July 2014

Joshua Wolf Shenk: The Power of Two

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Mon, Oct 6 2014 - 6:30pm

Joshua Wolf Shenk, Curator, The Moth; Author, Lincoln’s Melancholy and Powers of Two: Seeking the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs; Twitter: @joshuawolfshenk Read more »

Daniel Russel, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (7/28/14)

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Daniel Russel, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Philip Yun, Executive Director, Ploughshares Fund ­­— Moderator

Humanities West Book Discussion: Two Lives of Charlemagne, by Einhard and the Monk of St. Gall (MLF)

Wed, Feb 4 2015 - 5:30pm

Join us to discuss the life of Charlemagne, the Holy Roman emperor and “father of Europe.” One biography we’ll look at is by Einhard, who joined the royal court in 791 to serve as an epic poet, mathematician and architect. His work is believed to be the most accurate portrayal of Charlemagne and the finest biography of its time. Read more »

Humanities West Book Discussion - The Song of Roland

Wed, Mar 4 2015 - 5:30pm

Join us to discuss The Song of Roland, the anonymous classical epic that glorifies the heroism of Charlemagne in the 778 battle between the Franks and the Moors. Lynn Harris will lead the discussion.

Humanities West Book Discussion - A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich

Wed, Nov 5 2014 - 5:30pm

Join us to discuss Harvard classics professor Christopher Krebs' lucid account of the abuse of history. Germania, written in 98 C.E. by the Roman official Tacitus, was lost for centuries but resurfaced around 1500. Read more »

Daring: My Passages

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Thu, Sep 25 2014 - 12:00pm

Gail Sheehy, Literary Journalist; Author, Daring: My Passages

Hear Gail Sheehy, author of the classic New York Times bestseller Passages, discuss her unguarded memoir, a thrilling tour of her trials and triumphs as a groundbreaking “girl” journalist starting in the 1960s, her growth into an iconic guide for women and men seeking to have it all and one of the premier political profilers of modern times.

Humanities West Book Discussion - Livy's The Dawn of the Roman Empire, Books 31-40

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Wed, Oct 1 2014 - 5:30pm

The Roman commander T.Q. Flamininus proclaimed the freedom of Greece at the Isthmian games near Corinth in 196 BC. Half a century later, Greece was annexed as a province by the Romans, who burned the ancient city of Corinth to the ground. Join us to discuss Books 31 to 40 of Livy's history, which charts Rome's emergence as an imperial nation and the Romans' tempestuous involvement with Greece, Macedonia and the near East. Read more »

Zen's Chinese Heritage

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Thu, Nov 6 2014 - 6:00pm

Andy Ferguson, Chinese Language and Literature Expert; Author, Zen’s Chinese Heritage: The Masters and Their Teachings Read more »

Commonwealth Club presents LGBT series in August

Thu, Jul 10 2014
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