March 2012

Human Trafficking: Slavery 2012

Fri, Apr 20 2012 - 12:00pm

Human Trafficking: Slavery 2012

David Batstone, Founder & CEO, Not For Sale; Professor of Business, USF
Mimi Chakarova, Photo Journalist, Filmmaker, Price of Sex 2011; Correspondent, Center for Investigative Reporting
Dr. Read more »

"I Do. Who Can't?" - Silicon Valley Leaders on Marriage Equality

Wed, Mar 7 2012 - 6:00pm

"I Do. Who Can't?" Silicon Valley Leaders on Marriage Equality

Kathy Levinson, Philanthropist; Co-Chair, LGBT National Finance Committee for Obama
Rev. Roland Stringfellow, Director of Ministerial Outreach, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, Pacific School of Religion; Director, African-American Faith Community Project (Umoja Project), California Faith for Equality

Kathy Levinson, former president and COO of E*Trade, philanthropist and LGBT rights activist, will show the documentary I Do. Read more »

Rafe Sagarin: Learning from the Octopus

Mon, Apr 30 2012 - 6:00pm

Rafe Sagarin: Learning from the Octopus

Rafe Sagarin
, Ph.D,, Marin Ecologist and Environmental Policy Analyst, University of Arizona; Author, Learning from the Octopus
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Ben Kacyra: Capturing Ancient Wonders in 3D

Thu, May 10 2012 - 6:00pm

Ben Kacyra: Capturing Ancient Wonders in 3D

Ben Kacyra, Founder, CyArk Read more »

Russian Hill Walking Tour #6

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Mon, Apr 23 2012 - 2:00pm

Russian Hill Walking Tour

Join a more active Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure! Russian Hill is a magical area with secret gardens and amazing views. Join Rick Evans for a two-hour hike up hills and staircases and learn about the history of this neighborhood. See where great artists and architects lived and worked, and walk down residential streets where some of the most historically significant houses in the Bay Area are located.

Location: Meet in front of Swensen's Ice Cream Store located at 1999 Hyde Street at Union. Read more »

Vino Vino!

Mon, Apr 9 2012 - 6:30pm

Vino Vino!

Collin Cranor, Winemaker, Nottingham Cellars

Join us at Vino Vino in downtown San Jose’s new San Pedro Square Market for an evening of “wine without attitude.” Cranor, winemaker for Nottingham Cellars, will walk you through a tasty flight of wine in a casual relaxed atmosphere while you nosh on some delicious treats from Vino Vino’s own kitchen. Read more »

San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour #13

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Thu, May 31 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 »

Gary Karp: Thriving Through and Beyond Trauma- Adjustment to Acquired Disability

Mon, Jun 4 2012 - 5:15pm

Thriving Through and Beyond Trauma: Adjustment to Acquired Disability

Gary Karp, Author, Life on Wheels: The A to Z Guide to Living Fully with Mobility Issues and Disability & the Art of Kissing

Karp injured his spinal cord and became paraplegic in 1973 at the age of 18 in a fall from a tree. Now he is an internationally recognized voice for what he terms the "Modern Disability" experience. Read more »

Chinatown Walking Tour #8

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Mon, May 14 2012 - 2:00pm

Chinatown Walking Tour

Enjoy another Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure. Join Rick Evans for a memorable midday walk and discover the history and mysteries of Chinatown. Explore colorful alleys and side streets. Visit a Taoist temple, an herbal store, the site of the first public school in the state, and the famous Fortune Cookie Factory. There is a short break for a tea sample during the tour.

Location:  Meet at corner of Grant and Bush, in front of Starbucks, near Chinatown Gate
Time: 1:45 p.m. Read more »

Paranoid Politics: Islamophobia, McCarthyism, and the Yellow Peril

Tue, Apr 3 2012 - 7:00pm
Paranoid Politics; Islamophobia, McCarthyism and the Yellow Peril
 
Wajahat Ali, Playwright; Attorney; Co-author, Fear Inc., The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America
Dr. Larry Gerston, Emeritus Professor, San Jose State University; Political Analyst, NBC 11
Mike Honda, U.S. Congressman (D - California)
 
Our panel will cover three periods in U.S. history: World War II, the era of McCarthyism, and post 9/11 when groups were persecuted in politics and the media.