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UCSF Mission Bay
Conference Center

1675 Owens Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Bus: MUNI Line 15, 3rd and 16th Street stop. Campus is located across the street.
BART: Powell Station or 16th Street stop. A UCSF Shuttle is available to Mission Bay from these locations. Please visit www.ucsf.edu and click on the shuttle link for a shuttle timetable.

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10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

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150 Years of American Ideas Exhibit
Fisher Atrium

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10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Can We Compete? America in the Global Marketplace
A Town Hall discussion moderated by Atlantic Senior Editor Clive Crook
Solomon Darwin
Kenneth Scott
Jonathan Weil
Sponsored by Ernst & Young
Fisher Auditorium West

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11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Is Science in our Nature?
Will our scientific and environmental illiteracy have an impact on the environment? What is the balance between entertainment and education, and what obligations, if any, do producers of natural science and wildlife programming have to inform the public? Three PBS producers will discuss these questions and what the answers mean for the country's and earth's future.
A discussion moderated by Editor-in-Chief of Seed Magazine, Adam Bly.
Fred Kaufman
Fabien Cousteau
Paul Rogers
Sponsored by PBS
Robertson Auditorium

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12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

The World in 2050: China the Superpower?
Is China’s rise as the global superpower inevitable? What will be the socio-economic and political implications of China’s emergence for the world in 2050? What will America and the world be like in China’s economic shadow? A Town Hall discussion moderated by James Bennet.
Sujian Guo
David Johnson
William F. Miller
Sponsored by British Airways
Fisher Auditorium West

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1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

The Intersection of Travel & Technology
From podcast walking tours to travel blogs and virtual vacation visits, information technology is seeping into the world of travel. Is our sense of place being redefined forever? Rudy Maxa will moderate a panel discussion investigating the newly emerging travel journalism and its implications for travel writers and tourists alike.
Wayne Curtis
Patrick Dillon
John Flinn
Fisher Auditorium East

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2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Class, Money and Taste
What do the stores we patronize, the neighborhoods in which we choose to live, the clothes we wear, the words we use, the schools we attend, the appliances we buy reveal about ourselves?  What do we mean by "classy"? What accounts for our status anxiety—and envy?  Two witty and acerbic writers, Caitlin Flanagan and Sandra Tsing Loh, dissect the American upperclasses' notions of prestige and taste. Moderated by Atlantic Literary Editor, Benjamin Schwarz.
Robertson Auditorium

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3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Defining Freedom
How do Republicans and Democrats use language to influence the national political dialogue and agenda? How do parties endeavor to control the terms of political discourse? A discussion moderated by National Journal White House Correspondent, Carl Cannon, on the word “freedom” and its major political implications and differences in modern time.   
Jack Beatty
Dorothy Ehrlich
George Lakoff
Fisher Auditorium West

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4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Letter to a Christian Nation
Author Sam Harris discusses his new book, written in response to his title The End of Faith, for which he received thousands of letters from Christians excoriating him for not believing in God. California College of Arts President Michael Roth will discuss with Harris the claims he sets forth.
Robertson Auditorium

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