Humanities

Past event

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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Nietzsche

Mon, May 3 2010 - 6:00pm

Nietzsche

Denise Schickel, Nietzsche Fan

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 Hammond and an open discussion with the audience.

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

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Refuge and Recognition: Artemisia Gentileschi in Florence, 1613-1620

Wed, Apr 28 2010 - 6:00pm

Refuge and Recognition: Artemisia Gentileschi in Florence, 1613-1620

Andrea Husby, Ph.D., Art Historian

In 1971, art historian Linda Nochlin asked the question, “Why have there been no great women artists?” Among the dozens of women artists who have since been rediscovered in response, Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652), whose personal life was as dramatic as her Baroque-period paintings, enjoyed a reputation on par with many of her male contemporaries. Read more »

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Tax Policies To Die For

Mon, Apr 26 2010 - 6:00pm

Tax Policies to Die For

George Hammond, Attorney; Author, Tax Policies for Future Democracies

It’s April again, and Americans are complaining about the weather (outside California) and about taxes. While the weather can’t yet be cured, our tax policies are self-inflicted wounds. Read more »

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100th Anniversary of Mark Twain's Death

Wed, Apr 21 2010 - 6:00pm

100th Anniversary of Mark Twain's Death

"The reports of my death are exaggerated," wrote Twain, and they have been for a century. Join us in a literary celebration of his writing on the 100th anniversary of his death. Bring along your favorite quotations, or paragraphs from stories or essays, and share them with other Twainiacs, or just sit back and enjoy the original observations and clever humor of this American icon and iconoclast.

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

Past event

Extinction or Emigration: The Human Future in Space

Mon, Apr 5 2010 - 6:00pm

Extinction or Emigration: The Human Future in Space

George Elias, Author, Breakout into Space

Monday Night Philosophy explores whether homo sapiens can avoid extinction by expanding the biosphere to encompass the entire solar system.  Elias, who is currently working on New Genesis: A Modern Creation Story for Those Leaving Earth, advances reasons why we will become a space-faring species. Read more »

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Timothy Ferris: How Science Inspired Democracy In The Modern World

Mon, Mar 8 2010 - 6:00pm

How Science Inspired Democracy in the Modern World

Timothy Ferris, Former Editor, Rolling Stone; Professor Emeritus, U.C. Berkeley

Ferris argues that just as the scientific revolution rescued billions from poverty, fear, hunger and disease, the Enlightenment values it inspired have swelled the number of persons living in free democratic societies from fewer than 1 percent of the world population in 1600 to over a third today.

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

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Music: Can Philosophical Concepts Be Expressed Without Words?

Mon, Mar 1 2010 - 6:00pm

Music: Can Philosophical Concepts Be Expressed Without Words?

Steven Machtinger, Attorney; Violist, the San Joaquin Quintet

Monday Night Philosophy presents both words and music to investigate whether music can express concepts without words. Machtinger and the San Joaquin Quintet will explore this question through the chamber music of Mozart, particularly the clarinet quintet he wrote late in his life. Read more »

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