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Explore the World from The Commonwealth Club

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Mon, May 16 2016 - 5:00pm

All interested Club members are welcome to attend our bimonthly, one-hour planning meetings of the International Relations Member-Led Forum. We focus on Europe, Latin America, Africa and worldwide topics. Join us to discuss current international issues and plan programs for the rest of 2016.

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Michael Puett: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life

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Wed, Apr 13 2016 - 7:00pm

Michael Puett, Professor of Chinese History and Chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University; Co-author, The Path: What Chinese Philosopher Can Teach Us About the Good Life

Why is a course on ancient Chinese philosophers one of the most popular at Harvard? Counterintuitive and countercultural, Puett shares why the important teachings developed more than 2000 years ago still apply today.

Hear more about the ideas that will help change your life. 

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Joe Lurie: Perceptions and Misperceptions in a Globalized Polarized World

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Wed, Mar 30 2016 - 7:00pm

Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus, International House, UC Berkeley; Author

The Commonwealth Club is offering an encore performance of Joe Lurie's recent sold-out program in San Francisco. Inspired by a West African proverb that says “The stranger sees only what he knows,” Joe Lurie shares a feast of cross-cultural stories and misadventures, exploring the deeper cultural messages that escape people who hear largely what they’re used to hearing and see mostly what they’re used to seeing. Read more »

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Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Mar 28 2016 - 5:30pm

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. 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. There will also be a brief planning session.

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Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes

Fri, Mar 25 2016 - 12:00pm

Banfsheh Keynoush, Ph.D., Foreign Affairs Scholar; Author; Educator 
Jonathan Curiel, Award-winning Journalist; Author; Former Reuters Foundation Scholar, Oxford University—Moderator Read more »

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Somini Sengupta: The New India

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Mon, Mar 21 2016 - 7:00pm

Somini Sengupta, Foreign Correspondent, The New York Times; Author, The End of Karma: Hope and Fury Among India’s Young; Twitter:

Sengupta explores the people of India and how the country is dealing with issues relating to economic opportunity, gender equality and civil liberties.

Sengupta emigrated from Calcutta as a child and grew up in California. Thirty years later, she returned to India as the first Indian-American bureau chief for The New York Times.

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Explore the World from The Commonwealth Club

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Mon, Mar 7 2016 - 5:00pm

All interested Club members are welcome to attend our bimonthly, one-hour planning meetings of the International Relations Member-Led Forum. We focus on Europe, Latin America, Africa and worldwide topics. Join us to discuss current international issues and plan programs for early 2016.

Upcoming event

Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Feb 29 2016 - 5:30pm

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. 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. There will also be a brief planning session.

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The UK Sees China As a Friend — Why Don't We?

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Thu, Feb 18 2016 - 6:30pm

Martin Jacques, Journalist; Author, When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order
Susan Shirk, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State; Chair, 21st Century China Program, University of California San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy
Additional Panelists TBA Read more »

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Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Jan 25 2016 - 5:30pm

This month's topic: Interfaith understanding

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. 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. There will also be a brief planning session.

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