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Joshua Kendall: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama

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Wed, Jun 8 2016 - 7:00pm

Joshua Kendall, Associate Fellow, Trumbull College, Yale; Author, First Dads: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Work-life balance is a constant struggle for parents, but how does it change when you are the president of the United States? Read more »

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How LA and SJ Embraced Modern Transit

Tue, Jun 7 2016 - 12:30pm

Ethan Elkind, Author, Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City
Hon. Rod Diridon, Emeritus Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute

Both Los Angeles and San Jose are reinventing themselves from auto-oriented cities to the “railtowns” of tomorrow. What has Los Angeles learned from the South Bay, and what can we learn from LA’s recent transit expansions? Elkind and Diridon offer their thoughts on this important issue.

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Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

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Mon, Jun 6 2016 - 6:30pm

Antonio Villaraigosa, Former Mayor of Los Angeles (2005-2013); Fellow at Harvard University; Twitter
Russlynn Ali, CEO, XQ Institute—Moderator Read more »

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Environment and Climate Action: Priority for Latinos

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Mon, Jun 6 2016 - 6:00pm

Adrianna Quintero, Director and Founder, Voces Verdes; Director, Partner Engagement, Natural Resources Defense Council

The Hispanic Public Policy Agenda, of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), has designated environment and climate action as a priority for Latinos. The NHLA emphasizes the importance of Hispanic leadership on critical environmental and sustainable issues to their communities and neighborhoods. Read more »

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Book Discussion Group: A Manual for Cleaning Women

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Mon, Jun 6 2016 - 6:00pm

The Commonwealth Club's newest book discussion series kicks off with A Manual for Cleaning Women, by Lucia Berlin, this year’s California Book Awards Gold medal winner. The discussion group will be devoted to the best of California literature, as determined by our CBA jury. Read more »

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Queensland, Australia Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

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Mon, Jun 6 2016 - 12:00pm

Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk, MP, Premier of Queensland, Australia
Jeffrey Bleich, Former U.S. Ambassador to Australia—Moderator
Introduction by Dr. Jaleh Daie, Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors

Queensland is Australia’s second largest state and the third most populous, with more than 4.5 million inhabitants. The Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, premier of Queensland, is one of her country’s leading political figures. Read more »

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Socrates Café

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Mon, May 23 2016 - 6:30pm

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 »

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The “Un-Trump”? Republican Duf Sundheim Runs for U.S. Senate

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Mon, May 23 2016 - 6:30pm

Duf Sundheim, Mediator; Chair, California Republican Party, 2003-07
Carson Bruno, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution—Moderator Read more »

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Middle East Forum Discussion

Mon, May 23 2016 - 5:30pm

The Midde East Forum discussion group, which primarily covers the Middle East, Afganistan and North Africa, has been meeting for about 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.

Early registration is advisable.

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Humanities West Book Discussion: Celtic Myths and Legends

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Mon, May 23 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss Celtic Myths and Legends by Peter Berresford Ellis, an enchanting collection of the sagas of gods and goddesses, fabulous beasts, strange creatures, and heroes like Cuchulain, Fingal and King Arthur, including popular myths and legends from all six Celtic cultures: Irish, Scots, Manx, Welsh, Cornish and Breton. Discussion led by Lynn Harris.

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