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Humanities West Book Discussion: Will of the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, by Stephen Greenblatt

Mon, Feb 29 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss Stephen Greenblatt's influential and insightful book, Will of the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare. The discussion will be led by Lynn Harris.

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Waging Peace: Why Genocide Keeps Happening

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Fri, Feb 26 2016 - 12:00pm

Rebecca Tinsley, Human Rights Activist; Author
Michael Pappas, Executive Director, San Francisco Interfaith Council—Moderator

Tinsley, who graduated with a law degree from the London School of Economics and was a political reporter for the BBC will primarily discuss the work of Waging for Peace, a project she started after visiting a Darfur refugee camp at the height of the killing there. She collects evidence of human rights abuses and helps Sudanese dissidents who wish to claim asylum. Read more »

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Dominic Casserley: Digital Risks and Solutions Beyond More Technology

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Wed, Feb 17 2016 - 12:00pm

Dominic Casserley, President and Deputy CEO, Willis Towers Watson; Former Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
Richard Waters, West Coast Editor, Financial Times—Moderator Read more »

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Morality of Warfare

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Mon, Feb 8 2016 - 6:00pm

Peter Dale Scott, Author, The American Deep State
George Hammond, Author, Rational Idealism
Additional panelist TBA Read more »

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Fair Trade and Corporate Responsibility: From Niche to Norm

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Mon, Feb 1 2016 - 6:30pm

Edouard Rollet, Co-founder, Alter Eco
Brooke McDonnell, Co-founder, Equator Coffee
Maya Spaull, Director of New and Emerging Categories, Fair Trade USA
Tierra Del Forte, Director of Product and Merchandising, PACT Apparel
Haven Bourque, Principal, HavenBMedia - Moderator

This program is underwritten by Wells Fargo Bank. Read more »

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SV Reads 2016: Chance of Rain? The Impact of Climate Change on Our Lives

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Tue, Jan 26 2016 - 7:30pm

Emmi Itaranta, Author, Memory of Water
Benjamin Parzybok, Author, Sherwood Nation
Sal Pizzaro, Columnist, San Jose Mercury News—Moderator

Too little rain … too much rain. Either case can dramatically impact everyday life. Itaranta and Parzybok explore how extreme weather conditions and resource scarcity can affect climate change.

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Socrates Café

Mon, Jan 25 2016 - 5:00pm

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 »

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Israel and European Union Relations

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Fri, Jan 22 2016 - 12:00pm

Ravit Baer, Deputy Consul General for Israel for the Pacific Northwest
John Diaz, Editorial Page Editor, San Francisco Chronicle Read more »

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Values that Guide Healthcare Decisions

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Mon, Jan 11 2016 - 6:00pm

Mileva Saulo Lewis, Ed.D., RN, Associate Professor, Samuel Merritt University; Vice President, The Center for Medical Ethics and Mediation Read more »

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Book Discussion: The Meursault Investigation, by Kamel Daoud

Mon, Jan 4 2016 - 5:30pm

In this book, the young brother of “the Arab” killed in Camus’ book The Stranger meditates about the story 70 years after the killing. He writes from the nameless “stranger’s” perspective and about the murder’s effect on the brother and his mother. The failure of Camus to give even a name to the victim resonates throughout. However, this is more than a twist on the original. Read more »

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