James McBride's National Book Award-winning novel tells the story of John Brown and his raid on Harpers Ferry from the perspective of a young, freed slave who is mistaken for a girl and spends much of the novel riding the circuit with John Brown. Offensive, hilarious, violent and sad, James McBride fills the Kansas Territory with characters straight out of a Mel Brooks movie and then throws in a dash of Quentin Tarantino for good measure. Told from this perspective, it is simultaneously comic and brutal.
Jaleh Daie, Ph.D., Managing Partner, Aurora Equity; Former President, Association for Women in Science; WITI Hall of Fame
In conversation with Moira Gunn, Ph.D., Host, "Tech Nation" and "BioTech Nation," NPR 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 »
Ricky Choi, MD, MPH, Board of Directors, National Physicians Alliance Margot Hirsch, President, The Smart Tech Challenges Foundation Michael McBride, Lead Pastor, The Way Christian Center, Berkeley CA; Director of Urban Strategies, PICO National Network Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence Mark Follman, National Affairs Editor, Mother Jones—Moderator
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Join us for a discussion of hell and purgatory within Dante’s Divine Comedy, led by Lynn Harris. The Clive James’s translation will be used, which was decades in the making and renders the entire epic as a coherent and compulsively readable lyric poem. Yet the translation reproduces the same wonderful momentum of the original Italian, propelling the reader along the pilgrim’s path from hell to heaven, from despair to revelation.
Helen J. Carroll, Director of the Sports Project, National Center for Lesbian Rights; Former Athletic Director, NCAA Jaiyah Saelua, World's First Out Transgender FIFA Qualifier; Defender, Midfielder, American Samoa Roger Brigham, Sports Columnist; Athlete; Coach; Inductee, National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame Matt Hatzke, Former Major League Soccer Player, San Jose Earthquakes Read more »
Keith David Watenpaugh, Associate Professor and Director of Human Rights Studies, University of California Davis Priya Satia, Associate Professor of Modern British History, Stanford University; Author, Spies in Arabia - Moderator Read more »
All interested Club members are welcome to attend our bimonthly, one-hour planning meetings of the International Relations Member-Led Forum. We focus on Europe, Latin America, Africa and worldwide topics. Join us to discuss current international issues and plan programs for early 2016.
Monday Night Philosophy arrests your attention with John Mindermann’s insights from his book In Pursuit (co-authored with Brian Solon). Gathered from nearly a decade on the SFPD and his career as an FBI agent, the book details his riveting experiences, including June 17, 1972, when Mindermann just happened to be called in to investigate a burglary at the Watergate complex. You cannot get any closer to history than this.