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Bruce Cain: Saving California's Government - Burn the Wagons?

Fri, Sep 23 2011 - 12:00pm

Saving California's Government: Burn the Wagons?

Bruce Cain, Heller Professor of Political Science and Director of the Washington Center, University of California

Though almost everyone realizes California currently has enormous politically caused economic problems, not many of us have realistic ideas for how to move forward again. Professor Cain is a well-known acute observer of the California political scene. Read more »

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California Common Sense

Thu, Sep 15 2011 - 12:00pm

California Common Sense

Dakin Sloss, President, California Common Sense (CACS)
Joe Lonsdale, Chairman of the Board, CACS; Silicon Valley Entrepreneur and Investor
Evan Storms, Research Director, CACS

Stanford alumni and students positing that 21st-century technology could both illuminate the sources of California's state government dysfunction and eliminate at least some of them formed California Common Sense in 2010. Read more »

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The Ideas Underlying Silicon Valley's Success

Mon, Sep 12 2011 - 6:00pm

The Ideas Underlying Silicon Valley's Success

This event is sold out.

Dan Cooperman, Former General Counsel; Apple and Oracle
Mark Tuttle, Former Entrepreneur
Fred Turner, Associate Professor of Communications, Stanford University; Author, From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism
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Bulbul Tiwari: Bollywood Now

Wed, Aug 24 2011 - 6:00pm

Bollywood Now

Bulbul Tiwari, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

In this special program, Stanford Fellow Tiwari introduces us to historical and contemporary Indian Hindi film. She will provide insight into the significant conventions, economics and genres, including a screening of excerpts from old and new musical film performances.

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

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The Philosophy of Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita

Mon, Aug 8 2011 - 6:00pm

The Philosophy of Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita

Monday Night Philosophy dives deep into dharma, as detailed in the divine conversation between Krishna and Arjuna. Hear as they discuss the byways of yogic philosophy, and delight in Krishna’s failure to convince the warrior Arjuna to do battle with his relatives until Krishna realizes he must forego reasoning and rely on the usual divine persuasiveness of overwhelming power.

 

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Swami Beyondananda: Wake Up Laughing, Wise Up Loving

Mon, Aug 1 2011 - 6:00pm

Wake Up Laughing, Wise Up Loving

Swami Beyondananda, Cosmic Comic

Join Swami Beyondananda for a heart opening presentation and find out why noted author Marianne Williamson has called Swami “The Mark Twain of our generation.”  The Swami will also be taking live questions from the audience, so if you have an answerable question, the Swami will have a questionable answer for you. Read more »

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Denise Schickel: Nietzsche's Will to Power

Mon, Jul 11 2011 - 6:00pm

Nietzsche

Denise Schickel, Nietzsche fan

This program is sold out

Monday Night Philosophy explores ideas in Friedrich Nietzsche’s Will to Power, including connecting Nietzsche’s focus on self-overcoming to Abraham Maslow’s theory of self-actualization. Schickel will investigate her favorite Nietzschean insights, followed by a Socratic dialogue with George Hammond and an open discussion with the audience. Read more »

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What's Next California? The Informed Voter's Path to Political Reform

Wed, Jun 29 2011 - 12:00pm

What's Next, California? The Informed Voter's Path to Political Reform

James Fishkin, Director of the Center for Deliberative Democracy, Stanford; Author, When the People Speak

Did you read in the Chronicle about the experiment in deliberative polling being held here in California over the June 24-26 weekend? Those originally polled will be brought together for a weekend of discussion and information, and then repolled to assess the viability of various solutions to our enduring political problems. Read more »

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The Wagner Problem

Mon, Jun 20 2011 - 6:00pm

The Wagner Problem

Hans Rudolf Vaget, Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature Emeritus, Smith College

During San Francisco Opera's Ring Festival, don’t miss this chance to delve into why many knowledgeable observers believe that Richard Wagner was the most controversial artist of the modern era. Ever since he made his mark as an artist and thinker in mid-19th-century Germany, the man and his work have been viewed by discerning minds with suspicion. Read more »

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Michel de Montaigne: The Philosopher of Improvisation

Mon, Jun 13 2011 - 6:00pm

Michel de Montaigne: The Philosopher of Improvisation

Timothy Hampton, Professor of French; Bernie H. Williams Professor of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

The first great “modern” philosopher, Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) explored the changeable nature of human experience. Montaigne worked out a strikingly modern ethical response to the violence of his day. His essays embrace the limits of human knowledge and virtue. Read more »

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