September 2012

Book Discussion: "The True Believer" by Eric Hoffer

Mon, Oct 1 2012 - 5:30pm

The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, by Eric Hoffer

Author Eric Hoffer analyzes and attempts to explain the motives of the various types of personalities that give rise to mass movements; why and how mass movements start, progress and end; and the similarities between them, whether religious, political, radical or reactionary. Read more »

Humanities Book Discussion: Everybody Was So Young by Amanda Vaill

Wed, Nov 14 2012 - 5:30pm

Humanities West Book Discussion: Everybody Was so Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Story, by Amanda Vaill

Join us to discuss Amanda Vaill's biography of artist Gerald Murphy and his elegant wife, Sara, wealthy expatriate Americans at the center of the literary scene in Paris in the 1920s. Gerald and Sara summered with Picasso on the French Riviera, watched bullfights with Hemingway in Pamplona and inspired kindred creative spirits like Dorothy Parker, Cole Porter and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Read more »

Humanities West Book Discussion: "Tender Is the Night"

Wed, Sep 12 2012 - 5:30pm

Humanities West Book Discussion: Tender is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The group will discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald’s intensely autobiographical account, set in France after World War I, of a caring man who disintegrates under the twin strains of his wife’s derangement and a lifestyle that gnaws away at his sense of moral values. The discussion will be led by Lynn Harris.

MLF: Humanities
Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. Read more »

Dr. Thomas Henriksen: America and Rogue States

Fri, Sep 28 2012 - 12:00pm

America and Rogue States

Thomas Henriksen, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Author, America and Rogue States

Dr. Dina Ibrahim, Assistant Professor of Broadcasting and Electronic Communication Arts, SFSU - Moderator

Dr. Henriksen, who specializes in foreign policy and defense issues, will discuss U.S. policies and interaction with rogue states posing terrorist and/or nuclear threats. These include Iran, pre-war Iraq and N. Korea. Read more »

Dr. Adam Gazzaley: Video Games as Cognitive Enhancers

Mon, Sep 10 2012 - 6:00pm

Video Games As Cognitive Enhancers

Dr. Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D., Founding Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center, UCSF; Associate Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, UCSF

This program is sold out. You can add your name to the waitlist below.

Our brains exhibit an amazing ability to modify both their structure and function in response to new experiences throughout our lives, a phenomenon known as neuroplasticity. Read more »

"Commonwealth Club"

Mon, Sep 10 2012
JoelKotkin.com

"The Commonwealth Club Presents Justice Sandra Day O'Connor"

Mon, Sep 10 2012
InsideBayArea.com

"Blondie and Devo set to 'Whip It to Shreds' at the Warfield"

Sat, Sep 8 2012
San Francisco Examiner

"Molly Ringwald at the Verdi Club and other local events"

Thu, Sep 6 2012
San Francisco Examiner

"Commonwealth Club of California: Solving the Iranian Nuclear Impasse"

Wed, Sep 5 2012
C-SPAN