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Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Dec 10 2012 - 5:30pm

Middle East Discussion Group

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with fellow Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East. 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. Read more »

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Oil, Earthquakes, and Declining Science in Arabia

Fri, Dec 7 2012 - 12:00pm

Oil, Earthquakes and Declining Science in Arabia

Dr. Muawia Barazangi, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University; Ph.D Seismology
Richard Cardwell, Academic; Former Senior Geophysicist, Chevron - Moderator

How do natural resources and geologic features affect the course of Middle East history and geopolitics? Barazangi highlights the critical importance of better understanding Islamic history and cultures of the Arab/Persian region, which has the world's largest oil reserves. Read more »

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Paola Gianturco: Grandmother Power - A Global Phenomenon

Mon, Dec 3 2012 - 6:00pm

Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon

Paola Gianturco, Author; Photojournalist

Gianturco discusses a new international movement represented by grandmothers who are younger, better educated and healthier than grandmothers have ever been before. Read more »

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Book Discussion: Before the Dawn by Nicholas Wade

Mon, Dec 3 2012 - 5:30pm

Before the Dawn: Recovering the Lost History of Our Ancestors, by Nicholas Wade

Nicholas Wade explores the deep roots of our cognitive and emotional nature, beginning with the origin of humanity in Africa 50,000 years ago, and traces the human population’s spread and development throughout the world, up to the present. Science journalist Wade applies the insights of genetics to these questions about our species. As a reminder, this is a book discussion group. Read more »

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30 Years Under the Influence: St. George's Tale of Liquid Courage

Fri, Nov 30 2012 - 7:30pm

30 Years Under the Influence: St. George’s Tale of Liquid Courage

Jörg Rupf, Founder, St. George Spirits
Lance Winters, Master Distiller, St. George Spirits
Dave Smith, Distiller, St. George Spirits
Bob Klein, Proprietor, Oliveto Restaurant - Moderator

When Jörg Rupf founded St. George Spirits in 1982, he was a lone wolf making elegant eaux de vie in a wine cooler world. Read more »

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Science & Technology Planning Meeting

Thu, Nov 29 2012 - 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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Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day

Thu, Nov 29 2012 - 6:00pm

Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day

Peter Zuckerman, Co-author, Buried in the Sky

For as long as Westerners have been climbing the world’s highest Himalayan peaks, Sherpas have been at their sides. But their stories are too often overlooked. Read more »

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The Truth About Truvada and HIV Prevention

Wed, Nov 28 2012 - 6:00pm

The Truth About Truvada and HIV Prevention

Robert Grant, Senior Investigator, Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology; Professor of Medicine, UCSF
Dana Van Gorder, Executive Director, Project Inform - Moderator

The medication Truvada has been hailed as a turning point in the fight against HIV, because it has been shown to prevent infection in some people when used as a precautionary measure. But what are the limits of Truvada? Is a preventative pill a license to change behaviors? Read more »

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Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Nov 26 2012 - 5:30pm

Middle East Discussion Group

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with fellow Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East. 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. Read more »

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Sheldon H. Kardener: Breaking Free- How Chains From Childhood Keep Us From What We Want

Mon, Nov 19 2012 - 5:15pm

Sheldon H. Kardener:Breaking Free- How Chains from Childhood Keep Us from What We Want

Sheldon H. Kardener, M.D.

Why do our best intentions so often go awry? What prompts people to engage in behaviors that have the opposite outcome from what they wished to have happen? Read more »

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