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San Francisco's Jewel City

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Tue, Jul 14 2015 - 6:00pm

Laura Ackley, Architectural Historian; Author, San Francisco's Jewel City Read more »

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A God That Could Be Real

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Mon, Jun 8 2015 - 6:00pm

Nancy Ellen Abrams, Author  Read more »

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A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light

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Wed, Jun 3 2015 - 12:00pm

David Downie, Author, A Passion for Paris Read more »

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The Power of Ideals: The Real Story of Moral Choice

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Mon, May 11 2015 - 6:00pm

William Damon, Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education; Co-author, The Power of Ideals: The Real Story of Moral Choice

The Power of Ideals thoroughly examines the full range of available research on moral choice and presents a compelling new theory. It takes into account current scientific claims and explores our undeniable capacity to act on noble ideals, to make principled moral choices, and to live lives of generosity, integrity and genuine human connection.

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Humanities West Book Discussion: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

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Wed, May 6 2015 - 5:30pm

Join us to discuss the classic novel about World War I, All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque. The discussion will be led by Lynn Harris.

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Evolutionary UpWising

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Mon, Apr 13 2015 - 6:00pm

Swami Beyondananda, Humorist; Satirist; FUNdamentalist Read more »

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Overcoming the Fear of Death

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Mon, Apr 13 2015 - 12:00pm

Kelvin Chin, Consultant; Public Speaker

Why are we so afraid of death? After all, death is inevitable. But what is death? Is it the end, the beginning or a transition? Kelvin Chin will help people rethink how they respond to the death of a loved one and how they think about their own deaths. His new approach is sensitive, insightful and non-religious.

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Humanities West Book Discussion: To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

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Wed, Apr 1 2015 - 5:30pm

Join us to discuss To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, by Adam Hochschild. It has been a century since the start of the Great War, whose cultural aftermath is still influencing us. Yet it remains relevant to ask if the solutions to the illusions that led to trench warfare are still eluding us a century later. Discussion led by Lynn Harris.

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The Streets of San Francisco: Policing and the Creation of a Cosmopolitan Liberal Politics, 1950-1972

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Thu, Mar 19 2015 - 6:00pm

Christopher Agee, Assistant Professor, History Department, University of Colorado, Denver Read more »

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Socrates Café

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Wed, Mar 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. An open discussion will follow, ending with a summary. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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