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Socrates Café

Mon, Jun 20 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 Sake Revolution: Sequoia Sake

Image - Jake Myrick
Mon, Jun 20 2016 - 6:00pm

Jake Myrick, Co-Founder, Sequoia Sake Read more »

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A Rare Book Day in June

Image - Catherine Williamson
Fri, Jun 17 2016 - 12:00pm

Catherine Williamson, Ph.D., Vice President, Director of Fine Books & Manuscripts/Entertainment Memorabilia, Bonhams, Los Angeles

Dr. Catherine Williamson, who frequently appears as an appraiser for PBS' "Antiques Roadshow," is vice president and director of fine books and manuscripts/entertainment memorabilia at Bonhams in Los Angeles. She will talk about the challenges and issues facing appraisers and collectors today, and share stories of some great discoveries on the "Roadshow"—and elsewhere.

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The Next Africa: Business, Entrepreneurs, Technology and Turnaround

Image - Jake Bright
Wed, Jun 15 2016 - 6:00pm

Jake Bright, Writer; Author; Strategic Advisor

Join us for a discussion of business, investment, technology and turnaround in Africa with Jake Bright, co-author of The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse. The book won an Axiom Best Business Book award and was recently featured at TEDx. Bright, who also contributes on Africa for TechCrunch, will focus in particular on Sub-Saharan Africa’s emerging technology sector and its growing ties to Silicon Valley. Read more »

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The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence

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Mon, Jun 13 2016 - 6:00pm

Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley; Co-Director, Greater Good Science Center; Author, The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence

Monday Night Philosophy investigates a revolutionary reconsideration of power. It is taken for granted that power corrupts. This is reinforced culturally by everything from Machiavelli to contemporary politics. But enduring power only comes from empathy and giving, because power is given to us by other people. Read more »

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Jordan

Image - Petra, Jordan
Fri, Jun 10 2016 - 12:00pm

Maher Kalaji, Ph.D.
Celia Menczel, Chair, Middle East Member-Led Forum
Jonathan Curiel, Journalist—Moderator Read more »

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Environment and Climate Action: Priority for Latinos

Image - Adrianna Quintero
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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Inside the Fed: A former Governor Speaks Out on Current Policy Issues

Image - Robert Heller
Fri, Jun 3 2016 - 12:00pm

Robert Heller, Former Governor of the Federal Reserve Board; Former President, VISA U.S.A.; Author, The Unlikely Governor

This event is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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A Perfect Brew: Blue Bottle Coffee and Japan's Culture

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Thu, Jun 2 2016 - 6:00pm

James Freeman, Founder and CEO, Blue Bottle Coffee; Author, The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee Read more »

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