The Commonwealth Club – National News & Lectures


The Commonwealth Club of California is a national forum for discussion including all topics important to its members, the local community and the U.S. Nation.

MCAET presents select lectures from The Commonwealth Club to help bring these important discussions & news to you!

Watch “Commonwealth Club” on MCAET.ORG/LIVE on the following days and times:

  • Mondays at 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Tuesdays at 1:00 AM & 7:00 AM

Here are the featured lectures MCAET is making available to the public for May 2015:

May 4th & 5th: Jacques Pepin

World-renowned chef Jacques Pepin is a gifted culinary artist. He has hosted 13 popular cooking series on public television and written dozens of cookbooks. Pepin was born in Bourg-en-Bresse, near Lyon. His first exposure to cooking was as a child in his parents’ restaurant, Le Pelican. From 1956 to 1958, Pepin was the personal chef to three French heads of state, including Charles de Gaulle. After moving to the United States in 1959, Pepin served for ten years as director of research and new development for the Howard Johnson Company, a position that taught him about mass production, marketing, food chemistry and American food tastes.

May 11th** & 12th: Leon Panetta
(Note: 1:00 PM only on May 11th)

Leon Panetta has had two distinct and consequential careers as an American public servant. His first lasted 35 years and culminated in his role as President Clinton’s budget director and White House chief of staff. He stepped back from his public life to establish the Panetta Institute with his wife, Sylvia. In 2009 he again stepped into the role of CIA director, eventually leading the campaign to kill Osama Bin Laden. Following that victory, Panetta became the U.S. secretary of defense, inheriting two troubled wars in a time of austerity and painful choices.

May 25th & 26th: Charles Lewis

A government “of the people, by the people, for the people” assumes some sort of informed citizenry, but how many citizens feel accurately informed about what our leaders are up to? Unfortunately for citizens of the United States and throughout the world, distinguishing fact from fiction is more confusing than ever. In our present age, the line between truth and spin continues to blur dramatically. Addressing hot-button issues about the control, manipulation and misuse of information, Lewis reveals the many ways in which truth can be distorted by those groups and individuals wielding power.

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