Brews & Views
February 5th, 6pm - 8pm: Dr. Lawrence J. McQuillan
An evening with Dr. Lawrence J. McQuillan, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation at The Independent Institute and author of California Dreamin': Resolving the Public Pension Crisis.
Dr. McQuillan’s books and major studies include A Brighter Future: Solutions to Policy Issues Affecting America’s Children, California Prosperity: Roadmap to Recovery 2011: Ten Steps to Return California to Prosperity, Jackpot Justice: The True Cost of America’s Tort System, Tort Law Tally, U.S. Tort Liability Index, The Facts about Medical Malpractice Liability Costs, U.S. Economic Freedom Index, An Empire Disaster: Why New York’s Tort System Is Broken and How to Fix It, Tort Law Tally: How State Tort Reforms Affect Tort Losses and Tort Insurance Premiums, Bringing More Sunshine to California: How to Expand Open Government in the Golden State and The International Monetary Fund: Financial Medic to the World? In addition, he is the author of more than 350 articles in such leading outlets as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes, USA Today, New York Post, and Encyclopaedia Britannica.
February 19th, 6pm - 8pm: Mark Baldassare
An evening with Mark Baldassare President of Public Policy Institute of California. Discussion topic: Government reform, state local relations. More details to follow soon.
March 5th, 6pm - 8pm: Dinner and a movie! $30
A special screening of Merchants of Doubt, before it opens in theaters nationwide. Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change. Tickets available here: hmbbrewingco.inticketing.com/events/477844/dinner-and-a-movie/.
March 19th, 6pm - 8pm: An evening with Daniel Stid.
Daniel Stid is Director of the Madison Initiative at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The goal of the Madison Initiative is to support and improve the health of representative democracy in the United States.
April 2nd, 6pm - 8pm: An evening with Steve Westly
Founder & Managing Partner of The Westly Group, and former Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the state of California. The Westly Group is dedicated to building companies that will solve the world’s most pressing problems.
April 16th, 6pm - 8pm: An evening with Michael W. Kirst.
Michael W. Kirst is the current President of the State Board of Education, Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at Stanford University. He has been on the Stanford faculty since 1969. In 2011, Kirst became the President of the California State Board Of Education for the second time. Professor Kirst was a member of the California State Board of Education (1975/1982) and its president from 1977 to 1981. Dr. Kirst received his Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard. Before joining the Stanford University faculty, Dr. Kirst held several positions with the federal government, including Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Manpower, Employment and Poverty, and Director of Program Planning for the Elementary and Secondary Education of the US Office of Education. His book From High School to College with Andrea Venezia was published by Jossey Bass in 2004, and Political Dynamics Of American Education in 2009.
May 7th, 6pm - 8pm: An evening with Dave Regan
Dave Regan is president of SEIU United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), a union that represents more than 150,000 healthcare workers in California. He also is a vice president of the two million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
May 21st, 6pm - 8pm: Mr. W. Lance Conn
Brews and Views welcomes Mr. W. Lance Conn, Advisor to Global Endowment Management and former President of Vulcan Capital, to participate in a discussion about California’s state parks with Lenny Mendonca. This Brews and Views will specifically cover the need for new funding and better accountability to halt the decline of our state parks.
June 4th, 6pm – 8pm: A special movie screening of “Small Steps”
"Small Steps" is an exploration of the lives of low-income young mothers and their young children, and opportunities for design. A joint partnership of the Institute for Child Success, a research and policy organization focused on the success of young children, and design firm Ferebee Lane + Co. the film documents their attempts to thoughtfully apply design to improving outcomes for some of the South¹s poorest and most vulnerable citizens.
July and August: Brews and Views is on Summer Sabbatical-see you in September!