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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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Middle East Forum Discussion

Mon, Feb 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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Travel Expert Patricia Schultz: Emerging Destinations—Places You Have to See

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Wed, Feb 15 2017 - 12:00pm

Patricia Schultz, Travel Writer; Author, 1000 Places To See Before You Die and 1000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die Read more »

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How to Make Sense of the Disorder in the Middle East

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Mon, Feb 13 2017 - 12:00pm

Yoaz Hendel, Ph.D., Military History; Director, Institute of Zionist Strategies
Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting—Moderator

Dr. Hendel, who describes himself as a pragmatic centrist with a national liberal identity, will discuss regional issues confronting the Middle East. He will also explore the influence of the Russian-Iranian relationship in the Middle East.  Read more »

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North Beach Walking Tour

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Thu, Feb 9 2017 - 2:00pm

Join another Commonwealth Club neighborhood adventure! Explore vibrant North Beach with Rick Evans during a two-hour walk through this neighborhood with a colorful past, where food, culture, history and unexpected views all intersect in an Italian “urban village.” In addition to learning about Beat generation hangouts, you’ll discover authentic Italian cathedrals and coffee shops. 

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Chinatown Walking Tour

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Thu, Feb 2 2017 - 10:00am

Enjoy a Commonwealth Club neighborhood adventure. Join Rick Evans for a memorable mid-day walk and discover the history and mysteries of Chinatown. Explore colorful alleys and side streets. Visit a Taoist temple, an herbal store, the site of the first public school in the state and the famous Fortune Cookie Factory.

Past event

Middle East Forum Discussion

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Mon, Jan 30 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; we exchange ideas and opinions. The group is a perk of Club membership, but others who are interested, especially students, are welcome to attend.

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San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour

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Thu, Jan 19 2017 - 2:00pm

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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