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Aphra Behn: Restoration Spy, Poet, Dramatist, Novelist, Abolitionist

Thu, Feb 21 2013 - 6:00pm

Aphra Behn

Patricia Lundberg, Emerita Professor of English and Women's Studies, Indiana University Northwest; Executive Director, Humanities West Read more »

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Seth Rosenfeld: Subversives

Mon, Feb 11 2013 - 6:00pm


Seth Rosenfeld, Author, Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power

Monday Night Philosophy explores some until-now secret details about the history of Berkeley in the 1960s : How the FBI disrupted and infiltrated student groups, the faculty and the UC administration; how that influenced California state politics; and how Governor Reagan worked with the FBI to develop one leg of his national political power base.

MLF: Humanities
Location: SF Club Office
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Book Discussion: Consuelo by George Sand

Mon, Feb 4 2013 - 5:30pm


George Sand, famous for her many lovers, wrote more than 60 novels during her career. Written in 1842, Consuelo portrays the triumph of moral purity over manifold temptations. This Romantic novel of the musical life of a gypsy singer is noted for its rich depiction of Venice. The characters in Sand’s novels are enthusiastic and outspoken, with a bold manifesto of women's independence and a legitimate claim to emotional and sexual fulfillment. The title character is modeled on a well-known soprano of that age, Pauline Viardot. Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: A Pepys Anthology

Wed, Jan 23 2013 - 5:30pm

Humanities West Book Discussion: A Pepys Anthology

Join us to discuss the writings of Samuel Pepys, a Restoration-era London civil servant who worked to improve the Royal Navy and eventually became a member of Parliament. The diary he kept as a young man in the 1660s, published in 1825, has made him posthumously famous. Pepys’s diary gives vivid insight into his life and times and includes a first-hand account of the Great Fire of London. Read more »

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Will Rogers: Public Trust and Public Land

Mon, Jan 14 2013 - 6:00pm

Public Trust and Public Land

Will Rogers, President and CEO, The Trust for Public Land

Monday Night Philosophy looks at America's increasing need for more and better urban parks. As urban areas become ever more densely populated, and urban populations ever more sedentary, both the health and economic benefits that vibrant park systems provide to local economies have too often been overlooked. Read more »

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Donald Berwick: Is a Bright Future for Health Care Possible?

Tue, Dec 18 2012 - 6:00pm

A Bright Future for Health Care: Is It Possible?

Donald Berwick, M.D., Former President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The second annual Lundberg Institute Lecture welcomes Dr. Berwick, who studies the management of health-care systems with emphasis on using scientific methods and evidence-based medicine and comparative effectiveness research to improve the tradeoff among quality, safety and costs. In the ongoing difficult transition to the Obama health plan, Dr. Read more »

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An Entertaining History of End-of-the-World Doom

Mon, Dec 10 2012 - 6:00pm

December 21st, 2012 and All That: An Entertaining History of End of the World Doom

David Morrison, Director, Carl Sagan Center for Study of Life in the Universe, and Senior Scientist, NASA Lunar Science Institute

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Humanities Book Discussion: Everybody Was So Young by Amanda Vaill

Wed, Nov 14 2012 - 5:30pm

Humanities West Book Discussion: Everybody Was so Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Story, by Amanda Vaill

Join us to discuss Amanda Vaill's biography of artist Gerald Murphy and his elegant wife, Sara, wealthy expatriate Americans at the center of the literary scene in Paris in the 1920s. Gerald and Sara summered with Picasso on the French Riviera, watched bullfights with Hemingway in Pamplona and inspired kindred creative spirits like Dorothy Parker, Cole Porter and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Read more »

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

Thu, Nov 8 2012 - 6:00pm

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

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

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Ross King: Leonardo and the Last Supper

Thu, Nov 8 2012 - 12:00pm

Leonardo and the Last Supper

Ross King, Author, Leonardo and the Last Supper

In 1495, Leonardo da Vinci began painting one of history’s most influential and beloved works of art. Leonardo was then at a low point, having failed to complete anything that demonstrated his astonishing promise. The commission to paint The Last Supper provided only small compensation, and Leonardo’s odds of completing such a large fresco, without previous experience in the difficult medium, were not promising. Read more »

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