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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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Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Oct 29 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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Henry Brady: A Political Prognosis for the Presidential Race and its Aftermath

Fri, Oct 26 2012 - 12:00pm

A Political Prognosis for the Presidential Race and its Aftermath

Henry Brady, Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

Eleven days before the election, Dean Brady will delve into the details of electoral politics, laying out the reality of the processes of our democracy, how they played out in this election cycle, what we can expect to happen on election night, and what shifts he anticipates in the political landscape if those expectations are realized.

MLF:  Humanities
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Sufism: Mysticism of Islam

Thu, Oct 25 2012 - 6:00pm

Sufism: Mysticism of Islam

Nahid Angha, Ph.D. , Co-director, The International Association of Sufism; Director, Sufi Women Organization
Michael Pappas, Executive Director, SF Interfaith Council – Moderator

Don't miss this chance to learn about Sufism – the inner, mystical interpretation and expression of Islam – from an internationally esteemed Persian Sufi scholar, author and lecturer. Dr. Read more »

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Einar Enevoldson: The Perlan Project - Climate Science and Altitude Record

Tue, Oct 23 2012 - 6:00pm

The Perlan Project: Climate Science and Altitude Record

Einar Enevoldson, Founder and Chairman, Perlan Project

The Perlan Project is dedicated to building and flying a manned research glider to 90,000 feet in altitude, or “near space”, to study what role the strong stratospheric winds called the “polar vortex,” play in ozone depletion and how they influence global weather patterns.

The Perlan Project has a three-part mission of science, engineering, and education. Read more »

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What You Need to Know About Medicare Before You're 65: A Medicare Primer

Mon, Oct 22 2012 - 5:15pm

What You Need to Know About Medicare Before You’re 65: A Medicare Primer

This program is cancelled.

Esther Koch, Medicare Aging Network Partner, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

2011 marked the year the first Boomers turned 65 and qualified for Medicare benefits, but for most, a true understanding of what these benefits are, how to determine the best options and how to actually sign up is not clear at all. Learn the realities of what you can expect — and, more important, what not to expect. Read more »

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Robert Bringhurst: What the Ink Sings to the Paper

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Fri, Oct 19 2012 - 12:00pm

What the Ink Sings to the Paper

Robert Bringhurst, Author, The Elements of Typographic Style

Even in the era of the Internet and digital publishing, the writer’s craft becomes visible through the medium of print. Bringhurst will examine the common spirit that moves the typographer, master printer, artist and writer. He will place particular emphasis on California printing at the center of discovery and expression in the form of printed books. Read more »

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