The Commonwealth Club

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Panels on politics, lecturers such as Malcolm Gladwell, and cultural events bond curious individuals through discourse

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Choose From Six Options

  • $37 for a one-year membership to Inforum (a $75 value)
  • $52 for a two-year membership to Inforum (a $135 value)
  • $55 for a one-year individual club membership (a $110 value)
  • $77 for a two-year individual club membership (a $200 value)
  • $77 for a one-year joint club membership (a $155 value)
  • $108 for a two-year joint club membership for two people living at one address (a $280 value)<p>

While all ages are welcome in the club membership, Inforum membership is intended to encourage those under 35 to participate in public discourse with panel discussions, film screenings, and happy hours. All members, including those in Inforum, enjoy extensive benefits, including free access to lectures and roundtables scheduled Mondays and Fridays at The Commonwealth Club’s Market Street headquarters, and access to and discounts on thought-provoking events in Palo Alto and Santa Clara. All members receive a physical and digital subscription to club’s magazine, the Commonwealth. Joint membership bestows all the benefits of an individual membership upon two people living in the same household.<p>

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.

Customer Reviews

246 Ratings

Educational and substantive programs; affordable for all (some free, but more should be made free); friendly staff; great service.
Rita T. · November 24, 2016
Great forum for informative gathering of interesting guest speakers!
Kay K. · June 3, 2016
Interesting speakers, and the walking tours of San Francisco are great. V
Sheri Ann D. · January 15, 2016

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