History

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Charles Fracchia

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Charles Fracchia, Founder, The San Francisco Historical Society

San Francisco has been a city on the cutting edge since its inception. Renowned historian Fracchia will bring to life the radical changes we’ve live through during the post-war period and share his thoughts about where we are headed as a city. Don’t miss this opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the unique history of the city by the Bay as Fracchia provides historical context for the entire “Now & Then” series. Read more »

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An African Success Story: Botswana

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Charles L. Frankel, Honorary Consul for the Republic of Botswana

Since its independence in 1965, Botswana has experienced rapid growth through a combination of policies, institutions and built-in shock absorbers. It was the world’s fastest growing economy from 1966-97. It has consistently ranked as the least corrupt country in Africa, and less corrupt than nine EU countries. Learn how Botswana has achieved its outstanding successes. Read more »

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Now & Then Series: The Jewish Community of the Bay Area Since 1945

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Fred Rosenbaum, Founding Director, Lehrhaus Judaica

Jews have been at the center of business, political and artistic life in the Bay Area since the Gold Rush, but the postwar demographic transformation and technological revolution have linked the community with world Jewry in unprecedented ways. Nevertheless, the cosmopolitan ethos that has characterized local Jews and Jewish institutions has remained constant. Rosenbaum will discuss the evolution of this Bay Area community. Read more »

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Toying with Trouble

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David Bisno, M.D., Ophthalmologist (retired) Read more »

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From Ghengis Khan to Petrodollars: The Changing Face of Central Asia

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Micheal Kohn, Author, Dateline Mongolia; BBC Correspondent Read more »

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Leonardo da Vinci: Renaissance Genius of Art and Science (4/16/09)

Ebe Sapone-Cavagnaro, Retired Foreign Language Department Head, San Francisco School District

Inventor, artist, scientist, architect, author – Leonardo da Vinci was a man of boundless creativity and curiosity. As a Renaissance genius, he had the versatility to paint faces of delicate beauty and to design weapons and bridges. Sapone-Cavagnaro, a native of Tuscany who teaches The Commonwealth Club’s weekly Italian class, brings to life her love affair with da Vinci’s accomplishments. Read more »

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Joe Kennedy: The Man Behind the Myth (4/17/09)

Cari Beauchamp, Author, Joseph P. Kennedy Presents: His Hollywood Years

Though remembered more for his role in politics and for the famous children he fathered, Joe Kennedy was once hailed as the “coming Napoleon of the movie business.” From running three studios to his famous affair with Gloria Swanson, Kennedy completely immersed himself in Hollywood before leaving abruptly, with millions of dollars. Beauchamp shares her extensive research on a Kennedy presence outside of politics. Read more »

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The Secrets of Haiku from Master Basho (4/23/09)

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Jane Reichhold, Author, Basho the Complete Haiku

Commemorate Poetry Month by learning about Japan’s legendary 17th-century poet, Matsuo Basho, the creator of haiku. Reichhold will discuss Basho the Complete Haiku, the first translation of all of Basho’s haiku by a non-Japanese person. She will portray the life of Basho and discuss the influence haiku has had on poetry of the 20th century, the basic structure, and how haiku can enrich your life. Read more »

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If Walls Could Talk: Peeling Back the Layers of History (4/28/09)

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Stephen Bauer, Artistic Director, Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers

Wallpaper has adorned the walls of everyone from kings to factory workers. Both a cultural art form and a basic wall covering, it has weathered over 400 years of taxation, revolution, attacks from the paint industry and its biggest threat, changes in popular taste. In conjunction with Bauer’s talk, rare works from the archives of Bradbury & Bradbury are on view in the Club Office from April 6 to May 29. Read more »

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Vivienne Sosnowski: When the Rivers Ran Red (6/22/09)

Vivienne Sosnowski, Author, When the Rivers Ran Red; Editorial Director, Washington Examiner, San Francisco Examiner and Baltimore Examiner; Photographer Read more »

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