The Commonwealth Blog


Q&A: The Government Shutdown and its Aftermath

Oct 21, 2013 @ 10:21 AM

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Getting buy-in for an education revolution

Oct 8, 2013 @ 2:46 PM

There’s much to be said about the education system, not just in the United States but also across the world. When Sir Ken Robinson spoke at The Commonwealth Club he talked about the education system being styled like an industrial era assembly line, one that stunts creativity and forces students to fit a schedule and predefined form of learning instead of opening up creative avenues to explore their potential. Read more »

Unpaid internships for graduates now the new norm?

Sep 12, 2013 @ 9:46 AM

By Mehroz Baig

Internships have long been a part of building a career trajectory and most students have resigned themselves to the fact that internships will be unpaid. Many college students spend summers interning at various places, hoping to gain some hands-on experience, a few recommendations and some sense of what they would like to do after graduation. However, the unpaid internship is now creeping into life after graduation. Read more »

Not a blessing in disguise

Jul 15, 2013 @ 11:14 AM

By Mehroz Baig

“They really suffer in silence,” said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón at a recent program at The Commonwealth Club. He was referring to victims of the most recent crime wave to hit San Francisco: blessing scams. Especially targeting older, Asian, Cantonese-speaking women, the scam came to the police and district attorney’s attention approximately a year and a half ago. Read more »

Guest post: What the Fourth of July means

Jul 8, 2013 @ 12:31 PM

By Joseph Ellis

The awkward truth is that not much happened on July 4, 1776. History is almost always messier than we remember, and both the popular play, "1776," and John Trumbull's iconic painting, "The Declaration of Independence," reinforce several popular misconceptions. Read more »

Dancing on the edge of tyranny

Jul 3, 2013 @ 1:40 PM

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Dancing on the edge of tyranny

Jul 3, 2013 @ 1:37 PM
Dancing on the edge of tyranny

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What's Happening in Egypt?

Jul 2, 2013 @ 1:47 PM

EGYPT ON THE EDGE: Egypt's military has presented an ultimatum to the country's president. What happens next? He has a Wednesday deadline, and the military has leaked a plan that would suspend the constitution and the legislature.

What do you think will happen? How should that country resolve its fundamental problems? Read more »

Commonwealth Club Thought Leaders on Prop 8

Jun 27, 2013 @ 2:08 PM

By Mehroz Baig

Over the past few years, The Commonwealth Club of California has hosted a number of experts who’ve discussed Prop 8 and its repercussions. Take a look at what they had to say and what they predicted as Prop 8 made its way up to the Supreme Court:

• Retired Chief U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California Vaughn Walker, who first struck down Prop 8 in California. He spoke at the Club in April 2012, after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his earlier decision. Read more »

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