November 2010

Milton Friedman at The Commonwealth Club: A Reader, Part I

Nov 30, 2010 @ 8:06 AM by Anonymous with [0] comments
When conservative political satirist P.J. O'Rourke spoke at The Commonwealth Club of California in February 2007, he was asked who he thought was the modern equivalent of Adam Smith. O'Rourke replied, "Unfortunately, he just died. Milton Friedman was the guy."

More recently, a request for information about famed economist Milton Friedman's appearances here set us off on a mission to find all of his speeches at The Club, and we found he had spoken at The Commonwealth Club 12 times between 1977 and 1998.

Milton Friedman at The Commonwealth Club: A Reader, Part II

Nov 29, 2010 @ 3:01 PM by Anonymous with [0] comments
This is the continuation of a previous post.


We decided to make Milton Friedman's Commonwealth Club speeches available here for anyone interested in what this guru of the modern market economists had to say. We think that even if you disagree with his politics and theories, you will find him to be an engaging speaker, and it might help people understand how Friedman's many acolytes in free-market circles think.

New Issue of The Commonwealth Magazine Now Out

Nov 24, 2010 @ 2:24 PM by Commonwealth with [0] comments
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Members of The Commonwealth Club should keep an eye on their mailboxes over the next week as the December/January issue of The Commonwealth makes its way through the mails.

The issue features U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the cover; inside, she speaks about expanding participation in – and the resources for – American diplomacy, and she answers questions about energy, Mexico, China, Afghanistan, and much more.
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New Issue of The Commonwealth Magazine Now Out

Nov 23, 2010 @ 4:30 PM by Anonymous with [0] comments
Members of The Commonwealth Club should keep an eye on their mailboxes over the next week as the December/January issue of The Commonwealth makes its way through the mails.

Continuity of Government: Is the State of Emergency Superseding our Constitution?

Tue, Nov 23 2010 - 6:00pm

Continuity of Government: Is the State of Emergency Superseding Our Constitution?

Peter Dale Scott, Ph.D.; Professor of English, UC Berkeley

On 9/11, the Bush administration implemented “Continuity of Government” (COG) measures, a set of secret emergency rules which Congress has not been allowed to review. These were reinforced by the proclamation of a state of emergency which has continued to be renewed by President Obama, despite vocal criticism. Read more »

The Evolution of the "Alternative Medicine" Movement

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Mon, Nov 29 2010 - 5:15pm

Evolution of the “Alternative Medicine” Movement

Wallace Sampson, M.D.; Founder/Editor, The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is one of many unconventional medical practices, from herbal medicine to acupuncture. Some scientists see the CAM revolution as a return to more primitive characteristics of thought. Read more »

There Is No Authentic Cuisine (But Yours): Integrating Asian Ingredients into Easy Home Cooking

Tue, Nov 30 2010 - 6:00pm

There Is No Authentic Cuisine (But Yours): Integrating Asian Ingredients into Easy Home Cooking

Eric Gower, Cooking Teacher; Private Chef; Author, The Breakaway Cook

Our shrinking globe means great things for home cooks, but we have to lose our notions of what is authentic. Developing one’s palate through blind tasting leads to revelations on cuisine, identity and modern lifestyles. Gower has spent 17 years in Japan and traveled throughout Asia. Read more »

A Crack in the Edge of the World

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Mon, Nov 1 2010 - 5:30pm

A Crack in the Edge of the World

We will discuss A Crack in the Edge of the World, a story of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake by Simon Winchester, an award-winning historian and Oxford-trained geologist who discusses not just the physical impact of the quake, but its broader impact on the cultural and economic development of Northern California. As a reminder, this is a book discussion group. The author will NOT be present. However, Simon Winchester will speak to The Club in Lafayette on November 14. Read more »

Reza Aslan: Bridging the Middle East and America Through Culture

Mon, Nov 29 2010 - 6:30pm

Reza Aslan: Bridging the Middle East and America Through Culture

Reza Aslan, Author, No God But God, How to Win a Cosmic War, and Tablet and Pen; Contributing Editor, The Daily Beast
Wajahat Ali, Playwright, “The Domestic Crusaders;” Journalist; Attorney; Creator, Goatmilk: An Intellectual Playground Blog
Zoe Ferraris, Author, Finding Nouf and City of Veils
Najva Sol, Photographer; Poet; Co-founder, the Lowbrow Society for the Arts
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Imaginary Countries: Photos by Alexis Papahadjopoulos

Fri, Nov 5 2010 - 10:00am

“Imaginary Countries”: Photos by Alexis Papahadjopoulos

His goal was to travel to the ends of the earth, then bring back a distillation of his experiences. Whether in a landscape or in a person’s face, Papahadjopoulos created a world as he wanted it to be, perfect in color, form and emotion. Come view his work on display at The Commonwealth Club.

MLF: The Arts
Location:
SF Club Office
Time: Regular Club business hours
Cost: FREE
Program Organizer:
Lynn Curtis