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Past event

The Philosophy of Food

Mon, Dec 6 2010 - 6:00pm

The Philosophy of Food

Susan J. Machtinger, Certified Nutrition Consultant

Monday Night Philosophy celebrates the holidays by investigating our intimate and cultural relationship with food. During the holiday season, when we indulge in foods imbued with meaning on many levels, we should reflect upon this relationship as it applies to our underlying values, as well as our interactions with the natural world.

MLF: Humanities
Location:
SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. Read more »

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"The Lacuna," by Barbara Kingsolver

Mon, Dec 6 2010 - 5:30pm

The Lacuna

Don't miss this fun and illuminating chance to discuss The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver's new historical novel that moves from the Mexico City of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky in the 1930s to the Washington, D.C., of FDR, J. Edgar Hoover and Richard Nixon in the 1940s. As a reminder, this is a book discussion group; the author will not be present.

MLF: Book Discussion
Location:
SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. program
Cost: FREE
Program Organizer:
Howard Crane

Past event

Improving communications between Palestinians and Israelis

Mon, Dec 6 2010 - 12:00pm

Improving Communications Between Palestinians and Israelis

Steven West, Ph.D., Near Eastern Cultures and Languages
Iftekhar Hai, President, United Muslims of America Interfaith Alliance

In light of direct peace talks which began in September, West and Hai discuss the outlook of peace in the Middle East. Read more »

Past event

New Corporate Form: A Viable Game-Changer for Sustainability

Thu, Dec 2 2010 - 6:00pm

New Corporate Form: A Viable Game-Changer for Sustainability

Carl Bass, CEO, Autodesk
Jeff Mendelson, CEO, New Leaf Paper
Don Shaffer, President, RSF Social Finance
Susan Mac Cormac, Partner, Morrison Foerster

Debates over the causes of the BP oil spill have raged from Washington to London to Louisiana. However, a primary contributor that has not been closely examined is BP’s structure as a corporation. Come hear about the growing movement in the U.S. Read more »

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Blueprint for a Creative Culture: Building engagement in your organization

Wed, Dec 1 2010 - 6:00pm

Blueprint for a Creative Culture: Building Engagement in Your Organization

This program is postponed. The new date is March 23.

Kate Rutter, Senior Practitioner, Adaptive Path

As leaders, managers and workers, we’re responsible for the innovative thinking needed to explore ideas and envision solutions. It takes a team approach to create a culture that embraces creativity. How can workplace culture support creative thinking? What activities foster curiosity and collective engagement? Read more »

Past event

LGBT Planning Meeting

Wed, Dec 1 2010 - 5:30pm

LGBT Planning Meeting

This program is cancelled

The Commonwealth Club is a great place to discuss topics of importance to the LGBT community. Come discuss ideas for programming and meet other people who are engaged in everything from marriage equality to queer spirituality. We want to hear from you!

MLF: LGBT
Location:
Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. program
Cost: FREE
Program Organizer:
Stephen Seewer

Past event

There Is No Authentic Cuisine (But Yours): Integrating Asian Ingredients into Easy Home Cooking

Tue, Nov 30 2010 - 6:00pm

There Is No Authentic Cuisine (But Yours): Integrating Asian Ingredients into Easy Home Cooking

Eric Gower, Cooking Teacher; Private Chef; Author, The Breakaway Cook

Our shrinking globe means great things for home cooks, but we have to lose our notions of what is authentic. Developing one’s palate through blind tasting leads to revelations on cuisine, identity and modern lifestyles. Gower has spent 17 years in Japan and traveled throughout Asia. Read more »

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Mark Twain's 175th Birthday Party

Tue, Nov 30 2010 - 12:00pm

Mark Twain’s 175th Birthday Party

Born prematurely on November 30, 1835, in the small town of Florida, Missouri, Samuel Clemens nearly didn’t grow up to become Mark Twain. But 175 years later, his observations still ring true. Skip lunch to eat birthday cake – and enjoy an hour of this American iconoclast’s witty and wise words.

MLF: Humanities
Location:
SF Club Office
Time: 11:30 a.m. Read more »

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Continuity of Government: Is the State of Emergency Superseding our Constitution?

Tue, Nov 23 2010 - 6:00pm

Continuity of Government: Is the State of Emergency Superseding Our Constitution?

Peter Dale Scott, Ph.D.; Professor of English, UC Berkeley

On 9/11, the Bush administration implemented “Continuity of Government” (COG) measures, a set of secret emergency rules which Congress has not been allowed to review. These were reinforced by the proclamation of a state of emergency which has continued to be renewed by President Obama, despite vocal criticism. Read more »

Past event

The Viagra Diaries: Everything is Possible After 60

Tue, Nov 23 2010 - 5:15pm

The Viagra Diaries: Everything Is Possible After 60

Barbara Rose Brooker, Author, The Viagra Diaries; Founder, Age March

Well over 60, Brooker is a talented writer, painter and teacher, among other things. Her most recent project in her quest to empower men and women over 40 to discover their creativity is her novel The Viagra Diaries. Brooker will share selections from The Viagra Diaries, covering everything from romantic love to following your dreams at any age. Read more »

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