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 »
Monday Night Philosophy focuses on the very unfocused ideas we have about time and eternity. Alluring, yet confusing, even their scientific versions allow for responsibility-escaping backward movement in time. Clarity is achieved by using the underlying, and more coherent, concept of the continuum of change. But clarity has its price. Read more »
Humanities West Book Discussion: Mission to China: Matteo Ricci & the Jesuit Encounter with the East
In the 16th century, the vast and sophisticated empire of China remained almost unknown to the West. As global trade expanded, legends fed the fantasies of European merchants, and the Catholic Church imagined the saving of millions of souls, but the first Jesuits in China confronted enormous challenges when they settled in the fabled Forbidden City. Lynn Harris will moderate this discussion of Mary Laven’s fascinating book.
Though the United States faces difficult economic and foreign policy issues right now, during the 1950s far starker fears were faced, with the onset of the nuclear age, a hostile and powerful communist bloc, a still economically devastated Europe, and a population boom worldwide that looked like it would outrun our resources. Read more »
Humanities West Book Discussion: The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Join us to discuss Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, with one eye on the Jungian archetypes on display in this Russian classic. The discussion will be moderated by Denise Schickel. Needless to say, the author will not be present.
MLF: Humanities Location: SF Club Office Time: 5:30 p.m. discussion Cost: FREE Program Organizer: George Hammond
Edward J. Larson: Scott, Amundsen and Science: The 100th Anniversary of Robert Falcon Scott Reaching the South Pole
Visiting Professor of Law, Stanford University; University Professor of History, Pepperdine University
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Larson is a master of the history of science and exploration. He now delves into the heroic age of Antarctic exploration, which culminated 100 years ago when Roald Amundsen and Robert F. Scott reached the South Pole within five weeks of each other. Read more »
Humanities West Book Discussion- Ming China 1368-1649: A Concise History of a Resilient Empire
Come chat with fellow Humanities lovers about John Dardess’ engaging exploration of how the Ming dynasty was able to endure for 276 years. Focusing on the dynasty’s foreign relations, the lives of its 16 emperors, its system of governance, the literati who served it, and the mass outlawry that allowed the Manchu invasions to succeed, Dardess presents a fascinating study. Lynn Harris will moderate the discussion. Read more »