he American people lost one of their most effective champions..." (New York Daily News, 11/96).

In 2001, he published A Question of Intent, a book focusing on his historic David and Goliath-esque battle against the tobacco industry. His work at the FDA is widely attributed to the success of the landmark multibillion-dollar settlement between Big Tobacco and 46 states.

He has since shifted his focus to Big Food. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite is highly critical of the high concentrations of fat, salt, and sugar in the American diet, and posits that our eating habits condition us to eat so much that our brain circuitry changes. He warns that if these eating habits are sustained, children may develop a permanent pattern of overeating and obesity. Dr. Kessler will join us for what promises to be a riveting discussion on one of the major drivers of the world's biggest, most alarming public health issue.


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CPSL #32
The New York Times "Your Money" columnist Ron Lieber on "The Madness of Money."

As many of you may know, Ron writes The New York Times column "Your Money," one of the most widely read, blogged, and forwarded columns at The Times. Both the column and the Web-only material cover anything and everything that hit you in the wallet, from grocery prices to loyalty programs to inter-generational wealth transfers. He will come and speak about what he has learned in the last year writing this column and will interview two money experts from the Bay Area, Milo Benningfield and Spencer Sherman. Milo, of Benningfield Financial Advisors, headquartered in The Presidio, was a lawyer and management consultant before turning to financial planning. Spencer is the author of "The Cure for Money Madness" and is the Bay Area-based CEO of Abacus Wealth partners.

Before coming to The Times, Ron helped develop the personal finance Web site FiLife and wrote for The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and Fortune. He's the author or co-author of three books, including The New York Times bestseller "Taking Time Off," which encouraged young adults to take a year off between high school and college or sometime during their undergraduate years. His first story in The Times was an op-ed about sexual assault and campus judicial systems that appeared during his junior year in college.

The three will touch on irrational money behaviors, infuriating financial-system mismanagement, and how tough if it to trust anyone at a time when the financial sector is so crazy. As they point out, never before in the history of humankind have so many people been asked to provide for themselves over several decades by managing risky financial assets. Since we're not wired to focus on the long-term and find it challenging to deal with probabilities, rather than perceived cerainty, this is a problem - food for thought leading up to the 20th ... if you have specifics you'd like to ask them to address, please let us know.


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CPSL #31
Author Linda Himelstein on "Vodka Nation - the Story behind Russia and its First Family of Vodka".

Linda Himelstein is the author of The King of Vodka: The Story of Pyotr Smirnov and the Upheaval of an Empire. We are in for a HUGE treat as she discusses her new book (out May 12) and as we indulge in a vodka tasting by one of San Francisco's biggest cocktail experts. Linda is a veteran award-winning reporter, having begun her career at The Wall Street Journal, and from there covering congress, federal agencies, city hall, and the courts, and appearing on networks like CNN and C-SPAN as an expert commentator on legal goings-on. In 1993, she joined BusinessWeek. There, she wrote about a wide array of topics, including the tobacco industry and Wall Street. As legal affairs editor, Ms. Himelstein also covered the lawsuit filed by Smirnov's descendants. They sought to return the trademarks and copyrights of the vodka empire, lost in the tumult following the Russian revolution, to the family and to Russia. It was a fascinating story that earned BusinessWeek's coveted publisher's award.

In 1996, Ms. Himelstein relocated to the Bay Area, writing about finance and retail for BusinessWeek. Two years later, she became the Silicon Valley Bureau Chief just as the technology boom took off. She wrote about the infancies of eBay and Yahoo! as well as many other early technology standouts. Despite the excitement of Silicon Valley, Ms. Himelstein could not forget the Smirnovs and their compelling story. She wondered what had happened to them and how many other Russians faced similar plights. At the end of 2004, Ms. Himelstein left the magazine and focused her energy for more than four years on the research, reporting, and writing necessary to tell the fascinating�and wrenching�tale in The King of Vodka. The book has won wide praise and Himelstein is MOST dynamic - this will be incredibly interesting for those moved by history and interested in entrepreneurial management and how a business like vodka emerged. Since it hit the market in mid-May, The King of Vodka has garnered some fantastic reviews, including in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

We will be joined that evening by H, the cocktail ambassador who will prepare a wonderful vodka tasting following the reading. H. Joseph Ehrmann, better known as H., started his career in 1986 as a cook on the beaches New Jersey, under New Orleans� renowned chef Duke Locicero. He went on to cook, serve, manage and bartend around the country as well as study and live in Europe for several years. In 2003, he ventured off on his own when he restored one of the oldest saloons in San Francisco and reopened it as Elixir. As many of you know, the bar has won numerous accolades for its cocktails, marketing programs, and atmosphere, and H. and his cocktails are regularly featured in international, national, regional and local media. He is certified as �Bar Ready� with Beverage Alcohol resource, LLC and is a 2009 Cheers Magazine Rising Star Award winner.

In 2006, H. founded Cocktail Ambassadors, a consultancy for bar and restaurant operators as well as the product and service companies that supply them. His clients include Moet Hennessy, Remy Martin, Altamar Brands, Diageo, R.H. Phillips Winery, JW Marriott, Kimpton Hotels, W Hotels, and Mayacama. As Brand Ambassador and Mixologist for Square One Organic Spirits, he launched and continues to grow the brand across the United States. You can find H. at the Elixir nearly every day of the week and we are privileged to have him come to CPS Lectures - we thank a close friend of CPS Lectures for underwriting the tasting.


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CPSL #30
Jacque Grillo on Raising Good and Engaged Citizens

Jacque Grillo is known by many parents in the bay area - he has contributed to helping rear over a thousand pre-schoolers during his years in San Francisco. Jacque has been a teacher at Lone Mountain Children's Center for over thirty years and has directed the preschool program for nearly 15 years. All who know Lone Mountain are struck by the remarkable happiness about the place - infused with so much good karma, no one is sure whether the children or the parents relish the place more. It's always hard to get parents out the door! We are very lucky that Jacque is going to join us for CPS Lectures on March 7, where he will give us his view on what's required, beginning at a very young age, to raise good and engaged citizens. Jacque holds a BS in Human Development, with a specialty in Early Childhood, from the University of Massachusetts, and an MA in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. His first teaching job was in a laboratory preschool at Harvard University from 1975 to 1977. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Jacque is also licensed and a Marriage and Family Therapist. Sign up quickly - the last five CPS Lectures have "sold out" and we expect this one to as well.


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CPSL #29
Movies with Mick LaSalle

Come to our evening with SF Film Critic Mick LaSalle Friday night (Jan 16) - for the third year in a row, Mick will give us his best movie picks for 2008, his own personal oscar-watch, the best picks so far for 2009 ... and Johnny will show all the trailers with all the flourish that so enchanted you the last two years!

Our own moviefest will then take place starting January 17 to January 23 throughout the bay area. Details to follow - get ready for movies every night for a week following the lecture!

Logistics: Drinks/dessert at 7:30, Mick starts speaking at 8:00 on the dot, bootleg copy of MILK to be shown following Mick's talk (if we can get one!) or abbreviated disco til midnight. For more on CPS Lectures, see www.cpslectures.com.

Free parking at Duboce/Castro CPMC hospital at 45 Castro ~ or take public transport bus #22, #24, or N Judah. So hope to see you!


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CPSL #28
Lloyd Sacks on Demystifying Darfur

Despite the international attention Darfur has received and the diplomacy attempted, the reality on the ground remains one of death, destruction, division and displacement. A nearly four-year-old government-sponsored counter-insurgency campaign has resulted in an inexcusable human rights catastrophe...and in the absence of unified international political will, 2008 may play out just the same.

To help extrapolate on current conditions of the crisis, Lloyd Sacks, former UN humanitarian worker in Sudan, will identify the root causes of the crisis, detail the domestic and geo-political interests of each party involved, evaluate diplomatic efforts to date, outline the most efficacious measures to reverse the current course of chaos and impunity in the region, and give a personal account of life in Sudan and Darfur. The presentation will include a slideshow and Q&A.

Lloyd's international affairs experience includes fundraising for the peace-building NGO, Glocal Forum, and three years with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); first as a donor liaison at FAO's Rome Headquarters, followed by a year in Sudan as FAO's field communications officer. While in Sudan in 2004-2005, Lloyd played an advocacy role for the agency, mobilizing resources for relief projects and reporting on the use and impact of donor funds. Traveling extensively in Darfur and Southern Sudan, he interviewed the conflict-affected, helped to conduct needs assessments, establish field offices, and coordinate, monitor and evaluate relief programs.


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CPSL #27
Lehane Unplugged: The Election, the Bailout, and the Post-Crash Economy

Please come to CPS Lectures #27 on Monday, October 27 to hear political expert Chris Lehane riff on where the US is headed.

Anyone who knows Chris or has followed his career knows what an extraordinary time this will be. Chris has worked on a range of presidential, gubernatorial, congressional and initiative/referendum campaigns, was special counsel to Bill Clinton (1995-97), press secretary to Al Gore (1997-2000) .... and generally was perceived during his years at the White House of as the "Master of Disaster".

Since 2001, Chris Lehane has been a partner at Fabiani and Lehane, which provides strategic advice to corporate, sports/entertainment, and political clients facing complex financial, communications, government affairs and legal challenges.

Chris is on NPR all the time and if you have heard him, you know he is a powerhouse ... and how lucky we are that he will be engaging us!

Dessert, drinks, and coffee starting 7:30 with Chris' talk at 8. Since it's a school night, we won't have dinner - we know everyone will come so ready to jump into conversation!


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CPSL #26
Pete Blackshaw on "Angry Customers Tell 3000...."

In today's digital world, a single consumer can use social media — blogs, social networks, message boards, product review sites — to broadcast a complaint to an audience of millions. How influential are online consumers to a brand's reputation and how can businesses manage and thrive in this new reality — the consumer-driven world?

Join Nielsen Online's Pete Blackshaw, Executive Vice President, Digital Strategic Services, for an energetic discussion of his book, "Satisfied Customers Tell Three Friends, Angry Customers Tell 3000," which has just been published.

Pete will discuss with us:

  • What are the six drivers of brand credibility and why?
  • How should brands listen in the age of consumer control?
  • What is the strategic relevance of brands today?
  • What can companies do today to better connect with their most outspoken consumers?

I'd like to learn how to RSVP


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CPSL #25
Mick LaSalle on Movies in 2008

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CPSL #24
Heather McLeod Grant and Leslie Crutchfield | Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits

We are thrilled and honored to welcome Heather McLeod Grant and Leslie Crutchfield to CPS Lectures. They will be discussing their soon-to-be published book Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits and sharing the wisdom they have gleaned from years of experience in the business and nonprofit world. After getting her MBA from Stanford, Heather worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and then went on to co-found, with Leslie, Who Cares, a national magazine for social entrepreneurs. After that, Heather launched an independent nonprofit consulting business and has since served on the board of numerous nonprofit organizations. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, Leslie is a managing director of Ashoka, a research grantee of The Aspen Institute�s Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program, and a philanthropic advisor to foundations and high net worth individuals. She manages Ashoka�s recently-launched Global Academy program, whose members include the �global greats� of social entrepreneurship such as Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus. Leslie and Heather have lectured at Harvard and Stanford�s business schools, and have presented at numerous industry conferences on social entrepreneurship, international development, high-impact philanthropy, and women�s leadership. Heather and Leslie's inspiring and instructive book addresses issues that are very important in a sector that's defined by its contributions to society rather than its profitability: What defines success in the nonprofit world? How does a company achieve this? How can nonprofits apply a range of practices to become more effective in their goal of changing society for the better?

Here's what people have said about advance copies of the book:

�The [nonprofits] having the greatest impact these days are those that have moved beyond old traditions. They are entrepreneurial, adaptive, externally-oriented, and sometimes a little messy. Working together, they are not only trying to fix problems, but also reform whole systems. For people who want to change the world�and who doesn�t?�this book provides an invaluable road map. Bravo!�--David Gergen, professor of public service and director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University�s Kennedy School of Government
�Anyone who wants to affect systemic change and make a lasting difference in the world should read this important book and take its lessons to heart.�--J. Gregory Dees, professor, Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, Duke University�s Fuqua School of Business

We hope you'll come to this fascinating lecture to learn about how nonprofits really can change the world.

For more information, please see these related articles:


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CPSL #23
Jon Cowan | Building a Lasting Progressive Majority: What Will it Take?

We're very excited to present returning CPS Lecturer Jon Cowan, president and co-founder of Third Way, a non-profit, non-partisan strategy center for progressives.

Jon gave the very first CPS lecture, back in 2003, and he has graciously made time to come back and talk about the amazing work he and his colleagues are doing at Third Way. For those of you who don't know his history, Jon handed the leadership of Americans for Gun Safety over to a new executive director in late 2004 and then joined up with a fantastic team to start Third Way, a centrist Democratic policy and messaging organization. He and the team took what they learned at AGS and sought to apply it to a wide range of issues - all in an effort to reform and reinvent the Democratic party. They are doing some incredible things in terms of shaping policy and gearing things up for 2008 and their messages are getting wide use in the Senate and House. In fact, the organization recently joined with Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin and Senators Evan Bayh and Tom Carper at a national press conference to release their new policy paper, entitled Beyond Bush: A New Strategy of Constriction to Defeat Al Qaeda and its Allies. The report details how the threat from the al Qaeda movement is growing, as well as how and why Bush's 20th century approach to this quintessentially 21st century threat has failed � and offers a new strategic vision of "constriction," which involves choking off all of the al Qaeda movement's supply lines. To follow that up, in a recent Sunday's Washington Post, David Broder used his column to review the main findings in a new Third Way poll on foreign policy. This should be an incredibly interesting and illuminating evening!

For more information on Third Way, visit the Web site.

Logistics: Potluck will be at 6:30 pm as usual, with the lecture beginning at 8.

Childcare: We are working on getting this together. Please let us know if you'd be interested.

We hope you can make it!


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CPSL #22
Cathy Hunter | on Eyes for Invisibles

Please join us in an evening to which we've long looked forward - San Francisco Friends School Head of School Cathy Hunter will come and lead a discussion of the ways in which children develop the resilience, spiritual strength, and tenacity they need for healthy lives.

What is the connection between unstructured play and a vibrant inner life? How might boredom and frustration serve a child's healthy development? How do prevailing trends in parenting rob children of key life skills? How do children develop "eyes for invisibles"? How can a five year old child's intense interest in "fairness" develop into a twenty-year old adult's concern for social justice?

In over thirty years of work in schools, Cathy will share her perspectives on children, adolescents and the parents and teachers who (over!) manage them. She'll draw from the writings of Paul Lacey, Wendy Mogul, and Richard Louv, and share from the common sense and compassion of teachers and parents.

A little more on Cathy! As her school bio indicates, she is the daughter of a British Quaker physician and a Danish musician and was born in London, England and raised in upstate New York, where she attended public schools. She received her BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and immediately began her teaching career at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Cathy served as teacher, dean, and division head in four independent schools across the country before coming to San Francisco Friends School. She received her M.Ed. from Loyola College, Maryland. Cathy has received awards and other recognition for her work in teaching, building and supporting faculty. She has also written and presented on the topic of adolescent development, and was the recipient of a Fulbright research grant for study in the field. Cathy and her partner Scott have two sons, Benjamin and Matthew. We are most honored that she has agreed to talk with us on the 29th and hope very much that anyone interested in children and their influences will join us - this promises to be an incredibly interesting and special evening.

As longtime CPS Lectures friends know, we always pass around a hat to go toward the charity of our speakers' choice as a small gesture of thanks to them in appreciation for their time spent with us. Donations for this evening will go toward the Sayers Scholarship Fund at San Francisco Friends School. This is a particularly meaningful collection for us as it is in honor of Cathy's Quaker father, who attended a small Quaker school in Britain, was a conscientious objector in World War II and a tremendous inspiration to Cathy.

Not to be dramatic in any way, but this event may "sell out" and we humbly ask that if your plans change, please be in touch with us or change your response to let us know you can't make it so we can go to the waiting list, (if the event is full, if you'd like to be on the waiting list, just put your name in "maybe"). Also, this is a "school night" so we will start potluck a bit early (6 pm) for those that can join us and the discussion will start promptly at 7:30 and be finished by 9ish (we'll still follow with music!) We SO hope you can come! Park at Castro/Dubose (CPMC Castro campus) and if you leave after 9, parking is free - we're also close to the N Judah and J Church and 22 and 24 bus lines. A final reminder/request that if you can join us for dinner, PLEASE do - and please use the pull down menu to choose something to bring!


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CPSL #21
Richard Heinberg: Peak Oil and the Oil Depletion Protocol

We so hope you can join us for Richard Heinberg's talk Friday, March 2 - special thanks to Evan Marquit for the inspiration and direction in putting this together.

According to Peak Oil theory, the global rate of oil production is (or soon will be) at the highest level it ever has been or will be. Given that oil is a finite resource, the only direction production can go from here is down. Given that human activity demands ever-increasing quantities of oil to sustain our culture and political economy based on "growth," decline in oil production will eventually lead to war, terrorism, and economic collapse on a global scale. The prognosis may be dire, but Richard Heinberg, one of the world's foremost Peak Oil scholars and educators, has a plan. His latest book, The Oil Depletion Protocol: A Plan to Avert Oil Wars, Terrorism, and Economic Collapse, outlines straightforward steps oil-importing nations can take to slow our consumption of oil and mitigate the consequences of our gas-guzzling ways.

If you've ever felt overwhelmed by the severity of our oil addiction, our government's refusal to act, and the degree to which our commercial, social, and political structures are entwined with oil production, then this is one CPS Lecture you won't want to miss. Far from being a prophet of doom, Heinberg is an author, journalist, lecturer, and Core Faculty member of New College of California, where he teaches a program on "Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community." His writings and teachings explain our oil addiction, analyze the prospects and problems related to alternative sources of energy, and offer calls to action with clear steps that you can take to help your community and our world heal from its dependence on oil.

For any who feel moved to donate to The Post Carbon Institute: www.postcarbon.org

SUGGESTED ADVANCE READING: The Party's Over: Oil, War and The Fate of Industrial Societies by Richard Heinberg. Bring your book to the lecture and ask Richard to sign it.

More info on Richard Heinberg: www.richardheinberg.com


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CPSL #20
Mick LaSalle | Early Oscar Picks, Moviefest, and Movies You Must and Can't See Over the Holidays

Film buffs, culture curmudgeons, and plain old opinionated friends, CPS Lectures is thrilled to present a special benefit with a special guest - the man behind the little man, Mick LaSalle! As film critic for the SF Chronicle, Mick has inspired, delighted, challenged, and infuriated us with his witty, insightful critiques of the art and business of movie making. Mick also teaches film courses at Stanford and has written two books on pre-code Hollywood (a fascinating subject). He's got a lot to say about film, and we know you do to, so please join us for what promises to be a lively evening of discussion, dining, and dancing. Please note: This CPS Lecture will be slightly different because it's a benefit and a way to pay Mick - we're asking for a $30 donation, part of which will go toward FOOD NOT BOMBS (www.foodnotbombs.net), a vibrant grassroots movement to end hunger that is based in San Francisco. (We do this in memory of CPS, whose first way of helping those less fortunate than us was to donate to food shelters - we learned to do this from a young age.) This donation will be sliding scale so if you can't afford it, you can pay less. The first 20 people to sign up will be asked for $25, then the price goes to $35. A portion of the door will go towards Mick's fee, the rest will go to benefit Food Not Bombs


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CPSL #19 1/2
Jim Hirsch | Cheating Destiny: Living with diabetes, America's biggest epidemic

Cheating Destiny reveals the human drama behind America�s biggest epidemic, a unique blend of historical research, contemporary journalism, and personal reflection. The narrative uses diabetes as a prism to view deeper problems in America�s health care system and its medical research industry. You will read about medicine and money, outrage and despair, resilience and courage.

Diagnosed with diabetes as a teenager,the author was already well-qualified to write this story. (His older brother, Dr. Irl Hirsch, is also one of America�s leading diabetologists.) Then one night, his three-year-old son said he was thirsty � and their lives, and this book, took a very different turn. We live in a diabetic nation, and Cheating Destiny is your guide.

�A provocative amalgam of staunch advocacy, personal experience and investigative reporting.� *Starred* KIRKUS review

Jim Hirsch's appearance is a joint presentation of CPS Lectures and CloseConcerns.


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CPSL #19:
Andrew Griffin | on Sustainable Agriculture

Andrew Griffin runs Mariquita Farm, a small family farm located near Watsonville, CA. He is a legend in sustainable agriculture and will come discuss with us his opinions on changes in this field. Mariquita Farms is at San Francisco's Ferry Building every weekend; the farm grows organic specialty vegetables, greens, strawberries and herbs for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members in Santa Cruz County, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco.


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CPSL #17:
Nancy Koehn | Leadership--with a Big L, Leadership with a small l--Living Truthfully in Turbulent Times

Nancy Koehn will be our guest of honor on Tuesday, January 8, when she will lead a discussion on "Leadership--with a Big L, Leadership with a small l--Living Truthfully in Turbulent Times." The discussion will be based on a Harvard Business School case she wrote on Oprah Winfrey as well as a book she is writing on Abraham Lincoln.

Nancy is the James E. Robison Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Her research focuses on business strategy, leadership, and connecting with customers in the Information Revolution. Her last book, Brand New: How Entrepreneurs Earned Consumers' Trust from Wedgwood to Dell (Harvard Business School Press, 2001) received much acclaim; it examined six entrepreneurial visionaries who have created powerful brands and best-of-class companies in moments of great change. (As we have already received requests - yes, we will have books available.)

Koehn is also the author of The Power of Commerce: Economy and Governance in the First British Empire (1994), as well as a contributor to Remember Who You Are: Life Stories That Inspire the Heart and Mind (2004); The Intellectual Venture Capitalist: John H. McArthur and the Work of the Harvard Business School, 1980-1995 (1999); Creating Modern Capitalism: How Entrepreneurs, Companies, and Countries Triumphed in Three Industrial Revolutions (1997); and Management Past and Present: A Casebook on American Business History (1995). She has written and supervised cases on Starbucks Coffee Company, Wedgwood, Williams-Sonoma, Est�e Lauder, Henry Heinz, Marshall Field, Dell Computer, Ernest Shackleton, and other companies and leaders.

At the Harvard Business School, she teaches the MBA elective in business history, The Coming of Managerial Capitalism, one of the School's most popular courses. In 1998, the HBS Student Association selected Koehn as one of two Outstanding Professors in the Elective Curriculum.

Koehn consults with many companies and speaks frequently before business leaders on a range of subjects including leading in turbulent times, the power of strong brands, visionary entrepreneurs, and learning from history. In 2001, Business 2.0 named Koehn one of 19 leading business gurus in the United States. She has appeared on "Good Morning America," CNBC's "Moneywheel," "Nightly Business Report," and "Street Signs," "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," A&E's "Biography," CNN's "Money Line" and many other television programs. She is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio.

Before coming to HBS in 1991, Koehn was a member of Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences for seven years, first as a graduate student in history and then as a lecturer in the History and Literature concentration and the Department of Economics. During the years, she received the Allyn Young prize in 1989 and numerous Danforth commendations for excellence in teaching.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, Koehn earned a Master of Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 1983. She worked as a congressional aide before receiving her MA and Ph.D. in European history from Harvard University in 1985 and 1990, respectively.


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CPSL #16:
David M. Darst | The Influence of the World Economy and Global Financial Markets on Society, the Community, the Family, and the Individual - and Vice Versa.

David M. Darst will be our guest of honor Tuesday, December 6, and will talk with us about "The Influence of the World Economy and Global Financial Markets on Society, the Community, the Family, and the Individual - and Vice Versa."

David is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and sits on the Firm�s Asset Allocation and Investment Policy Committees. He serves as Chief Investment Strategist of the Individual Investor Group, with responsibility for Asset Allocation and Investment Strategy, and was the founding President of the Morgan Stanley Investment Group. David joined Morgan Stanley in 1996, after 24 years with Goldman Sachs, where he served as Chief Financial Officer of the Equities Division. Previous positions with Goldman also included responsibilities as New York International Equities Sales Manager and Resident Manager of their Private Bank in Zurich.

David is the author of three books: (i) The Complete Bond Book (McGraw-Hill); (ii) The Handbook of the Bond and Money Markets (McGraw-Hill); and (iii) The Art of Asset Allocation (McGraw-Hill), and has contributed numerous articles to Barron's, Euromoney, The Money Manager, and other publications. He writes extensively on asset allocation in the Morgan Stanley quarterly publication, Financial Management Review and Outlook, which he launched in 1997. He also founded two widely read Morgan Stanley monthly publications, Investment Strategy Digest and Market View Bulletin.

David earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and received his BA degree in Economics from Yale University. David has lectured extensively at Wharton, Columbia, INSEAD, and New York University business schools, and for nine years, David served as a visiting faculty member at Yale College, Yale School of Management, and Harvard Business School.


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CPSL #15:
Paul Sack | Taking Place: Photographs from the Prentice and Paul Sack Collection

We are honored that preeminent art collector Paul Sack will come discuss the exhibition of his photography collection "Taking Place: Photographs from the Prentice and Paul Sack Collection" currently on view at SFMOMA until September 6! Johnny will beam ten of Paul's favorite photos onto the screen and Paul will lead a discussion on the inspiration behind art, photography, and favorite pictures.

Loosely based on architecture, "Taking Place" is a stunning exhibit - the best photography collection we've ever seen shown - San Francisco is SO lucky! The exhibit includes 285 vintage prints that span the history of photography from 1840 to the mid-1970s. What an amazing place to visit either before OR after Paul's talk! You will learn enormously from a visit to SFMoMA to see "'Taking Place'- from the curators: "...on its own, each photograph reflects a powerful and distinctive sense of place. As a group, the pictures add to our understanding of photography�s complex role in articulating how the human hand has shaped the natural landscape, as well as how the built environment has shaped our perception of ourselves."

Our discussion will start promptly at 7:30 - potluck will start at 6:30.

For more information on this awesome (in the true sense of the word) exhibit, see Kenneth Baker's review of this exhibit at www.sfgate.com.

Hope to see you for this very special evening Tuesday. Very special thanks to Paul and Prentice Sack for making this wonderful event happen.


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CPSL #14:
Dr. Thomas Cunningham | San Francisco Opera: An Insider's Preview to the 2005 Season

Dr. Thomas Cunningham, opera expert extraordinaire, will speak to us about the San Francisco Opera's 2005 season, which begins in June, 2005. With multiple operatic samples from DJ Bogus and his Monster Sound System. Even if you don't go to any operas next season, you'll feel that you did after this evening!


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CPSL #12:
Catherine R. Newman | Waiting for Birdy

A reading and discussion on Newman's book, to be published by Penguin in March, 2005 - Waiting for Birdy: A Year of Frantic Tedium, Neurotic Angst, and the Wild Magic of Growing a Family.


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CPSL #11:
Alain Enthoven | America's Health Care Future: Medicare for All or Consumer Choice?" Our speaker will be Professor Alain Enthoven, renowned healthcare economist at Stanford University and one of the national's leading experts and speakers on areas of healthcare and managed care. The evening will benefit the St Elizabeth Seton School in Palo Alto, California.

Professor Enthoven is the Marriner S. Eccles Professor of Public and Private Management (Emeritus) at Stanford's Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Enthoven has held a wide variety of positions in both the government and corporate worlds, including work as the Assistant Secretary of Defense, an economist with the RAND Corporation, and the president of Litton Medical Products. He is now Chairman of the Stanford University committee on faculty/staff human resources, grappling with the problem of soaring health care costs for university employees.

Professor Enthoven holds degrees in Economics from Stanford, Oxford and MIT, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The former Chairman of the Health Benefits Advisory Council for CalPERS, the California State employees' medical and hospital care plans, Enthoven is a member of the Research Advisory Board of the Committee for Economic Development.

In 1963, Professor Enthoven received the President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service from John F. Kennedy and in 1977, while serving as a consultant to the Carter Administration, he designed and proposed Consumer Choice Health Plan, a plan for universal health insurance based on managed competition in the private sector.

In 1997, the former Governor Wilson appointed him Chairman of the California Managed Health Care Improvement Task Force. Commissioned by the State legislature, the Task Force addressed a range of healthcare issues raised by managed care.

Enthoven wrote the Rock Carling Lecture "In Pursuit of an Improving National Health Service" recommending further introduction of market forces in the National Health Service. He and Laura Tollen recently edited a book entitled "Toward a 21st Century Health System: The Contributions and Promise of Prepaid Group Practice" (Jossey Bass, San Francisco, 2004)


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CPSL #10:
Amanda Marquit | Shut The Door

A Discussion of the novel to be published in early 2005 by St. Martin's Press by Amanda Marquit. The author, a New York City native, will be discussing inspiration for the novel in our living room.

Read this interview with Amanda Marquit, in which she discusses how she came to write the novel, starting at age 14, and which tunes she listened to while she was doing it. Check out the book on Amazon.com


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CPSL #09:
Dr. Lisa Materson | Has it always been Sex in the City for American women? An intriguing look at the history of women's sexuality. Lisa Materson, Assistant Professor of History at the University of California at Davis, teaches classes on the history of sexuality in America,women's history, and American race relations. Prior to coming to UC-Davis,she taught at Yale University and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University. She is currently writing a book on African American women's political activism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This should be an excellent event with lots of fascinating questions addressed:
  • What did "passionlessness" and "hysteria" mean to nineteenth-century Americans?
  • When did birth control become widely available to American women and men?
  • How did the feminist movement affect the bedroom?
  • Lots of other provocative questions ....

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CPSL #08:
Michael Wolfe | The Making of Muhammad

Poet, author, and journalist Michael Wolfe lives in Northern California. During the 1970s and 80s, he published small press literature, including work from Moroccan storytellers translated by the American novelist Paul Bowles.

Wolfe became a Muslim in 1988. In 1993, Grove Press published his travel book about the pilgrimage to Mecca. In 1997, working with Ted Koppel and ABC Nightline, Wolfe was the first American journalist to report from Mecca. Unity Productions Foundation, his nonprofit production company, develops documentary films for national broadcast. UPF�s mission is to increase peace by creating understand of the world's cultural and spiritual traditions. The current focus is on Muslims and Islam.

Our discussion will center on what has happened since September 11, 2001, and where we go from here. Michael will share how he made his two-hour historical documentary on Muhammad for PBS, where it has now aired over 500 times. Cost is $10/person, which covers the cost of the DVD, "Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet," as well as a small donation to nonprofit United Productions. The DVD will be sent out to everyone as you sign up (please note your address on your response if we don't have it). It's not essential to see the DVD before Sept 11, but it will just add to the discussion if you do! Otherwise we'll give it to you that evening.

This promises to be a tremendous discussion, and we hope to see you as we pause to reflect on this day.


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CPSL #07:
Beth Navon | Reform and Redemption: Saving the Juvenile Felon Join us in discussing this intriguing topic with Executive Director of Friends of Island Academy Beth Navon. Friends of Island Academy (FOIA) reaches out to youth prior to their release from Rikers Island, a major New York City prison. Riker's Island is the heart of New York City's jail system, home to 80 percent of its 14,600 or so inmates, with nine jails for men and one for women. According to a recent Village Voice piece, Rikers' daytime population, including prisoners, employees, and visitors, numbers nearly 20,000.

The name "Friends of Island Academy" name reflects the Board of Education school located on Rikers Island Academy, which is attended by many of the youth while incarcerated. Upon discharge, FOIA provides job training, counseling, education, mentoring, and youth leadership development. In return, participants are expected to stay out of trouble, take responsibility for themselves, and work to rebuild their lives.

Founded in 1990, the inspiration for FOIA came from a small group of professionals with the Board of Education and Department of Correction staff who were alarmed by the more than 70% reincarceration rate for adolescents released from Rikers Island. FOIA evolved from their conviction that with intense support and access to opportunity, many young people could be saved from a life of recurrent criminal behavior.

FOIA is the only organization of its kind in New York City, with an active roster of 250 young men and 50 young women. The agency also reaches thousands of at-risk youth through anti-violence and education programs led by FOIA members.

As its website notes, FOIA is built on the belief that young people need to be helped, guided, empowered and challenged. Through the support of staff, each FOIA member takes responsibility, first for themselves and later for their peers and community.

100% of the $20 fee (sliding scale available, ask Kelly) goes to Friends of Island Academy. If you prefer to send a check, no problem - just make it out to Friends of Island Academy and send it over!


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CPSL #06:
Diana Kapp and Christy Jones | Putting Your Eggs in a Frozen Basket: Family Planning for the 21st Century Join us in discussing this intriguing topic with San Francisco author Diana Kapp (who penned the fascinating cover story on this topic in October's San Francisco magazine) and entrepreneur Christy Jones (former senior executive at Triology Inc), founder of Extend Fertility, a company using revolutionary science to effectively slow down women�s' biological clocks.

100% of the $20 fee (sliding scale available, just ask Kelly) goes to Fertile Hope, an organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. (If you prefer to send a check, please make out to Fertile Hope and send to us at 56 Lloyd St, SF CA 94117. Thanks!)

Please let us know any questions - we hope you'll consider coming, whether you have been thinking about having kids, are flummoxed by the notion, have one kid, oodles of kids, or don't even want kids!


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CPSL #05:
Jennifer Chaiken | FILM: My Flesh and Blood

MY FLESH AND BLOOD is a feature length verit� documentary about the Tom family - 11 (eleven!) special needs children adopted by Fairfield, California mother Susan Tom. Producer extraordanaire Jennifer Chaiken will be present to introduce the film and to guide discussion afterwards.

My Flesh and Blood won huge awards at Sundance this year (including the Audience Award and the Best Director Award) and will come out in theatres the day after Thanksgiving (Landmark Cinemas in SF and Berkeley) and will be presented by HBO/Cinemax Documentary Films next year. A few excerpts from the critics at Sundance:

�An extraordinary portrait of a woman and her found family...The human drama � joy, sorrow, unrealistic hopes � among these unlikely siblings blows away about anything the festival's [Sundance] make-believe tales can muster.�
- David Germain, WASHINGTON POST, ASSOCIATED PRESS

" An unforgettable film about a single mom with 11 adopted special-needs kids, [My Flesh and Blood] is actually about the meaning of life."
- Jennie Punter, TORONTO GLOBE AND MAIL

" no family compares in dysfunction to Susan Tom's in My Flesh and Blood you have a family portrait that is as engrossing as it is difficult to watch.�"
- Anthony Kaufman, VILLAGE VOICE

$10 donation requested, all of which will benefit Oakland Children's Hospital (sliding scale available - just let Kelly know). We will send a PayPal request to those that sign up. If you prefer, to reserve your place, please send a check made out to Oakland Children's Hospital and mail to John and Kelly Close, 56 Lloyd Street, SF CA 94117.

Hope to see you here - mighty thanks to Jane Dickstein for this connection and to Jennifer Chaiken for making this possible.


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CPSL #04:
Kay Moffett | The Heart's Hard Turning, the Heart's Slow Learning: Lessons from a Study of 30 'Starter Marriages.' Kay Moffett, who interviewed 30 young women whose marriages ended early in divorce, will discuss her views on marriage in the 21st century: Why might early marriages be more likely to fail today than in the past? How have women's changing roles in society influenced the institution? How are our conceptions and expectations of marriage different from our parents'? Our conceptions of divorce? What kinds of factors seem to lead to divorce? And what seem to be the ingredients of great, long-lasting partnerships today?

Kay, a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford University, works as a Web Editor and Corporate Writer at Genentech. She is the co-author, with Sarah Touborg, of "Not Your Mother's Divorce: A Practical, Girlfriend-to-Girlfriend Guide to Surviving the End of an Early Marriage," to be published by Broadway Books in December 2003.


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CPSL #03:
Deb Cohan and Cynthia Cobaugh | Sex Work, San Francisco Style We conducted an observational study of sex workers at St James Infirmary. Individuals underwent an initial questionnaire, and we offered screening for STI at each clinic visit. We performed univariate, bivariate, and multivariable analyses to assess for predictors of STI in this population.

The majority of sex workers have never discussed their work with a medical provider. Domestic violence is extremely prevalent as is work related violence. Working with other sex workers appears to be protective of STIs. STI prevention interventions should target African-American and male sex workers. Addressing violence in the workplace and encouraging sex workers to work collectively may be effective prevention strategies.


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CPSL #02:
Mark Estes | AIDS in the Present Day

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CPSL #01:
Jon Cowan | Americans for Gun Safety