Upcoming Events: San Francisco

Fri 6/26

Fund Federal Transportation Investment Now

Date: Fri, June 26, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM

Keynote Speaker:
Hon. Jim Beall, California State Senator (D)

Panelists:
Hon. Norman Mineta, U.S. Secretary of Transportation (ret)
Asha Agrawal, Director, Mineta Transportation Institute National Transportation Finance Center
Grace Crunican, General Manager, BART
Carl Guardino, Past Chair, California Transportation Commission
Michael Melaniphy, CEO, American Public Transportation Association
Karen Philbrick, Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute - Moderator

This year's policy summit will feature experts representing viewpoints from local, state and national levels discussing the challenges facing the U.S. transportation infrastructure. These leaders will also examine the results from the latest national survey polling Americans about transportation taxes.

Mon 6/29

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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social 6/29/15

Date: Mon, June 29, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Engaging commentary on political and other major news.

Joe Garofoli, Political Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle; Twitter @joegarofoli
Debra J. Saunders, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle; “Token Conservative” Blogger, SFGate.com; Twitter @debrajsaunders

Additional panelist TBA

Join us as we explore the biggest, most controversial, and sometimes the surprising political issues with expert commentary by panelists who are smart, are civil, and have a good sense of humor. Join our panelists for informative and engaging commentary on political and other major news, audience discussion of the week’s events, and our live news quiz!

And come early before the program to meet other smart and engaged individuals and discuss the news over snacks and wine at our member social (open to all attendees).

Tue 6/30

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Almonds and Lawns

Date: Tue, June 30, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
A discussion about a dry year.

Ellen Hanak, Director, Water Policy, Public Policy Institute of California
Felicia Marcus, Chair, California State Water Resources Board

With the severity of California’s drought starting to sink in, urban and agricultural users are sparring over who should do more to step up. Lawns are getting killed. Should almond trees be next? Alfalfa or cotton? Is Governor Brown’s plan a good one? Is he playing favorites?

A discussion about a dry year and what could be a long, dry run in our semi-arid state.

Wed 7/1

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Ebola and the Evacuation of Peace Corps in Guinea

Date: Wed, July 01, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
A panel of Peace Corps volunteers evacuated from Guinea

Lisa Hoffman, Peace Corps Volunteer, Guinea, 2013-2014
Veronica Canilao, Peace Corps Volunteer, Guinea, 2013-2014
Hilary Braseth, Peace Corps Volunteer, Guinea, 2011-2014
Frank Price, Peace Corps Volunteer, Cote d’Ivoire, 1969-1972; Secretary, Northern California Peace Corps Association – Moderator

On July 30, 2014, Peace Corps announced the evacuation of over 100 volunteers from Guinea due to the Ebola epidemic. Recently evacuated Peace Corps volunteers who served in Guinea will bring an on-the-ground perspective of the people and communities in the Ebola-affected region. They will discuss the conditions that allowed for its rapid spread, how the people in their communities reacted and what it was like to be evacuated, suddenly leaving friends and colleagues in the midst of crisis.

Mon 7/6

Book Discussion: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Date: Mon, July 06, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of the locks. When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast.

In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that ultimately makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of the Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure. Doerr’s gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

Wed 7/8

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Output: Body & Mind – Lowering the Risk for Alzheimer's Disease

Date: Wed, July 08, 2015
Time: 5:15 PM
Second in a series of three scientific talks.

Patricia Renaut Spilman, M.S., Senior Scientist, Buck Institute

Assisting Organization: The Buck Institute

In this second in a series of three scientific talks, Spilman will discuss the ability of exercise, social interaction, continuing intellectual and spiritual growth, and sensory stimulation to lower the risk or delay onset of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. A person’s engagement in the surrounding world is vital! The impact of sleep disturbances and stress – and how to address them – will be presented, as well as the science behind recent findings. Spilman is a scientist working on Alzheimer's disease drug discovery.

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Jessica Jackley: The Heart of Entrepreneurship

Date: Wed, July 08, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

Jessica Jackley, Co-founder, Kiva; Author, Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least

This program is underwritten by Bank of the West.

In the tradition of Kabul Beauty School and Start Something That Matters comes an inspiring story of social entrepreneurship from the co-founder of Kiva, the first online microlending platform for the working poor. Featuring lessons learned from successful businesses in the world’s poorest countries, Jessica Jackley’s Clay Water Brick will motivate readers to more deeply appreciate the incredible entrepreneurial potential that exists in every human being on this planet—especially themselves.

For as long as she could remember, Jackley, the co-founder of the revolutionary microlending site Kiva, had a singular and urgent ambition: to help alleviate global poverty. While in her twenties, she set off for Africa to finally meet the people she had long dreamed of helping. The insights of those she met changed her understanding. Today she believes that many of the most inspiring entrepreneurs in the world are not focused on high-tech ventures or making a lot of money; instead, they wake up every day and build better lives for themselves, their families and their communities, regardless of the things they lack or the obstacles they encounter. As Jackley puts it, “The greatest entrepreneurs succeed not because of what they possess but because of what they are determined to do.”

Join Jackley as she challenges all of us to embrace entrepreneurship as a powerful force for change in the world. She'll share her own story of founding Kiva with little more than a laptop and a dream, and the stories and the lessons she has learned from those across the globe who are doing the most with the least. 

Thu 7/9

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Chuck Palahniuk and Lidia Yuknavitch: A Night of Mayhem

Date: Thu, July 09, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
"Contests, prizes, disturbing bedtimes stories and mayhem..."
Chuck Palahniuk, Author, Fight Club
Lidia Yuknavitch, Author, The Small Backs of Children
 
 In the words of Chuck Palahniuk…
 
“Join Chuck Palahniuk at the Castro Theater July 9th, where the air will be filled with color, noise and candy. It's a party to celebrate the release of Lidia Yuknavitch's newest novel, The Small Backs of Children, a major step forward from one of our most avidly watched writers – a masterful exploration of the treacherous, often violent borders between war and sex, love and art. Contests, prizes, disturbing bedtimes stories and mayhem will reign. As always, the wearing of sexy sleepwear is encouraged.”
 

Mon 7/13

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Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve

Date: Mon, July 13, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
With Professor Ian Morris

Ian Morris, Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History, Stanford University; Author, Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve

Monday Night Philosophy explains why most people in the world today think democracy and gender equality are good, and violence and wealth inequality are bad, even though most people who lived before the 19th century thought just the opposite. Professor Morris argues that fundamental long-term changes in values are driven by the pursuit of energy, which humans have drawn from foraging, farming and fossil fuels. In forager bands, people who value equality, but are ready to settle problems violently do better. In farming societies, people who value hierarchy but are less willing to use violence do better. In fossil-fuel societies, equality is back but violence remains unacceptable. However, our ongoing revolution in energy capture could mean that our most cherished values could fundamentally change once again.

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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social 7/13/15

Date: Mon, July 13, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Expert commentary that is smart, civil and humorous

Doug Sovern, Political and Investigative Reporter, KCBS Radio; Twitter @sovernnation
Panelists TBA

Join us as we explore the biggest, most controversial, and sometimes the surprising political issues with expert commentary by panelists who are smart, are civil, and have a good sense of humor. Join our panelists for informative and engaging commentary on political and other major news, audience discussion of the week’s events, and our live news quiz!

And come early before the program to meet other smart and engaged individuals and discuss the news over snacks and wine at our member social (open to all attendees). 

Wed 7/15

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Working Stiff

Date: Wed, July 15, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
With co-authors Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell

Judy Melinek, Forensic Pathologist and Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF Medical Center; Co-author, Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

T.J. Mitchell, Co-author, Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband T.J. and their toddler Daniel holding down the home front, Melinek threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation – performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling grieving relatives. Melinek offers a firsthand account of daily life in one of America’s most arduous professions, and the unexpected challenges of shuttling between the domains of the living and the dead. The body never lies – and through the murders, accidents, and suicides that land on her table, Melinek lays bare the truth behind the glamorized depictions of autopsy work on shows like “CSI” and “Law & Order” to reveal the secret story of the real morgue.

Thu 7/16

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Why and How to Get Better Sleep

Date: Thu, July 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
With Roger A. Sramek.

Roger A. Sramek, BA, MBA, Inventor; Entrepreneur; Founder, Promise, LLC; Author, Your Sleep: Wake up Refreshed! How to Reduce Pain, Lose Weight, Stop Snoring, and Get Healthy from the Promise of a Better Night’s Sleep

Sramek is an inventor, innovator and entrepreneur who came by his career as a farm boy who had to learn how to operate equipment and tools, to fix, mend, predict, nurture, listen, focus and get things done. He has numerous pending and issued patents in fields as diverse as stem cell harvesting devices, consumer products, oil production, urban farming and sleep enhancement. If you’re having sleep issues, such as insomnia, chronic pain or sleep disorders, Sramek can offer you new insights and techniques to get you sleeping in normal, refreshing and healthy ways.

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Greening Asia

Date: Thu, July 16, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
With two of Asia’s most respected journalists

Mark Clifford, Executive Director, Asia Business Council; Author, The Greening of Asia
Orville Schell, Director, Center on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society New York; Former Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley

Asia’s booming economies have thrived following the well-trodden path of “industrialize now and clean up later.” Citizens and companies realize that the time to clean up is now. Dirty air, foul water and hellishly overcrowded cities are threatening to choke the continent's impressive prosperity. From solar and wind power to green buildings and electric cars, Asian companies have the cash, technology and government support to disrupt markets and solve social problems, ranging from local air and water pollution to climate change.

Join us for a conversation with two of Asia’s most respected journalists about the future of sustainable business in the world’s most vibrant economies.

Mon 7/20

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Julie Lythcott-Haims: How to Raise an Adult

Date: Mon, July 20, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM

Julie Lythcott-Haims, Former Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising, Stanford University; Author, How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

In her new book, Lythcott-Haims has delivered a provocative manifesto that exposes the detrimental effects of helicopter parenting and puts forth an alternative philosophy for raising self-sufficient young adults. She draws on research, conversations with educators and employers, and her own insights as a mother and student dean to highlight the ways in which over-parenting harms children and their stressed-out parents. While empathizing with parents' universal worries, she offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.

Relevant to parents of toddlers as well as of twentysomethings, come hear a rallying cry for those who wish to ensure that the next generation can take charge of their own lives with competence and confidence.

Socrates Café

Date: Mon, July 20, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Discussion of philosophical issues.

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. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Wed 7/22

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Radical Remission of Cancer: Surviving Against All Odds

Date: Wed, July 22, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
With author Kelly Turner.

Kelly Turner, PhD., Author, Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds

Turner, a researcher and lecturer in integrative oncology, was the first to delve deeply into studying “radical remission” from cancer – that is, when someone recovers from cancer without the help of conventional medicine, or after conventional medicine has failed. Join her as she describes the nine most common healing factors that emerged from her research and shares more from her New York Times bestseller.

Thu 7/23

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San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour

Date: Thu, July 23, 2015
Time: 1:45 PM
A neighborhood adventure with Rick Evans
Explore San Francisco’s Financial District with historian Rick Evans and learn the history and stories behind some of our city’s remarkable structures, streets, and public squares. Hear about the famous architects that influenced the building of San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake. Discover hard-to-find rooftop gardens, Art Deco lobbies, unique open spaces, and historic landmarks. This is a tour for locals, with hidden gems you can only find on foot!
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Sisterhood of Women: Empowering Women to Succeed

Date: Thu, July 23, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
With author Joan Steidinger

Joan Steidinger, Ph.D., Clinical Sports Psychologist; Author, Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete

“Why can’t you be more like men?” is a common refrain heard by women who show emotion in work and sport. Yet “Women are not small men!” says Alison Dunlap, world champion & Olympic cyclist. Dr. Joan Steidinger agrees and believes that sisterhood among women is essential for them to achieve full success in life.

How important and in what manner are relationships essential to women? What role does verbal and detailed communication play? What about a sense of community is so critical to women? Clinical sports psychologist and award-winning author Dr. Steidinger will explore these questions and more and introduce her new model of female collaborative competition.

Her book won the sports category in the Beverly Hills Book Awards and is a finalist in the women's category of Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.

Mon 7/27

Middle East Discussion Group

Date: Mon, July 27, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East

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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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social 7/27/15

Date: Mon, July 27, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Expert commentary that is smart, civil and humorous

Debra J. Saunders, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle; “Token Conservative” Blogger, SFGate.com; Twitter @debrajsaunders

Additional panelists TBA

Join us as we explore the biggest, most controversial, and sometimes the surprising political issues with expert commentary by panelists who are smart, are civil, and have a good sense of humor. Join our panelists for informative and engaging commentary on political and other major news, audience discussion of the week’s events, and our live news quiz!

And come early before the program to meet other smart and engaged individuals and discuss the news over snacks and wine at our member social (open to all attendees).