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Analyzing Police Encounters with the Public: Some Methods for Reducing the Use of Force

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Thu, Sep 10 2015 - 6:00pm

Geoffrey Raymond, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara
Nikki Jones, Professor of African American Studies, UC Berkeley Read more »

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Changing Times and Indian Classical Music

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Thu, Aug 27 2015 - 6:00pm

Mahesh Kale, Indian Classical Music Performer and Theoretician

This program is part of the 2015 Platforum series Music Matters, sponsored by Ernst & Young and the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation. Read more »

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Mozart and Masonic Semiotics

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Wed, Aug 26 2015 - 6:00pm

Steven Machtinger, Attorney; Violist; Independent Mozart Scholar

This program is part of the 2015 Platforum series Music Matters, sponsored by Ernst & Young and the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation.

Steven Machtinger and the London Quintet return to The Commonwealth Club for the Music Matters series, this time exploring how Mozart expressed Masonic attitudes toward death and immortality in the third movement of his "G minor String Quintet" of 1787.  Read more »

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Why Music Education Didn’t Disappear

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Mon, Aug 24 2015 - 6:00pm

Michael Hammond, Music Teacher, Berkeley Public Schools

This program is part of the 2015 Platforum series Music Matters, sponsored by Ernst & Young and the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation. Read more »

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Socrates Café

Mon, Aug 17 2015 - 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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Pythagoras Thought Music Matters

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Mon, Aug 10 2015 - 6:00pm

George Hammond, Author, Conversations With Socrates and Rational Idealism

This program is part of the 2015 Platforum series Music Matters, sponsored by Ernst & Young and the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation. Read more »

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Who's Afraid of Opera? Exploring the Wonderful World of Music’s Grandest Art

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Wed, Aug 5 2015 - 6:00pm

Kip Cranna, Dramaturg, San Francisco Opera

This program is part of the 2015 Platforum series Music Matters, sponsored by Ernst & Young and the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation. Read more »

Past event

Socrates Café

Mon, Jul 20 2015 - 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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San Francisco's Jewel City

Laura Ackley at The Commonwealth Club of California
Tue, Jul 14 2015 - 6:00pm

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

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Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve

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Mon, Jul 13 2015 - 6:00pm

Ian Morris, Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History, Stanford University; Author, Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve Read more »

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