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David Kennedy: The Modern American Military

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Mon, Jun 3 2013 - 6:00pm

Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford University; Editor, The Modern American Military

John Diaz, Editorial Page Editor, San Francisco Chronicle - Moderator Read more »

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Journey into the Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzberg

Mon, Jun 3 2013 - 5:30pm


Russians have written many justly famous memoirs, and this one is among the best. Ginzberg provides an account of her suffering and survival of a sentence to prison and labor camps. We will discuss this woman’s story of her arrest in 1937, charged with being a Trotskyist terrorist  and counterrevolutionary at the commencement of the Stalinist purges, the great terror and the gulag. Read more »

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Speaking Tips from America’s Best Speakers: Abe Lincoln and MLK

Fri, May 24 2013 - 12:00pm

Carol Fleming, Ph.D., Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors; Author, It’s the Way You Say It

Rick Gilbert, Ph.D., Author, Speaking Up: Surviving Executive Presentations

What did master orators Lincoln and MLK know about speaking that could help you? This fast-moving review of the key components of memorable public speaking will enlighten the beginner and remind and entertain the old pro. You will leave with a new appreciation of these great speakers and some new ideas for yourself. Read more »

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The Vintage Years

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Mon, May 20 2013 - 5:15pm

Francine Toder, Ph.D., California-Licensed Psychologist; Author, The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) after Sixty Read more »

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Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill

Mon, May 13 2013 - 6:00pm

Michael Shelden, Author, Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill

Monday Night Philosophy welcomes back acclaimed biographer Shelden to focus on the years between 1901 and 1915, which forged Winston Churchill’s character. At 40 Churchill was considered washed up, even though he had already built a modern navy and learned how to outwit more experienced rivals. Hear Shelden’s persuasive portrait of a dashing young suitor who pursued three great beauties of British society with his witty repartee, political flair and poetic letters. Read more »

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Laurel Bellows, ABA President: The Fight for Liberty, Equality and Justice

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Fri, May 10 2013 - 12:00pm

American Bar Association President

Jeffrey Brand, Dean, University of San Francisco Law School - Moderator

Nationwide, our courts are withering – starved for adequate funding. Meanwhile, there are more than 100,000 people in the United States who are forced to provide sex and labor services for their captors’ profits. And according to some estimates, women continue to earn just 77 cents for every dollar that men earn. Come listen to one of the nation’s top legal voices, ABA President Bellows, speak about these issues and possible solutions. Read more »

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The Exploratorium: A Learning Laboratory for the 21st Century

Fri, May 10 2013 - 12:00pm

Marc L’Italien, Design Principal, EHDD
Shawn Lani, Senior Artist, the Exploratorium
Sydnie Kohara, Emmy Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist – Moderator Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: Egyptian Oedipus: Athanasius Kircher

Wed, May 8 2013 - 5:30pm

Long before the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, the 17th-century Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher embarked on his famously quixotic effort to unlock the secrets of antiquity by cracking the code of Egyptian hieroglyphs. Join us to discuss Egyptian Oedipus: Athanasius Kircher, by Daniel Stolzenberg. The discussion will be led by Lynn Harris. Read more »

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Service Unquestioned: The Soldiers and Their Families - A Talk by Susan Weiss

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Mon, May 6 2013 - 6:00pm

Susan Weiss, Photographer

Additional remarks by Major General Jeffrey Phillips, Former Deputy Commanding General, Fort Stewart (3rd Infantry Division) and Hunter Army Airfield, GA; Major General in the Army Reserve, on the Army Staff in the Pentagon Read more »

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