Social Issues

Upcoming event

Ben Franklin Circles

Wed, Apr 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 »

Upcoming event

What Does It Mean to Be Muslim?

Mon, Apr 3 2017 - 7:00pm

Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Author, The Muslim Next Door
Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director, Islamic Networks Group
Jihad Turk, President, Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School
Joe Simitian, Supervisor, Santa Clara County—Moderator

What does it mean to be a Muslim? Join us for this special community forum to learn more about misconceptions as well as Islam as a religion and an identity in modern American and abroad. Read more »

Past event

What You Need to Know Before You’re 65: A Medicare Primer

Wed, Mar 15 2017 - 5:15pm

Esther Koch, Founder of Encore Management; Medicare Aging Network Partner with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

If you are approaching the Medicare qualifying age of 65 and Medicare seems like one big alphabetical maze to you, you are not alone. For most, a true understanding of how Medicare works, what options are best for you, and when or how to sign-up is not clear at all. Learn the ABC and Ds of Medicare, plus the realities of what to expect … and what not to expect. Here’s what every Boomer needs to know before they turn 65.

Past event

Building Trust with Procedural Justice

Sun, Mar 12 2017 - 2:00pm

Dennis R. Burns, Retired Police Chief , City of Palo Alto
David Honda, Police Chief, City of Watsonville
Phan Ngo, Chief, City of Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety
Barbara Marshman, Editorial Page Editor, San Jose Mercury News—Moderator Read more »

Past event

Building a Memorial to the Comfort Women

Wed, Mar 8 2017 - 12:00pm

Judge Lillian Sing, ret.
Judge Julie Tang, ret. Read more »

Past event

A New Kind of Heroism: Extreme Measures at the End of Life

Mon, Mar 6 2017 - 6:00pm

Jessica Zitter, MD, MPH, ICU and Palliative Care, Highland Hospital; Author, Extreme Measures; Contributor, The New York TimesThe Atlantic, Huffington Post, the Journal of the American Medical Association Read more »

Past event

Alison Gopnik: The New Science of Child Development

Thu, Feb 16 2017 - 7:00pm

Alison Gopnik, Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley; Author, The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us about the Relationship Between Parents and Children
In conversation with Dr. Julie Lythcott-Haims, Former Dean of Freshman, Stanford University; Author, How to Raise An Adult Read more »

Past event

Crossing the Thinnest Line

Tue, Feb 7 2017 - 6:00pm

Lauren Leader-Chivee, Founder and CEO, All In Together; Author, Crossing the Thinnest Line Read more »

Past event

Changemakers: Movement Leaders on Civil Rights in an Uncivil Time

Wed, Feb 1 2017 - 6:30pm

Lariza Dugan Cuadra, Executive Director, Carecen SF
Rashad Robinson, Executive Director, Color of Change
Abdi Soltani, Executive Director, ACLU of Northern California
Tom Steyer, Founder and President, NextGen Climate
Mina Kim, Anchor and Host, KQED—Moderator

Sponsored by the San Francisco Foundation as part of the People, Power, Place Series, which addresses access and equity in the Bay Area. Read more »

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