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Explore the World from The Commonwealth Club Planning Meeting

Mon, Jul 27 2015 - 5:15pm

All interested Club members are welcome to attend our bimonthly, 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 early 2016.

MLF: International Relations
Location: 555 Post St., San Francisco
Time: 5:15 p.m. program
Program Organizers:
Norma Walden and Linda Calhoun
Notes: Free program

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A Debate on Treating Mental Illness: Should We Bring Back Asylums?

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Wed, Jul 22 2015 - 6:30pm

Dominic Sisti, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics/Health Policy and Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania; Principal Author, “Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care: Bring Back the Asylum,” Journal of the American Medical Association
Renee Binder, M.D., Psychiatrist, University of California, San Francisco; Incoming President, American Psychiatric Association
Dr. Gloria Duffy, President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club — Moderator Read more »

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Socrates Café

Mon, Jul 20 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. Read more »

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Julie Lythcott-Haims: How to Raise an Adult

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Mon, Jul 20 2015 - 6:00pm

Julie Lythcott-Haims, Former Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising, Stanford University; Author, How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success
Joe Tuman, Professor of Legal and Political Communications, San Francisco State University Read more »

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Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve

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Mon, Jul 13 2015 - 6:00pm

Ian Morris, Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History, Stanford University; Author, Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve Read more »

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Book Discussion: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Mon, Jul 6 2015 - 5:30pm

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of the locks. When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast. Read more »

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Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Jun 29 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. Nabil Wahbeh will make a presentation about his trip to Israel and the West Bank. Afterwards, 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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Fund Federal Transportation Investment Now

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Fri, Jun 26 2015 - 9:00am

Welcome remarks by:
Hon. Norman Mineta, US Secretary of Transportation (ret)

Keynote address by:
Hon. Jim Beall, California State Senator (D) Read more »

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How We Roll

Mon, Jun 22 2015 - 6:30pm

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, Reporter, San Francisco Examiner
Jeff Hobson, Deputy Director, TransForm Read more »

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Haiku Across Borders: From Japan to the United States . . . and Back Again? Perspectives of an American Haiku Poet

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Mon, Jun 22 2015 - 6:00pm

Abigail Friedman, Haiku Poet; Author, The Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan; Former U.S. Diplomat

In association with the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco. Promotional support by the Japan Society of Northern California. Part of the Good Lit series underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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