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Socrates Café

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Mon, May 23 2016 - 6:30pm

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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The “Un-Trump”? Republican Duf Sundheim Runs for U.S. Senate

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Mon, May 23 2016 - 6:30pm

Duf Sundheim, Mediator; Chair, California Republican Party, 2003-07
Carson Bruno, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution—Moderator Read more »

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Middle East Forum Discussion

Mon, May 23 2016 - 5:30pm

The Midde East Forum discussion group, which primarily covers the Middle East, Afganistan and North Africa, has been meeting for about eight years. We do not debate; we exchange ideas and opinions. The discussion is considered a perk of membership, but those interested—especially students—are welcome.

Early registration is advisable.

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Humanities West Book Discussion: Celtic Myths and Legends

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Mon, May 23 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss Celtic Myths and Legends by Peter Berresford Ellis, an enchanting collection of the sagas of gods and goddesses, fabulous beasts, strange creatures, and heroes like Cuchulain, Fingal and King Arthur, including popular myths and legends from all six Celtic cultures: Irish, Scots, Manx, Welsh, Cornish and Breton. Discussion led by Lynn Harris.

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Rights and Wrongs: Guantanamo Bay

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Fri, May 20 2016 - 12:00pm

Peter Honigsberg, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco
Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting—Moderator Read more »

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Explore the World from The Commonwealth Club

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Mon, May 16 2016 - 5:00pm

All interested Club members are welcome to attend our bimonthly, one-hour planning meetings of the International Relations Member-Led Forum. We focus on Europe, Latin America, Africa and worldwide topics. Join us to discuss current international issues and plan programs for the rest of 2016.

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Rereading The Federalist in the 21st Century

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Fri, May 13 2016 - 12:00pm

Sanford Levinson, Professor of Government and the John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood Jr. Centennial Chair in Law, University of Texas-Austin; Author, An Argument Open to All: Rereading The Federalist in the 21st Century Read more »

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Brexit: What Happens if the UK Leaves the European Union?

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Fri, May 13 2016 - 12:00pm

Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science, University of California Berkeley
Doug Rivers, Professor of Political Science, Stanford; President and CEO, YouGov/Polimetrix
Richard Waters, West Coast Editor, Financial Times—Moderator

The outcome of the June 23 “Brexit” referendum will decide whether the United Kingdom leaves or stays in the European Union. What would their exit mean for the United Kingdom, the European Union, the United States and the world? Read more »

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Food Addiction 2.0

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Mon, May 9 2016 - 12:00pm

Michael Prager, Author, Fat Boy Thin Man
Nicole Avena, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Florida
Robert H. Lustig, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, UCSF
Eric Stice, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Oregon Research Institute
Vera Ingrid Tarman, MD., MSc., FCEP, CASAM, Medical Director, Renascent
Elissa Epel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry Read more »

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How Behavioral Science Can Help Us Have a Good Day

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Mon, May 9 2016 - 12:00pm

Caroline Webb, CEO, Sevenshift; Former Partner and Advisor, McKinsey; Author, How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life Read more »

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