Humanities

Upcoming event

Socrates Café

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Mon, Jan 23 2017 - 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 »

Upcoming event

Socrates Café

Image - Socrates Café
Mon, Dec 19 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 »

Past event

Lamentation and the Limits of Philosophy

Image - Steven Machtinger
Thu, Dec 8 2016 - 6:00pm

Steven Machtinger, Attorney; Violist; Independent Mozart Scholar Read more »

Past event

Ben Franklin Circles

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Wed, Dec 7 2016 - 6:30pm

Join us monthly, every first Wednesday, for a 21st-century version of Ben Franklin’s mutual improvement club. One evening a week, for more than 40 years, the founding father discussed and debated with his friends the 13 virtues that he felt formed the basis for personal and civic improvement, a list he created when he was 20 years old. The virtues to which he aspired included justice, resolution and humility (but don't misunderstand Ben on that one—his explanation of humility was "imitate Jesus and Socrates"). Read more »

Past event

I'm Right and You're an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up

Image - James Hoggan
Mon, Dec 5 2016 - 6:00pm

James Hoggan, President, Hoggan & Associates; Chair of the Board, David Suzuki Foundation; Author, I'm Right and You're an Idiot Read more »

Past event

Socrates Café

Image - Socrates Café
Mon, Nov 21 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 »

Past event

Wings: Gifts of Art, Life and Travel in France

Image - Erin Byrne
Wed, Nov 9 2016 - 6:00pm

Erin Byrne, Author, Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

Past event

Public Health and Physician Activism: Lessons from Baltimore

Image - Leana Wen
Mon, Nov 7 2016 - 6:00pm

Leana Wen, MD, Emergency Physician, Commissioner of Health for Baltimore City; TED MED Speaker; Author, When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests Read more »

Past event

Egon Schiele: A Feminist Artist Ahead of His Time

Image - Kerrin Meis
Thu, Nov 3 2016 - 6:00pm

Kerrin Meis, Retired Lecturer, SFSU; Teacher, OLLI Berkeley and OLLI San Rafael Read more »

Past event

Ben Franklin Circles

Image - Ben Franklin Circles
Wed, Nov 2 2016 - 6:30pm

Join us monthly, every first Wednesday, for a 21st-century version of Ben Franklin’s mutual improvement club. One evening a week, for more than 40 years, the founding father discussed and debated with his friends the 13 virtues that he felt formed the basis for personal and civic improvement, a list he created when he was 20 years old. The virtues to which he aspired included justice, resolution and humility (but don't misunderstand Ben on that one—his explanation of humility was "imitate Jesus and Socrates"). Read more »

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