Upcoming Events

Mon 9/22

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San Francisco Neighborhood Newspapers: Creating Healthy and Informed Environments and Neighborhoods

Date: Mon, September 22, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Explore the impact of SF's community newspapers.

Juan Gonzales, Founder and Editor, El Tecolote
Paul Kozakiewicz, Publisher, Richmond Review and Sunset Beacon
Willie Ratcliff, Publisher, San Francisco Bay View
Glenn Gullmes, Publisher, West Portal Monthly – Moderator

San Francisco's vibrant community newspapers play a critical role in the environment, health and safety of the city's distinct neighborhoods. Join San Francisco media and news publishers and reporters who have created and maintained a “hometown view” of what is happening in and to San Francisco and its many diverse communities. Find out what it means to report first-hand on the streets of San Francisco and why this reporting is so important for the future development of the city.

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Joe Zee: What’s In, What’s Out, What’s You

Date: Mon, September 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Get a rare glimpse into the fashion world.

Joe Zee, Editor in Chief and Executive Creative Officer, Yahoo Style; Former Creative Director, Elle; Twitter @mrjoezee
Carolyne Zinko, Style Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle; Twitter @carolynezinko

Here’s a chance to improve your own sense of style in a world where the clothes you put on each morning send a message. As San Francisco Fashion Week begins, noted fashion expert Joe Zee will provide a rare inside look at the trends that dominate the fashion industry. He’ll also bring behind-the-scenes stories about designers and the celebrities who wear them. Having previously held fashion editorial positions at W, Details, Vanity Fair and House & Garden, Zee will also discuss his latest role at Yahoo.

Tue 9/23

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Nob Hill Walking Tour

Date: Tue, September 23, 2014
Time: 1:45 PM
Eegance, urbanity, scandals and fabulous views!

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. Visit the city’s largest house of worship, Grace Cathedral, and discover architectural tidbits and anecdotes about the railroad barons and silver kings. A true San Francisco experience of elegance, urbanity, scandals and fabulous views.

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Roberto Trotta: The Edge of the Sky – All You Need to Know About the All-There-Is

Date: Tue, September 23, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Trotta tells the story of the most important cosmology discoveries

Roberto Trotta, Theoretical Cosmologist, Astrophysics Group, Imperial College London; Author, The Edge of the Sky

From the big bang to black holes, from dark matter to dark energy, from the origins of the universe to its ultimate destiny, Trotta’s book The Edge of the Sky tells the story of the most important discoveries and mysteries in modern cosmology – with a twist. He uses a lexicon limited to the thousand most common words in the English language, excluding “physics,” “energy,” “galaxy,” or even “universe.” Through the eyes of a fictional scientist (Student-People) hunting for dark matter with one of the biggest telescopes (Big-Seers) on Earth (Home-World), Trotta explores the most important ideas about our universe (All-there-is) in language simple enough for anyone to understand.

Wed 9/24

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Tavis Smiley

Date: Wed, September 24, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
The real story of Martin Luther King Jr's final year

Tavis Smiley, TV Host, Public Broadcasting Service; Radio Host, Public Radio International; Author, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Final Year

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations in U.S. history, but little is remembered about the trials and tribulations he faced in his final year. Award-winning television and radio broadcast host Smiley chronicles the final 365 days of Dr. King’s life. Despite assaults on his character and ideology, Dr. King remained committed to ending racial inequality and segregation in our country. Hear more about his story of leadership and perseverance.

Thu 9/25

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Heather Burnett Gold: Empowering Communities with Gigabits to the Home

Date: Thu, September 25, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
President, Fiber to the Home Council North America

Heather Burnett Gold, President, Fiber to the Home Council North America

Certain communities around the United States have recently coalesced around an idea: America needs a critical mass of communities with exceptional bandwidth so we can foster human capital that knows how to design, build, operate and, above all, innovate using the best networks in the world. The movement is nascent, but early examples are proving successful, such as the bond rating increase Kansas City received thanks in part to Google Fiber, and Tom Friedman reporting how Chattanooga has changed from “a slowly declining and deflating urban balloon, to one of the fastest-growing cities in Tennessee.” Heather Burnett Gold will discuss the process of becoming a “gigabit city.” She claims it’s not a matter of economics or engineering; it’s about organization.

Fri 9/26

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The Sea & Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

Date: Fri, September 26, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM

Lincoln Paine, Author, The Sea & Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea with our ancestors' first forays from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He looks at world history through the lens of maritime enterprise, revealing how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream; how goods, languages, religions and entire cultures spread across the world's waterways, bringing together civilizations; and how civilizations and humans have changed and continue to change world-wide environments and planet earth.

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Paul Williams and Tracey Jackson: Gratitude and Trust

Date: Fri, September 26, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Insights on the benefits of the recovery process.

 Paul Williams, Author, Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life; Twitter: @IMPaulWilliams

Tracey Jackson, Author, Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life; Twitter: @traceyjackson4

Celebrating the theme "recovery is not just for addicts," Williams and Jackson discuss their insights on the benefits of the recovery process. Paul Williams is a talented Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe-winning Hall of Fame songwriter and president of the American Society of Composers, Authors and publishers (ASCAP). He is a major force in the recovery movement and a graduate of UCLA¹s Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certification Program. His recent work also includes Latino creative projects with Guillermo del Toro. Tracey Jackson is a successful screenwriter, author and blogger who wrote the films Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Guru, and The Other End of the Line, among others.

Mon 9/29

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Charles Blow - New York Times Visual Op-Ed Columnist

Date: Mon, September 29, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
A powerfully redemptive memoir.

Charles Blow, Visual Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times; Author, Fire Shut Up in My Bones; Twitter @CharlesMBlow

Blow mines the compelling poetry of the out-of-time African-American Louisiana town where he grew up – a place where slavery's legacy felt astonishingly close, reverberating in the elders' stories and in the near-constant wash of violence. Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a powerfully redemptive memoir that both fits the tradition of African-American storytelling from the South and gives it an indelible new slant.

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Middle East Discussion Group

Date: Mon, September 29, 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.

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Human Trafficking of Foreign-Born Individuals into the Bay Area: Stories of Hope and Survival

Date: Mon, September 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Discover trends, patterns and stories about survivors.

Jadma Noronha, Human Trafficking Program Manager, SAGE Project
Ellyn Bell, Executive Director, SAGE Project

The mission of the SAGE Project is to improve the lives of persons who have experienced or are at risk of sexual exploitation, human trafficking, violence and other forms of trauma. Founded on the principles of peer (survivor) leadership, for 20 years SAGE has provided trauma-focused healing services to survivors of all forms of human trafficking. Noronha and Bell will focus on international citizens who have been trafficked into the Bay Area and will highlight trends, patterns and stories of overcoming violence and adversity.

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Necessary Wisdom

Date: Mon, September 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
An introspective discussion on spirituality and wisdom.

Jacob Needleman, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Philosophy, SFSU; Author, Necessary Wisdom
Stephanie Kriebel, Board Certified Health Coach; Educator; Chair, Personal Growth Member-Led Forum - Moderator

The Personal Growth Forum presents an introspective discussion on spirituality and wisdom with philosopher Dr. Jacob Needleman, who has studied at Harvard, Yale and the University of Freiburg. He has spoken and written about these topics for over 50 years. The discussion will cover a diverse range of subjects, including making sense of mysticism, the secrets of time and love, the meaning of money, and, of course, the great questions of life. Please join us for a fascinating and enlightening evening that is sure to leave you feeling hopeful and inspired.

Tue 9/30

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Andrej Kiska: Slovakia at the Core of European Integration

Date: Tue, September 30, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
President, Slovak Republic

Andrej Kiska, President, Slovak Republic

The European Integration is an initiative to foster the internal support of all countries of the European Union. Slovakia joined the EU 10 years ago in what was dubbed as a "big bang enlargement” to Central and Eastern European countries. Considering on-going events in the Ukraine, this integration is seen as critical in fulfilling the concept of Europe as "whole and free.”

Joint innovation initiatives, negotiation of the transatlantic trade and investment partnerships provide a great opportunity to boost both the U.S. and European economies. Join Slovakia’s newly elected president in a discussion of a unified future.

In 2012, Andrej Kiska decided to run for president as an independent candidate. He assumed the presidency of the Slovak Republic in June 2014. Previously, he held various management positions and conducted business activities for 15 years, founding several profitable companies. In 2006 he founded Good Angel, a non-profit company, to which he donated one million Euros. Good Angel helps families in financial distress due to a life-threatening illness of a child. Good Angel has become the most successful charitable organization in Slovakia today.

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Timothy Garton Ash

Date: Tue, September 30, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies, Oxford; Columnist, The Guardian

Historian. Author. Commentator. Timothy Garton Ash is professor of European Studies at the University of Oxford. In his weekly column in The Guardian and his contributions to the New York Review of Books, Ash has earned a reputation for incisive commentary. He was featured in Time magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people as well as a list of 100 top global public intellectuals chosen by the journals Prospect and Foreign Policy.

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Peter Thiel

Date: Tue, September 30, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Unlocking the startup philosophy for success.

Peter Thiel, Co-founder, PayPal; Author, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Quentin Hardy,  Deputy Tech Editor, The New York Times – Moderator

Who will create the next big idea? It could be you. Thiel is a Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur who invested in hundreds of startups, including Facebook, Space X, and Spotify. Hear Thiel discuss what’s behind the Zero to One philosophy and becoming successful and unique in today’s business world.

Thu 10/2

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Chinatown Walking Tour

Date: Thu, October 02, 2014
Time: 1:45 PM
Discover the history and mysteries!

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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Joshua Wolf Shenk: The Power of Two

Date: Thu, October 02, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM
Dynamic duos energize all fields, from business to activism.

Joshua Wolf Shenk, Curator, The Moth; Author, Lincoln’s Melancholy and Powers of Two: Seeking the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs; Twitter: @joshuawolfshenk

What drives creative success? According to Shenk, the magic number is two. Even when we’re alone, we are “collaborating” with the voice inside our head. Shenk examines dynamic duos in all fields of business, entertainment, social activism, etc., and unveils the “electrified space” of a partnership. He also identifies some of the core qualities of creativity and reveals six essential states in which he sees it unfold. Hear more about the genesis of creative innovation and the collaborative process.

Fri 10/3

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China Today, China Tomorrow

Date: Fri, October 03, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
China's impact on a growing global economy.

Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director, Natural Resources Defense Council, China Program Director

In 1996, following her work with the United Nations on China's first sustainability plan, Barbara Finamore undertook the challenge of establishing the Natural Resources Defense Council's first international office in Beijing. Barbara and her colleagues will discuss where China is today and what they see for China tomorrow. There are challenges ahead that must be faced – not only for China, but also for the future environmental, economic, conservation and sustainable impact that China has on the world. China’s decisions will have an effect on international health, safety and survival as we become more globally interconnected and interdependent.

Mon 10/6

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The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning

Date: Mon, October 06, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM

Marcelo Gleiser, Author, The Island of Knowledge; Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College

To be human is to want to know, but what we are able to observe is only a tiny portion of what’s “out there.” Brazilian theoretical physicist Marcelo Gleiser traces our search for answers to the most fundamental questions of our existence and reaches a provocative conclusion: science, the main tool we use to find answers, is fundamentally limited. Our tools of exploration limit the precision of our perceptions, and the nature of physical reality (the speed of light, the uncertainty principle, the impossibility of seeing beyond the cosmic horizon, the incompleteness theorem) just adds to our own limitations as an intelligent species. These limitations, though, constitute neither a deterrent to progress nor a surrender to religion. Rather, they free us to question the meaning and nature of the universe while affirming the central role of life and ourselves in it.

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The Business Solution to Poverty

Date: Mon, October 06, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Mal Warwick, Co-author, The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers

More than 60 years after the rich nations of the world began acting to end poverty, and after the expenditure of more than $2.5 trillion, more people today are living on $2 a day or less than the total population of the planet in 1950. Despite continuing optimism from the World Bank and the United Nations that they’re on track to eradicate poverty, Mal Warwick argues that traditional methods have failed and that only the private sector possesses the resources and the incentives to do the job. This lively presentation will explain how entrepreneurs and existing businesses can design, produce and market income-generating products that will enable 2.7 billion $2-a-day customers to lift themselves out of poverty.