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An Evening with Luvvie Ajayi

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Wed, Oct 12 2016 - 6:30pm

Luvvie Ajayi, Comedian; Blogger; Author

Luvvie Ajayi, blogger and comedian extraordinaire, is that friend who brings up all the “touchy” topics you’re not supposed to talk about at dinner, like love, sex, money and politics.

In her new book I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual, Luvvie deftly dissects everything from feminism to friendship to social media to sex tapes, all the while encouraging readers to take a hard look at why they think and act the way they do in today’s crazy-connected, digital world. Read more »

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Paradise Burning

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Tue, Oct 11 2016 - 6:30pm

J. Keith Gilless, Dean of the College of Natural Resources; Chair, California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection

California wildfires used to be a seasonal challenge in rather remote parts of the state. Now they are burning nearly year-round and spreading from the urban-rural interface to more of the state’s urban and coastal population. What is driving California’s "hellfires"? How are they hitting the state treasury, environment and public health?

A conversation about the California dream lived in a hot and smoky world.

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Larry Brilliant: Sometimes Brilliant

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Mon, Oct 10 2016 - 7:00pm

Larry Brilliant, Chairman, Skoll Global Threats; Former Executive Director, Google.org; Author, Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History; Twitter:

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

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Caitlin Shetterly: The Threat of GMOs

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Mon, Oct 10 2016 - 6:30pm

Caitlin Shetterly, Author, Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future

GMO products are among the most-consumed and the least-understood substances in the United States today. They appear not only in the food we eat, but in everything from the interior coating of paper coffee cups and medicines to diapers and toothpaste. Read more »

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#Girlboss Sophia Amoruso

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Mon, Oct 10 2016 - 6:30pm

Sophia Amoruso, Author, Nasty Galaxy and New York Times best-seller #Girlboss; Founder and CEO, Nasty Gal; Founder, #Girlboss Foundation; Host, #Girlboss Radio 
Alison Pincus, Co-Founder, One Kings Lane; Co-Founder, HelloMazel—Moderator Read more »

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Anthony Romero, ACLU Executive Director: Civil Liberties and Technology

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Mon, Oct 10 2016 - 3:00pm

Anthony Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union

Anthony Romero is the ACLU’s sixth executive director, and the first Latino and openly gay man to serve in that capacity. Born in New York City to parents who hailed from Puerto Rico, Romero was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He is a graducate of Stanford University Law School and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs. He will address the intersection of big data and social justice. Read more »

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Presidential Debate Watch Party 10/9

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Sun, Oct 9 2016 - 5:30pm

Join INFORUM, Brigade and KQED at the swanky Hotel Zetta to watch all three 2016 presidential debates! Read more »

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Civility and Difficult Conversations in Political and Public Discourse

Thu, Oct 6 2016 - 7:00pm

Janet Flammang, Professor Emerita; Author; Table Talk: Building Democracy One Meal at a Time

In the current political climate, it is important for all of us to learn how to have difficult conversations. Flammang helps us understand why political conversations are so difficult and how table talk provides everyday opportunities to practice and teach the art of conversation.

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China’s Economic Slowdown: Will It Hurt the U.S. and the World?

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Thu, Oct 6 2016 - 6:30pm

Yingyi Qian, Dean and Professor, School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, China
Nicholas Lardy, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Board Member, Asia Policy and The China Review
George Lewinski, Former Foreign Editor, "Marketplace"—Moderator Read more »

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Chef Ryan Pollnow and a Party to Benefit The Commonwealth Club

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Thu, Oct 6 2016 - 6:00pm

Join us at Williams-Sonoma in San Mateo for a shopping night benefiting The Commonwealth Club of California in celebration of the grand opening of their new store at the Hillsdale Shopping Center.

• 15% of the purchases made during the shopping night event will go directly to The Commonwealth Club.

Enjoy a Basque Pintxos party and Gin & Tonic Bar with Chef Ryan Pollnow of San Francisco’s Aatxe.

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