History

Upcoming event

Humanities West Book Discussion: Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff

Image - detail of book cover of Cleopatra
Wed, Apr 19 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us to discuss Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who brings to life one of the most intriguing women in human history. Though the palace of the last queen of Egypt actually did shimmer with onyx, garnets and gold, it was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Cleopatra died young, at 39, but first married two brothers, dispatching one in a brutal civil war while they were still teenagers, and poisoning the other, before eliminating a sister as well. Read more »

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The Courage and Compassion to Do the Right Thing

Image - Marty Brounstein
Tue, Mar 28 2017 - 6:00pm

Marty Brounstein, Author, Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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Beethoven in China

Tue, Mar 21 2017 - 6:00pm

Jindong Cai, Associate Professor of Music (performance), Stanford University; Orchestra Conductor; and Co-Author, Beethoven in China: How the Great Composer Became an Icon in the People's Republic

Sheila Melvin, Co-Author, Beethoven in China: How the Great Composer Became an Icon in the People's Republic Read more »

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The Hamilton Affair

Image - Elizabeth Cobbs
Thu, Mar 2 2017 - 6:00pm

Elizabeth Cobbs, Professor and Melbern G. Glasscock Chair in American History, Texas A&M University; Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Author, The Hamilton Affair

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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The End of the Vikings

Image - Linda Rugg
Thu, Feb 23 2017 - 6:00pm

Linda Rugg, Professor of Swedish Studies, Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of California Berkeley Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: The Age of Vikings, by Anders Winroth

Wed, Feb 15 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us to discuss The Age of Vikings, whose image is often distorted by myth. Though it is true that they pillaged, looted and enslaved, the Vikings also settled peacefully and traveled far from their homelands in swift and sturdy ships to explore. Anders Winroth captures the innovation and pure daring of the Vikings without glossing over their destructive heritage, revealing how Viking arts, literature and religious thought evolved in surprising ways. Discussion led by Lynn Harris.

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Journalist Stephen Kinzer: History’s Lessons for American Foreign Policy in 2017

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Thu, Feb 9 2017 - 6:30pm

Stephen Kinzer, Columnist, The Boston Globe; Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University; Author, The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire Read more »

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Bret Baier, Fox News Chief Political Anchor

Image - Bret Baier, Fox News Chief Political Anchor
Tue, Feb 7 2017 - 6:30pm

Bret Baier, Chief Political Anchor, Fox News; Author, Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission; Twitter:

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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Walter Alvarez: A Most Improbable Journey

Image - Walter Alvarez
Tue, Jan 24 2017 - 7:00pm

Walter Alvarez, Professor, Earth and Planetary Science Department, University of California, Berkeley; Author, A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves

One in a million doesn’t even come close.

Not when we’re talking about the odds that you would happen to be alive today, on this particular planet, hurtling through space. Almost 14 billion years of cosmic history, more than 4 billion years of Earth history, and a couple million years of human history, has led to you. Read more »

Past event

Historian Saul Friedländer: The Holocaust and Its Importance in 2016

Image - Saul Friedländer
Mon, Nov 14 2016 - 6:30pm

Saul Friedländer, Historian; Professor, UCLA, Author, When Memory Comes and Where Memory Leads: My Life
In conversation with Stephen Pearce, Ph.D., Senior Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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