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Socrates Café

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Mon, Oct 24 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: The World of Yesterday, by Stefan Zweig

Mon, Oct 24 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss Stefan Zweig's The World of Yesterday. Written as both a recollection of the past and a warning for future generations, it recalls the golden age of literary Vienna—its seeming permanence, its promise and its devastating fall. Surrounded by the leading literary lights of the epoch, Zweig draws a vivid and intimate account of his life and travels through Vienna, Paris, Berlin and London, touching on the very heart of European culture. His passionate, evocative prose paints a stunning portrait of an era that danced brilliantly on the edge of extinction. Read more »

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Presidential Debate Watch Party 10/19

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Wed, Oct 19 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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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Social Hour 10/17/16

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Mon, Oct 17 2016 - 6:30pm

Joe Garofoli, Senior Political Writer, San Francisco Chronicle; Twitter
Carla Marinucci, Senior Writer, Politico California Playbook; Twitter  
Scott Shafer, Senior Editor, California Politics and Government, KQED; Twitter

Election Day is almost here. Some of you will have already voted, and are now biting your nails for the final outcome. Read more »

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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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