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San Francisco's Jewel City

Tue, Jul 14 2015 - 6:00pm

Laura Ackley, Architectural Historian; Author, San Francisco's Jewel City Read more »

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The Amazons

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Mon, Mar 16 2015 - 6:00pm

Adrienne Mayor, Research Scholar, Classics and History and Philosophy of Science, Stanford University
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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.

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Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered

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Thu, Feb 26 2015 - 6:00pm

Dianne Hales, Author, Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered

Why does Mona Lisa's smile still enchant us? Little is known about the world's most recognized face, most revered artist and most praised and parodied painting. Join Hales as she reveals Da Vinci’s muse, Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, and explores Giocando’s colorful family history and the neighborhoods where she lived as a girl, a wife and a mother.

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

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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 »

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Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden

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Mon, Jan 26 2015 - 6:00pm

Dayna Goldfine, Emmy-award winning filmmaker; Co-creator, Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden
Dan Geller, Emmy-award winning filmmaker; Co-creator, Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden Read more »

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Cornel West: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Thu, Jan 15 2015 - 7:00pm

Cornel West, Ph.D.; Professor, Union Theological Seminary; Author, Black Prophetic Fire Read more »

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An Evening with Jared Diamond

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Tue, Dec 9 2014 - 6:30pm

Jared Diamond, Professor, UCLA; Author, Guns, Germs and Steel, Collapse and The World Until Yesterday

In conversation with Kishore Hari, Director, Bay Area Science Festival Read more »

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Grapes of Wrath at 75: Retracing the Joads’ Journey

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Mon, Dec 8 2014 - 6:00pm

P.J. Palmer, Filmmaker; Videographer
Octavio Solis, Playwright; Director
Patricia Wakida, Writer; Linoleum Block-Print Artist

Monday Night Philosophy celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck’s seminal novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Its central themes of struggle and hope are still relevant today. Read more »

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Andrew Young: Answering the Call for Leadership

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Thu, Dec 4 2014 - 6:00pm

Andrew Young, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Former Atlanta Mayor; Strategist to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Willie Brown, Former Mayor of San Francisco (Introducer)

Skip Rhodes, Past President, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors (Chair)

Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento – Moderator Read more »

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