Upcoming Events

Fri 5/16

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Levi's® Stadium Walking Tour

Date: Fri, May 16, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM

Join us for a private walking tour of Levi’s® Stadium – the future home of the San Francisco 49ers. Set to open later this summer, the newly built Santa Clara stadium offers a unique and up-close experience for fans. Hear more about the stadium’s design, construction and state of the art technology.

This private walking tour will also include special remarks by Jed York, 49ers president and Commonwealth Club Board of Governors member.

Mon 5/19

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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social 5/19/14

Date: Mon, May 19, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
A must-attend political discussion and social event.

Larry Gerston, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, San Jose State University; Political Analyst, NBC Bay Area; Author, Not So Golden After All: The Rise and Fall of California; Twitter @lgerston 
Carla Marinucci, Senior Political Writer, San Francisco Chronicle; Twitter @cmarinucci
John Zipperer, Vice President of Media & Editorial, Commonwealth Club - Host
Additional Panelist TBA

California's electing new leaders this year, and issues like income inequality and affordability are dominating the headlines. Week to Week will take a look at the issues and the people in local, state and national politics. In its first two years, Week to Week has become a must-attend political discussion and social event. Join our panelists for informative and engaging commentary on political and other major news, audience discussion of the week’s events and our news quiz!

And stay after 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). 

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Middle East Discussion Group

Date: Mon, May 19, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with fellow Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East. 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.

Go to No Child Left Inside

No Child Left Inside

Date: Mon, May 19, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Nicole Ardoin, Assistant Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education 
Zenobia Barlow, Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Center for Ecoliteracy 
Running Grass, Founder, Three Circles Center in Sausalito; Expert on Multicultural Approaches to Children and Environmental Education
Laurette Rogers, Co-Founder, Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed (STRAW)
Mitchell Thomashow, President Emeritus, Unity College;  Director, Presidential Fellows Programs, Second Nature  – Moderator

 

Spring heralds the beginning of the outdoors season but despite the demonstrated positive effects that nature has on kids, many children remain glued to screens or stuck inside prepping for yet another standardized exam. Will it always be "heads in tech"? Or will it also be "feet on the ground"? If children are not given opportunities to connect with the natural world, who will be the stewards of the future? Join a roundtable discussion of experts and educators hosted by Orion Magazine, publisher of the new anthology, Leave No Child Inside, to examine the merits and opportunities inherent in experiential outdoor play and learning for all children and their abilities.

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Status Report on Health-care Reform in California

Date: Mon, May 19, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Dave Jones, Commissioner, California Department of Insurance

Following the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the challenge for California is to provide millions of citizens with an affordable option for high-quality health care while simultaneously setting an example for the rest of the United States. The goal is to include medical, mental health, long-term care and many other services to preserve and improve the physical and mental health of all Californians. Dave Jones is the commissioner of the California Department of Insurance, the largest consumer protection agency in the state. His job is to regulate the $123 billion insurance industry. He will give us an inside look into the process of health-care reform in California, his aspirations and concerns going forward.

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American Conservatory Theater and the Commonwealth Club of California Present BD Wong and Carey Perloff in Conversation

Date: Mon, May 19, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM
For one night only!

BD Wong, Actor

Carey Perloff, Artistic Director, American Conservatory Theater

In advance of American Conservatory Theater’s upcoming U.S. premiere of James Fenton’s acclaimed adaptation of The Orphan of Zhao, we present BD Wong and A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff in conversation for one night only. Wong and Perloff will cover a wide range of topics, including Wong’s career, growing up in San Francisco and his upcoming A.C.T. debut, as well as answering audience questions. BD Wong received the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Theater World, Clarence Derwent and Tony Awards for his Broadway debut in M. Butterfly. His film and television credits include “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Oz,” Jurassic Park, Seven Years in Tibet and Mulan

Tue 5/20

Go to Anya17: Human Welfare and the Aesthetics of Opera
This event is Cancelled

Anya17: Human Welfare and the Aesthetics of Opera

Date: Tue, May 20, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Art in the world of social change.

This event has been cancelled

Ben Kaye, Librettist, Anya17; Poet 
Spokesperson from United Nations Women, TBA 
Celebrity Advocate Against Human Trafficking, TBA

Opera Parallèle produces operas that explore emerging aesthetics in a context of contemporary social values, including the American premiere of Anya17, a new opera by British composer Adam Gorb and librettist Ben Kaye. Anya17 addresses human trafficking, creating a poignant example of how the arts can be used to advocate social change.

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Ruth Reichl

Date: Tue, May 20, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Ruth Reichl, Food Critic, Editor, Author
Ruth Reichl, Food Critic; Former Editor, Gourmet; Author, Delicious!; Twitter @ruthreichl
Angie Coiro, Journalist and Host, "In Deep" - Moderator
 
In her fiction debut, Reichl celebrates her love of food with a story about family ties and the special bond between sisters. Reichl is an award-winning chef and well-known food critic for The New York Times. Hear more from one of the pioneers of the Berkeley culinary revolution.
 
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Freakonomics with Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner

Date: Tue, May 20, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
How to make smarter, harder, and better decisions.

Steven Levitt, Author, Think Like a FreakFreakonomics and SuperFreakonomics
Stephen Dubner, Author, Think Like a FreakFreakonomics and SuperFreakonomics

Now, it’s time for you to think like a “freak.” Levitt and Dubner’s newest masterpiece helps us get whacky to analyze the decisions we make, the plans we create and even the morals we chose. Get freaky – and these statistic gurus will teach you how to make smarter, harder, and better decisions. With practical insights from “The Upside of Quitting” to “How to Succeed – With No Talent,” Levitt and Dubner have again turned our brains inside out and made statistics sexy. There’s a hidden side to everything. Get the inside scope from freakonomists Dubner and Levitt.

Wed 5/21

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Inside College Football: Ask the Commissioners

Date: Wed, May 21, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Opportunities and challenges facing college football.

Larry Scott, Commissioner, Pac 12; Former Chairman and CEO, Women’s Tennis Association; Former President and COO, ATP Properties
James Delany, Commissioner, Big 10
Ted Robinson, Emmy Award-winning Broadcaster; Announcer, Pac 12 Network, and San Francisco 49ers – Moderator

As the 2014 season begins to take shape, hear the heads of the two college conferences with the largest television and media footprint discuss the opportunities and challenges facing college football, including compensation for student-athletes, safety issues and the advent of playoffs, as the sport continues its unparalleled growth. Predictions are also likely, including for the Bay Area Bowl that will feature a team from each conference.

Thu 5/22

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This event is Sold Out

North Beach Walking Tour

Date: Thu, May 22, 2014
Time: 1:45 PM
Find hidden gems with Rick Evans

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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Leonard Susskind & Art Friedman: Quantum Mechanics - The Theoretical Minimum

Date: Thu, May 22, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
A lively and accessible introduction to a famously difficult field

Leonard Susskind, Felix Bloch Professor of Theoretical Physics, Stanford University; Co-author, Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum

Art Friedman, Data Engineer; Co-author, Quantum Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum

Come hear physicist Susskind and data engineer Friedman present a lively and accessible introduction to a famously difficult field, the theory and associated mathematics of quantum mechanics, which attempts to understand the behavior of sub-atomic objects through mathematical abstractions. Susskind and Friedman offer crystal-clear explanations of the principles of quantum states, uncertainty and time dependence, entanglement and particle and wave states, among other topics. They provide a tool kit for amateur scientists to learn physics at their own pace.

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When I'm 164: The New Science of Radical Life Extension

Date: Thu, May 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM

David Ewing Duncan, Author, When I'm 164: The New Science of Radical Life Extension, and What Happens if It Succeeds and Experimental Man; Columnist, Newsweek; Chief Correspondent, NPR Talk’s Biotech Nation

The average life expectancy of Americans is approximately 78 years, but how long do you really want to live? Today, scientists at universities and research institutions across the globe are discussing and working on anti-aging treatments that could possibly extend the average life span of humans by decades. In his book, When I’m 164, David Ewing Duncan explores the science of radical life extension and the new technologies that may alter the limits of human life. Join Duncan for a discussion on these advances in biotechnology and the impact and implications of being able to live to age 164 or beyond.

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The Economist's John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge Talk Smart Government

Date: Thu, May 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM

John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief, The Economist; Co-author, The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State
Adrian Wooldridge, Management Editor and Schumpeter Columnist, The Economist; Co-author, The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State

From its unsustainable debt load to a gridlocked Washington, the American government is failing. John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge are asking the tough questions. Are China and India pulling ahead? Will the West be left behind? Will democracy and liberty triumph in the 21st century? Believing that world growth is being inhibited by dysfunctional government, Micklethwait and Wooldridge are calling out the big bad nation-state. Join us for a discussion with the gurus who make global economics provocative.

Tue 5/27

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Getting to 50/50

Date: Tue, May 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Sharon Meers, Head of Magento Enterprise Strategy, eBay; Former Managing Director, Goldman Sachs; Co-author, Getting to 50/50
Joanna Strober, Founder and CEO, KurboHealth; Co-author, Getting to 50/50

Is it possible to excel at your job and be home for dinner? Getting to 50/50 will offer you helpful ideas to successfully navigate the challenges of sharing work and family responsibilities. Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober share personal stories, compelling social science and a practical roadmap to help both women and men stay engaged with their kids without sacrificing their careers. Meers and Strober are a source of hope and confidence to any parent who has ever questioned their choices regarding career and family.  

Thu 5/29

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Timothy Geithner - Former US Secretary of Treasury

Date: Thu, May 29, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
On tough decisions required to save the U.S. economy.

Timothy Geithner, Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury; Author, Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises

Bethany McLean,  Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair – Moderator

Geithner served as the 75th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under President Obama from 2009 to 2013. In Stress Test, he reveals some of the most challenging and controversial moments he faced in the wake of the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression. Geithner shares his personal and professional recollections of President Obama, Ben Bernanke, Hank Paulson and others, and candidly explains the tough decisions required to save the U.S. economy from collapse. He also examines the tensions between policy and politics that have come to dominate discussions of the U.S. economy.

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The Faraway Nearby

Date: Thu, May 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Rebecca Solnit, Author, The Faraway Nearby

Award-winning San Francisco author Solnit reaches beyond her own life to the stories she heard and read that helped her navigate the difficult journey through her mother's illness, disintegrating memory and eventual death. Exploring the essential elements of empathy for dealing with irreparable loss, Solnit has created a marvelous Russian doll of a book with a narrative as rich as the fairy tales she recreates. 

 

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SF’s Power Women of Eventbrite, ModCloth & One Kings Lane

Date: Thu, May 29, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
A conversation on growing your business.

Julia Hartz, Co-Founder and President, Eventbrite

Susan Gregg Koger, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, ModCloth

Alison Pincus, Co-Founder, One Kings Lane; Founder, Hunters AlleyOn

Jory Des Jardins, Co-Founder and President of Strategic AlliancesBlogHer – Moderator

ModCloth, One Kings Lane, and Eventbrite are three ventures that have revolutionized the field of e-commerce, transforming our access to and interactions with the goods and services we want.  We’re bringing together the three power women behind these companies for an in-depth look at building a successful brand in the nation’s tech hub, the changing nature of the online marketplace, and what it’s like to be a woman business leader. Julia Hartz and her ever-evolving team of “Britelings” have grown Eventbrite into a company with award-winning culture, focused on bringing the world together through live experiences. Susan Gregg Koger, one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30,” is reinventing online shopping with one-of-a-kind social community. Digital media fiend Alison Pincus boldly launched One Kings Lane in the middle of the 2009 recession, only to have it become one of the fastest growing online businesses, worth almost $1 billion. Join us as we host three of the most innovative young female tech entrepreneurs for a conversation on gutsily growing your business and being a woman power player.

 

Mon 6/2

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Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social 6/2/14

Date: Mon, June 02, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Let's have a mid-year political check-in. 

Josh Richman, State and National Politics Reporter, Bay Area News Group, San Jose Mercury NewsOakland TribuneContra Costa Times; Twitter @Josh_Richman
Additional panelists TBA

Let's have a mid-year political check-in. Week to Week takes a look at the issues and the people in local, state and national politics. Join our panelists for informative and engaging commentary on political and other major news, audience discussion of the week’s events and our 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 6/3

Go to Secrets of Treasure Island: Uncovering the Navy's Radioactive Legacy

Secrets of Treasure Island: Uncovering the Navy's Radioactive Legacy

Date: Tue, June 03, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

George Moore, Scientist-in-Residence, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies
Kai Vetter, Head, Applied Physics Program, Nuclear Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Dale Smith, Member, Treasure Island Restoration Advisory Board
Matt Smith, Reporter, The Center for Investigative Reporting – Moderator

The island in the middle of San Francisco Bay where the city plans to build a second downtown was once home to military training schools and ship operations that included dangerous radioactive substances inclucing radium, cesium and plutonium. The U.S. Navy says there is now no risk to the island's residents, as the island is prepared for even more construction. Yet in March, 2014, the military announced that it will test residents' homes for radioactive waste. Experts question whether the Navy's investigation will permit and include independent research, investigation and findings in addition to the Navy's testing and what the military use and history of Treasure Island means for the island and for San Francisco Bay.