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After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Thu, Nov 15 2012 - 12:00pm

After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Douglas Foster, Author, After Mandela: the Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa; Associate Professor, Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism

Foster provides a sobering portrait of a country caught between a democratic future and a political meltdown. Read more »

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Humanities Book Discussion: Everybody Was So Young by Amanda Vaill

Wed, Nov 14 2012 - 5:30pm

Humanities West Book Discussion: Everybody Was so Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Story, by Amanda Vaill

Join us to discuss Amanda Vaill's biography of artist Gerald Murphy and his elegant wife, Sara, wealthy expatriate Americans at the center of the literary scene in Paris in the 1920s. Gerald and Sara summered with Picasso on the French Riviera, watched bullfights with Hemingway in Pamplona and inspired kindred creative spirits like Dorothy Parker, Cole Porter and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Read more »

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Reform in Morocco: Evolution Not Revolution - Postponed

Tue, Nov 13 2012 - 6:00pm

Reform in Morocco: Evolution, not Revolution

This program is postponed until February 26. Register for the new event here.

André Azoulay, Senior Advisor to King Mohammed VI of Morocco

Well known in Europe and Africa for his work in business development, Azoulay was a leading architect of the remarkable economic reforms and growth Morocco has experienced over the last three decades. Read more »

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Science & Technology Discussion Group

Thu, Nov 8 2012 - 6:15pm

Science & Technology Discussion Group

“Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Scotty … we need you along with your ship and the crew of the Enterprise!” Join us for a lively discussion focused on science and technology education.

Over the years our nation has seen a decline in academic performance of our youth in math and science vis-à-vis other nations. This harms our efforts to foster qualified homegrown scientists and engineers. Are we in danger of losing our competitive advantage? How can we improve science and technology education? Read more »

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Rebecca Costa: The Watchman's Rattle - Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction

Thu, Nov 8 2012 - 6:00pm

The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction

Rebecca Costa, Interviewer, The Costa Report, Author, The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction Read more »

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Ross King: Leonardo and the Last Supper

Thu, Nov 8 2012 - 12:00pm

Leonardo and the Last Supper

Ross King, Author, Leonardo and the Last Supper

In 1495, Leonardo da Vinci began painting one of history’s most influential and beloved works of art. Leonardo was then at a low point, having failed to complete anything that demonstrated his astonishing promise. The commission to paint The Last Supper provided only small compensation, and Leonardo’s odds of completing such a large fresco, without previous experience in the difficult medium, were not promising. Read more »

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The Night After: The Machiavellian Marketplace and the 2012 Election

Wed, Nov 7 2012 - 6:00pm

The Night After: The Machiavellian Marketplace and the 2012 Election

Henry Eason, Managing Partner, Eason Communications; Former Washington Correspondent, Cox Newspapers; Former Director of Media Relations, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Read more »

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Book Discussion: "Underworld" by Don DeLillo

Mon, Nov 5 2012 - 5:30pm

Underworld, by Don DeLillo

In his book, DeLillo offers a stunning document of the twin forces of the Cold War and American culture. The prologue, first published as a novella, is set during the final game of the Giants-Dodgers pennant race in 1951. When Bobby Thomson hits Branca's pitch – the "shot heard around the world" – the events of the next few decades are set in motion, all woven together by the baseball as it passes from hand to hand. Read more »

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Leland Faust: How Wall Street is Destroying America

Fri, Nov 2 2012 - 12:00pm

How Wall Street Is Destroying America

Leland Faust, Founder and Chairman, CSI Capital Management

Wall Street is a giant casino where gambling masquerades as investment, says Faust; pundits, politicians and regulators suggest only meager reforms that do nothing to eliminate the systemic rot that is leading us to financial disaster. Faust, an outspoken financial services insider and investment advisor, argues that a fundamental overhaul of the system is needed to rebuild the great economic engine that once powered prosperity. Read more »

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Explore the World from The Commonwealth Club

Thu, Nov 1 2012 - 5:30pm

Explore the World from The Commonwealth Club

All interested Club members are welcome to attend monthly 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 2013.

MLF: International Relations
Location: Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. Read more »

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