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Steven Pinker

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Wed, Oct 8 2014 - 7:00pm

Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; Author, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century; Twitter:

LOL and CU L8R – is technology corrupting the English language? With our daily lives bombarded by texts and tweets, are etiquette, writing, and grammar going out of style? Noted linguist and cognitive scientist Pinker will discuss the science of language as well as the challenges of crafting clear, coherent and stylish prose.

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Congressman George Miller: Celebrating Forty Years on Capitol Hill

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Wed, Oct 8 2014 - 6:30pm

George Miller, Member of Congress, California’s 11th Congressional District Read more »

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in Conversation with Sheryl Sandberg

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Wed, Oct 8 2014 - 3:00pm

Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator; Author, Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World; Twitter:
In conversation with Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook; Author, Lean In Read more »

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John Lahr, New Yorker Drama Critic

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Mon, Oct 6 2014 - 7:00pm

John Lahr, Author, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh; Drama critic, The New Yorker
In conversation with Carey Perloff, Artistic Director, A.C.T.

John Lahr will discuss his new book on Tennessee Williams, which provides intimate access to the mind of the writer whose plays reshaped the American theater and our nation’s sense of self. Read more »

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Joshua Wolf Shenk: The Power of Two

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Mon, Oct 6 2014 - 6:30pm

Joshua Wolf Shenk, Curator, The Moth; Author, Lincoln’s Melancholy and Powers of Two: Seeking the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs; Twitter: Read more »

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Cornel West

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Fri, Oct 3 2014 - 7:00pm

Cornel West, Ph.D.; Professor, Union Theological Seminary; Author, Black Prophetic Fire
Julie Chang, Associate Chair and Associate Professor of English, Santa Clara University – Moderator Read more »

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Oil on Rails

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Fri, Oct 3 2014 - 12:00pm

John Avalos, Member, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Jess Dervin-Ackerman, Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter
Molly Samuel, Reporter, KQED Science
Tupper Hull, Vice President, Strategic Communications, Western States Petroleum Association Read more »

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Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg: How Google Works

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Thu, Oct 2 2014 - 7:00pm

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman and Former CEO, Google; Co-author, How Google Works
Jonathan Rosenberg, Google Advisor; Co-author, How Google Works

In conversation with Sal Khan, Founder of the Khan Academy Read more »

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An Evening with Jacques Pépin

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Thu, Oct 2 2014 - 6:00pm

Jacques Pépin, Chef; Author, Essential Pépin
Emily Luchetti, Chef - Moderator Read more »

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Chinatown Walking Tour

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Thu, Oct 2 2014 - 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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