The acclaimed novel The Sympathizer, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, will be discussed at the next meeting of our new book discussion group, Reading Californians. Nguyen was the gold medal winner for first fiction in The Commonwealth Club's recent California Book Awards, which recognized the best published writing in California in 2015. Read more »
Larry Tye, Author, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon
This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.
Nobody was better, half a century ago, at thinking about the biggest solutions for the problems of his age than Bobby, whether that be race riots roiling in cities across America, and especially in California; the war raging in Vietnam; or the general issue of inequality that was dividing people along lines of class, race, gender and generation. Read more »
Ravit Baer, Deputy Consul General for Israel for the Pacific Northwest Nathan Miller, President, Miller Ink; Consultant, Israel 21c Riva Gambert, Director, East Bay International Jewish Film Festival—Moderator Read more »
The Middle East Forum discussion group, which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan, has been meeting for more than eight years. We do not debate; we exchange ideas and opinions. The discussion is considered a perk of membership, but those interested especially, students are welcome to attend.
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 »
Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick, Wired; Author, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that Will Shape Our Future; Twitter @kevin2kelly
In conversation with Diego Rodriguez, Partner, IDEO; Visiting Scientist, MIT Media Lab; Founding Faculty, Stanford d.school Read more »
Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland James Bell, Civil Rights Leader; Executive Director, W. Hayward Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice, Fairness and Equality Manuel Pastor, Demographer and Professor of Sociology, American Studies and Ethnicity, The University of Southern California Joshua Johnson, Creator/Host, Rockit Fuel Radio Podcast; Lecturer, U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism—Moderator Read more »
Lisa Chen, Planner, San Francisco Planning Department Richard J. Jackson, M.D, Professor and Former Chair, Environmental Health Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA Fran Weld, Vice President of Strategy and Development, San Francisco Giants Bill Worthen, Founding Principal, Urban Fabrick, Inc. Malo André Hutson, Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning, U.C. Berkeley—Moderator Read more »
The Middle East Forum discussion group that primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan has been meeting for more than eight years. We do not debate. We exchange ideas and opinions. The discussion is considered a perk of membership but those interested, especially students, are welcome to attend.