Member-Led Forum

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National Security, Privacy, and Freedom of Expression Online

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Wed, Mar 30 2016 - 6:00pm

David Kaye, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression; Author, HRC 2015—Report on Encryption and Anonymity in Digital Communications
In conversation with Jacob Foster, Attorney, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP; Served in the Office of the Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court Read more »

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Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative: The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Digital Economy

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Wed, Mar 30 2016 - 12:00pm

Robert Holleyman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
George Scalise, Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors; Former President, Semiconductor Industry Association; Former Chief Administrative Officer, Apple—Moderator Read more »

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Socrates Café

Mon, Mar 28 2016 - 6:30pm

On one Monday evening of every month the Humanities Forum sponsors Socrates Café at The Commonwealth Club. Each meeting is devoted to the discussion of a philosophical topic chosen at that meeting. The group's facilitator, John Nyquist, invites participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic is asked to briefly explain why she or he considers that topic interesting and important. An open discussion follows, and the meeting ends with a summary of the various perspectives participants expressed. Read more »

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A Conversation About Atul Gawande's Being Mortal

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Mon, Mar 28 2016 - 6:00pm

Patrick Arbore, M.A., Ed.D, Director, CESP

Being Mortal, Atul Gawande's book and "Frontline" documentary, tells the story of a physician learning how to think about death and dying in the context of being a healer and a doctor. Join Dr. Arbore in a community discussion of Dr. Gawande's Being Mortal. Explore concerns about life, death, loss, grief and the context and meaning of the recently passed California legislation legalizing physician assisted suicide in California. 

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Middle East Discussion Group

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Mon, Mar 28 2016 - 5:30pm

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. 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. There will also be a brief planning session.

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Humanities West Book Discussion: Don Quixote, by Cervantes

Mon, Mar 28 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss Cervantes’ classic novel Don Quixote. We will be using the Edith Grossman translation. If anyone has a windmill to bring in, we will all tilt our lances at it. The discussion will be led by Lynn Harris.

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Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes

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Fri, Mar 25 2016 - 12:00pm

Banfsheh Keynoush, Ph.D., Foreign Affairs Scholar; Author; Educator 
Jonathan Curiel, Award-winning Journalist; Author; Former Reuters Foundation Scholar, Oxford University—Moderator Read more »

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The Missing Kennedy

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Wed, Mar 23 2016 - 5:15pm

Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff, The New York Times Bestselling Author Read more »

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Women Fostering Women As Change-agents Through Global Mentoring

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Tue, Mar 22 2016 - 6:00pm

Eileen Brewer, Director, Symantec; Tech Advisor, WAKE
Trish Tierney, Co-founder, Women’s Alliance for Knowledge Exchange
Barbara Bylenga, Co-founder and Executive Director, SHE-CAN (formerly Open a Door)
Jocelyn Mizero, Scholar, Lafayette College
Julie Roberts, Health-care Executive; SHE-CAN Lead Mentor—Moderator Read more »

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San Francisco Green Film Festival: Wild Tales—Filmmaking and Conservation

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Mon, Mar 21 2016 - 6:00pm

Judy Irving, Director, Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill and Pelican Dreams
David McGuire, Filmmaker; Founder, Shark Stewards
Rachel Caplan, CEO, Green Film Festival—Moderator

Films can make us cry, make us laugh out loud and keep us thinking for days. From Blackfish to Racing Extinction, filmmakers are capturing the power people have to make significant change and to protect our environments and wildlife. Read more »

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