Upcoming Events

Mon 6/30

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Middle East Discussion Group

Date: Mon, June 30, 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.

Thu 7/10

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Chinatown Walking Tour

Date: Thu, July 10, 2014
Time: 1:45 PM
Join Rick Evans for a memorable walk.

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. 

Wed 7/16

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Is Ozone the Miracle Cure Everyone Is Talking About?

Date: Wed, July 16, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Robert Rowen, M.D., Santa Rosa; Board-certified Member, American Boards of Family Practice and Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology; Former Member, Alaska State Medical Board.

Dr. Rowen's talk will feature research from Cuba (and other sources) on what ozone is being used to treat inflammatory conditions, repairing arthritic joints, circulation, macular degeneration, etc. Dr. Rowen will show videos of "miraculous" instant results of patients in his own office; these are not miracles at all, he says, but what can be expected when you treat the body to get it to heal itself. Rowen's presentation will also cover UV light in its relation to ozone and show some documentation from many years ago on its ability to fight infection. Dr. Rowen is affectionately known as "The Father of Medical Freedom" for pioneering the nation's first law protecting alternative medicine in 1990, in Alaska.

Thu 7/24

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San Francisco Architecture Walking Tour

Date: Thu, July 24, 2014
Time: 1:45 PM
Hidden gems you can only find on foot!

Explore San Francisco’s Financial District with historian Rick Evans and learn the history and stories behind some of our city’s remarkable structures, streets, and public squares. Hear about the famous architects that influenced the building of San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake. Discover hard-to-find rooftop gardens, Art Deco lobbies, unique open spaces, and historic landmarks. This is a tour for locals, with hidden gems you can only find on foot!

Mon 7/28

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Gay Conversion Therapy

Date: Mon, July 28, 2014
Time: 5:15 PM
Sheldon W. Helms, Associate Professor of Psychology

Professor Sheldon W. Helms, Associate Professor of Psychology, Ohlone College

As our country tackles the issue of marriage equality, gays in the military and other forms of inclusion of gays and lesbians into mainstream society, and as Russia and other countries enforce laws limiting the rights of their gay and lesbian citizens, fringe religious and therapeutic organizations have operated mostly in the shadows, attempting to "convert" their homosexual clients to heterosexuality through a mixture of prayer and pseudoscience.

Helms describes the history of attempts to define homosexuality as an illness and to make gays go straight.

Some forms of gay conversion therapy have been outlawed in California and New Jersey, and one of the primary institutions that promoted it has announced its closure, but what are the real stories behind these announcements, and do they go far enough?

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Middle East Discussion Group

Date: Mon, July 28, 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.

Thu 7/31

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Ralph Nader

Date: Thu, July 31, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Ralph NaderPolitical Activist; Author, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State; Twitter: @RalphNader

Ralph Nader has fought for decades on behalf of American citizens against what he sees as the pervasive influence of corporations on our society. Large majorities tell pollsters that big corporations have too much political power, and Nader believes that the ever-tightening influence of big business on the mainstream media, elections and our government have caused many Americans to believe they have no political voice.

Nader draws on a half century of his own experience working with the grassroots and Congress and tells of many surprising victories that have united progressive and conservative forces. Far from espousing compromises that meet halfway, Nader argues that citizens of different political labels must join in the struggle against the corporate state, because if left unchecked, that corporate state will ruin the republic, shred the Constitution, and stampede over the rights of the American people.

Tue 8/5

Go to Trans in the Tenderloin: A Story of Community Resilience

Trans in the Tenderloin: A Story of Community Resilience

Date: Tue, August 05, 2014
Time: 5:15 PM

Robyn L. Stukalin, MS, LCSW

When Marilyn, featured in the film Transgender Tuesdays, was asked about the discrimination experienced by transgender people, she replied without hesitation,“We are more discriminated against than any other people in these United States.” The 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Study found that “transgender and gender non-conforming people face rampant discrimination in every area of life: education, employment, family life, public accommodations, housing, health, police and jails and ID documents.” And things are worse for trans people of color whose pervasive experience of minority stress due to their gender identity is exacerbated by racism. What are the experiences like for those with fewer resources, like the people who live in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district? Gender specialist and psychotherapist Stukalin looks at the effect that trauma and discrimination have on the lives of trans and gender non-conforming people and at the resilience shown by members of the transgender community.

Wed 8/6

Go to LGBT Retirement Living: A Panel Discussion about Exclusive vs. Inclusive Communities

LGBT Retirement Living: A Panel Discussion about Exclusive vs. Inclusive Communities

Date: Wed, August 06, 2014
Time: 5:15 PM

Marcy Adelman, Ph.D., LGBT Activist; Founder, Open House

Dr. Adelman will highlight some of the remarkable societal changes that have brought the LGBT community to the point of having its own retirement living options. A lively discussion follows by panelists from The Sequoias in San Francisco and Fountaingrove Lodge in Santa Rosa. They’ll talk about their choices to live in their respective communities – one a traditional retirement community and the other an LGBT inspired retirement option.

Thu 8/7

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North Beach Walking Tour

Date: Thu, August 07, 2014
Time: 1:45 PM
Food, culture, history and views intersect!

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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The Quest for an HIV/AIDS Vaccine

Date: Thu, August 07, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Donald P. Francis, M.D.,DsC, Executive Director, Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases; Former Director, AIDS Laboratory, Centers for Disease Control

HIV was identified in 1983. By that time, Donald Francis was already researching the virus in a Centers for Disease Control lab. Years later, with Francis’ help, the Bay Area company Genentech initiated efforts to develop a vaccine. At Genentech, candidate vaccines effectively protected chimpanzees from HIV infection and human trials were initiated. From Genentech, to a spin-off called VaxGen, and later to a nonprofit company called Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases, Francis has been a fierce advocate for the creation of an HIV vaccine.

Mon 8/11

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The Men's Story Project

Date: Mon, August 11, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Celebrates men’s beauty and humanity and stimulates dialogue.

Josie Lehrer, ScD, Founder/Director, Men’s Story Project; Senior Technical Specialist, Gender, Violence and Health, International Center for Research on Women

For this summer's August platforum series, Monday Night Philosophy highlights the Men's Story Project, a replicable storytelling and dialogue project in which men publicly share life stories that explore social ideas about masculinity, through the lens of their own experience. The MSP highlights men's stories that are less often heard, breaks the silence on issues including sexism, racism, homo/transphobia, ableism and violence, celebrates men’s beauty and humanity and stimulates critical dialogue on masculinities. The MSP aims to help expand the presence of genuine self-expression, health and justice in communities.

 

Tue 8/12

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Long Journey to Stonewall: An Illustrated History

Date: Tue, August 12, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Nancy C. Unger, Ph.D., Professor of History, Santa Clara University

Though tremendous gains are being made in revealing the long, rich, colorful, heartbreaking and inspiring history of LGBT people in the United States, often that history is reduced to the Stonewall Riots or, especially here in California, the life and martyrdom of Harvey Milk. This illustrated presentation highlights the documented presence of people acting on same-sex desires as early as the 1600s, actions surprisingly well-tolerated within their communities. We’ll follow the transformation of women’s “romantic friendships” into “Boston Marriages,” before the medicalization of homosexuality and the widespread “Beware the Lesbian!” campaign made loving relationships between women suspect.

Mon 8/18

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Gregory M. Herek: Beyond "Homophobia" - Thinking More Clearly About Sexual Stigma and Prejudice

Date: Mon, August 18, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Gregory M. Herek, Ph.D.; Professor of Psychology

Gregory M. Herek, Ph.D.; Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis

The concept of homophobia – a word first coined in the 1960s – has played an important role in shifting society’s focus onto the problem of prejudice against people who aren’t heterosexual. But the word homophobia conveys a variety of assumptions that can actually limit our thinking. Drawing from social science research findings, including his own studies over the past 30 years, Herek will explain the value of looking beyond the usual conceptions of homophobia to develop a better understanding of stigma, discrimination and prejudice against sexual minorities, and to formulate effective strategies for changing attitudes.

Thu 8/21

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Russian Hill Walking Tour

Date: Thu, August 21, 2014
Time: 1:45 PM
A more active neighborhood adventure!

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.

Mon 8/25

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Middle East Discussion Group

Date: Mon, August 25, 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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The San Francisco LGBT Struggle for Freedom Revisited: Catholic Power and the Right to the City

Date: Mon, August 25, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Bill Issel, Professor of History Emeritus, San Francisco State University

The LGBT movement of the 20th century became one of the challenges to Catholic power that Walter Lippmann called "the acids of modernity." Bill Issel's new book, Church and State in the City, describes how, in San Francisco, the church and laypeople worked to make it a Catholic city. They wanted to make their city a place where residents would be secure against modernity's incursions. By the 1940s, Catholic power reached its zenith just as LGBT newcomers began demanding equal rights to the city. This story helps explain the city's robust opposition to LGBT activists' call for broader American freedoms in the 1950s and beyond.

Mon 9/29

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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.

Tue 9/30

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Eating for Life: The Longevity Kitchen

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

Rebecca Katz, Chef; Educator; Author, The Longevity Kitchen and The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen

Wondering how you can eat your way to a longer life? Nationally recognized culinary translator and nutrition expert Rebecca Katz has put together more than 100 recipes that highlight the top super foods proven to fight the most chronic conditions in her latest cookbook, The Longevity Kitchen. Author of the award-winning cookbook The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, Katz is the founder and director of the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal, which focuses on educating individuals on the healing power of the kitchen and creating healthy connections with food. Join Katz for a discussion on how to increase your longevity through tasty recipes, such as roasted asparagus salad with arugula and hazelnuts or yogurt berry brûlée with almond brittle.

Mon 10/6

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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.