Lebanon has been plagued by war, political instability and refugee crises since its inception as a country in 1920. Simonian, an Assyrian Christian who was raised in Lebanon, will discuss the complicated ethnic and religious history of Lebanon and the sectarian conflict, which was the topic of his 2011 master’s thesis.
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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
Underwritten by The California Wellness Foundation Read more »