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New Member Reception October 13th

Thu, Oct 13 2016 - 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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Anthony Romero, ACLU Executive Director: Civil Liberties and Technology

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Mon, Oct 10 2016 - 3:00pm

Anthony Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union

Anthony Romero is the ACLU’s sixth executive director, and the first Latino and openly gay man to serve in that capacity. Born in New York City to parents who hailed from Puerto Rico, Romero was the first in his family to graduate from high school. He is a graducate of Stanford University Law School and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs. He will address the intersection of big data and social justice. Read more »

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Presidential Debate Watch Party 10/9

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Sun, Oct 9 2016 - 5:30pm

Join INFORUM, Brigade and KQED at the swanky Hotel Zetta to watch all three 2016 presidential debates! Read more »

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End-of-Life Challenges and Solutions

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Fri, Oct 7 2016 - 12:00pm

Jackie Speier, U.S. Representative (D-California 14th); Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations; Member, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Rebecca Sudore, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF; Clinician-researcher; Geriatrician; Hospice and Palliative Care Physician; Staff Physician, San Francisco VA Medical Center Read more »

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From Arab Spring to Islamic State: A Regional Perspective

Fri, Oct 7 2016 - 12:00pm

Banafsheh Keynoush, Ph.D., Foreign Affairs Scholar; Author
Dina Ibrahim, Ph.D., Middle East Analyst, Educator
Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting—Moderator

Dr. Keynoush and Dr. Ibrahim will trace the demise of the Arab Spring and the violent rise and threat of Islamic State with Robert Rosenthal, a former managing editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. Read more »

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Civility and Difficult Conversations in Political and Public Discourse

Thu, Oct 6 2016 - 7:00pm

Janet Flammang, Professor Emerita; Author; Table Talk: Building Democracy One Meal at a Time

In the current political climate, it is important for all of us to learn how to have difficult conversations. Flammang helps us understand why political conversations are so difficult and how table talk provides everyday opportunities to practice and teach the art of conversation.

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Chef Ryan Pollnow and a Party to Benefit The Commonwealth Club

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Thu, Oct 6 2016 - 6:00pm

Join us at Williams-Sonoma in San Mateo for a shopping night benefiting The Commonwealth Club of California in celebration of the grand opening of their new store at the Hillsdale Shopping Center.

• 15% of the purchases made during the shopping night event will go directly to The Commonwealth Club.

Enjoy a Basque Pintxos party and Gin & Tonic Bar with Chef Ryan Pollnow of San Francisco’s Aatxe.

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Autonomous Vehicles and the Future of Transport

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Mon, Oct 3 2016 - 6:30pm

Emily Castor, Director of Transportation Policy, Lyft
Claire Delaunay, Co-founder and Director of Software Engineering, Otto
Lauren Isaac, Manager of Transportation Sustainability, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Linsey Willis, Director of External Affairs, Contra Costa Transportation Authority
Jeanette Shaw, CEO, Techolicy—Moderator Read more »

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Socrates Café

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Mon, Sep 26 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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Humanities West Book Discussion: A Nervous Splendor, by Frederic Morton

Mon, Sep 26 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss A Nervous Splendor. Frederic Morton deftly tells the haunting story of the Crown Prince Rudolf and his city, where, in the span of only 10 months, "the Western dream started to go wrong." Morton's story studies other young men just as frustrated as the prince, including young Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, Theodor Herzl, Gustav Klimt, and the playwright Arthur Schnitzler, whose La Ronde was the great erotic drama of the fin de siecle. Morton interweaves their fates with that of the doomed prince and the entire city. Read more »

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