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Spend the Night with Alan Cumming

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Thu, Sep 22 2016 - 7:00pm

Alan Cumming, Actor; Activist; Author, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams
Cleve Jones, Founder, NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt; Human Rights Activist; Author—Moderator

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

We’re thrilled to welcome Alan Cumming to the INFORUM stage for the very first time! Read more »

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Future Cities

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Wed, Sep 21 2016 - 6:30pm

Jonathan Rose, Co-Founder, The Garrison Institute; Author, The Well Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life
Peter Calthorpe, Architect; Urban Designer; Planner Read more »

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Feminist Fight Club with Jessica Bennett

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Wed, Sep 21 2016 - 6:30pm

Jessica Bennett, Contributing Writer, The New York Times; Author, Feminist Fight Club 
Peggy Orenstein, Author and Contributing Writer, The New York Times Magazine—Moderator

The first rule of the Feminist Fight Club is you must talk about the Feminist Fight Club—and we invite you to San Francisco's first public meeting. Read more »

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Susan David: Understanding Emotional Agility

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Tue, Sep 20 2016 - 7:00pm

Susan David, Psychologist, Harvard Medical School; Author, Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life
Jenny Dearborn, Chief Learning Officer, SAP—Moderator

Why is understanding emotional agility so important? With more than 20 years of research, David found that no matter how intelligent, resilient or creative people are, when they ignore how situations make them feel, they miss opportunities to reach their full potential. Read more »

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Has AB 32 Helped or Hurt California?

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Tue, Sep 20 2016 - 6:30pm

Fran Pavley, California State Senator, Co-Author, AB 32
Cathy Reheis-Boyd, President, Western States Petroleum Association

Ten years ago, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed what many consider to be the most important piece of climate legislation in the world. The law, AB 32, created a market for the right to emit carbon pollution; that market is generating billions of dollars in revenue and is now connected to a big chunk of Canada’s economy. Read more »

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Steve Forbes: Where Are the Country and Economy Headed?

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Fri, Sep 16 2016 - 12:00pm

Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media; Author, Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming the Fed Will Restore Hope and Prosperity
John Farmer, Chair, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors—Moderator Read more »

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True or False? A Field Guide to Lies in the Information Age

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Thu, Sep 15 2016 - 6:30pm

Daniel J. Levitin, Ph.D., Author, A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age; Dean of Arts and Humanities, Minerva Schools at KGI.

“All I know is what’s on the Internet”
—Donald Trump to “Meet the Press” as justification for his invalid claim that a protester at a recent Trump campaign event was associated with ISIS Read more »

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North Beach Walking Tour

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Thu, Sep 15 2016 - 1:45pm

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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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 conversation with Phil Bronstein, Executive Chairman of the Board, Center for Investigative Reporting Read more »

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The Future of Work

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Wed, Sep 14 2016 - 6:30pm

Orson Aguilar, President, Greenlining Institute
Carmen Rojas, CEO, Workers Lab
Jim Wunderman, President and CEO, Bay Area Council
Tim O’Reilly, Founder, O’Reilly Media; Venture Capitalist; Founder, Maker Faire; Board Member, Code for America
Joshua Johnson, Creator/Host, Rockit Fuel Radio Podcast; Lecturer, U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism—Moderator Read more »

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