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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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Socrates Café

Mon, Mar 28 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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Middle East Discussion Group

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Mon, Mar 28 2016 - 5:30pm

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. 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. There will also be a brief planning session.

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Humanities West Book Discussion: Don Quixote, by Cervantes

Mon, Mar 28 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss Cervantes’ classic novel Don Quixote. We will be using the Edith Grossman translation. If anyone has a windmill to bring in, we will all tilt our lances at it. The discussion will be led by Lynn Harris.

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Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes

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Fri, Mar 25 2016 - 12:00pm

Banfsheh Keynoush, Ph.D., Foreign Affairs Scholar; Author; Educator 
Jonathan Curiel, Award-winning Journalist; Author; Former Reuters Foundation Scholar, Oxford University—Moderator Read more »

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San Francisco Green Film Festival: Wild Tales—Filmmaking and Conservation

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Mon, Mar 21 2016 - 6:00pm

Judy Irving, Director, Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill and Pelican Dreams
David McGuire, Filmmaker; Founder, Shark Stewards
Rachel Caplan, CEO, Green Film Festival—Moderator

Films can make us cry, make us laugh out loud and keep us thinking for days. From Blackfish to Racing Extinction, filmmakers are capturing the power people have to make significant change and to protect our environments and wildlife. Read more »

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