June 2014

Deborah Rodriguez: From Afghanistan to Mexico (6/20/14)

Deborah Rodriguez, Author, Kabul Beauty School and Margarita Wednesdays: Making a New Life by the Mexican Sea
Marcela Davison Aviles, President and CEO/Executive Producer, ¡VivaFest! - Moderator

The West Without Water

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Thu, Sep 4 2014 - 6:00pm

B. Lynn Ingram, Professor, Earth & Planetary Science and Geography, UC Berkeley; Co-author, The West Without Water
Frances Malamud-Roam, Senior Environmental Planner and Biologist, Caltrans; Co-author, The West Without Water
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The Amazons

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Mon, Mar 16 2015 - 6:00pm

Adrienne Mayor, Research Scholar, Classics and History and Philosophy of Science, Stanford University
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Ruth S. DeFries: The Big Ratchet - How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis

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Thu, Sep 18 2014 - 6:30pm

Ruth S. DeFries, Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development and Chair, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University; Author, The Big Ratchet Read more »

What Makes a Perfect Loaf?

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Fri, Sep 12 2014 - 12:00pm

Samuel Fromartz, Author, In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Home Baker's Odyssey; Blogger, ChewsWise; Twitter @fromartz,
In conversation with Chad Robertson, owner Tartine, Bar Tartine; Author, Tartine Book No. 3: Modern, Ancient, Classic, Whole; Twitter @tartinebaker
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It Was 50 Years Ago Today

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Tue, Aug 19 2014 - 12:00pm

Dulais Rhys, Professional Musician Read more »

Hollywood and the LGBT Journey

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Fri, Aug 29 2014 - 12:00pm

Donna Sachet, Media Personality; Actor; Community Activist
Jan Wahl, Film Critic, KRON 4

Donna Sachet has been a San Francisco performer and icon for decades, from being elected Empress of San Francisco to serving as Grand Marshal for the SF Pride parade. In 2009, Sachet became the first drag performer to sing the national anthem at a Major League Baseball game. Donna Sachet and film critic Jan Wahl "dish-cuss" the LGBT journey in Hollywood, past and present. Read more »

Journey to Cuba

Havana and the Vinales Valley
Fri, April 10, 2015 - Fri, April 17, 2015

Through a series of meetings and guest speakers we learn about art, dance, medicine, history, education, religion and the economy. This is an extensive and intense learning experience built on the foundation of meeting Cubans and creating a meaningful exchange of ideas and information. Explore the old city as we learn about Havana's history and architecture. Meet with farmers and visit an artist community project in the Vinales Valley. See how small private enterprises are growing throughout the island. Converse with students during a visit to the premier art school in the country. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

$4,699 per person, based on double occupancy and including charter air from Miami to Havana.
Single room supplement is $450.

Travelers should arrive to Miami the day before any program, so as to ensure making the charter flight to Havana on the first day of the trip. (Airport hotel information will be provided.)

Trip is limited to 25 travelers.

*The Commonwealth Club has had a license to operate People to People programs in Cuba since 2011. Our license is up for renewal in November 2014, and we are currently awaiting renewal.

Discovering Cuba

Havana, Vinales, Trinidad & Cienfuegos
Mon, February 02, 2015 - Wed, February 11, 2015

Journey to Cuba and discover this fascinating island nation in Commonwealth Club fashion. Through a series of meetings, discussions, and guest speakers we learn about art, dance, history, education, religion and the economy. This is an extensive and intense learning experience built on the foundation of meeting Cubans and creating a meaningful exchange of ideas and information. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

$5,045 per person, based on double occupancy and including charter air from Miami to Havana, single supplement $550

Travelers should arrive to Miami the day before any program, so as to ensure making the charter flight to Havana on the first day of the trip. (Airport hotel information will be provided.)

Trip is limited to 25 travelers.

*The Commonwealth Club has had a license to operate People to People programs in Cuba since 2011. Our license is up for renewal in November 2014, and we are currently awaiting renewal.

Exploring Tunisia

Ancient Sites, Rich History & A Modern Democracy Movement
Thu, October 22, 2015 - Sun, November 01, 2015

Experience Tunisia’s Roman sites, rich culture and history. Meet political leaders, media and young citizens who participated in the Revolution. Explore Tunis’ medina; Carthage’s Roman ruins; Andalusian architecture in Sidi Bou Said; and world-class mosaics at the Bardo Museum. Tour ancient Dougga and El Jem, with an amphitheater similar to Rome’s Coliseum. See Kairouan’s Great Mosque and Matmata’s crater-like topography. Relax in the seaside resort of Jerba. Read more »

Travel Cost: 

approximately $4,595 per person, double occupancy