Humanities

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Ben Franklin Circles

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Wed, Jun 7 2017 - 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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Frontier Research at UC’s Lick Observatory

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Tue, Jun 6 2017 - 6:00pm

Alex Filippenko, Professor of Astronomy and Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences, UC Berkeley
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They Say It's Your Birthday

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Thu, Jun 1 2017 - 12:00pm

Dulais Rhys, Faculty, Amabile School of Music; Professional Musician Read more »

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The Universal Stage: A Critique of Empathy

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Wed, May 31 2017 - 6:00pm

Eric Ting, Artistic Director, California Shakespeare Theater

In the theater, we concern ourselves with questions of authenticity and artifice in our search for human truth. They are questions that grow more pertinent as we consider classical theater's place in our contemporary world: whose stories are represented, whose stories are appropriated, how do we see ourselves in these stories and can we ever truly understand another person? Go in depth with Eric Ting, the artistic director of CalShakes—a San Francisco cultural treasure.

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American Exceptionalism and the Rise of Trumpism

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Wed, May 24 2017 - 6:00pm

Mugambi Jouet, Thomas C. Grey Fellow and Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School; Author, Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other Read more »

Past event

Humanities West Book Discussion: Antony and Cleopatra, by William Shakespeare

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Wed, May 17 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us to discuss "Antony and Cleopatra," the famous Elizabethan play by the legendary English playwright about the infamous Roman general who would be Caesar, and the even more famous, legendary and infamous last pharaoh of ancient Egypt—even if she was really Greek. Discussion led by Lynn Harris.

 

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Rugged Individualism

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Tue, May 16 2017 - 6:00pm

David Davenport, Hoover Institution Research Fellow, Former President of Pepperdine University, Co-author of Rugged Individualism Read more »

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Socrates Café

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Mon, May 15 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 »

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American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason

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Mon, May 8 2017 - 6:00pm

Caroline Winterer, Professor of History and, by courtesy, of Classics, Stanford University; Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities; Director, Stanford Humanities Center; Author, American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason Read more »

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The Witches: Salem 1692

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Thu, May 4 2017 - 6:00pm

Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize Winner; Author, The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem Read more »

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