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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.


Egypt Today and Yesterday: American Involvement

While you follow coverage of minute-by-minute happenings in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East, where longstanding authoritarian governments are being rocked by mass street protests, we offer some background in the form of history of American involvement in the Middle East.

    The Greg Mortenson Mystery

    By James Dohnert

    Greg Mortenson is a former mountaineer, best-selling author, globally recognized philanthropist and former Commonwealth Club speaker. His non-profit organization, Central Asia Institute, is dedicated to promoting and supporting community-based education in remote regions of northern Pakistan and Afghanistan. He’s written two New York Times best-sellers, one of which he discussed in his September 24, 2008, speech to the Club. Read more »


    We're Hiring!

    The Commonwealth Club of California is looking to fill a couple part-time staff positions, plus we have internships available. Visit our Jobs & Internships page to learn more.


    Meet Maryles Casto, Our New Board Chair

     Learn all about Maryles Casto, who began her two-year role as chair of The Commonwealth Club's Board of Govenors. Learn more.


    This Week at The Commonwealth Club of California

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    TUESDAY: Dan Roam (What to Do When Words Don't Work).

    WEDNESDAY: David Zetland (California's Water Future); Book Discussion (The Brothers Karamazov -- this event is sold out); Robert Reich (Where Is America Headed? -- event is sold out).

    THURSDAY: Chinatown Walking Tour (event is sold out); New Member Open House and 109th Birthday Party.

    FRIDAY: Dr Jennifer Berger Garvey: Developing Leaders for a Complex World; Power Plays -- Media Roundtable.

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    Don't Miss This Week's Events at The Commonwealth Club

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    We've got a full week of interesting, delicious, and entertaining events for you this week:

    George Hammond: Time & Eternity
    Vivek Ranadive: The Two-Second Advantage

    Poisons in the Press: Deciding for Yourself What's "Safe"
    Philippa Kelly: Only Connect – Dramaturgy & Shakespeare's Living Theater

    Eric Topol: The Creative Destruction of Medicine
    Must Politics Be a Dirty Business? Read more »


    Events at The Commonwealth Club 4/16-20/12

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    This week at The Commonwealth Club:

    • Aging Gracefully: Maintaining Dignity, Independence, & Quality of Life
    • Van Jones: Rebuild the Dream (Silicon Valley)Van Jones
    • A Conversation with the Mayors of San Jose Read more »


    What's Happening at The Commonwealth Club This Week?

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    This week at The Commonwealth Club of California:

    Week to Week: News Commentary Program for May 14, 2012
    Chinatown Walking Tour
    Steven Machtinger: Yes, We Kant – Mozart and the Sublime

    Willie Brown: 2012 Annual Lecture on Political Trends (this event is SOLD OUT) Read more »


    San Francisco Chronicle Reports Club's New Home

    Many momentous things have happened at The Commonwealth Club. FDR gave his New Deal speech here. Teddy Roosevelt first laid out his rationale for public lands here. Dan Quayle gave his controversial "Murphy Brown Speech" on our stage. And thousands of other scientists, authors, presidents, activists, business leaders, chefs, historians, clergy, journalists, inventors, futurists, comedians, and more have entertained, informed, and even provoked our audiences in our 110 years. Read more »

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