January 2012

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 »

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 »

Sun Spots

Mon, Jan 30 2012 - 6:00pm

Sun Spots

David Hayes, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Interior
John Laird, Secretary, California Resources Agency
David Festa, West Coast Vice President, Environmental Defense Fund
Michael Hatfield, Director of Development, First Solar
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Ambassador David John Scheffer: The End of Impunity

Thu, Feb 16 2012 - 6:00pm

The End of Impunity

David John Scheffer, LL.M., Professor of Law; Ambassador at Large, War Crimes Issues; Author, All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals
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