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Faster, Smarter, Cleaner, Greener: Developing the Transportation Workforce of the Future

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Fri, Apr 29 2016 - 9:00am

Thought leaders in transportation technology and workforce development come together for this full-day workforce development summit on emerging career pathways in transportation and how to prepare the next generation of workers. How can schools work with industry leaders to ensure relevant education and training programs? What specialized skills will be needed to plan and construct a world-class transit system? Which technologies will be critical in developing clean, efficient freight transportation systems that can compete at the regional, state and national levels? Read more »

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Socrates Café

Mon, Apr 25 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: How the Irish Saved Civilization

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Mon, Apr 25 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss Thomas Cahill's book How the Irish Saved Civilization. In his entertaining and compelling narrative, Cahill tells the story of how Europe evolved from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era and argues that, without the help of Irish monks and Irish culture, that transition could not have taken place. Discussion led by Lynn Harris. 

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Women Disrupting Politics, with Time Magazine’s Jay Newton-Small

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Wed, Apr 20 2016 - 6:30pm

Jay Newton Small, Political Correspondent, Time Magazine; Author, Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing The Way America Works; Twitter
Melissa Caen, Contributor, CBS SF ("Mornings with Melissa"); Host, "The Cheat Sheet"; Attorney—Moderator Read more »

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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Social Hour 4/18/16

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Mon, Apr 18 2016 - 6:30pm

Carla Marinucci, Politico California Playbook; Twitter  
C.W. Nevius, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle; Twitter
James Taylor, Ph.D., Director of African American Studies and Professor of Political Science, Department of Politics, University of San Francisco Read more »

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The Rabbi's Knight

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Fri, Apr 15 2016 - 12:00pm

Michael J. Cooper, M.D., Author, The Rabbi's Knight

Dr. Cooper, a pediatric cardiologist who goes to Israel and the West Bank as a volunteer to provide care for children in need, is a Berkeley native and an attendee of the Hebrew University. He will discuss his volunteer work in the region, his interest in peace and his latest novel, The Rabbi's Knight, which is set in the Holy Land in 1290 at the twilight of the Crusades. A book signing follows the presentation. 

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Food, Health and Vulnerable Americans

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Mon, Apr 11 2016 - 6:30pm

Doria Robinson, Executive Director, Urban Tilth
Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS, Associate Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California San Francisco; Director, Centers for Disease Control’s Nutrition & Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network, Center for Vulnerable Populations, San Francisco General Hospital; Senior Medical Advisor and Lead Scientist, Feeding America
Eli Zigas, Food and Agriculture Policy Director, SPUR Read more »

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Gamechanging California Elections

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Mon, Apr 11 2016 - 6:00pm

Steve Swatt, Former Political Journalist, United Press International and KCRA TV Sacramento
Susie Swatt, Former Key Staffer, California Legislature; Former Special Assistant, California Fair Political Practices Commission
Jeff Raimundo, Former Political Reporter, Sacramento Bee and McClatchy Newspapers
Rebecca LaVally, Instructor, Sacramento State University; Former Sacramento Bureau Chief, United Press International Read more »

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Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Digital Economy

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Wed, Mar 30 2016 - 12:00pm

Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
George Scalise, Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors; Former President, Semiconductor Industry Association; Former Chief Administrative Officer, Apple—Moderator Read more »

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