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Mushrooms to Cannabis: Using Nature to Heal

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Wed, Apr 6 2016 - 7:00pm

Plants have been used for thousands of years to prevent and cure diseases. Join Dr. Donald Abrams, chief of Hematology and Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital and a leading cancer and integrative medicine specialist at UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Mount Zion, and Dr. Brian Kennedy, CEO & president of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, as they review what we know and don’t know about botanical therapies, medical cannabis, integrative medicine and aging well. Read more »

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Income Inequality and the Future of the American Dream: Differing Perspectives

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Wed, Apr 6 2016 - 7:00pm

Alan Auerbach, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and Law, and Director of the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, University of California, Berkeley
Yaron Brook, Ph.D., Executive Director, Ayn Rand Institute; Co-author, Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality 
Mary Cranston, Past Chair, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors; Retired Senior Partner and Past Chair, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Law Firm—Moderator
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After El Niño: Now What?

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Tue, Apr 5 2016 - 6:30pm

Ashley Boren, Executive Director, Sustainable Conservation
Max Gomberg, Climate Change Manager, State Water Resources Control Board
Bart Thompson, Director, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University Read more »

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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social 4/4/16

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Mon, Apr 4 2016 - 6:30pm

Carson Bruno, Research Fellow Specializing in California Politics and Policy, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Twitter
Melissa Caen, Political Analyst, CBS SF ("Mornings with Melissa"); Host, The Cheat Sheet; Attorney; Twitter
Joe Garofoli, Senior Political Writer, San Francisco Chronicle; Twitter   Read more »

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Shannon Watts: Gun Safety Is a Winning Issue

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Thu, Mar 31 2016 - 6:30pm

Shannon Watts, Founder, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence—Moderator Read more »

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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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Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Digital Economy

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Wed, Mar 30 2016 - 12:00pm

Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
George Scalise, Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors; Former President, Semiconductor Industry Association; Former Chief Administrative Officer, Apple—Moderator Read more »

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Thomas Frank: What's the Matter with the Democrats?

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Tue, Mar 29 2016 - 12:00pm

Thomas Frank, Author, What’s the Matter with Kansas? and Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? 
James Taylor, Ph.D., Director of African American Studies and Professor of Political Science, University of San Francisco—Moderator
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Douglas Rushkoff: Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus—How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

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Thu, Mar 24 2016 - 6:30pm

Douglas Rushkoff, Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics, CUNY/Queens; Author, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity; Twitter
Marina Gorbis, Executive Director, The Institute for the Future (IFTF); Futurist, Social Scientist—Moderator Read more »

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Russian Hill Walking Tour

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Thu, Mar 24 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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