Humanities

Past event

Mis-Mapping the Mind

Mon, Sep 13 2010 - 6:00pm

Mis-Mapping the Mind

Kent Grelling, Ph.D., Psychologist

Monday Night Philosophy explores the issues caused by the shift from a highly subjective to a purely descriptive, categorical approach for defining mental illness. Past diagnostic systems relied heavily on unsubstantiated notions about causes, but during the 1970s, developments in the field resulted in favoring new diagnostic systems based upon a checklist of observable symptoms, regardless of cause. Read more »

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FEMA: Political Football

Wed, Sep 1 2010 - 6:00pm

FEMA: Political Football

Karen Keefer, Retired Senior Program Officer, FEMA

Inside FEMA, decisions are made on how our government will respond to a disaster. What influences those decisions? How does the president decide to declare a disaster? Should the public feel there will be sufficient time to evacuate if there is a nuclear power plant accident? How timely was FEMA's response on 9/11? And what really happened during Hurricane Katrina five years ago? Read more »

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The Taste for Civilization

Tue, Aug 31 2010 - 6:00pm

The Taste for Civilization

Janet A. Flammang, Professor and Chair of Political Science, Santa Clara University; Author, The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics, and Civil Society

The recent deterioration of family mealtime traditions raises questions about the concomitant lack of civility in America’s political and civil discourse. Are our dining rooms the fundamental education foundation of our civility? Read more »

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The Origins of the Education of Women

Mon, Aug 2 2010 - 6:00pm

The Origins of the Education of Women

Patricia Lundberg, Professor Emerita of English Language and Literature and Women’s Studies, Indiana University Northwest

Monday Night Philosophy peers back in history, where not that many men were educated, and almost no women. How was that stifling cultural ideal challenged and changed, so that the ascent of woman could get started? Read more »

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How to Rein in Medical Costs, Right Now

Mon, Jul 12 2010 - 6:00pm

How to Rein in Medical Costs, Right Now

George Lundberg, Editor-at-Large, MedPage Today; Editor-in-Chief, Cancer Commons

Monday Night Philosophy explores the ideas underlying the American health-care system, whose costs, compared to all other countries’, are out of control. Many people argue that our quality and safety of care and clinical outcomes do not justify these costs. Read more »

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Epicurus: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

Mon, Jun 7 2010 - 6:00pm

Epicurus: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

Tom Merle, Founder, The Epicurus Society

Monday Night Philosophy explores the enduring relevance of this eminent Greek philosopher’s simple but profound ideas. Merle will explain why he believes Epicurean principles that go well beyond “wine, women and song” provide a superior framework for leading the happy life. He will discuss the Epicurean emphasis on frugality, friendship and opting out of the fray in the pursuit of tranquility. Read more »

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Miracle Cures: Saints, Pilgrimage, and the Healing Powers of Belief

Fri, Jun 4 2010 - 12:00pm

Miracle Cures: Saints, Pilgrimage and the Healing Powers of Belief

Robert A. Scott, Associate Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; Author, The Gothic Enterprise and Miracle Cures

From Chaucer’s time to today’s pilgrimage to Lourdes, people have traveled great distances to pray to saints for healing. Read more »

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Shanghai and Beyond

Wed, May 19 2010 - 6:00pm

Shanghai and Beyond: Understanding the Power of Art and Visual Culture

Jay Xu, Director, Asian Art Museum

Through its tumultuous history of over 150 years, Shanghai was one of Asia’s most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities, and today it is experiencing some of the fastest development on the planet. San Francisco and Shanghai are celebrating their 30-year sister relationship in 2010, when Shanghai will host the World Expo. The Asian Art Museum's "Shanghai: Art of the City" exhibition is the centerpiece of the celebration. Read more »

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Steven Pease: Jewish Leadership

Thu, May 13 2010 - 6:00pm

Steven L. Pease: Jewish Achievement

Author, The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement

Stephen M. Dobbs, Ph.D., Consultant in Philanthropy - Moderator

Though the Jewish people only represent 2 percent of the United States' population, they comprise 36 percent of the world's Nobel Prize recipients in economics, 51 percent of Pulitzer Prizes for nonfiction, 21 percent of Ivy League university enrollment and 37 percent of Academy Award-winning directors. Read more »

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Medici Florence Salon

Thu, May 6 2010 - 6:00pm

Medici Florence Salon

Join us to discuss the themes and ideas raised during the Florence of the Medici program, presented at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco on April 30 and May 1. Share your thoughts on the intersection of political, financial and religious power and its effect on the patronage of Florentine artists and their work.

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

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