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Socrates Café

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Mon, Aug 29 2016 - 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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The University of California's Role in Confronting Climate Change and Leading the World on a Sustainable Environmental Path

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Mon, Aug 29 2016 - 6:00pm

Teenie Matlock, McClatchy Chair of Communications and Professor of Cognitive Science, University of California, Merced
Christine Gulbranson, Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Entrepeneurship, University of California
Daniel Kammen, The Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy, University of California, Berkeley; Parallel Appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, The Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Department of Nuclear Engineering Read more »

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Middle East Forum Discussion

Mon, Aug 29 2016 - 5:30pm

This month's topic: Turkey.

The Middle East Forum discussion group—which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan—has been meeting monthly for more than eight years. We are not a debate group; we are a discussion group.

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Interfaith Power and Light

Fri, Aug 19 2016 - 12:00pm

Reverend Sally Bingham, Executive Director, Interfaith Power and Light's Regeneration Project
Rabbi Marvin Goodman, Executive Director, Northern California Board of Rabbis
Sumbul Ali Karamali, Author, The Muslim Next Door
Michael Pappas, Executive Director, San Francisco Interfaith Council—Moderator Read more »

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Pulitzer Prize finalist Carla Power: Bridging Islam and the West

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Mon, Aug 15 2016 - 6:30pm

Carla Power, Pulitzer Prize Finalist; Author, If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran
Jonathan Curiel, Journalist; Author—Moderator

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

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Women at the Table: Leaders in the Good Food Movement

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Mon, Aug 15 2016 - 6:30pm

Joann Lo, Executive Director, Food Chain Workers Alliance; Vice President, Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s Leadership Board
Brittni Chicuata, Government Relations Director, American Heart Association | American Stroke Association
Kristyn Leach, Farmer, Namu Farm
Dominica Rice Cisneros, Chef and Owner, Cosecha Cafe (Oakland)
Shakirah Simley, Community Development Director, Bi-Rite Market—Moderator Read more »

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Reading Californians Book Discussion Group

Mon, Aug 15 2016 - 6:00pm

The acclaimed novel The Sympathizer, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, will be discussed at the next meeting of our new book discussion group, Reading Californians. Nguyen was the gold medal winner for first fiction in The Commonwealth Club's recent California Book Awards, which recognized the best published writing in California in 2015. Read more »

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Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

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Mon, Aug 15 2016 - 12:00pm

Larry Tye, Author, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

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

Nobody was better, half a century ago, at thinking about the biggest solutions for the problems of his age than Bobby, whether that be race riots roiling in cities across America, and especially in California; the war raging in Vietnam; or the general issue of inequality that was dividing people along lines of class, race, gender and generation. Read more »

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Israeli Innovations in Solving Big Problems

Fri, Aug 12 2016 - 12:00pm

Ravit Baer, Deputy Consul General for Israel for the Pacific Northwest
Nathan Miller, President, Miller Ink; Consultant, Israel 21c
Riva Gambert, Director, East Bay International Jewish Film Festival—Moderator Read more »

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Ending Slavery

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Mon, Aug 8 2016 - 6:00pm

George Hammond, Author, Rational Idealism and Conversations with Socrates Read more »

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