Join us to discuss Thomas Cahill's book How the Irish Saved Civilization. In his entertaining and compelling narrative, Cahill tells the story of how Europe evolved from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era and argues that, without the help of Irish monks and Irish culture, that transition could not have taken place. Discussion led by Lynn Harris.
Jay Newton Small, Political Correspondent, Time Magazine; Author, Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing The Way America Works; Twitter @jnsmall Melissa Caen, Contributor, CBS SF ("Mornings with Melissa"); Host, "The Cheat Sheet"; Attorney—Moderator Read more »
Carla Marinucci, Politico California Playbook; Twitter @cmarinucci C.W. Nevius, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle; Twitter @cwnevius James Taylor, Ph.D., Director of African American Studies and Professor of Political Science, Department of Politics, University of San Francisco Read more »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.