January 2012

North Beach Walking Tour #5

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Mon, Jan 23 2012 - 2:00pm

North Beach Walking Tour


Join another Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure! Read more »

SV Reads 2012: Sumbul Ali Karamali and G. Willow Wilson

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Wed, Jan 25 2012 - 7:30pm

2012 Silicon Valley Reads: One Book. One Community.

Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Author, The Muslim Next Door: The Qur’an, the Media, and that Veil Thing
G. Willow Wilson, Author, The Butterfly Mosque
Mike Cassidy, Columnist, San Jose Mercury News  – Moderator

Ali-Karamali and Wilson use their personal stories as jumping-off points to shed light on the Islamic faith, cultural traditions and misperceptions about one of the fastest growing religions in America. Read more »

Dimitar Sasselov: The Life of Super-Earths

Wed, Feb 8 2012 - 6:00pm

Dimitar Sasselov: The Life of Super-Earths

Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University; Founder and Director, Harvard Origins of Life Initiative

The discovery of a new Earth, or other world, may be in our future, says Sasselov. But a truly "alien" life form is more likely to emerge from our planet's natural environment or in a petri dish at a research lab. In the past year, we have witnessed unprecedented breakthroughs in the seemingly unrelated fields of synthetic biology and exo-planetary astronomy. Read more »

San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour #10

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Thu, Feb 23 2012 - 2:00pm

San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour

This tour is sold out. Read more »

David Zetland: California's Water Future

Wed, Feb 1 2012 - 12:00pm

California’s Water Future

David Zetland, Author, The End of Abundance: Economic Solutions to Water Scarcity

How should California manage its water in the future and which incentives will motivate the biggest changes in conservation and agricultural efficiency? Which water policies and practices have backfired? Join water economist David Zetland for a fresh perspective on how we can manage our most precious resource in the 21st century and what we can learn from past mistakes. Read more »

Science & Technology Planning Meeting

Wed, Feb 15 2012 - 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. Read more »

Thomas Frank - Author of "What's the Matter with Kansas?" and "Pity the Billionaire"

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Thu, Jan 26 2012 - 6:00pm

Thomas Frank

Please Note New Time: 6 p.m. program

Founding Editor, The Baffler; Author, What’s the Matter with Kansas? and Pity the Billionaire: The Hard Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right

Joseph Fink, President Emeritus, Dominican University of California - Moderator

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Bishop Robert McElroy: Catholicism, Conscience, and American Politics

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Wed, Jan 18 2012 - 12:00pm

Catholicism, Conscience and American Politics: Reflections by a Catholic Bishop

Bishop Robert McElroy, Archdiocese of San Francisco 

Are there clear Catholic positions on issues in American politics? What is the role of Catholic Church authorities, and what is the role of the conscience of the individual Catholic in assessing and voting on these issues? Bishop McElroy, one of the auxiliary bishops of the San Francisco Archdiocese, will offer his reflections on these crucial matters. Read more »

Brian Kennedy: Understanding the Mysteries of Aging-Treating Illnesses and Extending the Healthy Ye

Mon, Jan 23 2012 - 5:15pm

Understanding the Mysteries of Aging: Treating Illnesses and Extending the Healthy Years

This Event Has Been Postponed

Brian Kennedy, Ph.D., President and CEO, the Buck Institute

Is aging the single biggest risk factor for many diseases? Read more »

Swans, Swine and Swindlers: Coping with the Growing Threat of Mega-Crises

Tue, Jan 24 2012 - 6:00pm

Swans, Swine and Swindlers: Coping with the Growing Threat of Mega-Crises

Ian Mitroff, Professor Emeritus, USC; Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley; Author, Why Some Companies Emerge Stronger and Better from a Crisis
Can M. Read more »