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Week to Week: 3/16/12

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Fri, Mar 16 2012 - 12:00pm

Week to Week: March 16, 2012

Dr. Larry Gerston, Professor of Political Science, San Jose State University; Political Analyst, NBC 11; Author, Not So Golden After All: The Rise and Fall of California
Debra J. Read more »

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George Hammond: Time and Eternity

Mon, Mar 12 2012 - 6:00pm

George Hammond: Time and Eternity

Author, Rational Idealism

Monday Night Philosophy focuses on the very unfocused ideas we have about time and eternity. Alluring, yet confusing, even their scientific versions allow for responsibility-escaping backward movement in time. Clarity is achieved by using the underlying, and more coherent, concept of the continuum of change. But clarity has its price. Read more »

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T.C. Boyle

Mon, Mar 5 2012 - 6:00pm

 T.C. Boyle

Author, When the Killing’s Done: A Novel; Distinguished Professor of English, University of Southern California
Dr. Gloria Duffy, President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club- Moderator

Prolific and renowned author T. Coraghessan Boyle has written 22 novels, many of which probe the relationship between contemporary human civilization and the natural world. Read more »

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"The Swerve" by Stephen Greenblatt

Mon, Mar 5 2012 - 5:30pm

The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt

Connie McNeil, Group Member – Moderator

Stephen Greenblatt's The Swerve, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for nonfiction, unearths the story of an Italian book hunter named Poggio Bracciolini, who, one fateful day in 1417, stumbled across what was then the only known surviving copy of the Roman poet Lucretius's On the Nature of Things. Read more »

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William J. Clancey: Voyages of Scientific Discovery with the Mars Exploration Rovers

Mon, Feb 27 2012 - 6:00pm

William J. Clancey: Voyages of Scientific Discovery with the Mars Exploration Rovers

SOLD OUT; WAIT-LIST BELOW

Chief Scientist, Human-Centered Computing Intelligent Systems Division, NASA Ames Research Center and Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

For more than eight years, scientists have been doing fieldwork on Mars, the first overland investigation of another planet. Read more »

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Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Feb 27 2012 - 5:30pm

Middle East Discussion Group

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with fellow Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East. 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. Read more »

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Week to Week: 2/24/12

Fri, Feb 24 2012 - 12:00pm

Week to Week: February 24, 2012

Larry Gerston, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, San Jose State University; Political Analyst, NBC 11
Debra Saunders, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle
Michael Fox, Film critic and journalist
John Zipperer, Vice President of Media & Editorial, The Commonwealth Club of California -- Moderator Read more »

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The Rise of Turkey

Fri, Feb 17 2012 - 12:00pm
The Rise of Turkey

Anastasia Ashman,
Entrepreneur; Cultural Essayist; Editor, Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey
Steven West, Ph.D., Fulbright Scholar to Turkey; Professor of Turkish Studies and Cross Cultural Communication
Bonnie Joy Kaslan, Honorary Consul General, Turkish Republic, S.F.
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Ralph Richard Banks: Marriage in the 21st Century

Mon, Feb 13 2012 - 6:00pm

Marriage in the 21st Century

SOLD OUT; Wait-list below.

Ralph Richard Banks, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law, Stanford Law School; Author, Is Marriage for White People? How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, Monday Night Philosophy wades into controversial waters about the institution of marriage. How important is it to society and culture? Read more »

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