Staying abreast of current affairs fosters robust mental activity, helping brains to maintain the riddle-answering skills necessary for positive human-sphinx relations. Keep your gray matter limber with today's Groupon to The Commonwealth Club. Choose from the following options:
- For $37, you get a one-year membership in Inforum, the branch of the club oriented toward members age 21–35 (a $75 value).
- For $55, you get a one-year individual club membership (a $110 value).
- For $77, you get a one-year joint club membership (a $155 value).
The nation's oldest and largest public-affairs forum, The Commonwealth Club has been gorging members on the fruit of knowledge since 1903 with presentations, articles, and broadcasts about culture and politics. For those 35 and under, Inforum serves as a division of the club focusing on discourse and mind-building among the Bay Area's young movers and shakers. Tackling panel topics such as "The American Image Abroad," "Online Personas," and "The State of the Arts in San Francisco," Inforum provides a venue for discussing matters much more weighty than the latest flavor of salt or which rap star has the friendliest housecat. Past Inforum speakers have included such creative minds as Spike Lee, Deepak Chopra, and Malcolm Gladwell.
For all Commonwealth clubbers, including Inforum members, membership includes free access to Monday and Friday events at The Commonwealth Club's Market Street headquarters, plus access to and discounts on a variety of other special events and programming, such as broadcaster Tavis Smiley's upcoming talk on May 10 ($12 for members). Members can also access live video feeds of selected events and peruse the archive of past recordings, staying up to date on important issues from the vantage point of a soft armchair or world-inverting gravity boots.
All members receive a subscription to The Commonwealth Club's magazine The Commonwealth. Joint membership bestows all the knowledge-rich benefits of an individual membership upon two members in a single household, facilitating lively discussions around the breakfast nook, dinner table, or lunch slab.
The Commonwealth Club
1903 was the year of the first transatlantic radio broadcast, which sent a message from President Theodore Roosevelt in Cape Cod to King Edward VII of England on a cold January night. That same year, San Francisco Chronicle editorial writer Edward F. Adams founded The Commonwealth Club as a public service, spreading political and cultural savvy among laymen via discourse. Prevailing human rights discussions gained a larger audience in 1924 via a weekly radio broadcast that is the oldest in the nation, and the establishment of the California Book Awards in 1931 encouraged John Steinbeck and Amy Tan to develop their art.
Today, a talkative group of 20,000 members supports the non-profit, which in turn enriches their dinner table conversations with panel discussions on the current president or "Capitalism in an Era of Climate Change." Breaking news arrives straight from the source with lectures from neuroscientist David Eagleman and political commentator Rachel Maddow, as well as from the effervescent babble of Jefferson's cup of knowledge.