Member-Led Forum

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Book Discussion: "Nostromo," by Joseph Conrad

Mon, May 6 2013 - 5:30pm

One of the greatest political novels in any language, Nostromo re-enacts the establishment of modern capitalism in a remote South American province. A vivid cast of characters is caught up in a civil war to decide whether its fabulously wealthy silver mine can be preserved from the hands of venal politicians. Greed and corruption seep into the lives of everyone, and Nostromo, the principled foreman of the mine, is tested to the limit. Read more »

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Explore the World from The Commonwealth Club

Thu, May 2 2013 - 5:30pm

Explore the World from The Commonwealth Club 

All interested Club members are welcome to attend bimonthly one-hour planning meetings of the International Relations Member-Led Forum. We focus on Europe, Latin America, Africa and worldwide topics. Join us to discuss current international issues and plan programs for the rest of 2013. Read more »

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The Politics of Public Pensions

Wed, May 1 2013 - 6:00pm

Sarah Anzia, Assistant Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley Read more »

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What We Need to Build a Better Future, Orion Magazine and Thirty Writers

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Fri, Apr 26 2013 - 12:00pm

Rubén Martínez, Author, Desert America; Professor of Literature and Writing, Loyola Marymount University
Riane Eisler, Author, The Chalice, The Blade and The Real Worth of Nations; President, Center for Partnership Studies
Craig Childs, Author, Apocalyptic Planet
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Gian Lorenzo Bernini: Michelangelo of the Baroque

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Wed, Apr 24 2013 - 6:00pm

Michael Stehr, Artist; Owner, Sistine Chapel Decorative Art

Stehr will discuss how Gian Lorenzo Bernini used his immense talents as an architect, painter and sculptor to define the unique visual style of the Baroque Age. Bernini, and his collaborators and rivals, accomplished their makeover of Rome by successfully pursuing the patronage of Popes, who dipped into the wealth of the resurgent Counter-Reformation Church to restore the monumental grandeur of the Eternal City. Read more »

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Microchips in Electronics: Can They Continue to Do More for and with Less?

Tue, Apr 23 2013 - 6:00pm

Chenming Hu, Distinguished Professor of Microelectronics, UC Berkeley Read more »

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"Someday" Never Comes: Conquer Life's Challenges with the Spirit of Adventure

Mon, Apr 22 2013 - 5:15pm

Rick Deutsch, "Mr. Half Dome"; Author, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome; Motivational Speaker Read more »

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India’s Girls: The Endangered Gender

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Thu, Apr 18 2013 - 6:00pm

Nyna Pais Caputi, Producer and Director, Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls

Caputi describes how the age-old preference for sons in India, fueled by technological advances and a growing materialism, is leading to increased incidents of discrimination, violence and the eradication of millions of girls in that country. In regions where the sex ratios are skewed, female trafficking and bride buying run rampant. Caputi will address the reasons behind this phenomenon, the implications for India’s population and possible solutions. Read more »

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The Arab Spring 2013

Fri, Apr 12 2013 - 12:00pm

Joel Brinkley, Professor of Journalism, Stanford University; Pulitzer Prize-winning Foreign Correspondent; FormerJerusalem Bureau Chief, The New York Times
Laila El Sissi, Memoirist; Businesswoman
John Diaz, Editorial Page Editor, San Francisco Chronicle - Moderator
Additional panelist TBA Read more »

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