Books & Writers

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Book Discussion: The Last of the Wine, by Mary Renault

Mon, May 4 2015 - 5:30pm

In The Last of the Wine, the long Peloponnesian War against Sparta underpins a story centering on the life of Athens and the circle of young men around Socrates. The novel focuses on the coming to manhood of its narrator, a young Athenian nobleman named Alexias, and of Lysis, the man who becomes the love of Alexias' life. The novel's chief concern is the sort of Greek love that inspired Plato's great dialogues, Symposium and Phaedrus. Read more »

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Joseph Stiglitz: The Great Divide

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Wed, Apr 29 2015 - 7:00pm

Joseph Stiglitz, Professor, Columbia University; Author, The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them; Twitter @JosephEStiglitz
Monika Bauerlein, Co-editor, Mother Jones; Twitter @MonikaBauerlein — Moderator Read more »

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Juan Enriquez: Evolving Ourselves

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Thu, Apr 16 2015 - 6:00pm

Juan Enriquez, Co-Founder, Excel Venture Management; Co-author, Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation Are Changing Life on Earth, Twitter: @EvolvingJuan
Paul Saffo, Futurist; Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford University, Twitter: @psaffo - Moderator Read more »

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Laszlo Bock: Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google

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Tue, Apr 14 2015 - 7:00pm

Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President of People Operations, Google; Author, Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That will Transform How You Live and Lead; Twitter: @LaszloBock2718

In Conversation with Farhad Manjoo, Technology Writer, The New York Times; Twitter @fmanjoo

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Write the Book About Your Business to Increase Profits and Clients

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Fri, Apr 10 2015 - 12:00pm

Francine Brevetti, Business Journalist, Formerly with the Oakland Tribune; Ghostwriter; Memoirist Read more »

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American Whistleblowers: The Peril and Promise of Science

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Thu, Apr 9 2015 - 6:00pm

Judy Mikovits, Ph.D., Former Director, Antiviral Drug Mechanisms Laboratory, National Cancer Institute; Co-author, Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth
Kent Heckenlively, Attorney; Science Teacher; Founding Editor, Age of Autism; Co-Author, Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth
Brian Hooker, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor of Biology and Chair of the Science and Mathematics Division, Simpson University Read more »

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Barry Eichengreen

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Wed, Apr 8 2015 - 6:00pm

Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Politics, UC Berkeley; Author, Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses – and Misuses – of History
Richard Waters, West Coast Editor, Financial Times - Moderator Read more »

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Book Discussion: You Are One of Them: A Novel About Secrets, Betrayal, and the Friend Who Got Away, by Elliott Holt

Mon, Apr 6 2015 - 5:30pm

Though Russia figures in this book, the subtitle best describes the work: A Novel About Secrets, Betrayal, and the Friend Who Got Away. Set in Cold War America and post-Soviet Russia, it is a mystery at the heart of which lies the story of the affection between girls and young women, love and loss. Inspired by the media sensation surrounding the letter of an American girl, Samantha Smith, to Yuri Andropov, the book has intrigue, plot twists, and ambiguity.

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Humanities West Book Discussion: To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

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Wed, Apr 1 2015 - 5:30pm

Join us to discuss To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, by Adam Hochschild. It has been a century since the start of the Great War, whose cultural aftermath is still influencing us. Yet it remains relevant to ask if the solutions to the illusions that led to trench warfare are still eluding us a century later. Discussion led by Lynn Harris.

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Gretchen Rubin: Happiness and Habits

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Thu, Mar 26 2015 - 7:00pm

Gretchen Rubin, Author, The Happiness Project and Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives; Twitter: @gretchenrubin
Angie Coiro, Talk Show Host, In Deep Radio - Moderator Read more »

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