July 2011

Frances Moore Lappe: EcoMind

Tue, Sep 6 2011 - 6:00pm


Frances Moore Lappé, Author, Diet for a Small Planet Read more »

The Future of Cloud Computing

Tue, Jul 19 2011 - 6:00pm

The Future of Cloud Computing

This program is sold out

Timothy Chou, Pioneer in Software on Demand; Author; Former CEO, Oracle On-Demand
Simon Crosby, Founder and CTO, Bromium Inc., Former CTO, Citrix Systems
Gina Tomlinson, CTO, City and County of San Francisco, Department of Technology
Abhijit Phanse, CEO, UnitedLayer, Managing Partner, Accelon Capital – Moderator Read more »

Social Networking on the Brain: Neuroscience and the New Media

Wed, Jul 20 2011 - 7:00pm

Social Networking on the Brain: Neuroscience and the New Media

This program is postponed. Read more »

Sacred Heritage - The Paintings of Salma Arastu

Fri, Jul 15 2011 - 12:00pm

Sacred Heritage: The Paintings of Salma Arastu

Drawing from both the Islamic and Hindu faiths, Arastu brings a modern interpretation to her spiritual heritage. Her paintings are a marriage of  Arabic calligraphy, miniatures and Indian folk art, richly textured in surface and color. She will be speaking about her artwork on Monday, August 22, at 6 p.m., at the Club office. Read more »

Summer Book Sale! This week, Hitch 22

Jul 7, 2011 @ 10:06 AM
Summer Book Sale! This week, Hitch 22


The Commonwealth Club Bookstore is having a summer blowout sale! We will highlight one book each week for your buying (and saving!) pleasure. If you buy two books, the second is 50 percent off! You can purchase the book from .

This week we highlight Hitch 22, by Christopher Hitchens. The book usually retails at $26.99, but it can be yours for only $18! (includes tax+shipping) Read more »

Bruce Cain: Saving California's Government - Burn the Wagons?

Fri, Sep 23 2011 - 12:00pm

Saving California's Government: Burn the Wagons?

Bruce Cain, Heller Professor of Political Science and Director of the Washington Center, University of California

Though almost everyone realizes California currently has enormous politically caused economic problems, not many of us have realistic ideas for how to move forward again. Professor Cain is a well-known acute observer of the California political scene. Read more »

Andrew Jameson: The Battle of the Bulge

Wed, Oct 5 2011 - 6:00pm

The Battle of the Bulge

Andrew Jameson, Military Historian; Former Assistant Vice Chancellor, UC Berkeley

A veteran of the Battle of the Bulge takes us behind the scenes of the biggest and costliest battle ever fought by the U.S. Army, lasting from December 16th, 1944, to January 25, 1945. As many as 250,000 German soldiers and 1,000 tanks pushed the Allied line back during a very cold, snowy Ardennes Forest winter. Read more »

Jeremy Rifkin

Mon, Oct 3 2011 - 12:00pm

Jeremy Rifkin

President, Foundation on Economic Trends; Author, The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy and Changing the World

Rifkin takes us inside the remarkable transformation of the way the world creates and disseminates energy, showing how Internet technology and the reality of renewable energy are creating a new type of electrical grid, one in which energy is stored and distributed on an individual basis. This “Energy Internet” will fundamentally change every aspect of the way we work and live, says Rifkin. Read more »

The Arts as a Medium for Peace

Thu, Jul 28 2011 - 6:00pm

The Arts as a Medium for Peace 2011 Read more »