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 »
Jessica Zitter, MD, MPH, ICU and Palliative Care, Highland Hospital; Author, Extreme Measures; Contributor, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, the Journal of the American Medical AssociationRead more »
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 »
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. Read more »
Pamela Matson, Chester A. Naramore Dean, Stanford School of Earth Energy & Environmental Sciences Fahmida Ahmed, Director, Office of Sustainability, Stanford Department of Sustainability and Energy Management Joseph Stagner, Executive Director, Stanford Department of Sustainability and Energy Management Chris Field, Perry L. McCarty Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment Read more »
Join us to discuss The Age of Vikings, whose image is often distorted by myth. Though it is true that they pillaged, looted and enslaved, the Vikings also settled peacefully and traveled far from their homelands in swift and sturdy ships to explore. Anders Winroth captures the innovation and pure daring of the Vikings without glossing over their destructive heritage, revealing how Viking arts, literature and religious thought evolved in surprising ways. Discussion led by Lynn Harris.
Yoaz Hendel, Ph.D., Military History; Director, Institute of Zionist Strategies Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting—Moderator
Dr. Hendel, who describes himself as a pragmatic centrist with a national liberal identity, will discuss regional issues confronting the Middle East. He will also explore the influence of the Russian-Iranian relationship in the Middle East. Read more »