January 2012

Women and the Arab Spring

Fri, Jan 27 2012 - 12:00pm

Women and the Arab Spring

Laila El Sissi, Memoirist, Out of Alexandria
Aidah Aliyah Rasheed, Student, MFA, California College of the Arts
Annick Wibben, Ph.D., International Politics, specializes in Security Studies and Feminist International Relations, University of San Francisco; Author, Feminist Security Studies
Dina Ibrahim, Ph.D., Journalism; Associate Professor, San Francisco State University- Moderator    Read more »

Tani Cantil-Sakauye, California Supreme Court Chief Justice:

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Wed, Jan 25 2012 - 6:00pm

Tani Cantil-Sakauye

California Supreme Court Chief Justice

Jeffrey Brand, Dean and Chairman, Center of Law and Global Justice, University of San Francisco Law School (Moderator)

The first Asian-Filipina American and second woman to serve as the state’s chief justice, Cantil-Sakauye will report on the state of the judiciary and the impact three years of cumulative budget reductions have had on the courts and the public. In her view, the cuts have threatened the independence of the judiciary and curtailed access to justice. Read more »

San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour #9

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Thu, Jan 19 2012 - 2:00pm

San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour

Explore San Francisco’s Financial District with historian Rick Evans and learn the history and stories behind some of our city’s remarkable structures, streets, and public squares. Hear about the famous architects that influenced the building of San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake. Discover hard-to-find rooftop gardens, Art Deco lobbies, unique open spaces, and historic landmarks. This is a tour for locals, with hidden gems you can only find on foot! Read more »

Majka Burhardt: Coffee Story Ethiopia - A Food Crop. A Nation. Its New Future

Wed, Jan 18 2012 - 6:00pm

Coffee Story Ethiopia: A Food Crop. A Nation. Its New Future.

Majka Burhardt, Author, Coffee Story: Ethiopia; Climber; Guide

Ethiopia is fighting to shed its history and public image of drought, famine and war by embracing the heritage and potential of its defining crop: coffee, one of the world’s 10 most-valued commodities. Read more »

Christina Romer and Michael Boskin: Bank of America/ Walter E. Hoadley Annual Economic Forecast

Fri, Jan 20 2012 - 11:45am

Michael Boskin and Christina Romer: Bank of America/ Walter E. Hoadley Annual Economic Forecast

Tickets No Longer Available. You can view live video of the program; for information, . Read more »

Journey to Cuba - Waitlisted

A People to People Exchange
Fri, October 19, 2012 - Sun, October 28, 2012

Journey to Cuba and discover this fascinating island nation in Commonwealth Club fashion. Through a series of meetings, discussions, and guest speakers we learn about art, dance, history, education, religion and the economy. This is an extensive and intense learning experience built on the foundation of meeting Cubans and creating a meaningful exchange of ideas and information. 

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Travel Cost: 

$4,995, per person, double occupancy, including round trip charter flight to Havana from Miami. 

Travelers should plan to arrive to Miami independently on October 18 for the flight on the morning of October 19. (Airport hotel information will be provided.)  Airfare to Miami is not included in the cost.

Trip is limited to 26 travelers.

This Week at The Commonwealth Club of California

Jan 17, 2012 @ 10:55 AM

This week at The Commonwealth Club of California:

TUESDAY: Edward J. Larson (100th Anniversary of Robert Falcon Scott Reaching the South Pole)

WEDNESDAY: Bishop Robert McElroy (Catholicism, Conscience, and American Politics); Majka Burhardt (Coffee Story Ethiopia -- A Food Crop. A Nation. Its New Future); Dylan Ratigan.

THURSDAY: San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour; Dave Barry & Alan Zweibel (this event is sold out).

FRIDAY: Christina Romer & Michael Boskin (Bank of America/Walter E. Hoadley Annual Economic Forecast). Read more »

New Member Open House and 109th Birthday Party

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Thu, Feb 2 2012 - 5:30pm

New Member Open House and 109th Birthday Party

Are you new to the Club? Just want to explore and check it out? Come take a peek, meet other new members and staff, and learn all about what The Commonwealth Club has to offer. Explore how our programs come together, volunteer opportunities, travel destinations and enjoy scrumptious light hors d’oeuvres. Bring a friend and explore the Club together! Plus we will be celebrating the Club’s 109th birthday, so come and have a slice of birthday cake to fete the Club! Read more »

Dylan Ratigan

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Wed, Jan 18 2012 - 6:00pm

Dylan Ratigan

Host, “The Dylan Ratigan Show,” MSNBC; Author, Greedy Bastard$! 
Quentin Hardy, Deputy Technology Editor, The New York Times- Moderator

Dylan Ratigan, host of one of the highest rated daytime shows on MSNBC, graces The Commonwealth Club with his hardball, gloves-off approach to American politics and big business. Read more »

Getting Financially Fit in 2012

Mon, Jan 23 2012 - 6:00pm

Getting Financially Fit in 2012

Ted Rice, CIMA, Senior Portfolio Manager, Merrill Lynch San Francisco
Kerry P. Curtis, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Ageno School of Business, Golden Gate University; Board Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors- Moderator

Was your New Year’s resolution to get your finances and investments in order? Read more »