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Civil Saints and Civic Pride in the Renaissance City-State

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Thu, Oct 22 2015 - 6:00pm

Mary Harvey Doyno, Assistant Professor, Humanities and Religious Studies, CSU Sacramento Read more »

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Living in the Material World: The Future of the Humanities

Living in the Material World
Mon, Oct 12 2015 - 6:00pm

Caroline Winterer, Director and Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities, Stanford Humanities Center; Professor of History and of Classics at Stanford University
Russell Hancock, Pianist, Saint Michael Trio, and President and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Judy Salter, Board Member, Cal Humanities, and former President and CEO of Turtle Bay Exploration Park
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Bread From Stones

Bread from Stones
Fri, Sep 25 2015 - 12:00pm

Keith David Watenpaugh, Associate Professor of Modern Islam, Human Rights and Peace Studies, UC Davis

Hear Watenpaugh, a noted Middle East historian and educator, discuss his latest book, Bread from Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism. Watenpaugh will elaborate on the development of helping victims following the mass violence, genocide, displacement of millions, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the advent of late colonialism in the Middle East.

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Crime and Punishment

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Mon, Sep 14 2015 - 6:00pm

John Mindermann, Author, In Pursuit

Monday Night Philosophy arrests your attention with John Mindermann’s insights from his book In Pursuit (co-authored with Brian Solon). Gathered from nearly a decade on the SFPD and his career as an FBI agent, the book details his riveting experiences, including June 17, 1972, when Mindermann just happened to be called in to investigate a burglary at the Watergate complex. You cannot get any closer to history than this.

Past event

Music of Remembrance

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Wed, Aug 12 2015 - 6:00pm

Jake Heggie, American Composer and Pianist
Mina Miller, Founder and Artistic Director, Music of Remembrance
Kip Cranna, Dramaturg, SF Opera - Moderator

This program is part of the 2015 Platforum series Music Matters, sponsored by Ernst & Young and the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation. Read more »

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Pythagoras Thought Music Matters

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Mon, Aug 10 2015 - 6:00pm

George Hammond, Author, Conversations With Socrates and Rational Idealism

This program is part of the 2015 Platforum series Music Matters, sponsored by Ernst & Young and the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation. Read more »

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San Francisco's Jewel City

Laura Ackley at The Commonwealth Club of California
Tue, Jul 14 2015 - 6:00pm

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

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Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve

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Mon, Jul 13 2015 - 6:00pm

Ian Morris, Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History, Stanford University; Author, Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve Read more »

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The Panama Canal: The Next 100 Years

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Thu, Jun 11 2015 - 6:00pm

Gene Bigler, International Consultant; Former U.S. Diplomat
Michael Conniff, Professor of History, San José State University
Herman Boschken, Professor Emeritus, College of Business, San José State University Read more »

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Russian Hill Walking Tour

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Thu, May 28 2015 - 1:45pm

Join a more active Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure! Russian Hill is a magical area with secret gardens and amazing views. Join Rick Evans for a two-hour hike up hills and staircases and learn about the history of this neighborhood. See where great artists and architects lived and worked, and walk down residential streets where some of the most historically significant houses in the Bay Area are located.

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