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Reading Californians Book Discussion Group: Elevation: 6,040, by Earnest J. Finney

Mon, Oct 17 2016 - 6:00pm

Elevation: 6,040 by Earnest J. Finney will be discussed at the next book group meeting Rosco McAdams and his younger brother and sister have always lived with their parents, Sebastian and Moonstar, in an isolated cabin high on a ridge in California's northern Sierra. The children have mostly been home-schooled. However, each year In the spring when Moonstar can't take the snow anymore, she has taken the children down the mountain to a school and has returned back to the small cabin in the late summer. Read more »

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Special Preview: Meet the 17th Annual Brower Youth Award Winners

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Mon, Oct 17 2016 - 6:00pm

Xerxes Libsch, New York, age 17
Susette Onate, Florida, age 17
Karina Gonsalez, Arizona, age 22
Heidi Kritz, Alaska, age 21
Erica Davis, Tennessee, age 22
Will Amos, California, age 21
Rosemary Brower Olsen, Granddaughter of David R. Brower—Moderator Read more »

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Why Russia and Ukraine Fight

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Mon, Oct 17 2016 - 12:00pm

Herman Pirchner, Jr., President, The American Foreign Policy Council Read more »

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Nancy Cohen: Is the U.S. Ready to Elect a Woman President?

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Fri, Oct 14 2016 - 12:00pm

Nancy L. Cohen, Historian; Author, Breakthrough: The Making of America’s First Woman President
In conversation with Dan Ashley, ABC 7 News Anchor; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors Read more »

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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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