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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 Giocondo’s colorful family history and the neighborhoods where she lived as a girl, a wife and a mother.

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The Panama-Pacific International Exposition: Its 100-Year Impact

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Mon, Feb 23 2015 - 6:30pm

James Ganz, Ph.D., Curator, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Kevin Starr, Ph.D., California State Librarian Emeritus
Laura Ackley, Author, San Francisco's Jewel City: The Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915 Read more »

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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

In conversation with Van Jones, President and Founder, Dream Corps Unlimited 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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From Bloody Thursday to Now: 80 Years of Labor History in San Francisco

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Wed, Dec 3 2014 - 6:00pm

Harvey Schwartz, Historian, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)
Robert Cherny, History Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University
John Castanho, Member, ILWU Local 10 and Coast Benefits Specialist
Carl Nolte, Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
Melvin Mackay, President of ILWU Local 10 (Program Chair)
Tim Paulson, Executive Director, San Francisco Labor Council - Moderator Read more »

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