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Luciano Floridi: Memory in the Information Age

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Wed, Feb 25 2015 - 7:00pm

Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, University of Oxford

Professor Luciano Floridi, one of the five members of Google’s Advisory Board on “the right to be forgotten," will address the recent debate on that topic within a broader interpretation of the impact that information and communication technologies have on our self-understanding, our social interactions and our conceptualization of the world. Read more »

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The Panama-Pacific International Exposition: Its 100-Year Impact

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Mon, Feb 23 2015 - 6:30pm

James Ganz, Ph.D., Curator, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Kevin Starr, Ph.D., California State Librarian Emeritus
Laura Ackley, Author, San Francisco's Jewel City: The Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915 Read more »

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The Invisible People: Syrian Refugees

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Fri, Feb 20 2015 - 12:00pm

Giles Duley, Photojournalist; Humanitarian
Jonathan Curiel, Journalist - Moderator Read more »

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Democracy in the Digital Age: Perspectives from Members of Parliament

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Thu, Feb 19 2015 - 6:30pm

Youth and women members of parliament from around the world will discuss how they are harnessing opportunities presented by social media and mobile technologies to strengthen engagement between citizens and their elected representatives. How are women and young politicians using technology to promote deliberation and compromise and more inclusive political leadership, rather than political polarization? What opportunities and challenges does the rapid pace of technological change pose for democratic governance in different countries around the world? Read more »

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Socrates Café

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Wed, Feb 18 2015 - 6:00pm

The Humanities Forum brings Socrates Café to The Commonwealth Club. It will be held every third Wednesday evening for the discussion of philosophical issues. At each monthly meeting the group's facilitator, Bob Enteen, will invite participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic will briefly explain why she or he considers the subject interesting and important. Read more »

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Bay Area: Ground Zero for the Reinvention of America

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Fri, Feb 13 2015 - 12:00pm

Peter Leyden, Former Managing Editor, Wired; Founder and CEO, Reinventors; Co-author, The Long Boom

There is no place on the planet better positioned than the Bay Area to drive the creation of a digital, global, sustainable civilization for the 21st century. Leyden, former managing editor of Wired magazine, presents a dazzling multimedia presentation covering the many tech, economic, social and political transformations that will unfold right here in the coming decades.

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Transforming California's State Parks: A Blueprint for a Sustainable Future

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Tue, Feb 10 2015 - 12:00pm

Caryl Hart, Member, Parks Forward Commission; Director, Sonoma County Regional Parks; Former Chair, California State Parks and Recreation Commission
Lisa Mangat, Acting Director, California Department of Parks and Recreation
Steve Szalay, Special Advisor to California Natural Resources Agency for Parks and Recreation
Kerry Curtis, Professor Emeritus, Ageno School of Business, Golden Gate University - Moderator Read more »

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A Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California's Indians by the Spanish Missions

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Mon, Feb 9 2015 - 6:00pm

Elias Castillo, Author, A Cross of Thorns: The Enslavement of California's Indians by the Spanish Missions Read more »

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Book Discussion: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

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Mon, Feb 9 2015 - 5:30pm

The Master and Margarita is woven around a visit by the devil to the fervently atheistic Soviet Union. In part, it is angled against a suffocatingly bureaucratic social order. The novel alternates between two settings. The first is 1930s Moscow, and the second setting is the Jerusalem of Pontius Pilate. Read more »

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Sexual Intelligence: A New View of Sexual Function and Satisfaction

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Mon, Feb 9 2015 - 5:15pm

Marty Klein, Ph.D., Marriage & Family Therapist; Sex Therapist; Author, Sexual Intelligence: What We Really Want from Sex, and How to Get It Read more »

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