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Humanities West Book Discussion: Mission to China- Matteo Ricci & the Jesuit Encounter with the East

Wed, Feb 29 2012 - 5:30pm
Humanities West Book Discussion: Mission to China: Matteo Ricci & the Jesuit Encounter with the East

In the 16th century, the vast and sophisticated empire of China remained almost unknown to the West. As global trade expanded, legends fed the fantasies of European merchants, and the Catholic Church imagined the saving of millions of souls, but the first Jesuits in China confronted enormous challenges when they settled in the fabled Forbidden City. Lynn Harris will moderate this discussion of Mary Laven’s fascinating book.
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Magic Theatre Virgin Play Reading: Good Goods

Mon, Feb 27 2012 - 6:00pm
Magic Theatre Virgin Play Reading: Good Goods 
Magic brings its artistic staff and one of the candidates for its main stage to The Commonwealth Club. Hear the very first reading of a new play and meet the director and playwright, who will hold a conversation with the audience after the reading. The play Good Goods comes from playwright Christina Anderson.
 
In a small Black town that doesn’t appear on any map, a young man is summoned back to run his family-owned general store.
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Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Feb 27 2012 - 5:30pm

Middle East Discussion Group

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with fellow Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines.  After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. Read more »

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What it's like to be the Muslim next door in Silicon Valley

Thu, Feb 16 2012 - 6:30pm

What It’s Like to Be the Muslim Next Door in Silicon Valley

Muhammed Chaudhry, President & CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation
Sumbul ali-Karamali, Lawyer; Author, The Muslim Next Door: The Qur’an, the Media, and that Veil Thing
Raaina Mohsen, Executive Director, Cities Association of Santa Clara County
Barbara Marshman, Opinion Pages Editor, San Jose Mercury News – Moderator

A panel of five leading Silicon Valley executives, educators and entrepreneurs wil Read more »

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Science & Technology Planning Meeting

Wed, Feb 15 2012 - 6:15pm

Science & Technology Planning Meeting

Join fellow Club members with similar interests and brainstorm upcoming Science & Technology programs. All Commonwealth Club members are welcome. We explore visions for the future through science and technology. Discuss current issues and share your insights with fellow Club members to shape and plan programs for the months ahead.

MLF: Science & Technology
Location:
  SF Club Office
Time: 6:15 p.m. Read more »

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New Member Open House and 109th Birthday Party

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Thu, Feb 2 2012 - 5:30pm

New Member Open House and 109th Birthday Party

Are you new to the Club? Just want to explore and check it out? Come take a peek, meet other new members and staff, and learn all about what The Commonwealth Club has to offer. Explore how our programs come together, volunteer opportunities, travel destinations and enjoy scrumptious light hors d’oeuvres. Bring a friend and explore the Club together! Plus we will be celebrating the Club’s 109th birthday, so come and have a slice of birthday cake to fete the Club! Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Wed, Feb 1 2012 - 5:30pm

Humanities West Book Discussion: The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Join us to discuss Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, with one eye on the Jungian archetypes on display in this Russian classic. The discussion will be moderated by Denise Schickel. Needless to say, the author will not be present.

MLF: Humanities
Location:
SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. discussion
Cost: FREE
Program Organizer:
George Hammond   

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Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Jan 30 2012 - 5:30pm

Middle East Discussion Group

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with fellow Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines.  After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. Read more »

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Arts Forum Planning Meeting

Thu, Jan 26 2012 - 5:30pm

Arts Forum Planning Meeting

Please join us and other arts enthusiasts for a discussion of programming ideas for the coming year. The Arts Member-Led Forum oversees Club programs in the fine arts, theater, dance, and music and hosts Club exhibitions.

MLF: The Arts
Location:
SF Club Office
Time: 5:30-7 p.m. planning meeting
Cost: FREE
Program Organizer:
Lynn Curtis

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SV Reads 2012: Sumbul Ali Karamali and G. Willow Wilson

Wed, Jan 25 2012 - 7:30pm

2012 Silicon Valley Reads: One Book. One Community.

Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Author, The Muslim Next Door: The Qur’an, the Media, and that Veil Thing
G. Willow Wilson, Author, The Butterfly Mosque
Mike Cassidy, Columnist, San Jose Mercury News  – Moderator

Ali-Karamali and Wilson use their personal stories as jumping-off points to shed light on the Islamic faith, cultural traditions and misperceptions about one of the fastest growing religions in America. Read more »

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