August 2011

Rod Ponath, M.D.: Selected Remarks on Correctional Psychiatry

Mon, Oct 17 2011 - 5:15pm

Selected Remarks on Correctional Psychiatry

This program is postponed

Rod Ponath, M.D.

Working as a psychiatrist at San Quentin State Prison is not what Dr. Ponath expected. In less than 15 years, he has witnessed it transition from what felt like the last health-care frontier in a third world country to a state-of-the-art setting with a $140 million health-care services building where one might discuss the unique cultural competencies required to treat prison inmates. Read more »

Obama Administration Halts Some Deportations; a Help to Jose Vargas?

Aug 18, 2011 @ 4:02 PM

Recently, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas came to The Commonwealth Club to tell an Inforum audience about his decision to announce publicly that he was an undocumented immigrant. Having been brought to the United States with improper papers when he was a child, Vargas didn't even learn that he wasn't here legally until he tried to get a driver's license. Read more »

Don't Miss Out on the Club's Summer Book Sale

Aug 18, 2011 @ 10:35 AM

The Commonwealth Club bookstore is having a summer blowout sale!


If you buy two books, the second is 50 percent off. Purchase from or call EB Stanislawski at 415-597-4847 to place an order. Read more »

INFORUM Happy Hour at Temple

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Wed, Aug 24 2011 - 6:00pm

INFORUM Happy Hour at Temple Lounge

With summer coming to a close and San Francisco’s warm fall weather about to begin, it's time to have this month's INFORUM happy hour. This time we're going to the newly revamped Temple/Prana lounge. They're offering us some great drink specials ($3 draft beers and $5 cocktails). Most important though, come out to meet interesting, engaging people to converse and share delicious discourse. Don’t miss it!
Location: Temple/Prana Lounge, 540 Howard St. Read more »

Russian Hill Walking Tour #3

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Tue, Sep 27 2011 - 2:00pm

Russian Hill Walking Tour

Join a more active Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure! Russian Hill is a magical area with secret gardens and amazing views. Join Rick Evans for a two-hour hike up hills and staircases and learn about the history of this neighborhood. See where great artists and architects lived and worked, and walk down residential streets where some of the most historically significant houses in the Bay Area are located.

Location: Meet in front of Swensen's Ice Cream Store located at 1999 Hyde Street at Union. Read more »