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Grazing, Grass and Gas

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Thu, Oct 3 2013 - 6:00pm

Pete Geddes, Managing Director, American Prairie Reserve
Kristine Tompkins, Founder and President, Conservacion Patagonica, Former CEO, Patagonia
Whendee Silver, Professor of Environmental Science, UC Berkeley

Forests are often at the center of conversations about using natural systems to capture and store carbon pollution, but research shows grasslands and prairies are similarly important. How they are managed can potentially have a big impact on storing greenhouse gases so they don’t enter the atmosphere. Read more »

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Ken Walsh, Chief White House Correspondent, US News and World Report

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Fri, Nov 22 2013 - 12:00pm

Ken Walsh, Chief White House Correspondent, U.S. News and World Report; Author, Prisoners of the White House

President Obama calls it the White House “bubble.” Bill Clinton referred to it as “the crown jewel of the federal penitentiary system.” The nation’s presidents often lose touch with the country when trapped behind that dignified façade. Walsh will discuss how presidents manage to either break out or remain isolated. Read more »

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Stephen Kinzer: Dull, Duller, Dulles: Cold War Roots of Today's World Crises

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Fri, Nov 15 2013 - 12:00pm

Stephen Kinzer, Former Correspondent, The New York Times; Author, The Brothers

Joseph Tuman, Professor of Political and Legal Communications, San Francisco State University; Political Analyst, CBS 5 TV – Moderator Read more »

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Responsible Leadership: CEO Perspectives

Thu, Nov 7 2013 - 6:00pm

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The Art and Soul of Combat Veterans

Fri, Nov 1 2013 - 12:00pm

Drew Mendelson, Artillery Forward Officer, Vietnam War; Author, Song Ba To and A Shepherd to Fools

Ari Sonnenberg, Iraq War Veteran (multiple tours); Artist

Michelle Wilmot, Iraq War U.S. Army Veteran; Member, Team Lioness, a female unit that performed house raids and personnel searches; Author, Quixote in Ramadi: An Indigenous Account of Imperialism

Jackie Speier, Member of Congress (D-CA); Member, House Armed Services Committee – Moderator Read more »

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New Member Reception

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Thu, Sep 26 2013 - 5:30pm

Are you new to the Club? Just want to explore and check it out? Come take a peek, meet other members and staff and learn about all The Commonwealth Club offers. Experience firsthand how The Commonwealth Club has become the nation’s leading public forum. Bring a friend and explore the Club together! Read more »

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Governor Bill Richardson: How to Sweet Talk a Shark

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Fri, Oct 18 2013 - 8:00am

Strategies from a Master Negotiator

Bill Richardson, Former Governor of New Mexico; Author, How to Sweet Talk a Shark: Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator; Twitter @GovRichardson
In conversation with Jennifer Granholm, Former Governor of Michigan; Twitter @JenGranholm Read more »

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Marion Nestle: The Politics of Food

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Tue, Oct 15 2013 - 6:00pm

Marion Nestle, Professor, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, New York University; Author, Food Politics and Eat Drink Vote

In conversation with Narsai David, Food and Wine Editor, KCBS Radio

A renowned expert in the politics that impact what we consume, Marion Nestle will discuss pressing food issues including genetic modification among others. She will also reveal how we can fight for the best food products in the marketplace. Read more »

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North Beach Walking Tour #14

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Thu, Dec 5 2013 - 2:00pm

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.

Also know: Photo by Flickr user Clemson.

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San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour #22

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Thu, Nov 14 2013 - 1:45pm

Explore San Francisco’s Financial District with historian Rick Evans and learn the history and stories behind some of our city’s remarkable structures, streets, and public squares. Hear about the famous architects that influenced the building of San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake. Discover hard-to-find rooftop gardens, Art Deco lobbies, unique open spaces, and historic landmarks. This is a tour for locals, with hidden gems you can only find on foot!

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