Humanities

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Socrates Café

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Wed, Dec 17 2014 - 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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Grapes of Wrath at 75: Retracing the Joads’ Journey

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Mon, Dec 8 2014 - 6:00pm

P.J. Palmer, Filmmaker; Videographer
Octavio Solis, Playwright; Director
Patricia Wakida, Writer; Linoleum Block-Print Artist

Monday Night Philosophy celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck’s seminal novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Its central themes of struggle and hope are still relevant today. Read more »

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Socrates Café

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Wed, Nov 19 2014 - 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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Umpire or Empire? The History and Future of American Leadership

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Mon, Nov 10 2014 - 6:00pm

Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman, Dwight Stanford Professor of American Foreign Relations, San Diego State University; National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Monday Night Philosophy dives into the history of U.S. foreign policy. Most historians believe the U.S. is an empire; the past two presidents and most of the public disagree. What does it matter? Hoffman offers a challenging new interpretation of America's past with important implications for the way forward.

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The Crusades of Cesar Chavez

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Fri, Nov 7 2014 - 12:00pm

Miriam Pawel, Author, The Crusades of Cesar Chavez Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion - A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich

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Wed, Nov 5 2014 - 5:30pm

Join us to discuss Harvard classics professor Christopher Krebs' lucid account of the abuse of history. Germania, written in 98 C.E. by the Roman official Tacitus, was lost for centuries but resurfaced around 1500. Read more »

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Founders' Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln

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Tue, Nov 4 2014 - 12:00pm

Richard Brookhiser, Historian Read more »

Past event

The Return of George Washington

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Thu, Oct 23 2014 - 6:00pm

Edward Larson, Author, The Return of George Washington; Professor of History, Pepperdine University Read more »

Past event

Socrates Café

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Wed, Oct 15 2014 - 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. An open discussion will follow, ending with a summary. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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