Politics

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The Hamilton Affair

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Mon, Feb 13 2017 - 6:00pm

Elizabeth Cobbs, Professor and Melbern G. Glasscock Chair in American History, Texas A&M University; Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Author, The Hamilton Affair

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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Senator Barbara Boxer: The Art of Tough

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Wed, Oct 26 2016 - 12:00pm

Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senator (D-California); Author, The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life; Twitter

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

"One goal of this memoir is to inspire people to fight for change. It takes what I call the Art of Tough and I've had to do it all my life." —Senator Barbara Boxer Read more »

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Election Education: An Evening with Rep. Eric Swalwell

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Thu, Oct 20 2016 - 6:30pm

Eric Swalwell, U.S. Representative (D, CA-15)
Nellie Bowles, Silicon Valley Correspondent, HBO'S "Vice News Tonight"—Moderator

Congressman Eric Swalwell has quickly made a name for himself as the voice of the millennial generation in Congress. The first person in his family to go to college, Rep. Swalwell is fighting for student loan reform and advocating for affordable housing and paid family leave. Read more »

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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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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Social Hour 10/17/16

Mon, Oct 17 2016 - 6:30pm

Panelists TBA

Election Day is almost here. Some of you will have already voted, and are now biting your nails for the final outcome.

Join us then as we 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! 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
Holly Kernan, Executive Editor for News, KQED—Moderator 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
John Farmer, Chair, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors—Moderator 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 conversation with Phil Bronstein, Executive Chairman of the Board, Center for Investigative Reporting Read more »

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