March 2011

Herb and June Sabel

 "Our Vietnam trip was the highlight of our travel year. We met unique, fascinating people, and the food was delicious!"

Club Traveler Name: 
Herb and June Sabel

Club Travel Quote - Jim Rosenthal

 “Commonwealth Club tours offer a unique travel experience: in-depth exploration of destinations, invaluable background and on-site educational insights, direct personal participation in local events, and great companionship along the way.”

Club Traveler Name: 
Ambassador Jim Rosenthal, Vietnam and Cambodia study leader

The Valleys of Sonoma

An Exclusive Bay Gourmet Get Away to Healdsburg, Sonoma, Dry Creek, Alexander and Russian River Valleys
Fri, June 03, 2011 - Sun, June 05, 2011

Join Cathy Curtis, Bay Gourmet Member-Led Forum Chair, for an exclusive food, wine, and historical exploration designed for Bay Area locals. Kick off your summer with this 3-day action-packed, all-inclusive vacation enjoying the restaurants, wineries and farms of Sonoma County. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

Trip Cost: From $999, per person, based on double occupancy at the Dry Creek Inn

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Peter Guber and Stephen Denning

Thu, Apr 21 2011 - 6:00pm

A Conversation on Winning and Leadership

Peter Guber, Chairman and CEO, Mandalay Entertainment Group; Owner, Golden State Warriors
Stephen Denning, Former Program Director, World Bank; Author
Phil Bronstein, Editor at Large, Hearst Newspapers – Moderator

Two powerhouse speakers say that winning in the 21st century involves persuading and motivating those around you to do what you need them to do. Read more »

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Humanities Planning Meeting

Wed, Apr 27 2011 - 5:00pm

Humanities Planning Meeting

Humanities MLF Organizational Meeting

Join us to plan the Humanities Member-Led Forum's events for the second half of 2011 and beyond. All Club members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

MLF: Humanities
SF Club Office
Time: 5 p.m. program
Cost: FREE
Program Organizer:
George Hammond

Sci-Tech Planning Meeting

Tue, Apr 19 2011 - 6:15pm

Science & Technology Planning Meeting

Join fellow Club members with similar interests and brainstorm upcoming Science & Technology programs. All Commonwealth Club members are welcome. We explore visions for the future through science and technology. Discuss current issues and share your insights with fellow Club members to shape and plan programs for the months ahead.

MLF: Science & Technology
SF Club Office
Time: 6:15 p.m. program
Cost: FREE
Program Organizer:
Chisako Ress

Man-Made Climate Change in the Skies

Mon, Mar 28 2011 - 6:00pm

Man-made Climate Change in the Skies

Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program, Stanford University
Eric Karlstrom, Professor of Geography, California State University; Filmmaker
Allan Buckmann, Former Scientist, California Fish and Game; Presenter, UN Conference on Global Warming
Rosalind Peterson, President and Co-founder, Agriculture Defense Coalition; Former U.S.D.A., Farm Service Agency
Christie Dames Read more »

Egypt & The Middle East: Revolutions 2.0

Thu, Mar 10 2011 - 7:00pm

Egypt and the Middle East: Revolutions 2.0

Jamal Dajani, Vice President of Middle East, North Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, Internews Network
Stephen Zunes, Professor, University of San Francisco; Chair, Middle Eastern Studies Program; Author, Tinderbox and Non-Violent Social Movements
Nour Ahmadein, Student, University of San Francisco; Member, Yalla! Read more »

Generation Hot

Wed, Mar 9 2011 - 6:00pm

Generation Hot

Mark Hertsgaard, Author, Generation Hot
Scott Harmon, Sustainability Advisor to Boy Scouts of America
Alec Loorz, Founder,

What are kids doing about their future in a world with a swelling population, receding glaciers and weird weather? There’s a move afoot to activate 100 million boy and girl scouts to develop skills for more sustainable living. Read more »