Stephen Greenblatt's The Swerve, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for nonfiction, unearths the story of an Italian book hunter named Poggio Bracciolini, who, one fateful day in 1417, stumbled across what was then the only known surviving copy of the Roman poet Lucretius's On the Nature of Things. Read more »
Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with fellow Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines. After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. Read more »
Larry Gerston, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, San Jose State University; Political Analyst, NBC 11 Debra Saunders, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle Michael Fox, Film critic and journalist John Zipperer, Vice President of Media & Editorial, The Commonwealth Club of California -- Moderator Read more »
Anastasia Ashman, Entrepreneur; Cultural Essayist; Editor, Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey Steven West, Ph.D., Fulbright Scholar to Turkey; Professor of Turkish Studies and Cross Cultural Communication BonnieJoy Kaslan, Honorary Consul General, Turkish Republic, S.F.
Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are
Sebastian Seung, Ph.D., Author, Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are Kishore Hari, Director, Bay Area Science Festival- Moderator
Are we simply the products of our genes? Seung says otherwise. The MIT professor has found what he calls the nexus of nature and nurture: the network of connections between neurons in the human brain. Read more »
We will be discussing a work of contemporary fiction, Ian McEwan's Solar , for our book discussion. Solar is an engrossing and satirical novel that focuses on climate change, focusing on one man’s ambitions and self-deceptions. The author will not be attending this discussion.
MLF: San Francisco Book Discussion Location: SF Club Office Time: 5:30 p.m.Read more »