Humanities West Book Discussion: The Last Days of Pompeii, by Baron Edward Bulwer Lytton
Join us to discuss the classic Victorian tale of the last days of Pompeii. Poets, flower-girls, gladiators and tribunes fill the Baron's tale of the lives, loves and tragic fate of Roman citizens living in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. The discussion will be led by Lynn Harris.
MLF: Humanities LocatIon: SF Club Office Time: 5:30 p.m.
Andrea Rees Davies, Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Northridge; Author, Saving San Francisco
Monday Night Philosophy dips into social history, near the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake, as historian and former firefighter Davies challenges the long-lived myth that the earthquake erased social differences as it leveled the city.
Humanities West Book Discussion: The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost & Found, by Mary Beard
Join us to discuss historian Mary Beard's account of the destruction of Pompeii in A.D. 79. Vesuvius' eruption preserved for millennia our best evidence of daily life in the Roman Empire. The discussion will be led by Lynn Harris.
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Step back in time with a director of excavations in Pompeii and at Roman sites in England, as Gary Devore explores how we continually re-imagine Romans through film. Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) uses Roman political decline to comment on the current politics and race relations in America. Read more »
Monday Night Philosophy focuses on the very unfocused ideas we have about time and eternity. Alluring, yet confusing, even their scientific versions allow for responsibility-escaping backward movement in time. Clarity is achieved by using the underlying, and more coherent, concept of the continuum of change. But clarity has its price. Read more »
Humanities West Book Discussion: Mission to China: Matteo Ricci & the Jesuit Encounter with the East
In the 16th century, the vast and sophisticated empire of China remained almost unknown to the West. As global trade expanded, legends fed the fantasies of European merchants, and the Catholic Church imagined the saving of millions of souls, but the first Jesuits in China confronted enormous challenges when they settled in the fabled Forbidden City. Lynn Harris will moderate this discussion of Mary Laven’s fascinating book.