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The Media & Presidential Politics

Mon, Sep 10 2012 - 6:00pm

The Media and Presidential Politics

Diane Dwyer, News Anchor, NBC Bay Area
Randy Shandobil, Shandobil Communications; Former Political Reporter, KTVU

Another presidential election, another non-presidential process. Monday Night Philosophy welcomes two Bay Area broadcast news reporters to discuss the media's role in shaping presidential politics. Televised politics has certainly shifted emphases and made certain types of politicians obsolete, but has it really been a game changer? Read more »

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Tony Haymet: Understanding the Deep Sea - Oceanography Meets Business

Wed, Sep 5 2012 - 6:00pm

Understanding the Deep Sea: Oceanography Meets Business

Tony Haymet, Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, and Dean, Graduate School of Marine Sciences, UCSD

Our community is increasingly asking demanding questions on the prediction of the natural world. What useful chemicals will be discovered from the ocean and ocean mud? Will the steady trend in movement of California precipitation from snow to rain continue, or accelerate? Read more »

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Geordie Lynch: City of White Gold- San Francisco in the Gilded Age

Tue, Aug 14 2012 - 6:00pm

City of White Gold: San Francisco in the Gilded Age

This program is sold out. You may add your name to the waitlist below.

Geordie Lynch, Director, City of White Gold

The discovery of silver in 1859 propelled San Francisco from a dusty mining boomtown into a world-class metropolis. Read more »

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Matt Cantor: The New Slavery

Mon, Aug 13 2012 - 6:00pm

The New Slavery

Matt Cantor, Columnist, Berkeley Daily Planet

Monday Night Philosophy investigates one aspect of the future of work, and finds a resurgence, in different dress, of the institution of human slavery. We'll look at the controversial topic of prison populations in the U.S., which are continuing to surge; the labor of many of those forcibly idled inmates is being put to use. Are long prison terms for petty crimes a recruiting tool? Read more »

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Rebecca Costa: The Watchman's Rattle - Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction

Wed, Jul 18 2012 - 6:00pm

The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction

This program is postponed until November 8

Rebecca Costa, Interviewer, The Costa Report, Author, The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction

Sociobiologist Costa asks what happens to us when complexity exceeds our ability to handle it. Read more »

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Suzanne Guerlac: Henri Bergson and the Energy of Time

Mon, Jul 9 2012 - 6:00pm

Henri Bergson and the Energy of Time

Suzanne Guerlac, Professor of French Literature, UC Berkeley; Author, Thinking in Time: An Introduction to Henri Bergson

Monday Night Philosophy focuses on Henri Bergson, who asks us to think not only about time, but in time. He asks us to think dynamically instead of statically. Read more »

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C. W. Gortner: Isabella of Castile

Mon, Jun 18 2012 - 6:00pm

C. W. Gortner: Isabella of Castile

C. W. Gortner, Author, The Queen's Vow Read more »

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Andrew Jameson: Piracy- Ancient and Modern

Mon, Jun 11 2012 - 6:00pm

Piracy: Ancient and Modern

Andrew Jameson, Professor Emeritus of History, Harvard;  Assistant Vice Chancellor, UC Berkeley (Retired)

This event has been rescheduled to October 18.

Take a realistic look at the history of high-seas theft. Read more »

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George Hammond: Love - A Rational Explanation

Mon, Jun 11 2012 - 6:00pm

Love: A Rational Explanation

George Hammond, Author, Rational Idealism

Monday Night Philosophy steps into the debate about whether love is irrational. The apparently inexplicable ways we fall into and out of it are the grist of the entertainment industry, but is there a clear pattern to it all after all? You be the judge after Hammond describes the elements of the emotion we all love to experience. Read more »

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Philip Howard: Is Democracy Killing Itself?

Tue, Jun 5 2012 - 12:00pm

Is Democracy Killing Itself?

Philip Howard, Attorney, Chair, Common Good; Author, Life Without Lawyers: Restoring Responsibility in America and The Death of Common Sense

Is government dysfunction inevitable, or the result of too many laws making everyone powerless? Read more »

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