April 2012

Andreas Bummel: United Nations Parliamentary Assembly and Global Democracy

Mon, Jul 2 2012 - 6:00pm

United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) and Global Democracy

Andreas Bummel, Secretary-General, Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, Berlin Read more »

Philip Howard: Is Democracy Killing Itself?

Tue, Jun 5 2012 - 12:00pm

Is Democracy Killing Itself?

Philip Howard, Attorney, Chair, Common Good; Author, Life Without Lawyers: Restoring Responsibility in America and The Death of Common Sense

Is government dysfunction inevitable, or the result of too many laws making everyone powerless? Read more »

Clint Werner: Medical Uses of Marijuana

Thu, Jun 14 2012 - 12:00pm

Medical Uses of Marijuana

Clint Werner, Author, Marijuana Gateway to Health: How Cannabis Protects Us from Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease

If using marijuana can reduce our chances for developing a variety of cancers as well as dementia from Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, asks Werner, why is it still illegal? Sixteen states have approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes, but the federal government continues to battle these efforts, claiming that there is no evidence that marijuana is safe or effective. Read more »

George Hammond: Love - A Rational Explanation

Mon, Jun 11 2012 - 6:00pm

Love: A Rational Explanation

George Hammond, Author, Rational Idealism

Monday Night Philosophy steps into the debate about whether love is irrational. The apparently inexplicable ways we fall into and out of it are the grist of the entertainment industry, but is there a clear pattern to it all after all? You be the judge after Hammond describes the elements of the emotion we all love to experience. Read more »

Tony Derose: Picture This - Movies, Math, and Makers

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Sat, Apr 28 2012 - 1:30pm

Tony DeRose, Senior Scientist and Research Group Lead, Pixar Animation Studios

Eric Darnell, Director, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted - Moderator

As a Senior Scientist, DeRose is responsible for helping create the technology behind Pixar’s ground breaking animation. He takes us behind the scenes and explains how wide arrays of math topics are central to Pixar’s film production process. Read more »

North Beach Walking Tour #7

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Thu, May 10 2012 - 2:00pm

North Beach Walking Tour

This event is sold out

Join another Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure! Read more »

Expedition to Antarctica

Aboard the M.S. L'Astral
Thu, January 17, 2013 - Wed, January 30, 2013

Join us for this spectacular 14-day journey featuring a nine-night cruise to Antarctica, Earth’s last frontier. Cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, intimate M.S. L’Austral, the finest vessel in Antarctic waters, combining innovative design with personalized service and featuring private balconies in 95% of the deluxe, outside suites and staterooms. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

$7,595 to 12,995 per person, double accommodations (depending on category and with early booking discount)

Anne Willan: Exploring the Origin of the Modern Cookbook

Mon, Jun 4 2012 - 12:00pm

Exploring the Origin of the Modern Cookbook

Anne Willan, Author, The Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers and Recipes that Made the Modern Cookbook

From the opulent banquet halls of the Burgundian dukes to the tables of simple English countrymen and American settlers, Willan explores the religious, economic and political crosscurrents that influenced their meals. Read more »