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Middle East Forum Discussion

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Mon, May 22 2017 - 5:30pm

The Middle East Forum discussion group—which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan—has been meeting monthly for nine years. We are not a debate group. Each month we discuss timely, cultural subjects in a civil atmosphere with respect for others and their opinions.

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Middle East Forum Discussion

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Mon, Apr 24 2017 - 5:30pm

The Middle East Forum discussion group—which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan— has been meeting monthly for nine years. We are not a debate group. Each month we discuss timely, cultural subjects in a civil atmosphere with respect for others and their opinions. Students are particularly welcome.

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San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour

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Thu, Apr 20 2017 - 1:45pm

Explore San Francisco’s Financial District with historian Rick Evans and learn the history and stories behind some of our city’s remarkable structures, streets and public squares. Hear about the famous architects who influenced the building of San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake. Discover hard-to-find rooftop gardens, Art Deco lobbies, unique open spaces and historic landmarks. This is a tour for locals, with hidden gems you can only find on foot!

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Nob Hill Walking Tour

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Tue, Apr 4 2017 - 1:45pm

Explore one of San Francisco’s 44 hills, and one of its original “Seven Hills”. Because of great views and its central position, Nob Hill became an exclusive enclave of the rich and famous on the west coast who built large mansions in the neighborhood. This included prominent tycoons such as Leland Stanford, and other members of the Big Four. Highlights include the history of four landmark hotels: The Fairmont, Mark Hopkins, Stanford Court, and Huntington Hotel. Read more »

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Middle East Forum Discussion

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Mon, Mar 27 2017 - 5:30pm

The Middle East Forum discussion group, which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan, has been meeting monthly for about nine years. We are not a debate group.

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Waterfront Walking Tour

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Thu, Mar 23 2017 - 1:45pm

Join Rick Evans for his new walking tour exploring the historic sites of the waterfront neighborhood that surrounds the location of the future Commonwealth Club headquarters. Hear the dynamic stories of the entrepreneurs, controversial artists and labor organizers who created this recently revitalized neighborhood. This tour will give you a lively overview of the historic significance of this neighborhood and a close look at the ongoing development.

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The U.S. and China in 2017

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Mon, Mar 20 2017 - 6:30pm

Howard French, Former New York Times Asia Correspondent; Author, Everything Under the Heavens: Empire, Tribute and the Future of Chinese Power
George Koo, Ph.D., Regular Contributor, Online Asia Times; Chairman, Burlingame Global Foundation
George Lewinski, Former Foreign Editor, "Marketplace"—Moderator Read more »

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Russian Hill Walking Tour

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Thu, Mar 9 2017 - 1:45pm

Join a more active Commonwealth Club neighborhood adventure! Russian Hill is a magical area with secret gardens and amazing views. Join Rick Evans for a "cardio hike" up hills and staircases and learn about the history of this neighborhood. See where great artists and architects lived and worked, and walk down residential streets where some of the most historically significant houses in the Bay Area are located. 

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Assassination of a Saint: Reflections on the U.S. Trial for the Killing of Archbishop Óscar Romero

Thu, Mar 2 2017 - 6:00pm

Almudena Bernabeu, Co-Founder, Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers (Member of the Legal Team)
Russell Cohen, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (Member of the Legal Team)
Terry Lynn Karl, Gildred Professor of Latin American Studies and Professor of Political Science, Stanford University (Expert Witness at the Trial)
Matt Eisenbrandt, Author, Assassination of a Saint (Member of the Legal Team) Read more »

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Afghanistan: Current Challenges and Future Prospects

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Tue, Feb 28 2017 - 6:00pm

Mohammad Qayoumi, Ph.D., President Emeritus, San Jose State University; Advisor, President of Afghanistan
Jonathan Curiel, Journalist—Moderator Read more »

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