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 »

Dr. David Agus: The End of Illness

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Tue, Feb 21 2012 - 7:00pm

Dr. David Agus

New Date- rescheduled from January 19

Director, USC’s Westside Cancer Center; Professor of Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine; Co Founder, Navigenics; Author, The End of Illness Read more »

Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel - Authors of "Lunatics"

Thu, Jan 19 2012 - 6:00pm

Humor Columnist Dave Barry and Former "SNL" Writer Alan Zweibel

Dave Barry, Humor Columnist; Co-author, Lunatics
Alan Zweibel, Former Writer, "Saturday Night Live"; Co-author, Lunatics
Doug Sovern, KCBS Radio/ CBS 5 TV Correspondent (Moderator) Read more »

Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin: Tea Party Patriots Seeking a Second Revolution

Thu, Jan 26 2012 - 12:00pm

Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin: Tea Party Patriots Seeking a Second Revolution


Co-founders and National Coordinators, Tea Party Patriots; Co-authors, Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution Read more »

Humanities West Book Discussion: Ming China 1368-1649: A Concise History of a Resilient Empire

Wed, Jan 11 2012 - 5:30pm

Humanities West Book Discussion- Ming China 1368-1649: A Concise History of a Resilient Empire

Come chat with fellow Humanities lovers about John Dardess’ engaging exploration of how the Ming dynasty was able to endure for 276 years. Focusing on the dynasty’s foreign relations, the lives of its 16 emperors, its system of governance, the literati who served it, and the mass outlawry that allowed the Manchu invasions to succeed, Dardess presents a fascinating study. Lynn Harris will moderate the discussion. Read more »

Robert A. Scott: Scholasticism and the Design of the Medieval Gothic Cathedral

Mon, Jan 9 2012 - 6:00pm

Scholasticism and the Design of the Medieval Gothic Cathedral

Note new date! Rescheduled from November 2 to January 9

Robert A. Scott, Author, The Gothic Enterprise

Monday Night Philosophy explores how ideas shape influential architecture. The design of the great gothic cathedrals of Medieval Europe is characterized by geometric regularity. Read more »

Michael Gazzaniga: Who's in Charge?

Thu, Jan 5 2012 - 6:00pm

Who's in Charge?  Free Will and the Science of the Brain

Michael Gazzaniga, Professor of Psychology and Director of the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind, UC Santa Barbara

Known as the "father of cognitive neuroscience," Gazzaniga makes a powerful argument for free will. The question of free will versus determinism continues to vex scientists, psychologists and philosophers, but the biological evidence is not as stridently deterministic as it is often presented. Dr. Read more »

Sramana Mitra: Capitalism 2.0

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Thu, Jan 26 2012 - 7:00pm

Capitalism 2.0

Sramana Mitra, Founder, 1M/1M Global Initiative

Mitra discusses how Capitalism 1.0 has been hijacked by speculators, and why entrepreneurial hubs should be democratized to increase the distribution of capitalism. Read more »

Arts Forum Planning Meeting

Thu, Jan 26 2012 - 5:30pm

Arts Forum Planning Meeting

Please join us and other arts enthusiasts for a discussion of programming ideas for the coming year. The Arts Member-Led Forum oversees Club programs in the fine arts, theater, dance, and music and hosts Club exhibitions.

MLF: The Arts
SF Club Office
Time: 5:30-7 p.m. planning meeting
Cost: FREE
Program Organizer:
Lynn Curtis

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 »