Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with fellow Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines. After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend.
Larry Gerston, Ph.D., Political Analyst, NBC Bay Area; Professor Emeritus, San Jose State University
Terry Christensen, Ph.d., Professor Emeritus, San Jose State University and Member, Commonwealth Club Advisory Council — Moderator
Dr. Gerston has taught in San Jose State’s political science department for 40 years and is a leading scholar of California state government. He offers his thoughts on how we can re-engage politics at the local and national level.
Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman, Dwight Stanford Professor of American Foreign Relations, San Diego State University; National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Monday Night Philosophy dives into the history of U.S. foreign policy. Most historians believe the U.S. is an empire; the past two presidents and most of the public disagree. What does it matter? Hoffman offers a challenging new interpretation of America's past with important implications for the way forward.