Member-Led Forum

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Longevity Explorers Discussion Group: Better Aging. You. Your parents.

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Mon, Apr 11 2016 - 2:00pm

This regular discussion group explores new and emerging solutions to the challenges of growing older. Not only will we be uncovering interesting new products at the intersection of aging and technology, we also will be conducting a series of ongoing deep-dive discussions into topics such as brain health, apps for seniors, hearing and wearables for seniors. The results of our discussions will be shared with a larger community of older adults interested in improving their quality of life through our partner in this initiative, Tech-enhanced Life, PBC. Read more »

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Running with Rhinos: Stories from a Radical Conservationist

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Wed, Apr 6 2016 - 6:00pm

Edward Warner, Author; Philanthropist; Former Exploration Geologist

Fewer than 5,000 black rhinos remain in the wilds of sub-Saharan Africa. Few if any laymen like Warner have been invited to care for them in the wild, some of the most dangerous volunteer fieldwork around. It gave him the opportunity to pursue and refine his emerging philosophy of radical conservationism, to cultivate partnerships between local communities and private landowners in Africa, and to export the lessons about land and wildlife management back home to the United States. 

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Making Better Decisions About Breast Cancer

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Tue, Apr 5 2016 - 6:00pm

Laura, Esserman, M.D., M.B.A, Surgeon; Breast Cancer Oncology Specialist and Director of the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center. Recipient, National Cancer Institute’s SPORE Investigator of the Year Award; Member, President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Working Group on Advancing Innovation in Drug Development and Evaluation Read more »

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Joe Lurie: Perceptions and Misperceptions in a Globalized Polarized World

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Wed, Mar 30 2016 - 7:00pm

Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus, International House, UC Berkeley; Author

The Commonwealth Club is offering an encore performance of Joe Lurie's recent sold-out program in San Francisco. Inspired by a West African proverb that says “The stranger sees only what he knows,” Joe Lurie shares a feast of cross-cultural stories and misadventures, exploring the deeper cultural messages that escape people who hear largely what they’re used to hearing and see mostly what they’re used to seeing. Read more »

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Fidel Castro Didn't Show up for Rehearsal: How I Produced the First New Cuban Opera in 50 Years ... and Survived

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Wed, Mar 30 2016 - 6:00pm

Charles Koppelman, Producer, Writer, Librettist

Cubanacan, the first new Cuban opera since that country’s revolution, is the story of Fidel Castro commissioning architect Ricardo Porro to design and build art schools on the site of the Havana Country Club in 1961. Koppelman will present video excerpts from the opera’s performance at the Havana Bienal last May, reveal the 13-year journey of this project, and explain what it's like to work in Cuba at the dawn of U.S.-Cuban rapprochement. 

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National Security, Privacy, and Freedom of Expression Online

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Wed, Mar 30 2016 - 6:00pm

David Kaye, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression; Author, HRC 2015—Report on Encryption and Anonymity in Digital Communications
In conversation with Jacob Foster, Attorney, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP; Served in the Office of the Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court Read more »

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Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Digital Economy

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Wed, Mar 30 2016 - 12:00pm

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 »

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Socrates Café

Mon, Mar 28 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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A Conversation About Atul Gawande's Being Mortal

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Mon, Mar 28 2016 - 6:00pm

Patrick Arbore, M.A., Ed.D, Director, CESP

Being Mortal, Atul Gawande's book and "Frontline" documentary, tells the story of a physician learning how to think about death and dying in the context of being a healer and a doctor. Join Dr. Arbore in a community discussion of Dr. Gawande's Being Mortal. Explore concerns about life, death, loss, grief and the context and meaning of the recently passed California legislation legalizing physician assisted suicide in California. 

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Middle East Discussion Group

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Mon, Mar 28 2016 - 5:30pm

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.

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