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Aphra Behn: Restoration Spy, Poet, Dramatist, Novelist, Abolitionist

Thu, Feb 21 2013 - 6:00pm

Aphra Behn

Patricia Lundberg, Emerita Professor of English and Women's Studies, Indiana University Northwest; Executive Director, Humanities West Read more »

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Applying the Wisdom of Mr. Rogers to the Workplace

Thu, Feb 21 2013 - 12:00pm

Applying the Wisdom of Mister Rogers to the Workplace

Donna D. Mitroff , Independent Children's Media Consultant and Critic; Author, Fables and the Art of Leadership: Applying the Wisdom of Mister Rogers to the Workplace
Ian I. Mitroff, Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley; Author, Swan, Swine and Swindlers
David Newell, Actor, Mr. McFeely on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood"

Fred Rogers is one of the great icons of American culture. Read more »

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Science & Technology Planning Meeting

Tue, Feb 19 2013 - 6:15pm

Science & Technology Planning Meeting

Join fellow Club members with similar interests and brainstorm upcoming Science & Technology programs. All Commonwealth Club members are welcome. We explore visions for the future through science and technology. Discuss current issues and share your insights with fellow Club members to shape and plan programs for the months ahead.

MLF: Science & Technology
Location:  SF Club Office
Time: 6:15 p.m. Read more »

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How to Keep All the Important Balls in the Air

Tue, Feb 19 2013 - 6:00pm

How to Keep All the Important Balls in the Air

Linda Hawes Clever, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF; Associate Dean of Alumni Affairs, Stanford University School of Medicine; Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences; Author, The Fatigue Prescription: Four Steps to Renewing Your Energy, Health and Life

Juggling can be exhilarating and exhausting – and dangerous. Many of us have become adept at keeping several balls in the air at once. Read more »

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President Truman and Israel

Fri, Feb 15 2013 - 12:00pm

President Truman and Israel

Riva Gambert, Director, The Partnership for Israel of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay
Joe Epstein, President, Sierra Steel Trading LLP; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors - Moderator

Gambert will tell the fascinating story of how President Truman came to support the creation of the state of Israel on the heels of World War II despite the long-standing objection by the U.S. State Department. Read more »

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How to Find Joy in Life Despite the Obstacles

Wed, Feb 13 2013 - 5:15pm

How to Find Joy in Life Despite the Obstacles

Bruce F. Rosen, Author, If You Ever Need Me, I Won’t Be Far Away; Banker

Despite large obstacles, such as divorce after a 25-year marriage and losing to cancer his psychic mother who herself lived joyfully, Rosen discovered how to find joy in life again. He will show how to respond to the loss of people, places and love with joy, humor, heart, inspiration and reawakened passion. Read more »

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Trade in Your Rights: Russia's Circuitous March to Democracy

Tue, Feb 12 2013 - 6:00pm

Trade in Your Rights: Russia’s Circuitous March to Democracy

This program is postponed. There is currently no new date.

Pavel Khodorkovsky, President, Institute of Modern Russia

Khodorkovsky  asserts that supporting civil society is critical in Russia’s current human rights and political environment. The son of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, well-known political prisoner, businessman and author, Pavel can’t return to Russia for fear of endangering his father. Read more »

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Seth Rosenfeld: Subversives

Mon, Feb 11 2013 - 6:00pm


Seth Rosenfeld, Author, Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power

Monday Night Philosophy explores some until-now secret details about the history of Berkeley in the 1960s : How the FBI disrupted and infiltrated student groups, the faculty and the UC administration; how that influenced California state politics; and how Governor Reagan worked with the FBI to develop one leg of his national political power base.

MLF: Humanities
Location: SF Club Office
T Read more »

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Fred Coleman: The Marcel Network - Saving Children from the Holocaust

Mon, Feb 11 2013 - 12:00pm

The Marcel Network: Saving Children from the Holocaust

Fred Coleman, Former Paris Bureau Chief, Newsweek; Author, The Marcel Network

Coleman presents an inspiring story of adventure, betrayal, imprisonment and survival. He’ll discuss the true story of a young couple in Nazi-occupied France who risked their lives against overwhelming odds to save 527 children from the gas chambers. Read more »

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Leonard Susskind: The Theoretical Minimum - What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics

Tue, Feb 5 2013 - 6:00pm

Leonard Susskind: The Theoretical Minimum – What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics

This program is sold out. You may add your name to the waitlist below.

Felix Bloch Professor in Theoretical Physics, Stanford University; Director, Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics

Ever wish you knew more about physics? Want to know how to think like a physicist? Here is your chance. Read more »

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