Venue Details

17 Star Starred
Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Rd Palo Alto, CA 94303
650-329-2418
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Member Tips

Janelle
Very casual
info Oct 26 2009 star this tip starred
Janelle
Easy parking
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Janelle
None offered
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Janelle
Wish a bit longer
info Oct 26 2009 star this tip starred
jim rauh
As noted, should have been at least 30 minutes longer
info Oct 27 2009 star this tip starred

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45 events
15 reviews
14 stars
attended Oct 24 2009

It was okay... I submitted a question early on but it was never brought up. Although most other questions were answered, mmnnnnnn.... Just a repeat of the book. Was... continued

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18 events
13 reviews
1 stars
attended Oct 24 2009

This was my first Commonwealth event and tho I enjoyed it, there was definite room for improvement. Ms Ehrenreich is a compelling character but I wish she could have... continued

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Description

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of the best-selling Nickel & Dimed and the new Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America.

We’ve been told that positivity is the key to success and prosperity, but Ehrenreich debunks the myths of positive thinking and exposes its ugly downside.

Ehrenreich traces the strange history of positivity in American culture and calls for a return to realism. She discusses how irrational optimism has resulted in disaster, especially in the business community where refusal to consider such negative outcomes – like mortgage defaults – contributed directly to the current economic crisis.

About the Ticket Supplier: Commonwealth Club

The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum, presenting over 400 annual events on topics ranging across politics, culture, society and the economy.

Founded in 1903, the Commonwealth Club has played host to a diverse and distinctive array of speakers, from Teddy Roosevelt in 1911 to Erin Brockovich in 2001. Along the way, Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates have all given landmark speeches at the Club.