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The Allure of Irish Dancing

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Tue, Mar 17 2015 - 6:00pm

Michael Dillon, ADCRG, Dillon Magh Adhair Academy of Irish Dance

Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a demonstration of Irish dancing by championship-level dancers from a renowned Bay Area dance school. Dillon, an Ard Diploma Coimisiuin le Rinci Gaelacha (a teacher certified by the worldwide governing body of Irish dance), will also explain the history that permeates this detailed and disciplined dance culture. This will be the perfect pre-pub experience, as you are sure to leave with your feet tapping out a jig — or maybe even a reel.

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The Amazons

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Mon, Mar 16 2015 - 6:00pm

Adrienne Mayor, Research Scholar, Classics and History and Philosophy of Science, Stanford University
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Minimizing Fear

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Mon, Mar 9 2015 - 6:00pm

George Hammond, Author, Rational Idealism and Conversations With Socrates Read more »

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Reality Check: Russia, Ukraine, and the West in Crisis and Conflict

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Fri, Mar 6 2015 - 12:00pm

Matthew Rojansky, Director, Kennan Institute, Wilson Center Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: The Song of Roland

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Wed, Mar 4 2015 - 5:30pm

Join us to discuss The Song of Roland, the anonymous classical epic that glorifies the heroism of Charlemagne in the 778 battle between the Franks and the Moors. Lynn Harris will lead the discussion.

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Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered

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Thu, Feb 26 2015 - 6:00pm

Dianne Hales, Author, Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered

Why does Mona Lisa's smile still enchant us? Little is known about the world's most recognized face, most revered artist and most praised and parodied painting. Join Hales as she reveals Da Vinci’s muse, Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, and explores Giocondo’s colorful family history and the neighborhoods where she lived as a girl, a wife and a mother.

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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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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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Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death

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Thu, Feb 5 2015 - 6:00pm

Katy Butler, Author, Knocking on Heaven's Door Read more »

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Dodging Extinction: Power, Food, Money and the Future of Life on Earth

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Wed, Feb 4 2015 - 6:00pm

Anthony D. Barnosky, Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, and Curator, Museum of Paleontology, UC Berkeley Read more »

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