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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social 1/25/16

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Mon, Jan 25 2016 - 6:30pm

Melissa Caen, Contributor, CBS SF (“Mornings with Melissa”); Host, "The Cheat Sheet"; Attorney; Twitter
C.W. Nevius, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle; Twitter cwnevius
James Taylor, Ph.D., Director of African American Studies and Professor of Political Science, Department of Politics, University of San Francisco

It's a new year—and a presidential election year! Read more »

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Sanjay Patel: Pixar Animator and Author of "Sanjay's Super Team"

Thu, Jan 21 2016 - 7:00pm

Sanjay Patel, Animator; Short Film Director; Author, Sanjay’s Super Team

This is a Good Lit event, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

In the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, Sanjay's Super Team, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian boy whose love for western pop culture comes into conflict with his family’s traditions.

Come learn more about the film that was nominated for an Academy Award in the short films category. Read more »

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Congressman Michael McCaul, Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee

Thu, Jan 21 2016 - 6:30pm

Michael McCaul, U.S. Representative (R-Texas); Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee; Author, Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland—and How to Thwart Them; Twitter:
Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University—Moderator Read more »

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Chinatown Walking Tour

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Thu, Jan 21 2016 - 1:45pm

Enjoy a Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure. Join Rick Evans for a memorable midday 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.

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Gretchen Rubin: Happiness and Habits

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Wed, Jan 20 2016 - 7:00pm

Gretchen Rubin, Best-selling Author, The Happiness Project and Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives; Twitter:
In conversation with Jenny Dearborn, Chief Learning Officer, SAP

We repeat about 40 percent of our behaviors every day. Whether they are good or bad, Rubin believes that when we change our habits, we change our lives. Read more »

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Emma Sky: The Unraveling—High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq

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Wed, Jan 20 2016 - 6:30pm

Emma Sky, Director of Yale World Fellows; Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute; Author, The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq

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Fighting Fossil Fuels All the Way to Prison

Tue, Jan 19 2016 - 6:30pm

Tim DeChristopher, Founder, Climate Disobedience Center Read more »

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Former U.S. Defense Secretary William Perry: A Personal Journey to Reduce the Nuclear Threat

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Thu, Jan 14 2016 - 6:30pm

William Perry, Ph.D., U.S. Secretary of Defense 1994-97;Senior Fellow, Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute and Hoover Institution; Author, My Journey at the Nuclear Brink
Gloria Duffy, Ph.D., President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Clinton Administration—Moderator

Part of The Club's Good Lit Series underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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Disrupting Politics As Usual

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Thu, Jan 7 2016 - 6:30pm

Matt Mahan, CEO, Brigade
Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director, Code for America
Dan Pfeiffer, Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama for Strategy and Communications
Shelly Kapoor Collins, CEO and Founder, Tech Hill Advisors—Moderator Read more »

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Russian Hill Walking Tour

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Thu, Jan 7 2016 - 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 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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