ANALYSIS: Bowling Alone on Veteran’s Day

By Pria S. Whitehead

Earlier this month, the United States commemorated Veterans’ Day. For many people, this meant a much-anticipated day off from work or from school. For others, it was a reminder of service rendered or painful loss incurred. For some, it may have brought to bear the frustration of months or years of social and professional exclusion and hardship. To this end, for certain vets and their families, perhaps the day signified or even provoked an impetus for change. 

The Commonwealth, October-November 2010

Issue 14

The Commonwealth is the official magazine of The Commonwealth Club of California. This issue, former secretaries of state Madeleine Albright and George Shultz discuss foreign policy priorities; Stephen Kinzer talks about dealing with Iran, Anna Quindlen discusses families, Kapya Kaoma uncovers American religious fundamentalists in Africa's social policies, and much more.

R. Sargent Shriver's 1963 Peace Corps Speech to The Commonwealth Club

R. Sargent Shriver, the Peace Corp's first leader and a longtime public servant, passed away earlier this week. We wanted to share with you a speech he gave to The Commonwealth Club of California on October 11, 1963, in which he discussed the volunteer organization.

Below are two scans from a 47-year old copy of The Commonwealth, the official magazine of The Commonwealth Club. Click on the images below to view them in larger size; you can print them out for clearer viewing, if you wish.

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