January 2012

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

Tue, Jan 17 2012 - 6:00pm

Edward J. Larson:  Scott, Amundsen and Science:  The 100th Anniversary of Robert Falcon Scott Reaching the South Pole

Visiting Professor of Law, Stanford University; University Professor of History, Pepperdine University

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Larson is a master of the history of science and exploration. He now delves into the heroic age of Antarctic exploration, which culminated 100 years ago when Roald Amundsen and Robert F. Scott reached the South Pole within five weeks of each other. Read more »

Take our Attendee Survey: How Do You Get to Club Events?

Jan 11, 2012 @ 2:46 PM by jzipperer

The Commonwealth Club of California is interested in hearing how you get to Club programs. Cars? Trains? Walking? Please help us in our planning process by taking a quick survey.

Take the survey.

Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Feb 27 2012 - 5:30pm

Middle East Discussion Group

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with fellow Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines.  After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. Read more »

Attendee Survey

Dear Commonwealth Club Members and Attendees:

The Club is seeking to determine where it is most convenient to our members and guests for us to hold Club programs, including possibly the location of a new Club headquarters in San Francisco in a few years. We would appreciate your answering the questions below to help us best serve you. Read more »

Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Jan 30 2012 - 5:30pm

Middle East Discussion Group

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with fellow Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines.  After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. Read more »

Robert Reich: Where Is America Headed?

Wed, Feb 1 2012 - 6:00pm

Robert Reich: Where is America Headed?

Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, U.C. Berkeley; Former U.S. Secretary of Labor; Author, Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future
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Amy Chua: Tale of a Tiger Mother

Thu, Jan 12 2012 - 6:00pm

Amy Chua: Tale of a Tiger Mother

SOLD OUT- Waitlist Below

Author, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother; John M. Duff Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Anna W.M. Mok, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP; Vice Chair, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors - Moderator

Parenting in public is a gutsy move, and no one knows that better than Chua. Read more »

"Solar" by Ian McEwan

Mon, Feb 6 2012 - 5:30pm

Solar by Ian McEwan

SOLD OUT

We will be discussing a work of contemporary fiction, Ian McEwan's Solar , for our book discussion. Solar is an engrossing and satirical novel that focuses on climate change, focusing on one man’s ambitions and self-deceptions. The author will not be attending this discussion.

MLF: San Francisco Book Discussion
Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. Read more »

Dr. Landry Signe: Emerging African Markets - A Golden Opportunity for the Golden State

Tue, Feb 21 2012 - 6:00pm

Dr. Landry Signe: Emerging African Markets- A Golden Opportunity for the Golden State

Banting Fellow, Stanford University; Lecturer, Continuing Studies

Of the world’s fastest growing markets for 2011-2015, 7 out of 10 are in Africa, according to the International Monetary Fund. Emerging African markets represent a golden opportunity for Californian corporations in several attractive sectors, such as information and communication technologies, clean energy, infrastructure, health, pharmaceuticals and venture capital. Read more »

Empowerment and Dementia: How Best to Engage Those with Memory and Behavioral Challenges

Tue, Feb 7 2012 - 5:15pm
Empowerment and Dementia: How Best to Engage Those with Memory and Behavioral Challenges

Jane Mahakian,
Ph.D., President/Founder, Aging Matters, Inc.
Cathy Murphy, Owner, Home Instead Senior Care San Francisco

Through Aging Matters, Mahakian’s basic principles of care involve promoting self-esteem and independence above all. She will discuss how to help promote emotional well-being of older persons with memory impairment through self-empowerment and validation.