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Reading Californians Book Discussion Group: Waiting for the Electricity by Christina Nichol

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Mon, Apr 3 2017 - 6:00pm

Waiting for the Electricity by Christina Nichol begins in the republic of Georgia. The novel is about a humble maritime lawyer, Slims Achmed Makahvili. The Communists are long gone, but there are no jobs in the cities—and when there are jobs, employees aren’t compensated. When they are compensated, it’s because the jobs are . . . not strictly scrupulous. Read more »

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Middle East Forum Discussion

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Mon, Mar 27 2017 - 5:30pm

This month's topic: Trump and the Middle East

The Middle East Forum discussion group, which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan, has been meeting monthly for about nine years. We are not a debate group.

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Socrates Café

Mon, Mar 20 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. Read more »

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Life After Hate

Mon, Mar 20 2017 - 5:15pm

Antony McAleer, Executive Director, Life After Hate

A former organizer for the White Aryan Resistance (WAR), Tony McAleer served as a skinhead recruiter, proprietor of Canadian Liberty Net (a computer-operated voice messaging center used to disseminate messages of hatred), and manager of the racist rock band, Odin’s Law. It was love for his children that finally led Tony on a spiritual journey of personal transformation. Today he is the executive director of Life After Hate and shares his practice of compassion as an inspirational speaker.

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Humanities West Book Discussion: The Prose Edda, by Jesse Byock

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Wed, Mar 15 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us to discuss The Prose Edda, the most renowned work of Scandinavian literature and our most extensive source for Norse mythology. The Edda was written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, and tells in clear prose, interspersed with powerful verse, the ancient Norse creation epic and stories of the battles that follow as gods, giants, dwarves and elves struggle for survival. Discussion led by Lynn Harris.

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The Inside Story of Levi Strauss and His Mark on America

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Tue, Mar 14 2017 - 6:30pm

Lynn Downey, Independent Scholar, Former Historian, Levi Strauss and Company; Author, Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World
In conversation with Roy Eisenhardt

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

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Building Trust with Procedural Justice

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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 »

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

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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 »

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Ben Franklin Circles

Wed, Mar 1 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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Socrates Café

Mon, Feb 27 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. Read more »

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