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Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America

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Tue, Aug 8 2017 - 6:00pm

James Forman Jr., Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Former Public Defender; Author, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America Read more »

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Refugees Without Refuge: Stories of LGBTQ Refugees Stranded in the Middle East

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Thu, Jul 27 2017 - 6:00pm

Subhi Nahas, Human Rights Activist; Founder/Board Chair, Spectra Project
Arthur Slepian, Executive Director, A Wider Bridge—Moderator Read more »

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Socrates Café

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Mon, Jul 17 2017 - 6:30pm
One Monday evening of every month the Humanities Forum sponsors Socrates Café at The Commonwealth Club. Each meeting is devoted to the discussion of a philosophical topic chosen at that meeting. The group's facilitator, John Nyquist, invites participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic is asked to briefly explain why she or he considers that topic interesting and important. An open discussion follows, and the meeting ends with a summary of the various perspectives participants expressed. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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Begin with the End in Mind: The Impact of Trauma on Children’s Brains and Bodies

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Mon, Jul 17 2017 - 5:15pm

Christine Stoner-Mertz, LCSW, President and CEO, Lincoln Read more »

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Ben Franklin Circles

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Wed, Jul 5 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us monthly, every first Wednesday, for a 21st-century version of Ben Franklin’s mutual improvement club. One evening a week, for more than 40 years, the founding father discussed and debated with his friends the 13 virtues that he felt formed the basis for personal and civic improvement, a list he created when he was 20 years old. The virtues to which he aspired included justice, resolution and humility. (But don't misunderstand Ben on that one—his explanation of humility was "imitate Jesus and Socrates.") Read more »

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The Gay Bar in American History

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Thu, Jun 22 2017 - 6:00pm

Nancy Unger, Professor of History, Santa Clara University Read more »

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LGBT Activist Cleve Jones: When We Rise

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Tue, Jun 20 2017 - 6:00pm

Cleve Jones, American Human Rights Activist; Lecturer; Organizer, UNITE HERE; Author, When We RiseStitching a Revolution  Read more »

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Socrates Café

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Mon, Jun 19 2017 - 6:30pm
On one Monday evening of every month the Humanities Forum sponsors Socrates Café at The Commonwealth Club. Each meeting is devoted to the discussion of a philosophical topic chosen at that meeting. The group's facilitator, John Nyquist, invites participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic is asked to briefly explain why she or he considers that topic interesting and important. An open discussion follows, and the meeting ends with a summary of the various perspectives participants expressed. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening

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Mon, Jun 19 2017 - 6:00pm

Manal al-Sharif, B.S., Computer Science; Women's Rights Activist
Banafsheh Keynoush, Ph.D., International Law and Diplomacy—Moderator

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

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Ben Franklin Circles

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Wed, Jun 7 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us monthly, every first Wednesday, for a 21st-century version of Ben Franklin’s mutual improvement club. One evening a week, for more than 40 years, the founding father discussed and debated with his friends the 13 virtues that he felt formed the basis for personal and civic improvement, a list he created when he was 20 years old. The virtues to which he aspired included justice, resolution and humility. (But don't misunderstand Ben on that one—his explanation of humility was "imitate Jesus and Socrates.") Read more »

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