Humanities

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Humanities West Book Discussion: A Nervous Splendor, by Frederic Morton

Mon, Sep 26 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss A Nervous Splendor. Frederic Morton deftly tells the haunting story of the Crown Prince Rudolf and his city, where, in the span of only 10 months, "the Western dream started to go wrong." Morton's story studies other young men just as frustrated as the prince, including young Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, Theodor Herzl, Gustav Klimt, and the playwright Arthur Schnitzler, whose La Ronde was the great erotic drama of the fin de siecle. Morton interweaves their fates with that of the doomed prince and the entire city. Read more »

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Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

Image - Ross King
Wed, Sep 21 2016 - 6:00pm

Ross King, Author, Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

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

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The Way of Wanderlust

Image - Don George
Mon, Sep 19 2016 - 6:00pm

Don George, Travel Writer; Author, The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George Read more »

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Patriotic Betrayal: Inside a Secret CIA Campaign

Image - Karen Paget
Mon, Sep 12 2016 - 6:00pm

Karen Paget, Author, Patriotic Betrayal: The Inside Story of the CIA’s Secret Campaign to Enroll American Students in the Crusade Against Communism Read more »

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Socrates Café

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Mon, Aug 29 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 »

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Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

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Mon, Aug 15 2016 - 12:00pm

Larry Tye, Author, Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

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

Nobody was better, half a century ago, at thinking about the biggest solutions for the problems of his age than Bobby, whether that be race riots roiling in cities across America, and especially in California; the war raging in Vietnam; or the general issue of inequality that was dividing people along lines of class, race, gender and generation. Read more »

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Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice

Image - Lorraine Bannai
Wed, Aug 10 2016 - 6:00pm

Lorraine Bannai, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, Seattle University School of Law; Author, Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice Read more »

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Understanding Evil

Image - George Hammond
Tue, Aug 9 2016 - 6:00pm

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

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Ending Slavery

Image - George Hammond
Mon, Aug 8 2016 - 6:00pm

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

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Why Are Class Action Attorneys' Fees so High and Judicial Oversight so Low?

Image - Lawrence Schonbrun
Wed, Aug 3 2016 - 6:00pm

Lawrence Schonbrun, Attorney Representing the Petitioning Class Member in Laffitte vs. Robert Half International Read more »

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