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Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust

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Mon, Apr 8 2013 - 12:00pm

Marty Brounstein, Author, Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust

To honor Holocaust Remembrance Day, come hear the remarkable true story of a Catholic couple in the Netherlands who, despite great risk and danger, helped save the lives of at least two dozen Jews from certain death during World War II. Brounstein will also explain the meaningful personal connection that inspires him to tell and retell the story of their heroic actions. Read more »

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Kehinde Wiley - The World Stage: Israel

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Fri, Apr 5 2013 - 12:00pm

Karen Tsujimoto, Curator, the Contemporary Jewish Museum; Former Senior Curator, the Oakland Museum

Gina Baleria, Associate News Producer, KGO; Lecturer, Broadcast and Communication Arts, SFSU Read more »

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Book Discussion Group: HHhH by Laurent Binet

Mon, Apr 1 2013 - 5:30pm

The most dangerous man in Hitler’s cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich, was known as the “Butcher of Prague,” feared by all and loathed by most. Heydrich seemed indestructible – until two men, a Slovak and a Czech recruited by the British secret service, killed him in broad daylight on a bustling street in Prague, and thus changed the course of history. Binet’s story is a vivid and highly interesting approach to the historical novel. Read more »

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Book Discussion Group - 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann

Mon, Mar 4 2013 - 5:30pm

1491 creates a picture of the Americas before the Europeans landed by synthesizing scientific discoveries from anthropology, archaeology and paleolinguistics. Mann arrives at startling conclusions about the civilizations thriving before Columbus: a far more urban, populated and technologically advanced region than generally assumed. Read more »

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Dr. Trita Parsi: President Obama and Iran

Fri, Mar 8 2013 - 12:00pm

President Obama and Iran

Trita Parsi, Ph.D., Author; Founder and President, National Iranian American Relations Council

Philip Yun, Executive Director, the Ploughshare Fund - Moderator

As we enter a new year and a reconfigured Obama administration, our relations with Iran loom large. Parsi, a noted expert on U.S. and Iranian relations and the Middle East, will discuss his latest book, A Single Role of the Dice, which received the Foreign Affairs Award for best book of 2012 on the Middle East. Read more »

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President Truman and Israel

Fri, Feb 15 2013 - 12:00pm

President Truman and Israel

Riva Gambert, Director, The Partnership for Israel of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay
Joe Epstein, President, Sierra Steel Trading LLP; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors - Moderator

Gambert will tell the fascinating story of how President Truman came to support the creation of the state of Israel on the heels of World War II despite the long-standing objection by the U.S. State Department. Read more »

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Can We Prevent Chronic Disease by Slowing Aging?

Mon, Mar 18 2013 - 5:15pm

Can We Prevent Chronic Disease by Slowing Aging?

Gordon J. Lithgow, Ph.D.; Professor, Interdisciplinary Research Center, Geroscience, Buck Institute

This event is sold out. Read more »

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Fred Coleman: The Marcel Network - Saving Children from the Holocaust

Mon, Feb 11 2013 - 12:00pm

The Marcel Network: Saving Children from the Holocaust

Fred Coleman, Former Paris Bureau Chief, Newsweek; Author, The Marcel Network

Coleman presents an inspiring story of adventure, betrayal, imprisonment and survival. He’ll discuss the true story of a young couple in Nazi-occupied France who risked their lives against overwhelming odds to save 527 children from the gas chambers. Read more »

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Applying the Wisdom of Mr. Rogers to the Workplace

Thu, Feb 21 2013 - 12:00pm

Applying the Wisdom of Mister Rogers to the Workplace

Donna D. Mitroff , Independent Children's Media Consultant and Critic; Author, Fables and the Art of Leadership: Applying the Wisdom of Mister Rogers to the Workplace
Ian I. Mitroff, Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley; Author, Swan, Swine and Swindlers
David Newell, Actor, Mr. McFeely on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood"

Fred Rogers is one of the great icons of American culture. Read more »

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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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