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"The Swerve" by Stephen Greenblatt

Mon, Mar 5 2012 - 5:30pm

The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt

Connie McNeil, Group Member – Moderator

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 »

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William J. Clancey: Voyages of Scientific Discovery with the Mars Exploration Rovers

Mon, Feb 27 2012 - 6:00pm

William J. Clancey: Voyages of Scientific Discovery with the Mars Exploration Rovers


Chief Scientist, Human-Centered Computing Intelligent Systems Division, NASA Ames Research Center and Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

For more than eight years, scientists have been doing fieldwork on Mars, the first overland investigation of another planet. Read more »

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Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Feb 27 2012 - 5:30pm

Middle East Discussion Group

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 »

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Week to Week: 2/24/12

Fri, Feb 24 2012 - 12:00pm

Week to Week: February 24, 2012

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 »

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The Rise of Turkey

Fri, Feb 17 2012 - 12:00pm
The Rise of Turkey

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
Bonnie Joy Kaslan, Honorary Consul General, Turkish Republic, S.F.
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Ralph Richard Banks: Marriage in the 21st Century

Mon, Feb 13 2012 - 6:00pm

Marriage in the 21st Century

SOLD OUT; Wait-list below.

Ralph Richard Banks, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law, Stanford Law School; Author, Is Marriage for White People? How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, Monday Night Philosophy wades into controversial waters about the institution of marriage. How important is it to society and culture? Read more »

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Sebastian Seung: Connectome

Mon, Feb 13 2012 - 6:00pm

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 »

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"Solar" by Ian McEwan

Mon, Feb 6 2012 - 5:30pm

Solar by Ian McEwan


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 »

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Dr. Jennifer Berger Garvey: Developing Leaders For A Complex World

Fri, Feb 3 2012 - 12:00pm

Developing Leaders for a Complex World

Dr. Jennifer Berger Garvey, Partner, Cultivating Leadership; Author, Changing on the Job

How can we address the shortage of real wisdom and leadership in organizations and develop people who are more sophisticated, thoughtful, and nuanced? Read more »

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