March 2013

Naomi Schaefer Riley: 'Til Faith Do Us Part

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Thu, Apr 11 2013 - 6:00pm

Naomi Schaefer Riley, Author, ‘Til Faith Do Us Part

In the last decade, 45 percent of all marriages in the U.S. were between people of different faiths, which may signal increasing social tolerance. But as couples age, major life challenges often inspire a return to faith, sometimes overwhelming earlier beliefs that love conquers all. And then there’s the children to raise. Drawing on in-depth interviews with couples, clergy and counselors, Riley shows why fundamental spiritual and practical issues might divide interfaith couples. Read more »

Pico della Mirandola's Oration on the Dignity of Man

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Mon, Apr 8 2013 - 6:00pm

Natalie Cleaver, Lecturer, Department of Italian Studies, UC Berkeley

Monday Night Philosophy goes looking for the roots of the Renaissance in the writings of Pico della Mirandola. In 1486, Pico became famous for proposing to defend 900 theses on religion, philosophy, natural philosophy and magic against all comers. To support his theses he wrote the Oration on the Dignity of Man, which has been called the “Manifesto of the Renaissance.” Read more »

Joni Seager: Silencing Women Is a Full-Time Job

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Thu, Apr 4 2013 - 6:00pm

Joni Seager, Bentley University, Boston; Author, The Atlas of Women in the World

A large portion of resistance to women’s rights and autonomy is rooted in efforts to silence them – sometimes symbolically, sometimes literally. An expert on global women’s issues, Seager will provide an international survey of women’s rights and the devices, contrivances, laws and strictures she says are deployed to silence them. In conjunction with the art exhibit by Carol Turner, Seager will also discuss women’s resistance efforts. Read more »

Gian Lorenzo Bernini: Michelangelo of the Baroque

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Wed, Apr 24 2013 - 6:00pm

Michael Stehr, Artist; Owner, Sistine Chapel Decorative Art

Stehr will discuss how Gian Lorenzo Bernini used his immense talents as an architect, painter and sculptor to define the unique visual style of the Baroque Age. Bernini, and his collaborators and rivals, accomplished their makeover of Rome by successfully pursuing the patronage of Popes, who dipped into the wealth of the resurgent Counter-Reformation Church to restore the monumental grandeur of the Eternal City. Read more »

Book Discussion Group: HHhH by Laurent Binet

Mon, Apr 1 2013 - 5:30pm

The most dangerous man in Hitler’s cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich, was known as the “Butcher of Prague,” feared by all and loathed by most. Heydrich seemed indestructible – until two men, a Slovak and a Czech recruited by the British secret service, killed him in broad daylight on a bustling street in Prague, and thus changed the course of history. Binet’s story is a vivid and highly interesting approach to the historical novel. Read more »