Upcoming Events

Thu 10/15

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Adam Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzer: When to Cooperate, When to Compete

Date: Thu, October 15, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
How to get the most out of any relationship

Adam Galinsky, Vikram S. Pandit Professor of Business, Columbia University School of Business; Co-Author, Friend and Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both
Maurice Schweitzer, Cecilia Yen Koo Professor of Operations and Information Management, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business; Co-Author, Friend and Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both

What does it take to be successful? Galinsky and Schweitzer, two of the most respected scholars on success, highlight how to get the most out of any relationship through the science of cooperation and competition.

Drawing on original research from their labs and across the social sciences, they examine how to strike the right balance to maximize professional and personal happiness and improve relationships with family, friends and co-workers.

Galinsky and Schweitzer recommend ways to negotiate the best outcomes by learning when to cooperate as a friend and when to compete as a foe—and more important, how to be better at both.

Fri 10/16

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Wendy Davis and The War on Women

Date: Fri, October 16, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
A trailblazing women’s rights activist.

Wendy Davis, Democratic Politician; Former Texas State Senator

"Something special is happening in Austin tonight #StandWithWendy" —

In June 2013, Senator Wendy Davis was propelled into the global spotlight as she attempted an eleven-hour filibuster to block a Texas state senate bill that would dramatically restrict abortion in Texas, an effort that kept over 180,000 people glued to the live stream and made national headlines.

Today, Davis continues to act as a trailblazing women’s rights activist by fundraising for Planned Parenthood and defending it from recent public attacks. Davis is also in the process of starting a new women’s initiative that will attempt to expand opportunities for young women.

Join us for a discussion about the powerful effects women in leadership positions can have and learn about Davis’ plan to enlist more people in her effort to combat what she sees as a war on women.

Mon 10/19

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Chinese Medicine and Managing Diabetes

Date: Mon, October 19, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM

John Nieters, Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; Certified in Integrated Diabetes Care, XinHua Hospital

Dr. John Nieters will share his experience in treating diabetes, drawing on both ancient and modern solutions intended to control diabetes or reduce the risk of becoming diabetic. Learn about his method of implementing tools from five branches of traditional Chinese medicine with technological advances of Western medicine. Also discover early warning signs and how to turn around a pre-diabetic condition through case studies that illustrate the impact of these treatment protocols.

Longevity Explorers Discussion Group: Better Aging. You. Your Parents.

Date: Mon, October 19, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

This regular discussion group will be exploring new and emerging solutions to the challenges of growing older. Not only will we be uncovering interesting new products at the intersection of aging and technology, we will also be conducting a series of ongoing deep dive discussions into topics like brain health, apps for seniors, hearing and wearables for seniors. The results of our discussions will be shared with a larger community of older adults interested in improving their quality of life through our partner in this initiative, Tech-enhanced Life, PBC. The discussions will be facilitated by Dr. Richard Caro, whom many of you have heard speak at prior grownups forum events.
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Adam Johnson: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

Date: Mon, October 19, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

Adam Johnson, Associate Professor, Stanford University; Author, The Orphan Master’s Son and Fortune Smiles

Kathryn Ma, Author, The Year She Left Us and All That Work and Still No Boys; Jury Member, The Commonwealth Club’s California Book Awards — Moderator

This program is part of the Good Lit series underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed and bestselling novel The Orphan Master’s Son, Johnson is one of America’s most provocative and powerful authors. In his latest novel, Fortune Smiles, he continues to give voice to characters rarely heard from while offering something we all seek from fiction: a new way of looking at our world. In six masterly stories, Johnson delves deep into love and loss, natural disasters, the influence of technology, and how the political shapes the personal. Unnerving, riveting and written with a timeless quality, these stories confirm Johnson as one of America's greatest writers and serves as an indispensable guide to our new century.

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Seth Siegel: Let There Be Water

Date: Mon, October 19, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Possible solutions to overcome water scarcity

Seth Siegel, Author, Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World
Lisa Krieger, Science and Medicine Reporter, San Jose Mercury News —Moderator

California faces one of its most severe droughts on record, as water scarcity is also continuing to worsen in the rest of the world. Siegel looks at some of the policies and cutting-edge water technology that have been embraced specifically in Israel, and he examines how a land that is made of 60 percent desert has become a leading world power in water technology.

As the imbalance between water supply and demand rapidly increases, the world could soon face a global crisis in energy shortages, surging food prices and economic instability. Siegel offers possible solutions for conservation development to overcome the problem of water scarcity.

Tue 10/20

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Liberation of the Philippines 1945: A 70th Anniversary Commemoration

Date: Tue, October 20, 2015
Time: 11:30 AM

Michael Armacost, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines
James Zobel, Chief Archivist, MacArthur Memorial Museum
Richard Keith, Major General (Ret.), Veteran of the Philippines Liberation Campaign, 1945

Join a special gala luncheon to commemorate the liberation of the Philippines by American forces and their Filipino allies in 1945. Guest speakers, along with displays, memorabilia and visual documentation, will be presented.

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Surviving to Thriving: Avoid 3 Pitfalls of Grief Keeping You Stuck in the Past

Date: Tue, October 20, 2015
Time: 5:15 PM

Michelle Peticolas, Grief and Loss Specialist

Grief, though a natural response to loss, can be disorienting, painful and hard to manage. It can also be the doorway to a more powerful and purposeful life, if you know how to enter it. In this talk, Peticolas will share her practical strategies for allowing feelings without falling apart, how to have closure without losing connection, and ways to relate to others so you minimize conflict and get the support you need. If you are struggling with emotions, feeling stuck or having difficulties with others, she says you might be missing some important tools in your grief toolbox. Come learn her strategies for releasing feelings, letting go and moving forward so you can have a life worth living.

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Roberta Kaplan

Date: Tue, October 20, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM

Roberta Kaplan, Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Author, Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA
In conversation with Kara Swisher, Executive Editor, Re/code

How did one of the nation’s top legal strategists convince the Supreme Court to support marriage equality?? Called a “true American hero” by President Bill Clinton, Kaplan details her experiences and struggles on the front lines of this historic civil rights victory, both inside and outside of the courtroom. Kaplan will also touch on how this victory paved the way to legalizing same sex marriage nationwide.

Wed 10/21

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Arne Duncan: A Conversation with the Secretary of Education

Date: Wed, October 21, 2015
Time: 11:30 AM

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
John Fensterwald, Editor-at-Large, EdSource — Moderator

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has just announced he will be leaving the Obama administration at the end of the year. He will reflect on his tenure, which has included leading initiatives to improve the opportunities and outcome for students of all ages. This work has included focusing on transforming struggling schools, securing $10 billion to prevent teacher layoffs, increasing the Pell grant program, and eliminating student-loan subsidies to banks. In December, Secretary Duncan will return to his Chicago home where he once headed the city’s public schools and a non-profit foundation that helped send inner-city children to college.

We will explore Duncan’s legacy and impact and gain insight on what comes next for this passionate educator.

The U.S. Imperative for Wellness: The Cleveland Clinic Experience – How to Make Yourself Younger

Date: Wed, October 21, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM

Michael Fredric Roizen, Anesthesiologist; Internist; Author; Chief Wellness Officer, Cleveland Clinic

Chronic medical disease management now accounts for more than 80 percent of the nation’s spending on medical care and is substantially increasing as the number of people with chronic disease rises. Roizen argues that these chronic disease costs are increasing income inequality and decreasing the standard of living. Yet, he says, some of these diseases may be largely lifestyle-preventable.

The Cleveland Clinic used its 43,000 employees and 58,000 dependents as test cases. As Cleveland Clinic’s chief wellness officer and chair of its Wellness Institute, Dr. Roizen will talk about the Wellness Institute’s programs to help clinic employees collectively lose 455,000 pounds, reduce smoking rates from 15.4 to 5.2 percent, improve reversal and prevention of chronic diseases, and flatten the cost curve.

Join us to talk about the mechanisms of aging processes that Roizen argues we can control and actions one can take.

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Chinatown Walking Tour

Date: Wed, October 21, 2015
Time: 1:45 PM
A neighborhood adventure with Rick Evans.

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.

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The Redwoods League and 21st-century Land Conservation

Date: Wed, October 21, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
With Sam Hodder from the Save the Redwoods League

Sam Hodder, President and CEO, Save the Redwoods League
Justin Faggioli, Director, Save the Redwoods League - Moderator

Come hear Sam Hodder, president and CEO of Save the Redwoods League, explain how the iconic California redwoods catalyzed the nation's conservation movement, a century ago, and are now redefining our 21st century relationship with nature. He will discuss how a century of redwood conservation and research has demonstrated how these ancient trees could help us respond to modern day challenges. He says it's not just about how we can save the redwoods, but how the redwoods are saving us.

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David Talbot: The Rise of America's Secret Government

Date: Wed, October 21, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
One of America’s great hidden stories

David Talbot, Founder, Salon.com; Author, The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government
Barry Eisler, Former CIA Directorate of Operations; Creator, John Rain series – Moderator

Author and journalist David Talbot presents an explosive portrait of Allen Welsh Dulles, the man he says transformed the CIA into the most powerful and secretive colossus in Washington. He tells one of America’s great hidden stories: the part played in the United States’ rise to world dominance in the early 20th century by the guile of Dulles, the longest-serving director of the CIA.

Drawing on revelatory new materials, including newly discovered U.S. government documents, U.S. and European intelligence sources, personal correspondence and journals, and exclusive interviews with the children of prominent CIA officials, Talbot argues that Dulles manipulated and subverted presidents and the law to further his personal interests and those of the wealthy elite whom he held as friends.

Talbot will discuss his exposé of American power in the story of the rise of the national security state.

Thu 10/22

Arts Forum Planning Meeting

Date: Thu, October 22, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM

Our meeting is open to all members who have an interest in the visual and performing arts. We welcome your ideas and your energy. This is a chance for you to take a more active role in planning the Club’s calendar of events.

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Civil Saints and Civic Pride in the Renaissance City-State

Date: Thu, October 22, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM
With assistant professor Mary Doyno

Mary Harvey Doyno, Assistant Professor, Humanities and Religious Studies, CSU Sacramento

Campanilismo is the Italian term for civic pride, something that was a quintessential part of life in Italian city-states during the Renaissance. During this time, the city-state provided a crucial piece of identity: a person was a Sienese, Florentine or Venetian above all else, and the veneration of a city’s patron saint was key when creating this all-encompassing civic identity. Join us as Doyno explains how the Italian Renaissance society was championing a return to an ancient, pre-Christian worldview, while at the same time creating complex civil religions steeped in devotion to Christian saints.

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The Food Lab: Cooking with Science

Date: Thu, October 22, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Managing Culinary Director, Serious Eats; Author, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

Food Lit event underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Ever wondered how to pan-fry the perfect medium-rare steak, or roast a succulent, moist turkey? In The Food Lab, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt explores the science of cooking, delving into the interactions between heat, energy and molecules that create the dishes we all know and love. The managing culinary director of Serious Eats and author of the James Beard Award-nominated column “The Food Lab,” Kenji shows how to achieve better food using new, simple techniques in hundreds of easy-to-make recipes. Join Kenji as he reveals his best tricks and tips in the kitchen and become the master of the two-minute Hollandaise sauce, the creamiest potato casserole and much more.

China and The U.S.: Can Conflict Be Avoided?

Date: Thu, October 22, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
The world is watching

Zhang Weiwei, Professor and Director, Centre for China Development Model Research, Fudan University; Director, SASS Institute of China Studies
Gary Roughead, Admiral USN (Ret.), Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution; Former Commander, U.S. Pacific and Atlantic Fleets

News headlines frequently present China in a less than positive light, with reports of government-sponsored computer hacking, worsening bilateral trade and an unprecedented military buildup. The world is watching to see if China and the U.S. can avoid falling into Thucydides’ trap, a popular empirical observation from history that a rising power and a reigning power inevitably end up in bitter conflict. Join us to hear nuanced Chinese and American perspectives on what each side needs to do to avoid a disastrous war.

Fri 10/23

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Date: Fri, October 23, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM

Eddy Simonian, Masters in International Studies

Maher Kalaji, Ph.D. Chemistry — Moderator

Lebanon has been plagued by war, political instability and refugee crises since its inception as a country in 1920. Simonian, an Assyrian Christian who was raised in Lebanon, will discuss the complicated ethnic and religious history of Lebanon and the sectarian conflict, which was the topic of his 2011 master’s thesis.

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U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood Randall

Date: Fri, October 23, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM

Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood Randall, Deputy Energy Secretary; Former White House Coordinator for Defense Policy
Dr. Gloria Duffy, President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club—Moderator

Protecting America’s Energy Infrastructure

Deputy Energy Secretary Sherwood Randall will discuss resiliency in the energy sector related to natural and man-made threats, including those in the cyber domain. She will focus on the Department of Energy’s diverse initiatives to strengthen and protect the nation&;s energy infrastructure, and how the department partners with the private sector to support shared resiliency goals.

Dr. Sherwood-Randall has served as second in command at the Energy Department since October 2014. She joined the Obama administration on day one, serving from 2009 to 2013 as special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs at the National Security Council, and from 2013 to 2014 as White House coordinator for defense policy, countering weapons of mass destruction, and arms control. Before joining President Obama’s team, Dr. Sherwood-Randall worked at Stanford University, Harvard University, and the Council on Foreign Relations. In the Clinton Administration, she served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia from 1994 to 1996. Dr. Sherwood-Randall attended college at Harvard and then went on to graduate school at Oxford University, where she was among the very early ranks of female Rhodes Scholars. After finishing her education, she began her career working for then-Senator Joe Biden as his chief advisor on foreign and defense policy.