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Senator Barbara Boxer: The Art of Tough

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Mon, Jul 18 2016 - 11:00am

Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senator (D-California); Author, The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life; Twitter
Mary Marcy, President, Dominican University of California—Moderator

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

"One goal of this memoir is to inspire people to fight for change. It takes what I call the 'art of tough,' and I've had to do it all my life." —Senator Barbara Boxer Read more »

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Finding Your Wine Personality

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Thu, Jul 14 2016 - 6:30pm

The Boisset Wine Ambassadors will guide you through a wine tasting that explores your wine style. They’ll serve as your personal wine concierge—sharing exclusive new releases, the stories behind the wines and the vineyards, and the knowledge to guide you to wines best-suited for your palate. Join us as wine and style unite, and embrace l’art de vivre!

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The Computer Science of Human Decisions, with Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths

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Thu, Jul 14 2016 - 6:30pm

Brian Christian, Author, The Most Human Human; Co-author, Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions
Tom Griffiths, Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, UC Berkeley; Co-author, Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions Read more »

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The Way of Wanderlust

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Wed, Jul 13 2016 - 7:00pm

Don George, Travel Writer; Editor; Author, The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George
In Conversation with Kristina Nemeth, Travel Director, The Commonwealth Club of California

Join noted travel writer and editor Don George for a delightful, world-roaming evening discussing his new book, his life as a travel writer, and opportunities for meaningful travel around the world. Whether you are looking for adventure, culture, food or spirituality, George will offer inspiring stories, insights and advice. Read more »

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Is California Entering a Megadrought?

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Wed, Jul 13 2016 - 6:30pm

Noah Diffenbaugh, Professor, Stanford University
Peter Gleick, President, The Pacific Institute
Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture

This program was generously underwritten by the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation. Read more »

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Steve Blank: Hacking for Defense

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Tue, Jul 12 2016 - 7:00pm

Steve Blank, Entrepreneur; Educator, Stanford University, UC Berkeley and Columbia University; Twitter
Joe Felter, Senior Research Scholar at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation; Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution—Moderator Read more »

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Is the Rising Tide Lifting All Boats? Race and Inclusion in the Bay Area

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Tue, Jul 12 2016 - 6:30pm

Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland
James Bell, Civil Rights Leader; Executive Director, W. Hayward Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice, Fairness and Equality
Manuel Pastor, Demographer and Professor of Sociology, American Studies and Ethnicity, The University of Southern California
Joshua Johnson, Creator/Host, Rockit Fuel Radio Podcast; Lecturer, U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism—Moderator Read more »

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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Social Hour 7/11/16

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Mon, Jul 11 2016 - 6:30pm

Carson Bruno, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution; Twitter  
Melissa Caen, Political Analyst, CBS SF and SFGate.com; Twitter  
James Taylor, Ph.D., Director of African American Studies and Professor of Political Science, University of San Francisco; Lecturer, African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, University of California Berkeley Read more »

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Chinatown Walking Tour

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Thu, Jul 7 2016 - 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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Turning Homelessness into Headline News

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Wed, Jun 29 2016 - 6:30pm

Audrey Cooper, Editor-in-Chief, San Francisco Chronicle
Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief, Mother Jones
Gary Kamiya, Executive Editor, San Francisco Magazine; Author, Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco; Co-founder, Salon.com; Columnist, “Portals of the Past," San Francisco Chronicle
Holly Kernan, Executive Editor of News, KQED Read more »

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