The Middle East Forum discussion group—which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan—has been meeting monthly for more than eight years. We are not a debate group; we are a discussion group.
Reverend Sally Bingham, Executive Director, Interfaith Power and Light's Regeneration Project
Rabbi Marvin Goodman, Executive Director, Northern California Board of Rabbis Sumbul Ali Karamali, Author, The Muslim Next Door Michael Pappas, Executive Director, San Francisco Interfaith Council—Moderator Read more »
Joann Lo, Executive Director, Food Chain Workers Alliance; Vice President, Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s Leadership Board Brittni Chicuata, Government Relations Director, American Heart Association | American Stroke Association Kristyn Leach, Farmer, Namu Farm Dominica Rice Cisneros, Chef and Owner, Cosecha Cafe (Oakland) Shakirah Simley, Community Development Director, Bi-Rite Market—Moderator Read more »
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 »