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Socrates Café

Mon, Jun 22 2015 - 5:00pm

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 Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Fri, Jun 19 2015 - 12:00pm

Scott Dodson, Professor of Law, College of Law, UC Hastings; Editor, The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Barbara Babcock, Crown Professor of Law, Stanford University Law School; Author, Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz – Moderator

A Good Lit program sponsored by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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Larry Gerston: Reviving Citizen Engagement

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Thu, Jun 18 2015 - 6:30pm

Larry Gerston, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, San Jose State University; Author, Reviving Citizen Engagement: Policies to Renew National Community

Doug Sovern, KCBS Radio Political Reporter – Moderator Read more »

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U.S.-Japan Ties: Image and Reality

Thu, Jun 11 2015 - 12:00pm

Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center in Washington
Bruce Stokes, Director of Global Economic Attitudes, Global Attitudes Project, Pew Research Center
The Honorable John V. Roos, Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Dan Bob, Director of Programs and Senior Fellow, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA – Moderator

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, an expert panel will examine the depth and strength of U.S. ties with Japan based on public opinion and statistics. Read more »

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Longevity Collective Discussion Group: Better Aging. You. Your Parents.

Mon, Jun 8 2015 - 6:30pm

Join a discussion of new and emerging solutions to the challenges of growing older. In this group you can find out about new products that can help postpone the day when growing older starts to get in the way of living life to the fullest. Feel free to share your ideas about what works and what does not work well with others from your community and members of other circles. Contribute your ideas for solutions that need to be developed to the Longevity Collective’s growing list of new product ideas. Read more »

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A God That Could Be Real

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Mon, Jun 8 2015 - 6:00pm

Nancy Ellen Abrams, Author  Read more »

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Women Seeking Success and Reforms

Fri, Jun 5 2015 - 12:00pm

Laila El-Sissi, Author, Out from the Shadow of Men
Judith Hornok, Author, Modern Arab Women; Founder, Hornok & Partner, which advises companies to understand business culture in the Gulf region
Aisha Wahab, Afghan-American Human Rights and Political Activist
Dina Ibrahim, Ph.D., Educator; Middle East analyst; Producer, Hope and Fear: Egypt on the Tipping Point – Moderator Read more »

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Nutrition: The Forgotten, Maligned Science

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Fri, Jun 5 2015 - 12:00pm

T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Cornell University; Director, The T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies; Author, The China Study Read more »

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Book Discussion: Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya Von Bremzen

Mon, Jun 1 2015 - 5:30pm

A witty, warm and engaging book about Russians and the food obsessions of Soviet life; it is also a culinary history of the Russian Revolution and its consequences. In the great tradition of Russian memoirs, it presents a view of the country's past and culture in the mode of “laughter through tears.” A delicious read complete with recipes.

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Charles Murray: Rebuilding Liberty

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Mon, May 18 2015 - 6:30pm

Charles Murray, W.H. Brady Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Author, By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission
David Davenport, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution — Moderator

Part of the American Value Series. Underwritten by the Koret Foundation. Read more »

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