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Look at Our Fall Lineup!

Sep 3, 2015 @ 9:53 AM

Just to whet your appetite, here’s what we’ve got coming up in this very busy and exciting fall at The Commonwealth Club of California:
North Beach Walking Tour
Dr. Ben Carson, Republican Presidential Candidate Book Discussion: The Pope & Mussolini
Let’s Do the Numbers: 10 Years with Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal
Analyzing Police Encounters with the Public: Some Methods for Reducing the Use of Force
Pope Francis: Climate Changer?
Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of Theranos, in Conversation with Sal Khan Read more »

This Day in Commonwealth Club History, August 5, 1968

Aug 5, 2015 @ 12:15 PM

By Brent Truttmann

On August 5th, 1968, Dr. Berndt L. Kohler, then provost at Raymond College, University of the Pacific, gave a talk at The Commonwealth Club that predicted a major paradigm shift in our society’s perspectives and ideologies. In his speech “Has Tradition a Future?” Dr. Kohler focused his discussion on the counter-culture wave of the late 1960s as dramatic and lasting “changes in our traditional value system.”
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This Day in Commonwealth Club History: November 20, 2014

Nov 20, 2014 @ 3:02 PM
This Day in Commonwealth Club History: November 20, 2014

 

BY CHRISTOPHER WENDT

An address given 50 years ago today at the Club shows how Russia’s contentious relationship with the United States and Western Europe then was remarkably similar to what it is today Read more »

73 Years Ago Today: Sidney Hillman

Oct 8, 2014 @ 1:47 PM
73 Years Ago Today: Sidney Hillman

Today in Commonwealth Club history: "U.S. Labor and the War" was the topic of an October 8, 1941, speech by Sidney Hillman, head of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America.

20 Years Ago: Marvin Runyon

Oct 7, 2014 @ 2:39 PM

This day in Commonwealth Club history: Former Ford and Nissan executive and then-U.S. postmaster general Marvin Runyon spoke about "America's Uncommon Wealth: The U.S. Postal Service" in his October 7, 1994, speech to The Commonwealth Club of California.

27 Years Ago: AIDS Epidemic

Oct 2, 2014 @ 2:32 PM

Twenty-seven years ago today at The Commonwealth Club of California: Mervyn F. Silverman, director of public health in San Francisco at the rise of AIDS in the late 1970s to the early 1980s, gave a speech at the Commonwealth Club on October 2, 1987, titled "AIDS: Causes, Cures Prevention." Read more »

103 Years Ago: Persia/Iran and the United States

Sep 30, 2014 @ 3:46 PM

Today in Commonwealth Club history: Dr. Ameen Ullah Fareed discussed "Persia and the United States As Factors in the World's Movement for Good Government" in his September 30, 1911, speech to The Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.

45 Years Ago Today: Tom Smothers

Aug 22, 2014 @ 11:35 AM

This day in Commonwealth Club history: Comedian Tom Smothers discussed "Censorship and New Freedoms" in his August 22, 1969, program at The Commonwealth Club of California. His speech came just four months after the Emmy Award-winning "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" was abruptly cancelled by CBS, a cancellation that is usually attributed to the show's outspoken political content.

99 Years Ago: The Mexican Crisis and General Villa

Aug 19, 2014 @ 2:32 PM

This day in Commonwealth Club history: 99 years ago, future University of California president David P. Barrows discussed "The Mexican Crisis and General Villa" in his August 19, 1915, address to the Club. José Doroteo Arango Arámbula — aka Francisco Villa or Pancho Villa — was one of the most famous generals in the Mexican civil war.

Forty Years Ago at The Commonwealth Club

Aug 18, 2014 @ 3:26 PM

By Hillary Straba

Almost exactly 40 years ago, on Aug. 16, 1974, when Ibrahim Shebat delivered his speech “The Middle East — Peace or War?” to The Commonwealth Club, peace between Israel and Palestine seemed unlikely.

Shebat, editor of Al Mersad, an Arabic version of Hebrew newspaper Al HaMishmar, stressed the need for compromise and emphasized that both sides had members who were in favor of a peaceful settlement and were willing to negotiate. Shebat believed that the problem could be solved using a two-state solution. Read more »

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