Humanities

Past event

Guy Gugliotta: Freedom's Cap- The United States Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War

Thu, Apr 5 2012 - 6:00pm

Freedom's Cap: The United States Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War

Guy Gugliotta, Author, Freedom's Cap

Hear the fascinating story of the design, engineering and construction of the U.S. Capitol building during a time of heated politics, sectional conflict and imminent civil war. Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: Pompeii and Herculaneum

Wed, Apr 4 2012 - 5:30pm

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.

MLF: Humanities
Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. Read more »

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Gary Devore: The Ancient Roman World in Film

Mon, Apr 2 2012 - 12:00pm

The Ancient Roman World in Film

Gary Devore, Stanford Archeologist

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 »

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George Hammond: Time and Eternity

Mon, Mar 12 2012 - 6:00pm

George Hammond: Time and Eternity

Author, Rational Idealism

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 »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: Mission to China- Matteo Ricci & the Jesuit Encounter with the East

Wed, Feb 29 2012 - 5:30pm
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.
Past event

Daniel Sharp: Eisenhower's Legacy - Country over Party

Tue, Feb 28 2012 - 6:00pm

Eisenhower's Legacy: Country over Party

Daniel Sharp, CEO, The Eisenhower Foundation

Though the United States faces difficult economic and foreign policy issues right now, during the 1950s far starker fears were faced, with the onset of the nuclear age, a hostile and powerful communist bloc, a still economically devastated Europe, and a population boom worldwide that looked like it would outrun our resources. Read more »

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Ralph Richard Banks: Marriage in the 21st Century

Mon, Feb 13 2012 - 6:00pm

Marriage in the 21st Century

SOLD OUT; Wait-list below.

Ralph Richard Banks, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law, Stanford Law School; Author, Is Marriage for White People? How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, Monday Night Philosophy wades into controversial waters about the institution of marriage. How important is it to society and culture? Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Wed, Feb 1 2012 - 5:30pm

Humanities West Book Discussion: The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

SOLD OUT

Join us to discuss Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, with one eye on the Jungian archetypes on display in this Russian classic. The discussion will be moderated by Denise Schickel. Needless to say, the author will not be present.

MLF: Humanities
Location:
SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. discussion
Cost: FREE
Program Organizer:
George Hammond   

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Edward J. Larson: 100th Anniversary of Robert Falcon Scott Reaching the South Pole

Tue, Jan 17 2012 - 6:00pm

Edward J. Larson:  Scott, Amundsen and Science:  The 100th Anniversary of Robert Falcon Scott Reaching the South Pole

Visiting Professor of Law, Stanford University; University Professor of History, Pepperdine University

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Larson is a master of the history of science and exploration. He now delves into the heroic age of Antarctic exploration, which culminated 100 years ago when Roald Amundsen and Robert F. Scott reached the South Pole within five weeks of each other. Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: Ming China 1368-1649: A Concise History of a Resilient Empire

Wed, Jan 11 2012 - 5:30pm

Humanities West Book Discussion- Ming China 1368-1649: A Concise History of a Resilient Empire

Come chat with fellow Humanities lovers about John Dardess’ engaging exploration of how the Ming dynasty was able to endure for 276 years. Focusing on the dynasty’s foreign relations, the lives of its 16 emperors, its system of governance, the literati who served it, and the mass outlawry that allowed the Manchu invasions to succeed, Dardess presents a fascinating study. Lynn Harris will moderate the discussion. Read more »

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