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The Exploratorium: A Learning Laboratory for the 21st Century

Fri, May 10 2013 - 12:00pm

Marc L’Italien, Design Principal, EHDD
Shawn Lani, Senior Artist, the Exploratorium
Sydnie Kohara, Emmy Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist – Moderator Read more »

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Dick Costolo, Twitter CEO

Thu, Mar 7 2013 - 6:30pm

Dick Costolo, Twitter CEO

In conversation with Nick Bilton, New York Times columnist and lead blogger, Bits Blog Read more »

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Gian Lorenzo Bernini: Michelangelo of the Baroque

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Wed, Apr 24 2013 - 6:00pm

Michael Stehr, Artist; Owner, Sistine Chapel Decorative Art

Stehr will discuss how Gian Lorenzo Bernini used his immense talents as an architect, painter and sculptor to define the unique visual style of the Baroque Age. Bernini, and his collaborators and rivals, accomplished their makeover of Rome by successfully pursuing the patronage of Popes, who dipped into the wealth of the resurgent Counter-Reformation Church to restore the monumental grandeur of the Eternal City. 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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Humanities West Book Discussion: The Clockwork Universe

Wed, Feb 27 2013 - 5:30pm

Humanities West Book Discussion: The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World Read more »

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Russian Hill Walking Tour #11

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Thu, Apr 25 2013 - 2:00pm

Join a more active Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure! Russian Hill is a magical area with secret gardens and amazing views. Join Rick Evans for a two-hour hike up hills and staircases and learn about the history of this neighborhood. See where great artists and architects lived and worked, and walk down residential streets where some of the most historically significant houses in the Bay Area are located. Read more »

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Chinatown Walking Tour #12

Thu, Feb 28 2013 - 2:00pm

Enjoy a Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure. Join Rick Evans for a memorable midday walk and discover the history and mysteries of Chinatown. Explore colorful alleys and side streets. Visit a Taoist temple, an herbal store, the site of the first public school in the state, and the famous Fortune Cookie Factory. There is a short break for a tea sample during the tour.

Also know: Photo by H Sanchez/Flickr.

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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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Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe

Thu, Feb 28 2013 - 6:00pm

Alex Filippenko, Elected Member, National Academy of Sciences; Richard & Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences, UC Berkeley; Researcher; Author Read more »

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The Algorithm for Love

Thu, Feb 14 2013 - 6:30pm

Sam Yagan, CEO, OkCupid & Match.com
In conversation with Joy Nordenstrom, Matchmaker and Founder, Joy of Romance
Beth Spotswood, Culture Blogger, SFGate.com - Emcee Read more »

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