Diane Ravitch, Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education; Research Professor of Education, New York University; Author, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education
With the U.S. continuing to fall behind in reading, math and science, what can be done to save our schools? Are charter schools the answer? And what role do teacher unions play? Read more »
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 Club has to offer. See how our programs come together, discover volunteer opportunities and travel destinations, and enjoy scrumptious light hors d’oeuvres. Bring a friend and explore the Club together! Existing Club members are welcome to attend to help us meet and greet and celebrate new members. Plus we will be celebrating the Club’s 108th birthday. Read more »
2011 Silicon Valley Reads: One Book. One Community Kick-Off Event
Michelle Richmond, Author, The Year of Fog
Local Silicon Valley author Richmond’s novel follows the journey of Abby, a young woman overwhelmed with guilt after her fiance’s six-year-old daughter disappears while in her care. The story continues as Abby tries to understand her memories and uncover the truth.
Ann Winblad, Co-founder and Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners - Moderator
For more than 40 years, Draper has worked with top entrepreneurs in fabled Silicon Valley, where today’s vision is made into tomorrow’s reality. This venture capitalist saw the value in Skype, Open Table and many other companies, and he will share his firsthand stories of success. Read more »
The Art of Living Black: Artworks by Karin Turner and Ajuan Mance
This year, The Commonwealth Club celebrates Black History Month with an exhibition of paintings that address the issues of race and gender. Artist Turner and Ajuan Mance, artist, writer and professor, are both Bay Area women of African descent. Read more »
Don't miss this fun and illuminating chance to discuss The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver's new historical novel that moves from the Mexico City of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky in the 1930s to the Washington, D.C., of FDR, J. Edgar Hoover and Richard Nixon in the 1940s. As a reminder, this is a book discussion group; the author will not be present.
MLF: Book Discussion Location: SF Club Office Time: 5:30 p.m. program Cost: FREE Program Organizer: Howard Crane
“Imaginary Countries”: Photos by Alexis Papahadjopoulos
His goal was to travel to the ends of the earth, then bring back a distillation of his experiences. Whether in a landscape or in a person’s face, Papahadjopoulos created a world as he wanted it to be, perfect in color, form and emotion. Come view his work on display at The Commonwealth Club.
MLF: The Arts Location: SF Club Office Time: Regular Club business hours Cost: FREE Program Organizer: Lynn Curtis