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Makers of Innovation

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Mon, Dec 12 2016 - 6:00pm

Dale Dougherty, Founder and CEO, Maker Magazine and Maker Faire; Author, Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing Our Schools, Our Jobs, and Our Minds
In conversation with Robert Stephens, Founder of Geek Squad Read more »

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Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn

Mon, Dec 12 2016 - 12:00pm

Daniel Gordis, Author; Israel Analyst; Commentator
Riva Gambert, Former Director, East Bay Israel Center; Director, East Bay International Jewish Film Festival

Dr. Gordis, a former Conservative rabbi, award-winning author of several books on Jewish thought and Israeli currents, and columnist for the Jerusalem Post, will discuss the topic of his latest book, which has been described as a luminous history shedding light on Israel's culture, politics and economy, so people can understand her future. Read more »

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Is Climate Denial Destroying Our Planet?

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Mon, Dec 12 2016 - 12:00pm

Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology, Penn State University; Co-author, The Madhouse Effect
Cristine Russell, Freelance Science Journalist
Tom Toles, Political Cartoonist; Co-author, The Madhouse Effect Read more »

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Senator George Mitchell and Alon Sachar: How the Next U.S. President Should Handle Israel and Palestine

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Fri, Dec 9 2016 - 12:00pm

George Mitchell, Retired U.S. Senator (D-Maine); Former Senate Majority Leader; Former U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace; Co-author, A Path To Peace: A Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East
Alon Sachar, Former Advisor, U.S. Ambassador to Israel and President Obama’s Special Envoys for Middle East Peace, George Mitchell and David Hale; Co-Author, A Path To Peace: A Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East Read more »

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Max Stier: How to Ensure a Smooth Presidential Transition

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Thu, Dec 8 2016 - 6:30pm

Max Stier, Founding President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service 
In conversation with Lenny Mendonca, McKinsey & Company Director Emeritus; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors. Read more »

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Ben Franklin Circles

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Wed, Dec 7 2016 - 6:30pm

Join us monthly, every first Wednesday, for a 21st-century version of Ben Franklin’s mutual improvement club. One evening a week, for more than 40 years, the founding father discussed and debated with his friends the 13 virtues that he felt formed the basis for personal and civic improvement, a list he created when he was 20 years old. The virtues to which he aspired included justice, resolution and humility (but don't misunderstand Ben on that one—his explanation of humility was "imitate Jesus and Socrates"). Read more »

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I'm Right and You're an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up

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Mon, Dec 5 2016 - 6:00pm

James Hoggan, President, Hoggan & Associates; Chair of the Board, David Suzuki Foundation; Author, I'm Right and You're an Idiot Read more »

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Reading Californians Book Discussion Group

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Mon, Dec 5 2016 - 6:00pm

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America, by Los Angeles Times reporter Jill Leovy, will be discussed at our next meeting. This is the story of a mostly ignored American murder—a "ghettoside" killing, one young black man slaying another—and a brilliant and driven cadre of detectives whose creed is to pursue justice for forgotten victims at all costs. Read more »

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Post-election Decompression with INFORUM and Brigade

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Mon, Nov 28 2016 - 6:00pm

Join INFORUM and Brigade for a post–election decompression happy hour: an opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings about this year's historic election, and then discuss ways that you can continue to be civically engaged outside of major election cycles and help shape the direction of our country. Be prepared to talk to new people and come away with new ideas about how you can play a role in our future! Read more »

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Socrates Café

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Mon, Nov 21 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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