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I'm Right and You're an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up

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Mon, Dec 5 2016 - 6:00pm

James Hoggan, President, Hoggan & Associates; Chair of the Board, David Suzuki Foundation; Author, I'm Right and You're an Idiot Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: The World of Yesterday, by Stefan Zweig

Mon, Oct 24 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss Stefan Zweig's The World of Yesterday. Written as both a recollection of the past and a warning for future generations, it recalls the golden age of literary Vienna—its seeming permanence, its promise and its devastating fall. Surrounded by the leading literary lights of the epoch, Zweig draws a vivid and intimate account of his life and travels through Vienna, Paris, Berlin and London, touching on the very heart of European culture. His passionate, evocative prose paints a stunning portrait of an era that danced brilliantly on the edge of extinction. Read more »

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Reading Californians Book Discussion Group: Elevation: 6,040, by Earnest J. Finney

Mon, Oct 17 2016 - 6:00pm

Elevation: 6,040 by Earnest J. Finney will be discussed at the next book group meeting Rosco McAdams and his younger brother and sister have always lived with their parents, Sebastian and Moonstar, in an isolated cabin high on a ridge in California's northern Sierra. The children have mostly been home-schooled. However, each year In the spring when Moonstar can't take the snow anymore, she has taken the children down the mountain to a school and has returned back to the small cabin in the late summer. Read more »

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Larry Brilliant: Sometimes Brilliant

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Mon, Oct 10 2016 - 7:00pm

Larry Brilliant, Chairman, Skoll Global Threats; Former Executive Director, Google.org; Author, Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History; Twitter:

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

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Rorke Denver: U.S. Navy SEAL Commander

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Thu, Sep 29 2016 - 7:00pm

Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL Commander; Mentor, "American Grit"; Author, Worth Dying For: A Navy Seal’s Call to a Nation; Twitter:

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

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Tech Talk with Kayak.com founder Paul English and Author Tracy Kidder

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Thu, Sep 29 2016 - 6:30pm

Paul English, Co-founder, Kayak.com
Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize Winner; Author, A Truck Full of Money
Becky Worley, Tech Contributor, "Good Morning America"—Moderator

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

Tech titan Paul English, founder of Kayak.com, and his biographer, Tracy Kidder, will talk with "Good Morning America" tech reporter Becky Worley. Read more »

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The Dark Side of Social Media: Privacy, Manipulation and Terms of Use

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Tue, Sep 27 2016 - 6:00pm

Scott Allan Morrison, Former Silicon Valley Journalist; Author, Terms of Use
In conversation with Sarah Granger, Author; Digital Media Entrepreneur Read more »

Past event

Elizabeth Lesser in Conversation with Isabel Allende

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Mon, Sep 26 2016 - 6:30pm

Elizabeth Lesser, Co Founder, Omega Institute; Author, Marrow: A Love Story
In Conversation with Isabel Allende, Novelist and Human Rights Activist

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

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Humanities West Book Discussion: A Nervous Splendor, by Frederic Morton

Mon, Sep 26 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss A Nervous Splendor. Frederic Morton deftly tells the haunting story of the Crown Prince Rudolf and his city, where, in the span of only 10 months, "the Western dream started to go wrong." Morton's story studies other young men just as frustrated as the prince, including young Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, Theodor Herzl, Gustav Klimt, and the playwright Arthur Schnitzler, whose La Ronde was the great erotic drama of the fin de siecle. Morton interweaves their fates with that of the doomed prince and the entire city. Read more »

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Ayesha Curry: The Seasoned Life

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Mon, Sep 26 2016 - 12:00pm

Ayesha Curry, Food Network Host, "Ayesha’s Homemade"; Author, The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well
In conversation with Chef Michael Mina

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

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