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