Humanities

Past event

100th Anniversary of Mark Twain's Death

Wed, Apr 21 2010 - 6:00pm

100th Anniversary of Mark Twain's Death

"The reports of my death are exaggerated," wrote Twain, and they have been for a century. Join us in a literary celebration of his writing on the 100th anniversary of his death. Bring along your favorite quotations, or paragraphs from stories or essays, and share them with other Twainiacs, or just sit back and enjoy the original observations and clever humor of this American icon and iconoclast.

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

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Extinction or Emigration: The Human Future in Space

Mon, Apr 5 2010 - 6:00pm

Extinction or Emigration: The Human Future in Space

George Elias, Author, Breakout into Space

Monday Night Philosophy explores whether homo sapiens can avoid extinction by expanding the biosphere to encompass the entire solar system.  Elias, who is currently working on New Genesis: A Modern Creation Story for Those Leaving Earth, advances reasons why we will become a space-faring species. Read more »

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Timothy Ferris: How Science Inspired Democracy In The Modern World

Mon, Mar 8 2010 - 6:00pm

How Science Inspired Democracy in the Modern World

Timothy Ferris, Former Editor, Rolling Stone; Professor Emeritus, U.C. Berkeley

Ferris argues that just as the scientific revolution rescued billions from poverty, fear, hunger and disease, the Enlightenment values it inspired have swelled the number of persons living in free democratic societies from fewer than 1 percent of the world population in 1600 to over a third today.

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

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Music: Can Philosophical Concepts Be Expressed Without Words?

Mon, Mar 1 2010 - 6:00pm

Music: Can Philosophical Concepts Be Expressed Without Words?

Steven Machtinger, Attorney; Violist, the San Joaquin Quintet

Monday Night Philosophy presents both words and music to investigate whether music can express concepts without words. Machtinger and the San Joaquin Quintet will explore this question through the chamber music of Mozart, particularly the clarinet quintet he wrote late in his life. Read more »

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Free Speech, Private Speech, Government Speech

Tue, Feb 23 2010 - 6:00pm

Free Speech, Private Speech, Government Speech

David Bisno, M.D., Constitutional Law Scholar

Who is speaking when our government accepts the donation of a monument from a private group for placement in a public park? Or issues license plates with a message favored by one group but not by another? May the state require a citizen to carry the government’s message? Or look at it? Are the restrictions on government speech different than those on private speech? Read more »

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Alexandria Salon

Thu, Feb 11 2010 - 6:00pm

Alexandria Salon

Join us for a follow-up to re-address the themes and ideas presented during the “Alexander/Alexandria: The Flowering of Hellenistic Culture,” event, presented at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco on February 5 and 6. Share your thoughts on how Greek literature, learning and art intermingled with Egyptian, Persian, Babylonian and Hebrew cultures. Flex your intellect with fellow fans of the humanities.

MLF: Humanities
Location:
SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. Read more »

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The Cultural Policies of the Early Ptolemies: Alexandria and Beyond

Thu, Feb 4 2010 - 6:00pm

The Cultural Policies of the Early Ptolemies: Alexandria and Beyond

William Greenwalt, Professor of Classics, Santa Clara University

As Alexander’s empire dissolved and the Ptolemies established their control over Egypt and outlying areas, they were faced with a challenge: establishing their dynastic legitimacy among different domestic constituencies while simultaneously facing international challenges. Read more »

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Does Evil Exist?

Mon, Feb 1 2010 - 6:00pm

Does Evil Exist?

Matt Cantor, Columnist, Berkeley Daily Planet

Monday Night Philosophy explores the ancient question about what evil truly is. Why do people do bad things? Is there an objective “bad”? Could there even be an external force that provokes undesirable actions? Cantor will present his opinions and make his arguments, followed by a Socratic dialogue with Hammond and an open discussion with the audience.

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

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The Woman Who Invented the Information Age

Thu, Jan 28 2010 - 6:00pm

The Woman Who Invented the Information Age

Kurt W. Beyer, Author, Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age

When we think of the pioneers responsible for the information age, our thoughts often turn to Thomas Watson, Bill Gates, Andy Grove and Steve Jobs. But Beyer will share with us the amazing story of Grace Hopper, the woman whose achievements as a business executive, inventor and visionary created the technical foundation upon which the modern computer industry has been built. Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: Justine by Lawrence Durrell

Wed, Jan 13 2010 - 5:30pm

Humanities Book Discussion: Justine, by Lawrence Durrell

Our topic this session is Alexandria, Egypt. We will discuss Justine, by Lawrence Durrell, the first book of his Alexandria Quartet. Set amid the corrupt glamour and intrigues of 1930s Alexandria, Durrell's novel gives a very vivid portrait of modern Alexandria. The discussion moderator will be Lynn Harris.

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

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