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$45 Trillion Can't Be Wrong: A Responsible Investment Networking Event

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Wed, Dec 17 2014 - 6:00pm

Preston Dodd, VP, Bernstein Global Wealth Management; Advisory Council Member, SASB
Michelle Edkins, Managing Director, BlackRock
Lloyd Kurtz, Chief Investment Officer, Nelson Capital
Gloria Nelund, Chairman & CEO, TriLinc
Anna Mok, Partner, Deloitte & Touche; Chair of the Board of Governors, The Commonwealth Club of California — Moderator Read more »

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Members Holiday Social, Volunteer Appreciation, and Week to Week Political Roundtable

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Mon, Dec 15 2014 - 6:30pm

Join us at 5:30 p.m. for our grand Holiday Members Social & Volunteer Appreciation!

Meet other smart, interesting and engaged individuals. Celebrate the season, the Club and our volunteers.

Enjoy our featured political roundtable series Week to Week at 6:30 p.m. Read more »

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The Ten Best Ethical Destinations Awards: Voting with Our Wings

Mon, Dec 8 2014 - 6:00pm

Jeff Greenwald, Executive Director, Ethical Traveler
Malia Everette, Founder, Altruvistas Read more »

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Grapes of Wrath at 75: Retracing the Joads’ Journey

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Mon, Dec 8 2014 - 6:00pm

P.J. Palmer, Filmmaker; Videographer
Octavio Solis, Playwright; Director
Patricia Wakida, Writer; Linoleum Block-Print Artist

Monday Night Philosophy celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck’s seminal novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Its central themes of struggle and hope are still relevant today. Read more »

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Middle East Discussion Group

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Mon, Dec 8 2014 - 5:30pm

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with fellow Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East. 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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Book Discussion: Lawrence in Arabia, by Scott Anderson

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Mon, Dec 1 2014 - 5:30pm

The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War I was, in the words of T.E. Lawrence, “a sideshow of a sideshow” – a conflict shaped by a small handful of adventurers far removed from the corridors of power. At the center of it all was Lawrence himself. In early 1914 he was an archaeologist excavating ruins in Syria; by 1917 he was riding into legend at the head of an Arab army while fighting a rearguard action against his own government’s imperial ambitions. Read more »

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Transforming California's State Parks: A Blueprint for a Sustainable Future

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Fri, Nov 21 2014 - 12:00pm

Lance Conn, Co-Chair, Parks Forward Commission Read more »

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Re-engaging America

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Thu, Nov 20 2014 - 7:00pm

Larry Gerston, Ph.D., Political Analyst, NBC Bay Area; Professor Emeritus, San Jose State University

Terry Christensen, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, San Jose State University and Member, Commonwealth Club Advisory Council — Moderator

Dr. Gerston has taught in San Jose State’s political science department for 40 years and is a leading scholar of California state government. He offers his thoughts on how we can re-engage politics at the local and national level.

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Socrates Café

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Wed, Nov 19 2014 - 6:00pm

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. Read more »

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Up the Ladder: Women Pursuing Careers in Science and Technology

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Mon, Nov 17 2014 - 6:00pm

Hilary K. Seligman, M.D., MAS, Associate Professor in Residence, Departments of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF
Diane Wara, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, UCSF
Eva Cole, Student, Holy Names High School, Oakland; Alumna, Girls Who Code
Sara Seims, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Population and Reproductive Health Program, Packard Foundation – Moderator Read more »

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