Politics

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Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again

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Tue, Oct 18 2016 - 6:00pm

Elaine Kamarck, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Author, Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again

Elaine Kamarck argues that for most of their lives, Americans have experienced government failure. The idea that government can and will produce results, implement policy, and efficiently govern the nation is met with rolled eyes. Kamarck explores the failings of presidents Carter, Bush and Obama with a bipartisan analysis of how and why each fiasco occurred. Read more »

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Nancy Cohen: Is the U.S. Ready to Elect a Woman President?

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Fri, Oct 14 2016 - 12:00pm

Nancy L. Cohen, Historian; Author, Breakthrough: The Making of America’s First Woman President
In conversation with Dan Ashley, ABC 7 News Anchor; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors Read more »

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Can Courts Get the Law Right? Judicial Review’s Problem with Objectivity

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Wed, Oct 5 2016 - 6:00pm

Tara Smith, Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin; Author, Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System Read more »

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Robert Reich: The Oddest Presidential Election in Living Memory

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Tue, Sep 27 2016 - 6:30pm

Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley; Former Secretary of Labor; Author, Saving Capitalism

In the midst of an unpredictable presidential election, get insight from a veteran political figure who knows Washington inside and out. Time magazine named Reich one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He is a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and chairman of Common Cause. Come hear his provocative thoughts on the presidential election and the future of America. Read more »

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Steve Forbes: Where Are the Country and Economy Headed?

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Fri, Sep 16 2016 - 12:00pm

Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media; Author, Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming the Fed Will Restore Hope and Prosperity Read more »

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Anger and Mourning on the American Right

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Wed, Sep 14 2016 - 7:00pm

Arlie R. Hochschild, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country. In the right-wing world she explores, Hochschild discovers powerful forces that override self-interest, as progressives see it, and help explain the emotional appeal of a candidate like Donald Trump. Read more »

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Election 2016 Political Roundtable: A Week to Week Special

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Tue, Sep 13 2016 - 7:00pm

Larry Gerston, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, San Jose State University; Political Analyst, NBC Bay Area; Author, Reviving Citizen Engagement, and The Road to Hana
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This program is sponsored by the Applied Materials Foundation.

It's a special edition of our political roundtable. We'll gather local experts for commentary on the candidates, referenda and issues of concern to the South Bay, and we'll take a look at statewide and national campaigns. Read more »

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An Evening with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Tue, Aug 30 2016 - 6:30pm

An American Icon Lets Loose on Politics, Race, Religion, Inequality, Sports, and Media

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA Hall of Fame Inductee; Columnist, Time Magazine; Author, Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White
In conversation with Van Jones, CNN Commentator Read more »

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Helping the Homeless of San Francisco: What Works?

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Tue, Aug 30 2016 - 6:00pm

Sam Dodge, Director, Mayors Office of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement (HOPE)
Mark Farrell, San Francisco Supervisor, District 2
C.W. Nevius, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle

We see the sad lives of the homeless in our beautiful city, and our hearts sink. But is there an answer? In different ways, our three panelists have given a great deal of attention to the problem. They will share their observations and possible remedies.

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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social 8/22/16

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Mon, Aug 22 2016 - 6:30pm

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We'll explore the biggest, most controversial, and sometimes the surprising political issues with expert commentary by panelists who are smart, are civil, and have a good sense of humor. Join our panelists for informative and engaging commentary on political and other major news, audience discussion of the week’s events, and our live news quiz!

And come early before the program to meet other smart and engaged individuals and discuss the news over snacks and wine at our member social (open to all attendees).

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