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Book Discussion: The Money Changers, by Upton Sinclair

Mon, Nov 2 2015 - 5:30pm

Sinclair’s novel about the 1907 stock panic explores the inner workings of Wall Street at the time. In the novel, a prosperous New York lawyer, Montague, tries to help an old friend from Mississippi, who’s just moved to the city, sell a block of stock. Lucy, whose beauty makes men's hearts skip a beat, is eager to move forward and establish herself in the right social circles. But with that one transaction, they unwittingly became tangled in a web of unscrupulous power brokers who’ve concocted a daring scheme to manipulate the stock market for personal gain. Read more »

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Socrates Café

Mon, Oct 26 2015 - 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. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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Flame Out

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Mon, Oct 26 2015 - 6:30pm

Arlene Blum, Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute
Mark Leno, California State Senator
James Redford, Director, Toxic Hot Seat
John Olech, Director of Global Partner Operations, Crate and Barrel 
Greg Dalton, Founder and Host, Climate One—Moderator Read more »

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Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Oct 26 2015 - 5:30pm

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. 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.

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Humanities West Book Discussion: Dante’s Divine Comedy (Book 3)

Mon, Oct 26 2015 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss paradise within Dante’s Divine Comedy with discussion leader Lynn Harris. The Clive James’s translation will be used, which took decades to finish and renders the entire epic as a coherent and compulsively readable lyric poem. The translation reproduces the same wonderful momentum of the original Italian, propelling the reader along the pilgrim’s path, from hell to heaven, from despair to revelation.

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Fri, Oct 23 2015 - 12:00pm

Eddy Simonian, Masters in International Studies

Maher Kalaji, Ph.D. Chemistry — Moderator

Lebanon has been plagued by war, political instability and refugee crises since its inception as a country in 1920. Simonian, an Assyrian Christian who was raised in Lebanon, will discuss the complicated ethnic and religious history of Lebanon and the sectarian conflict, which was the topic of his 2011 master’s thesis.

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U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood Randall

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Fri, Oct 23 2015 - 12:00pm

Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood Randall, Deputy Energy Secretary; Former White House Coordinator for Defense Policy
Dr. Gloria Duffy, President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club—Moderator

Protecting America’s Energy Infrastructure Read more »

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Arts Forum Planning Meeting

Thu, Oct 22 2015 - 5:30pm

Our meeting is open to all members who have an interest in the visual and performing arts. We welcome your ideas and your energy. This is a chance for you to take a more active role in planning the Club’s calendar of events.

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Chinese Medicine and Managing Diabetes

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Mon, Oct 19 2015 - 6:00pm

John Nieters, Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; Certified in Integrated Diabetes Care, XinHua Hospital Read more »

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New Member Reception

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Thu, Oct 8 2015 - 5:30pm

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 Commonwealth Club offers. Experience firsthand how The Commonwealth Club has become the nation’s leading public forum. Bring a friend and explore the Club together!

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