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Digital Gold, The History and Future of Bitcoin

Tue, Jun 2 2015 - 6:00pm

Nathaniel Popper, Reporter, The New York Times; Author, Digital Gold

Believers in Bitcoin see it as a potential basis for a financial system free of banks and governments. So far it has made millions for some people and prison terms for others. National banking regulators are just beginning to set rules and regulations for bitcoin in light of recent scandals and its use by criminal enterprises. Read more »

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84th Annual California Book Awards Ceremony

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Mon, Jun 1 2015 - 6:00pm

The Book Awards is sponsored by Bank of the West.

Since 1931, The Commonwealth Club has honored the Golden State’s literary giants at the California Book Awards. At our special awards ceremony, we will bestow Gold and Silver medals in several categories, including fiction, non-fiction, first fiction, poetry, young adult and juvenile.  Come hear from some of California’s most gifted writers. See you at the ceremony! Read more »

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Cuba in the 21st Century: Capitalism or Socialism?

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Thu, May 28 2015 - 6:00pm

Juan A. Triana Barros, Professor, Havana University and Polytechnic Institute of Havana Read more »

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Dr. Sylvia Earle: One Big Ocean

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Wed, May 27 2015 - 6:30pm

Sylvia Earle, Ocean Explorer; National Geographic Explorer in Residence; Founder, Mission Blue and SEAlliance
Greg Dalton, Founder, Climate One – Moderator Read more »

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The State of California's Water: Now and In the Future

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Wed, May 13 2015 - 6:00pm

Felicia Marcus, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board

California is in the midst of a historic drought, with agriculture, communities, and fish and wildlife struggling with water shortages. At the same time, the state is looking at a future where these conflicts will be exacerbated by climate change, increased population, and other factors. Learn what California is doing at this point in the drought and the plans to prepare for an even more challenging future.

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Nob Hill Walking Tour

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Tue, May 12 2015 - 1:45pm

Explore one of San Francisco’s 44 hills, and one of its original “Seven Hills”. Because of great views and its central position, Nob Hill became an exclusive enclave of the rich and famous on the west coast who built large mansions in the neighborhood. This included prominent tycoons such as Leland Stanford, and other members of the Big Four. Highlights include the history of four landmark hotels: The Fairmont, Mark Hopkins, Stanford Court, and Huntington Hotel. Read more »

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Joseph Stiglitz: The Great Divide

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Wed, Apr 29 2015 - 7:00pm

Joseph Stiglitz, Professor, Columbia University; Author, The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them; Twitter
Monika Bauerlein, Co-editor, Mother Jones; Twitter — Moderator Read more »

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North Beach Walking Tour

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Thu, Apr 9 2015 - 1:45pm

Join another Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure! Explore vibrant North Beach with Rick Evans during a two-hour walk through this neighborhood with a colorful past, where food, culture, history and unexpected views all intersect in an Italian “urban village.” In addition to learning about Beat generation hangouts, you’ll discover authentic Italian cathedrals and coffee shops.

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Project Runway's Tim Gunn: How We All Can Make It Work

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Mon, Apr 6 2015 - 7:00pm

Tim Gunn, "Project Runway" Cohost; Author, The Natty Professor: A Masterclass on Mentoring, Motivating and Making it Work; Twitter
In Conversation with Brad Rosenstein, Program Producer, Presidio Trust; Former Curator of Exhibitions and Programs, Museum of Performance & Design  Read more »

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Barney Frank

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Wed, Apr 1 2015 - 12:00pm

Barney Frank, Former Member of Congress (D-MA); Author, Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage; Twitter
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