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Anger and Mourning on the American Right

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Wed, Sep 14 2016 - 7:00pm

Arlie R. Hochschild, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country. In the right-wing world she explores, Hochschild discovers powerful forces that override self-interest, as progressives see it, and help explain the emotional appeal of a candidate like Donald Trump. Read more »

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Tristan Walker and John Maeda: Redefining Design

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Wed, Aug 31 2016 - 6:30pm

Tristan Walker, Founder & CEO, Walker & Company Brands, Inc.
John Maeda, Design Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers—Moderator

After recognizing the need for better-designed personal care products for people of color, Tristan Walker, a former entrepreneur-in-residence at Andreessen Horowitz and director of business development at Foursquare, struck out on his own and launched Walker & Company Brands, Inc. Read more »

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BBC Correspondent Bill Hayton: Who Owns the South China Sea?

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Fri, Aug 26 2016 - 12:00pm

Bill Hayton, BBC Correspondent, Author, The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia
Frank Wu, Professor and former Dean, University of California Hastings Law School; Chairman, Committee of 100—Moderator Read more »

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Can California Get to 100-percent Clean Power?

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Tue, Aug 23 2016 - 6:30pm

Mark Ferron, Member, California Independent System Operator
Mark Jacobson, Professor, Stanford
Geisha J. Williams, President, PG&E

Mark Jacobson leads a team that says California and other states can get to 100-percent renewable power by 2050. Celebrity activists Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio are backing him. Read more »

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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social 8/22/16

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Mon, Aug 22 2016 - 6:30pm

Panelists TBA

We'll explore the biggest, most controversial, and sometimes the surprising political issues with expert commentary by panelists who are smart, are civil, and have a good sense of humor. Join our panelists for informative and engaging commentary on political and other major news, audience discussion of the week’s events, and our live news quiz!

And come early before the program to meet other smart and engaged individuals and discuss the news over snacks and wine at our member social (open to all attendees).

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Nob Hill Walking Tour

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Fri, Aug 19 2016 - 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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Will Durst: 2016 Election Madness!

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Wed, Aug 17 2016 - 6:30pm

Will Durst, Political Satirist; Twitter
Melissa Caen, Political Analyst, CBS SF—Moderator

In possibly one of the most contentious and hotly contested elections in our lifetimes, don’t miss Will Durst’s take on the 2016 election cycle and the candidates seeking the White House. Read more »

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Above the Law? Addressing Sexual Assault on Campus and Beyond

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Tue, Aug 16 2016 - 6:30pm

Michele Dauber, Frederick l. Richman Professor of Law, Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology, Stanford University
Jeffrey Rosen, Santa Clara County District Attorney
Additional Panelists TBA

In the wake of the recent controversy over the sentencing of Stanford student Brock Turner for the rape of an unconscious fellow student, many are beginning to question the efficacy of the current policies and laws in place regarding sexual assault on college campuses and in the broader community. Read more »

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Former San Francisco Giant Jeremy Affeldt: There Is Life After Baseball

Tue, Aug 16 2016 - 12:00pm

Jeremy Affeldt, San Francisco Giants Pitcher 2008-2015; Philanthropist; Author, To Stir A Movement, Life, Justice and Major League Baseball
In conversation with Lenny Mendonca, Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors Read more »

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Building a Culture of Success

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Mon, Aug 15 2016 - 7:00pm

Richard Belluzzo, Entrepreneur; Venture Partner; Tech Executive

The culture of a company has never been more important than it is today. Read more »

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