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    Two Commonwealth Club forums that RPCVs and friends might especially be interested in will both be held on May 10th. The Rise and Fall of China and the U.S.
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      Two Commonwealth Club forums that RPCVs and friends might especially be
      interested in will both be held on May 10th. "The Rise and Fall of China
      and the U.S." at Noon is listed in the main listing below. At the very
      end you'll find "Africa's Silk Road," where China and India's growing
      link with Africa will be discussed. If you come to the latter, please
      say hello. I am volunteering to either collect tickets or serve
      wine/water.

      Karen Keefer
      650-525-1045

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      Subject: Atul Gawande 5.01, Joseph R. Biden 5.02, Granta Best of Young
      American Novelists 2 5.02




      E-MAIL NEWSLETTER | 5.1.2007


      PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

      ATUL GAWANDE | Tuesday 5.1
      Author, Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance; Assistant Professor,
      Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital
      PERFORMANCE AND SAFETY IN THE OPERATING ROOM
      Details

      JOSEPH R. BIDEN | Wednesday 5.2
      U.S. Senator, Delaware; Democratic Presidential Candidate
      In conversation with DR. ELIZABETH SHERWOOD-RANDALL, Senior Research
      Scholar, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford
      University
      GET TO KNOW JOE BIDEN
      Details

      GRANTA'S BEST | Wednesday 5.2
      GRANTA BEST OF YOUNG AMERICAN NOVELISTS 2
      Details




      PROGRAM CALENDAR

      ATUL GAWANDE | 5.1
      Author, Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance; Assistant Professor,
      Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital
      PERFORMANCE AND SAFETY IN THE OPERATING ROOM

      Recognized for his skills with both scalpel and pen, Gawande helps
      professionals and laymen solve the medical and ethical dilemmas that
      doctors face every day. He is not afraid to discuss even the most taboo
      subjects that get between patients, doctors and quality medical care.

      5:30 p.m., Wine and cheese reception | 6:00 p.m., Program | 7:00 p.m.,
      Book signing | Club office, 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco |
      $12 for Members, $18 for Non-Members.
      Details




      JOSEPH R. BIDEN | 5.2
      U.S. Senator, Delaware; Democratic Presidential Candidate
      In conversation with DR. ELIZABETH SHERWOOD-RANDALL, Senior Research
      Scholar, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford
      University
      GET TO KNOW JOE BIDEN


      It is said that President John F. Kennedy's steadiness under pressure
      averted disaster during the Cuban Missile Crisis. A candidate's character
      and views on a wide range of issues are important in judging whether he
      or she will be an effective president. Those qualities will be explored
      in depth in an hour-long conversation with Senate Foreign Relations
      Committee Chairman, and Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden. In
      his 35 years in the Senate, Biden has dealt with all the key questions
      before the nation – including climate change, health care, the war in
      Iraq, terrorism, the economy and immigration. Join us as we draw the
      candidate out at length about his views on these and other issues, and
      bring your questions!

      11:00 a.m., Check-in | 12:00 p.m., Program | Parc 55 Hotel, 55 Cyril
      Magnin St., San Francisco | Standard seating: $15 for Members, $30 for
      Non-Members; Premium seating: $45 for Members, $65 for Non-Members.
      Details




      PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY | 5.2
      FREE EVENT
      THE 2008 CALIFORNIA PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY: WILL DECLINE-TO-STATE VOTERS BE
      ABLE TO VOTE REPUBLICAN?


      Now that the state legislature has moved California's 2008 presidential
      primary from June to February, California voters will have a much more
      important role in selecting the Republican and Democratic presidential
      candidates for the 2008 general election. What does this change mean for
      political partisans? The state Democratic Party allows decline-to-state
      voters to participate in its presidential primary, but the Republican
      Party requires presidential primary voters to be registered Republicans.
      Does this difference have the potential to give one party an advantage
      over the other in an early primary? Should California's Republican Party
      reconsider its policy to exclude decline-to-state voters? How seriously
      should the two parties take the 20 percent of California voters who
      identify themselves as "decline-to-state"? A panel of experts weighs in.

      12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Program | Library and Courts Building, Room 500,
      914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento | No Charge | Complimentary lunch included,
      reservations required.
      Details




      GRANTA'S BEST | 5.2
      GRANTA BEST OF YOUNG AMERICAN NOVELISTS 2

      Granta broke new ground a decade ago when it published its first "Best of
      Young American Novelists" list, and this April it did it again. The last
      awards honored Jonathan Franzen, Sherman Alexie, Lorrie Moore and others.
      Join us as we present some of the winners of this year's honor. They will
      read from their works and discuss their craft.

      5:30 p.m., Wine and cheese reception | 6:00 p.m., Program | 7:00 p.m.,
      Book signing | Club office, 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco |
      $12 for Members, $18 for Non-Members | Co-presented by INFORUM.
      Details




      LAURA TYSON | 5.3
      Professor, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business; Member, Brookings
      Institution Hamilton Project
      THE QUEST FOR ECONOMIC STABILITY IN A CHANGING WORLD

      Is the notion that every American has equal opportunity to achieve
      success becoming obsolete? Tyson and her colleagues at the Hamilton
      Project say the American dream is at risk due to lack of government
      investment in infrastructure and education. Join in a conversation about
      what we as citizens should be demanding if we are serious about providing
      opportunities for the next generation.

      5:30 p.m., Wine and cheese reception | 6:00 p.m., Program | 7:00 p.m.,
      Book signing | Club office, 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco |
      $12 for Members, $18 for Non-Members.
      Details




      MOLLY O'NEILL | 5.4
      Food Columnist and Reporter, The New York Times; Author, American Food
      Writing
      FREE FOR MEMBERS
      AMERICAN FOOD WRITING

      One of America's pre-eminent food writers has turned her eye on her craft
      in her latest book, American Food Writing. O'Neill compiled perspectives
      ranging from Henry David Thoreau and Herman Melville to Anthony Bourdain
      and Julia Child. Join her for a conversation about 250 years of American
      food at home, abroad, in the kitchen and on the table.

      11:30 a.m., Check-in | 12:00 p.m., Program | 1:00 p.m., Book signing |
      Club office, 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco | Free for Members,
      $15 for Non-Members.
      Details




      LIZA MUNDY | 5.7
      Reporter, The Washington Post; Author, Everything Conceivable
      FREE FOR MEMBERS
      EVERYTHING CONCEIVABLE: HOW ASSISTED REPRODUCTION IS CHANGING MEN, WOMEN
      AND THE WORLD

      Test-tube babies used to be the wave of the future; now they've arrived.
      Mundy explains how test tubes and assisted reproduction methods are
      changing our view of the world. She will discuss the impact on our ideas
      about human life; the changes it creates in families, medicine and
      schools; and the relationship between the sexes and the human race
      itself.

      5:30 p.m., Wine and cheese reception | 6:00 p.m., Program | 7:00 p.m.,
      Book signing | Club office, 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco |
      Free for Members, $18 for Non-Members.
      Details




      PAUL STARR | 5.8
      Founding Editor, The American Prospect; Author, Freedom's Power: The True
      Force of Liberalism; Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton
      University
      FREEDOM'S POWER

      Terms like "Republican" and "Democrat" take on new meanings every
      generation, but Starr argues that the limits to government's power, state
      social safety nets and creative free markets that have characterized true
      liberalism make it the historically dominant global political tradition.
      Pulitzer Prize winner Starr will trace liberalism from its laissez-faire
      roots up to the 2006 elections.

      5:30 p.m., Wine and cheese reception | 6:00 p.m., Program | 7:00 p.m.,
      Book signing | Club office, 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco |
      $12 for Members, $18 for Non-Members.
      Details




      JON KROSNICK | 5.9
      Professor, Stanford University
      CLIMATE CHANGE: WHAT AMERICA REALLY THINKS

      How are public attitudes toward global warming evolving? What do they
      mean for national policy? Krosnick discusses how the American public's
      political attitudes about the environment are formed, change, and shape
      thinking and action.

      12:00 p.m., Lunch | 12:30 p.m., Program | Club office, 595 Market St.,
      2nd Floor, San Francisco | $20 for Members, $28 for Non-Members | Advance
      payment or credit card reservation; Same-day reservations on space-only
      basis | Co-presented by the Stanford Club of San Francisco.
      Details




      NEW MEMBER RECEPTION | 5.9
      FREE EVENT; MEMBERS ONLY (+1)

      We invite you to enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine and the company of fellow
      Club members, volunteers and staff. Learn about Club happenings - from
      volunteer opportunities, travel destinations and free language classes to
      the high-quality programs you expect from us. Enjoy a warm Club welcome
      and remarks from Club staff and our Board of Governors.

      5:30 p.m., Check-in | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Reception | Club office, 595
      Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco | No Charge.
      Details




      RICHARD BUSH | 5.10
      Co-author, A War Like No Other; Director, Center for Northeast Asian
      Policy Studies, Brookings Institution
      THE RISE AND FALL OF CHINA AND THE U.S.

      As China waxes as a world power and the United States relatively wanes,
      says Brookings scholar Bush, conflict between the two nations is
      inevitable. The only question is whether the coming battle will be fought
      with bonds or bombs.

      11:30 a.m., Check-in | 12:00 p.m., Program | 1:00 p.m., Book signing |
      Club office, 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco | $8 for Members,
      $15 for Non-Members.
      Details




      DR. BOAZ GANOR | 5.11
      Founder and Executive Director, Institute for Counter Terrorism
      FREE EVENT
      NEW TRENDS IN GLOBAL JIHADI TERRORISM AND CHALLENGES TO COMBATING
      TERRORIST EFFORTS

      The U.S. is not the only country targeted by Islamic terrorism - Israel
      has been under attack since its 1948 founding. Dr. Ganor founded the
      Institute for Counter Terrorism, an Israel-based think tank that aims to
      raise awareness of trends in terrorism, advise decision makers and
      conduct research. The ICT is building the world's only publicly
      accessible database of terrorist organizations and attacks.

      11:30 a.m., Check-in | 12:00 p.m., Program | Club office, 595 Market St.,
      2nd Floor, San Francisco | No Charge | Underwriter: Koret Foundation.
      Details




      MARCUS MABRY | 5.14
      Senior Editor, Newsweek; Author, Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her
      Path to Power
      In conversation with Club President and CEO DR. GLORIA C. DUFFY
      FREE FOR MEMBERS
      A PROFILE OF CONDOLEEZZA RICE

      Power and controversy are almost inextricably linked, as is the case with
      the most politically powerful African-American woman in America's
      history, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Through interviews with
      family, friends and neighbors from Birmingham, academic peers, allies and
      adversaries from Stanford and Washington, and Rice herself, Mabry
      examines both sides of the controversies and provides insight into Rice's
      rise to power.

      11:30 a.m., Check-in | 12:00 p.m., Program | Club office, 595 Market St.,
      2nd Floor, San Francisco | Free for Members, $15 for Non-Members.
      Details




      NEW MEMBER RECEPTION | 5.14
      FREE EVENT

      Learn more about The Club's new Silicon Valley home at Le Petit Trianon,
      an arts and cultural venue in downtown San José! This is a perfect way
      for new and prospective members to understand the importance and value of
      The Club, get a preview of upcoming programs and meet our dedicated staff
      and board members. Enjoy wine tasting compliments of magnificentgifts.com
      and hors d'oeuvres, and chat with like-minded people.

      5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Reception | Le Petit Trianon, 72 N. Fifth St., San
      Jose | No Charge | Reservations required.
      Details




      WILLIE BROWN | 5.15
      Former Speaker, California State Assembly; Former Mayor, San Francisco
      MEMBERS ONLY (+1)
      WILLIE BROWN'S ANNUAL CLUB LECTURE ON POLITICAL TRENDS

      Brown has made his mark on every state issue from civil rights to
      international trade. As two-term mayor of San Francisco, "Da Mayor"
      helped overhaul Muni, redevelop the Embarcadero and kick-start the new
      UCSF campus at Mission Bay. Today, he shares his knowledge and skills
      with a new generation of leaders.

      5:30 p.m., Wine and cheese reception | 6:00 p.m., Program | Club office,
      595 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco | $12 for Members, $18 for
      Guests.
      Details




      GAVIN NEWSOM | 5.16
      Mayor, San Francisco
      In conversation with KQED Radio's SCOTT SHAFER

      San Francisco Mayor Newsom's career - as a successful restaurateur,
      three-term District 2 supervisor and the city's youngest mayor in 100
      years - has drawn national attention. Newsom will discuss the state of
      the city, his sometimes rocky relationship with the Board of Supervisors
      and the fast-approaching election.

      5:45 p.m., Check-in | 6:30 p.m., Program | Gold Room, Fairmont Hotel, 950
      Mason St. (at California), San Francisco | General seating: $15 for
      Members, $30 for Non-Members; Premium seating: $55 for Members, $75 for
      Non-Members.
      Details




      PERSONAL FINANCE | 5.16
      MANISHA THAKOR and SHARON KEDAR, Personal Finance Experts and Certified
      Financial Analysts; Authors, On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl's Guide to
      Personal Finance
      In conversation with VICTORIA BARRET MURPHY, Associate Editor, Forbes
      Magazine
      A MODERN GIRL'S GUIDE TO STANDING ON YOUR OWN TWO FEET


      We may dress in designer jeans, stylish heels and carry the latest
      handbag, but do we really have it all together? Despite outward
      appearances of affluence, over half of women in their 20s and 30s report
      that "money is for spending, not for saving."

      6:00 p.m., Check-in | 6:30 p.m., Program | 7:30 p.m., Wine and Hors
      d'oeuvres Reception and Book Signing | Club office, 595 Market St., 2nd
      Floor, San Francisco | $12 for Members, $20 for Non-Members | Also know:
      Bookseller: Stacey's Books.
      Details




      VIVEK RANADIVE | 5.16
      Founder and CEO, TIBCO Software
      RESCHEDULED: This program has been rescheduled from Tuesday, 5/8
      THE POWER TO PREDICT

      Vivek Ranadive believes in the power to predict. If managers spent more
      time learning how to anticipate problems and less time reacting in the
      moment, there would be fewer business crises like the Enron collapse and
      the global oil shortage that continue to overshadow the world of business
      decision-making. Ranadive doesn't just help managers recognize the
      tipping point, he teaches managers to anticipate it by analyzing patterns
      in seemingly unrelated and insignificant situations.

      6:30 p.m., Registration and reception | 7:00 p.m., Program | Trader Vics
      Restaurant, 4261 El Camino Real, Palo Alto | $10 for Members, $20 for
      Non-members.
      Details




      CHEF'S STORY | 5.17
      DOROTHY CANN HAMILTON, Founder, The French Culinary Institute; Author,
      Chef's Story
      THOMAS KELLER, Chef/Owner, The French Laundry and Bouchon; Author,
      Bouchon

      Chefs are moving beyond recognition in culinary subculture to claim new
      roles in the pop-culture spotlight. Hamilton shares experiences from the
      wildly popular public TV series "Chef's Story," and world-renowned chef
      Keller offers views and tales from the other side of the lens.

      5:30 p.m., Check-in | 6:00 p.m., Program | 7:00 p.m., Book signing | Club
      office, 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco | $12 for Members, $18
      for Non-Members | Underwriter: The Bernard Osher Foundation. Bookseller:
      Stacey's Books.
      Details






      COMMONWEALTH CLUB UPDATES


      Program Changes and Cancellations
      The program, "How Does Your City Benefit from Global Partnerships?" with
      Doris Morse on Wednesday 5/2 has been cancelled.
      The program, "Green Technology: Boom or Bust," on Thursday 5/3 has been
      cancelled.
      The program, "Russia's Economic Recovery," with Dimitry A. Beskurnikov on
      Tuesday 5/8 has been cancelled.
      The program, "The Power to Predict," with Vivek Ranadive on Tuesday 5/8
      has been rescheduled.





      MEMBER-LED FORUMS

      HOW GREEN IS YOUR CITY? | WEDNESDAY 5.2
      WARREN KARLENZIG, Chief Strategy Officer, SustainLane; Director, U.S.
      City Sustainability Rankings
      Details

      EXPLORE THE WORLD FROM THE COMMONWEALTH CLUB | THURSDAY 5.3
      FREE EVENT
      Details

      SWITZERLAND AND THE U.N. | THURSDAY 5.3
      PETER MAURER, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United
      Nations
      Details

      BOOK DISCUSSION: A WAR LIKE NO OTHER | MONDAY 5.7
      FREE EVENT
      Details

      THE FUTURE OF MUSIC: DIGITAL RIGHTS OR WRONGS? | MONDAY 5.7
      FREE FOR MEMBERS
      Details

      LGBT PLANNING MEETING | WEDNESDAY 5.9
      FREE EVENT
      Details

      ART FOR THE ENVIRONMENT | THURSDAY 5.10
      ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
      Details

      AFRICA'S SILK ROAD | THURSDAY 5.10
      HARRY G. BROADMAN, Economic Adviser, Africa Region, World Bank
      Details

      CREATING A LIFE THAT MATTERS | MONDAY 5.14
      FREE FOR MEMBERS
      Details

      BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP PLANNING MEETING | TUESDAY 5.15
      FREE EVENT
      Details

      LEADING THE WAY | TUESDAY 5.15
      USING DOCUMENTARY FILM IN THE QUEST FOR LGBT EQUALITY
      Details

      AGING IN PLACE | WEDNESDAY 5.16
      NINA PFLUMM, Certified Care Manager
      Details

      THE INTERNATIONAL NEWS REVOLUTION | THURSDAY 5.17
      BARBARA SIMPSON, Media Consultant; Journalist
      Details

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      Take French, Spanish, Russian, German or Italian.
      SF Club Office | No charge
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