CPS Lecture #21: Richard Heinberg on Peak Oil and the Oil Depletion Protocol

Friday, March 2, 2007


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.


CPS Lecture #18: Andrew Griffin on Sustainable Agriculture

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Health & Wellness / Environment

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.

CPS Lecture #15: Paul Sack on Taking Place: Photographs from the Prentice and Paul Sack Collection

Tuesday, August 23, 2005


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


CPS Lecture #11: Alain Enthoven on America's Health Care Future: Medicare for All or Consumer Choice?

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Health & Wellness

Our speaker was 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.

CPS Lecture #8: Michael Wolf on The Making of Muhammad

Saturday, September 11, 2004


Our discussion centered on what has happened since September 11, 2001, and where we go from here. Michael shared how he made his two-hour historical documentary on Muhammad for PBS, where it has now aired over 500 times. 

CPS Lecture #6: Diana Kapp and Christy Jones on Putting Your Eggs in a Frozen Basket: Family Planning for the 21st Century

Saturday, January 10, 2004


We discussed 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 womens' biological clocks.


CPS Lecture #3: Deb Cohan and Cynthia Cobaugh on Sex Work, San Francisco Style

Thursday, June 26, 2003


Deb Cohan and Cynthia Cobaugh conducted an observational study of sex workers at St James Infirmary. 


CPS Lecture #20: Mick LaSalle on Moviefest 2007

Thursday, December 21, 2006


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).


CPS Lecture #17: Nancy Koehn on Leadership with a Big L, Leadership with a small l

Sunday, January 8, 2006


Nancy Koehn 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.


CPS Lecture #14: Dr. Thomas Cunningham on San Francisco Opera: An Insider's Preview to the 2005 Season

Saturday, May 21, 2005


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!

CPS Lecture #10: Amanda Marquit on Shut The Door

Sunday, October 24, 2004


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

CPS Lecture #7: Beth Navon on Reform and Redemption: Saving the Juvenile Felon 

Saturday, May 8, 2004


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.


CPS Lecture #5: Jennifer Chaiken on My Flesh and Blood

Wednesday, November 19, 2003


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 introduced the film and guided discussion afterwards.


CPS Lecture #2: Mark Estes on AIDS in the Present Day

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Health & Wellness

Mark Estes is a photographer in San Francisco, known for his intimate and tender portraits. frequently focuses his camera lens on critically-ill patients in hospitals. His work shows the strength of the spirit, transcending the vulnerabilities of the physical body. For years he has participated in the AIDS/LifeCycle Benefit Bike Ride, 600 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles, raising over $40K for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.



CPS Lecture #19: Jim Hirsch on Cheating Destiny

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Health & Wellness

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. 

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2005


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.


CPS Lecture #12: Catherine R. Newman on Waiting for Birdy

Saturday, April 23, 2005


A reading and discussion on Newman's book Waiting for Birdy: A Year of Frantic Tedium, Neurotic Angst, and the Wild Magic of Growing a Family.

CPS Lecture #9: Dr. Lisa Materson on Has it always been Sex in the City for American women?

Saturday, October 23, 2004


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


CPS Lecture #4: Kay Moffett on Not Your Mother’s Divorce

Saturday, September 20, 2003


Kay Moffett, who interviewed 30 young women whose marriages ended early in divorce, discussed 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?


CPS Lecture #1: Jon Cowan on Americans for Gun Safety

Saturday, March 22, 2003


In 2000, Jon Cowan co-founded and ran Americans for Gun Safety, which is now part of Third Way, a centrist think tank. He advocated for sensible gun policy at Americans for Gun Safety, which The Atlantic said was responsible for “fundamentally changing the debate” on firearm policy.  He spoke to us about his advocacy work at the first ever CPS lecture.