December Episodes for “The Commonwealth Club” Lecture Series


“The Commonwealth Club” lecture series presents a new episode every Monday on MCAET.

The mission of the Commonwealth Club of California is to be the leading national forum open to all for the impartial discussion of public issues important to the membership, community and nation. MCAET is proud to present lectures from The Commonwealth Club, featuring a lineup of nationally renown speakers from chefs to authors, from mayors to Presidents.

Watch “Commonwealth Club” on MCAET.ORG/LIVE on the following days:
  • Mondays at 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Tuesdays at 1:00 AM & 7:00 AM

Here is the speaker schedule for December:

December 1st & 2nd: Senator Saxby Chambliss
While often treated as separate issues, America’s staggering debt continues to hinder our ability to adapt to emerging threats both here and abroad. Join Georgia’s Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss as he discusses the national security issues that have arisen since 9/11, the need for bipartisan partnership in the United States Senate, and how the country cannot properly address domestic or international crises until we get our $17 trillion dollar debt under control.


December 8th & 9th: Maurice Kanbar
Long before there was “Shark Tank,” there was inventor Maurice Kanbar. San Francisco resident Kanbar’s inventions include a broad range of items: the D-Fuzz-It sweater comb, customizable sticky notes called Zip Notes, SKYY Vodka, the first multiplex movie theater in New York and durable, cheap eyeglasses for people in developing countries. He has been called a modern day Buckminster Fuller, with 35 patents over 40 years. In 2006, he even produced his first feature film, the animated Hoodwinked! followed by Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil. Here’s a rare chance to meet one of America’s most creative minds and see his creations up close.


December 15th & 16th: Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel
Emanuel has written what is being called a brilliant diagnostic explanation of why health care in America has become such a divisive social issue, how money and medicine have their own — quite distinct — American story, and why reform has bedeviled both liberal and conservative presidents for more than 100 years. He forecasts six mega trends in health that will determine the market for health care in 2020 and beyond.


December 22nd & 23rd: The Perfect Cup
Three of San Francisco’s finest coffee entrepreneurs spill the beans on what it takes to be at the forefront of an artisan coffee revolution. Join the owners of Blue Bottle, Four Barrel and Ritual Coffee Roasters as they discuss sourcing beans directly from farmers they know, roasting on the premises of their local establishments, and brewing the perfect cup of joe. Come early for a “cupping” and taste what Bay Area coffee innovation is all about.


December 29th & 30th: President Jimmy Carter
Don’t miss this rare visit with the 39th president of the United States. Jimmy Carter’s tenure as president was marked by some of the greatest challenges facing the country in the late 20th century: an energy crisis, a troubled relationship with Iran — issues that are still relevant today. Significant foreign policy accomplishments of Carter’s administration included the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the treaty of peace between Egypt and Israel, the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, and the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. He championed human rights throughout the world. In 1982, he became University Distinguished Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and founded The Carter Center. Actively guided by President Carter, the nonpartisan and nonprofit center addresses national and international issues of public policy. Through the Global 2000 programs, the Carter Center advances health and agriculture in the developing world. It has spearheaded the international effort to eradicate Guinea worm disease, which will be the second disease in history to be eliminated.

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