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Democracy in the Digital Age: Perspectives from Members of Parliament

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Thu, Feb 19 2015 - 6:30pm

Youth and women members of parliament from around the world will discuss how they are harnessing opportunities presented by social media and mobile technologies to strengthen engagement between citizens and their elected representatives. How are women and young politicians using technology to promote deliberation and compromise and more inclusive political leadership, rather than political polarization? What opportunities and challenges does the rapid pace of technological change pose for democratic governance in different countries around the world? Read more »

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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social Special Edition 1/14/15

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Wed, Jan 14 2015 - 6:30pm

Lanhee J. Chen, David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow, Hoover Institution; Former Policy Director, 2012 Romney-Ryan Presidential Campaign 
Carson Bruno, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Specializing in California's Political and Policy Landscape
Bill Whalen, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution; Political Blogger, adayattheracesblog.com; Twitter @hooverwhalen

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Steven Brill

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Tue, Jan 13 2015 - 6:00pm

Steven Brill, Journalist; Author, America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Back-Room Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System; Twitter @StevenBrill Read more »

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Members Holiday Social, Volunteer Appreciation, and Week to Week Political Roundtable

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Mon, Dec 15 2014 - 6:30pm

Join us at 5:30 p.m. for our grand Holiday Members Social & Volunteer Appreciation!

Meet other smart, interesting and engaged individuals. Celebrate the season, the Club and our volunteers.

Enjoy our featured political roundtable series Week to Week at 6:30 p.m. Read more »

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Middle East Discussion Group

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Mon, Dec 15 2014 - 5:30pm

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.

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Andrew Young: Answering the Call for Leadership

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Thu, Dec 4 2014 - 6:00pm

Andrew Young, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Former Atlanta Mayor; Strategist to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Willie Brown, Former Mayor of San Francisco (Introducer)

Skip Rhodes, Past President, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors (Chair)

Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento – Moderator Read more »

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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social 12/1/14

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Mon, Dec 1 2014 - 6:30pm

Bill Whalen, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Political Blogger, adayattheracesblog.com; Twitter @hooverwhalen
Carla Marinucci, Senior Political Writer, San Francisco Chronicle; Twitter @cmarinucci Read more »

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Re-engaging America

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Thu, Nov 20 2014 - 7:00pm

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.

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Robert Baer

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Tue, Nov 11 2014 - 7:30pm

Robert Baer, Former CIA Operative; National Security Affairs Analyst, CNN; Author, See No Evil and The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins Read more »

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Umpire or Empire? The History and Future of American Leadership

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Mon, Nov 10 2014 - 6:00pm

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.

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