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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Holiday Social 12/14/15

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Mon, Dec 14 2015 - 6:30pm

Melissa Caen, Contributor, CBS SF (“Mornings with Melissa”); Attorney; Twitter  
C.W. Nevius, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle; Twitter  
Additional Panelist TBA Read more »

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Mark Twain's Chronicle of Young Satan

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Mon, Dec 14 2015 - 6:00pm

Benjamin Griffin, Editor, Mark Twain Project, UC Berkeley

Monday Night Philosophy plays its iconoclast card. Mark Twain’s Chronicle of Young Satan—a late work that he left unfinished—has a passage in which the “angel” Satan forms people out of clay, and gives them life, only to kill them. Twain’s literary source was the Apocryphal New Testament published by William Hone in 1821, by way of an 1867 article by—Mark Twain. Read more »

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Women’s Identity and Rethinking the Hadith

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Mon, Dec 14 2015 - 12:00pm

Nimat Hafez Barazangi, Ph.D., Visiting Fellow, Cornell University
Dina Ibrahim, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, San Francisco State University Read more »

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Kermit Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt's Great Great Grandson: TR's Vision and How It Shaped America

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Mon, Dec 7 2015 - 6:30pm

Kermit Roosevelt III, Professor of Constitutional law, University of Pennsylvania; Great Great Grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt; Author, Allegiance, the Award-winning Novel In the Shadow of the Law, and The Myth of Judicial Activism 
Roy Eisenhardt, Lecturer, U.C. Berkeley School of Law; Member, The Commonwealth Club’s California Book Awards Jury—Moderator

Part of the Club’s Good Lit Series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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Book Discussion: Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics

Mon, Dec 7 2015 - 5:30pm

Nicholas Wapshott is a journalist who writes insightful and entertaining books on a variety of subjects ranging from the life of Peter O’Toole to political economy. As John Cassidy wrote in The New Yorker, “I defy anybody—Keynesian, Hayekian, or uncommitted—to read [Wapshott’s] work and not learn something new.” Cassidy went on to describe the battle between the Keynesian economic theory of the need for government spending in times of economic turn down, vs. Read more »

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Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Nov 30 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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Explore the World from The Commonwealth Club

Mon, Nov 30 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.

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Socrates Café

Mon, Nov 16 2015 - 5:00pm

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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INFORUM Debate Watching Party! Democrats Round 2

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Sat, Nov 14 2015 - 5:00pm

Join INFORUM as we host a viewing party for Round Two of the Democratic Party presidential debates. We’ll be back at SoMa StrEat Food Park to enjoy the debate over some politically savvy drinking games. Get there early to snag a good spot and get your food cart eat and drink on before the debating begins. Keep in mind: some seating is outside so bring a sweater.

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Activist/Philanthropist Jacob Lief: How to Help Society’s Most Vulnerable

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Mon, Nov 9 2015 - 6:30pm

Jacob Lief, Founder and CEO, Ubuntu; Author, I Am Because You Are Here
In conversation with Daniel Lurie, CEO and Founder, Tipping Point Community Read more »

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