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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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California Cuisine and Just Food

Tue, Oct 30 2012 - 7:45pm

California Cuisine and Just Food

Sally Fairfax, Henry J. Read more »

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Sophie Delaunay: Doctors Without Borders and the Necessity of Compromise

Tue, Oct 30 2012 - 6:00pm

Doctors Without Borders and the Necessity of Compromise

Sophie Delaunay, Executive Director, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the United States

The Nobel Prize-winning organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières negotiates life-and-death issues for people in need, but this humanitarian space is also “negotiating space,” where compromise is not only inevitable but necessary. In the current context, is it getting more difficult to reach compromises – and who decides what is an acceptable compromise? Read more »

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George M. Church: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves

Tue, Oct 30 2012 - 12:00pm

George M. Church: Regenesis — How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves

Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Director, Lipper Center for Computational Genetics

Thomas Goetz, Executive Editor, Wired - Moderator

We eat genetically engineered foods, take drugs made in engineered bacteria and yeast, and someday soon may drive our cars using fuel produced by engineered microorganisms. The rise of synthetic biology marks a fundamental transformation in the relationship between biology and nature. Read more »

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