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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 »

Robin Williams Speaks for the Club

Aug 12, 2014 @ 2:22 PM

We add our voices to the many folks expressing sadness over the tragic loss yesterday of comedian/actor Robin Williams. He was a Bay Area giant, whose comic gifts went hand in hand with a devotion to philanthropy and service. In addition to working with the USO and sick children, he took the time in 2003 to record a radio PSA — a public service announcement — for The Commonwealth Club's 100th anniversary. Read more »

This Day in Commonwealth Club History, July 2, 2014

Jul 2, 2014 @ 8:21 AM
This Day in Commonwealth Club History, July 2, 2014

This day in Commonwealth Club history: Outspoken labor leader Samuel Gompers discussed "The Way Out" in his July 2, 1920, speech to The Commonwealth Club of California.
Gompers was the founder of the AFL, which he led until his death in 1924.

This Day in Commonwealth Club History, June 18, 2014

Jun 18, 2014 @ 3:44 PM

This day in Commonwealth Club history: British economist William H. Beveridge spoke of "The Foundations of Security: The Beveridge Plan" in a June 18, 1943, speech to The Commonwealth Club of California. Read more »

Today in Commonwealth Club history: June 17

Jun 17, 2014 @ 2:34 PM

Today in Commonwealth Club history: "The Russian Government and the American Passport" was the title of the speech delivered to The Commonwealth Club of California on June 17, 1911.

Today in Commonwealth Club history: June 5

Jun 5, 2014 @ 1:28 PM

Toyohiko Kagawa

Today in Commonwealth Club of California? history: Japanese peace activist and social reformer Toyohiko Kagawa discussed his work with the poor in a June 5, 1935, speech titled "Up from the Slums of Japan."

For more on Kagawa and his postwar work in Japan, see Wikipedia.

This Day in Commonwealth Club History: The Role of the Female Entrepreneur

Apr 21, 2014 @ 2:54 PM

In 1993, when Shelia Cook gave her April 21st talk on “The Role of the Female Entrepreneur,” the presence of woman-owned enterprise in the U.S. economy was growing quickly (link upens up a PDF), and today women still start businesses at a rate higher than the national average (link opens up PDF). Read more »

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