Why are we so afraid of death? After all, death is inevitable. But what is death? Is it the end, the beginning or a transition? Kelvin Chin will help people rethink how they respond to the death of a loved one and how they think about their own deaths. His new approach is sensitive, insightful and non-religious.
Though Russia figures in this book, the subtitle best describes the work: A Novel About Secrets, Betrayal, and the Friend Who Got Away. Set in Cold War America and post-Soviet Russia, it is a mystery at the heart of which lies the story of the affection between girls and young women, love and loss. Inspired by the media sensation surrounding the letter of an American girl, Samantha Smith, to Yuri Andropov, the book has intrigue, plot twists, and ambiguity.
Puneet Talwar, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs
Talwar will give an overview of global developments, from ISIL to Iran to Russia. Informed by his current position as the State Department’s principal liaison with the Department of Defense and his previous experience at the White House and on Capitol Hill, Talwar will discuss the major foreign policy trends of the day – including those that are not necessarily making the headlines. Read more »
Join us to discuss To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, by Adam Hochschild. It has been a century since the start of the Great War, whose cultural aftermath is still influencing us. Yet it remains relevant to ask if the solutions to the illusions that led to trench warfare are still eluding us a century later. Discussion led by Lynn Harris.
Thalia Michelle, Executive Director, Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism; Co-Founder, The Thinking Moms Revolution Felicia Carbajal, Co-Founder, California Cannabis Advocates; Educator; Activist Amanda Reiman, Ph.D., MSW; Manager, Marijuana Law and Policy, Drug Policy Alliance; Doctoral Fellow, National Institute of Health Christie Dames, CEO, TechTalk/Studio – Moderator Read more »
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.
Rohila Jalali, B.A., Business Administration Nangyalai Attal, B.A., English Language and Literature, 2014 UN Youth Courage Awardee Akmal Siddiqu, B.A., Finance and Management Ihsanullah Shagiwal, B.A., Business Administration Atta Arghandiwal, Author, Lost Decency: The Untold Afghan Story – Moderator Read more »
The Humanities Forum brings Socrates Café to The Commonwealth Club. It will be held every third Wednesday evening for the discussion of philosophical issues. At each monthly meeting the group's facilitator, Bob Enteen, will invite participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic will briefly explain why she or he considers the subject interesting and important. An open discussion will follow, ending with a summary. Everyone is welcome to attend.