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How to Make Sense of the Disorder in the Middle East

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Mon, Feb 13 2017 - 12:00pm

Yoaz Hendel, Ph.D., Military History; Director, Institute of Zionist Strategies
Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting—Moderator

Dr. Hendel, who describes himself as a pragmatic centrist with a national liberal identity, will discuss regional issues confronting the Middle East. He will also explore the influence of the Russian-Iranian relationship in the Middle East.  Read more »

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Can Clean Tech Clean Up Our Future?

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Mon, Feb 6 2017 - 6:30pm

Holmes Hummel, Founder, Clean Energy Works
Andrew Chung, Founder and Managing Partner, 1955 Capital
Danny Kennedy, Managing Director, California Clean Energy Fund Read more »

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Reading Californians Book Discussion Group: An Unnecessary Woman, by Rabih Alamaddine

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Mon, Feb 6 2017 - 6:00pm

An Unnecessary Woman was written by Rabih Alameddine, one of Beirut’s most celebrated voices. The novel is a breathtaking portrait of a reclusive woman's late-life crisis that garnered a wave of rave reviews and love letters to Alameddine’s cranky yet charming septuagenarian protagonist, Aaliya, a character you "can't help but love," according to NPR. Read more »

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Changemakers: Movement Leaders on Civil Rights in an Uncivil Time

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Wed, Feb 1 2017 - 6:30pm

Lariza Dugan Cuadra, Executive Director, Carecen SF
Rashad Robinson, Executive Director, Color of Change
Abdi Soltani, Executive Director, ACLU of Northern California
Tom Steyer, Founder and President, NextGen Climate
Mina Kim, Anchor and Host, KQED—Moderator

Sponsored by the San Francisco Foundation as part of the People, Power, Place Series, which addresses access and equity in the Bay Area. Read more »

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Ben Franklin Circles

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Wed, Feb 1 2017 - 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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On the Go: The Business and Future of Connected Technology

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Mon, Jan 30 2017 - 6:00pm

S.C. Moatti, Technology Visionary; Venture Capitalist; Bestselling Author, Mobilized: An Insider’s Guide to the Business and Future of Connected Technology
In conversation with Geoff Moore, Speaker; Advisor; Author, Crossing the Chasm Read more »

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Middle East Forum Discussion

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Mon, Jan 30 2017 - 5:30pm

The Middle East Forum discussion group—which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan—has been meeting monthly for nine years. We are not a debate group; we exchange ideas and opinions. The group is a perk of Club membership, but others who are interested, especially students, are welcome to attend.

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Arts Forum Planning Meeting

Thu, Jan 26 2017 - 5:30pm

For those of you with a passion for the visual and performing arts, please join us in discussion as we explore ideas for future Club programs and exhibitions. The planning meeting is open to all Club members. Come with your ideas, and your willingness to take an active role in producing our 2017 calendar of events.

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Socrates Café

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Mon, Jan 23 2017 - 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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Socrates Café

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Mon, Dec 19 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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