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Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, May 20 2013 - 5:30pm

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. There will also be a brief planning session Read more »

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Lisa Krieger: The Cost of Dying and Moral Choices at the End of Life

Tue, May 14 2013 - 12:00pm

Lisa Krieger, Science and Medical Research Reporter, San Jose Mercury News

In a series of powerful articles last year, Mercury News reporter Krieger documented the immense financial costs associated with her father’s final illness. Krieger will discuss how such costs are impacting end-of-life care and our entire health system. Read more »

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Mickey Edwards: The Influence of Partisan Politics on Local Government

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Fri, Apr 19 2013 - 12:00pm

Mickey Edwards, Former Member of Congress (R-OK); Vice President and Director, Aspen Institute Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership; Author, The Parties Versus the People Read more »

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North Korea: A Town Hall

Mon, Apr 8 2013 - 6:00pm

This program is sold out.

Philip Yun, Executive Director, Ploughshares Fund; Former Senior Member of U.S. Delegation and Negotiator, Peace Talks with North Korea

David Straub, Associate Director, Korean Studies Program, The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University; Former U.S. State Department Officer for Korean Affairs

Dr. Gloria Duffy, President and CEO, Commonwealth Club - Moderator Read more »

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Science & Technology Planning Meeting

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Thu, May 16 2013 - 6:15pm

Join fellow Club members with similar interests to 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. Read more »

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Carol Turner, "Silence of Women" Meet-the-Artist Reception

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Thu, Apr 4 2013 - 4:00pm

Carol Turner’s provocative exhibition challenges us to become more aware of the worldwide status of women. Long tables lined with women’s faces, cast in clay by the artist, span the length of the Club lobby. This reception is an opportunity to meet with the artist and learn more about her work. Following the reception is a related talk by educator and author Joni Seager. (Note separate listing and registration). Read more »

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Gray Davis

Tue, Mar 19 2013 - 7:00pm

Gray Davis

Former Governor, California
 
Former California Governor Davis will reflect on recent changes to the state’s constitution and the prospects for future reform. Davis served as governor from 1999-2003. He is currently with the Los Angeles office of Loeb & Loeb and is a senior fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs.
 
Location: Barrett Ballroom, San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San Jose
Time: 7 p.m. Read more »

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Book Discussion: Consuelo by George Sand

Mon, Feb 4 2013 - 5:30pm

Consuelo

George Sand, famous for her many lovers, wrote more than 60 novels during her career. Written in 1842, Consuelo portrays the triumph of moral purity over manifold temptations. This Romantic novel of the musical life of a gypsy singer is noted for its rich depiction of Venice. The characters in Sand’s novels are enthusiastic and outspoken, with a bold manifesto of women's independence and a legitimate claim to emotional and sexual fulfillment. The title character is modeled on a well-known soprano of that age, Pauline Viardot. Read more »

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Science & Technology Discussion Group

Thu, Nov 8 2012 - 6:15pm

Science & Technology Discussion Group

“Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Scotty … we need you along with your ship and the crew of the Enterprise!” Join us for a lively discussion focused on science and technology education.

Over the years our nation has seen a decline in academic performance of our youth in math and science vis-à-vis other nations. This harms our efforts to foster qualified homegrown scientists and engineers. Are we in danger of losing our competitive advantage? How can we improve science and technology education? Read more »

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Explore the World from The Commonwealth Club

Thu, Nov 1 2012 - 5:30pm

Explore the World from The Commonwealth Club

All interested Club members are welcome to attend monthly one-hour planning meetings of the International Relations Member-Led Forum. We focus on Europe, Latin America, Africa and worldwide topics. Join us to discuss current international issues and plan programs for 2013.

MLF: International Relations
Location: Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. Read more »

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