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Wired's Kevin Kelly: The Future of Tech

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Mon, Jul 18 2016 - 6:30pm

Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick, Wired; Author, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that Will Shape Our Future; Twitter Read more »

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Public Health, Public Spaces

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Mon, Jun 27 2016 - 6:30pm

Lisa Chen, Planner, Citywide Division, San Francisco
Richard J. Jackson, M.D, Professor and Former Chair, Environmental Health Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA
Fran Weld, Vice President of Strategy and Development, San Francisco Giants
Bill Worthen, Executive Director, Urban Fabrick

This program is underwritten by The California Wellness Foundation. Read more »

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Middle East Forum Discussion

Mon, Jun 27 2016 - 5:30pm

The Middle East Forum discussion group that primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan has been meeting for more than eight years. We do not debate. We exchange ideas and opinions. The discussion is considered a perk of membership but those interested, especially students, are welcome to attend.

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Socrates Café

Mon, Jun 20 2016 - 6:30pm

On one Monday evening of every month the Humanities Forum sponsors Socrates Café at The Commonwealth Club. Each meeting is devoted to the discussion of a philosophical topic chosen at that meeting. The group's facilitator, John Nyquist, invites participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic is asked to briefly explain why she or he considers that topic interesting and important. An open discussion follows, and the meeting ends with a summary of the various perspectives participants expressed. Read more »

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The Sake Revolution: Sequoia Sake

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Mon, Jun 20 2016 - 6:00pm

Jake Myrick, Co-Founder, Sequoia Sake Read more »

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7th Annual Mineta National Transportation Finance Summit: Superior Infrastructure = Economic Success

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Fri, Jun 17 2016 - 8:15am

Brian Kelly, Secretary, California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA)—Keynote
Norman Y. Mineta, Secretary (ret.), U.S. Department of Transportation
Asha Agrawal, Ph.D., Director, Mineta Institute’s National Transportation Finance Center
Grace Crunican, General Manager, Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)
Steve Heminger, Executive Director, Metropolitan Transportation Division Read more »

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The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence

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Mon, Jun 13 2016 - 6:00pm

Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley; Co-Director, Greater Good Science Center; Author, The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence

Monday Night Philosophy investigates a revolutionary reconsideration of power. It is taken for granted that power corrupts. This is reinforced culturally by everything from Machiavelli to contemporary politics. But enduring power only comes from empathy and giving, because power is given to us by other people. Read more »

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Jordan

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Fri, Jun 10 2016 - 12:00pm

Maher Kalaji, Ph.D.
Celia Menczel, Chair, Middle East Member-Led Forum

Jordan, a strong American ally, is one of the most historically and strategically important countries in the Middle East. It is also one of the most welcoming. However, tourists to Jordan were markedly fewer this March when Menczel toured Jordanian archeological sites, including Petra, one of the seven new wonders of the world. She will show images and discuss her enlightening and wonderful experience with Professor Kalaji, who was born and raised in Jordan.

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Joshua Kendall: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama

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Wed, Jun 8 2016 - 7:00pm

Joshua Kendall, Associate Fellow, Trumbull College, Yale; Author, First Dads: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama

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

Work-life balance is a constant struggle for parents, but how does it change when you are the president of the United States? Read more »

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How LA and SJ Embraced Modern Transit

Tue, Jun 7 2016 - 12:30pm

Ethan Elkind, Author, Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City
Hon. Rod Diridon, Emeritus Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute

Both Los Angeles and San Jose are reinventing themselves from auto-oriented cities to the “railtowns” of tomorrow. What has Los Angeles learned from the South Bay, and what can we learn from LA’s recent transit expansions? Elkind and Diridon offer their thoughts on this important issue.

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