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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 »

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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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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 »

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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 »

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Leon Panetta

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Thu, Oct 16 2014 - 6:30pm

Leon Panetta, Former Director, CIA; Former U.S. Secretary of Defense; Author, Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace

Dr. Gloria C. Duffy, President & CEO of The Commonwealth Club – Moderator Read more »

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Matt Bai: When Politics Went Tabloid

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Mon, Oct 20 2014 - 12:00pm

Matt Bai, National Political Columnist, Yahoo News; Author, All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid; Twitter @mattbai Read more »

Past event

Book Discussion: The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman

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Tue, Sep 2 2014 - 5:30pm

Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August is a compelling book to discuss during this 100th anniversary of the inception of World War I. The first world war was the signal event of the modern era: without it, no Hitler, no Holocaust, no World War II, no Bolshevik Revolution, no Cold War (including the Korean and Vietnam Wars), and no nuclear weapons. The book discussion will focus on the first 158 pages. Anyone not interested in the minutiae of military history after hostilities opened can stop at page 158, which completes Ms. Read more »

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Retired U.S.General Wesley Clark

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Mon, Oct 13 2014 - 12:00pm

Wesley Clark, Ret. U.S. Army General; Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander; Author, Don’t Wait for the Next War: A Strategy for American Growth and Global Leadership

In conversation with Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Former Distinguished Chair in International Security Studies, The United States Military Academy at West Point 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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Is the USA Losing the Battle for the Internet?

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Tue, Sep 30 2014 - 6:00pm

Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies, Oxford; Columnist, The Guardian; Twitter @fromTGA Read more »

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