Humanities

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Michael Gazzaniga: Who's in Charge?

Thu, Jan 5 2012 - 6:00pm

Who's in Charge?  Free Will and the Science of the Brain

Michael Gazzaniga, Professor of Psychology and Director of the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind, UC Santa Barbara

Known as the "father of cognitive neuroscience," Gazzaniga makes a powerful argument for free will. The question of free will versus determinism continues to vex scientists, psychologists and philosophers, but the biological evidence is not as stridently deterministic as it is often presented. Dr. Read more »

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EJ Keller: The Culture of Food and Dining in France and the Bay Area

Mon, Dec 12 2011 - 6:00pm

The Culture of Food and Dining in France and the Bay Area

EJ Keller, Personal Chef

This holiday season Monday Night Philosophy turns to personal chef Keller for a juxtaposition of the culinary cultures in France and the Bay Area. In 1995, Keller and his wife returned to her homeland of France. Captivated by French food culture, Keller spent a decade in French kitchens before becoming a personal chef. Discover his knowledge of French cuisine and insights into the Bay Area's booming cultural interest in food. Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: An Intimate History of the Black Death, by John Kelly

Wed, Nov 16 2011 - 5:30pm

Humanities West Book Discussion: The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague in All the World by John Kelly

A book that chronicles one of the worst human disasters in recorded history shouldn't be so entertaining, but Kelly effectively illuminates the unwashed details of medieval life that contributed to so many of our underlying cultural fears. Lynn Harris will moderate the discussion. The author will not be present.

MLF: Humanities
Location:
SF Club Office
Time: 6 p.m. Read more »

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Ian Morris: Why the West Rules - For Now

Mon, Nov 14 2011 - 6:00pm

Why the West Rules…for Now

Ian Morris, Professor of Classics, History and Archaeology, Stanford University; Author, Why the West Rules Read more »

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Terence Gelenter: Paris Par Hasard

Wed, Nov 9 2011 - 12:00pm

Paris Par Hasard

Terence Gelenter, Author, Paris Par Hasard

Well-known Parisian raconteur Gelenter will give us a tour of the secret streets, the splendid boulevards, the legends and the lore, the passionate talk at cafe tables, the breeze off the Seine, the charm of the bookstores and the majesty of the museums of Paris.

MLF: Humanities
Location:  SF Club Office
Time:  11:30 a.m. check-in, noon program, 1 p.m. Read more »

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From Smilla to Salander: An Odyssey in Translating Nordic Crime Fiction

Tue, Nov 8 2011 - 6:00pm

From Smilla to Salander: An Odyssey in Translating Nordic Crime Fiction

Steven T. Murray (a.k.a. Reg Keeland) and Tiina Nunnally, Translators, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

In conversation with Sedge Thomson, Radio Host, "West Coast Live"

Join us for a conversation with the top American translators of Scandinavian crime novels. Read more »

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Dava Sobel: A More Perfect Heaven

Mon, Nov 7 2011 - 6:00pm

Dava Sobel: A More Perfect Heaven

Author, Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter; Science Writer

The bestselling author of Longitude and Galileo's Daughter tells the story of Nicolaus Copernicus and the revolution he inspired. By 1514, the reclusive cleric Copernicus had written an initial outline of his heliocentric theory — in which he defied common sense and received wisdom to place the sun, not the Earth, at the center of our universe. Read more »

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Robert A. Scott: Scholasticism and the Design of the Medieval Gothic Cathedral

Wed, Nov 2 2011 - 6:00pm

Scholasticism and the Design of the Medieval Gothic Cathedral

Note new date! Rescheduled from November 2 to January 9

Robert A. Scott, Author, The Gothic Enterprise

Monday Night Philosophy explores how ideas shape influential architecture. The design of the great gothic cathedrals of Medieval Europe is characterized by geometric regularity. Read more »

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Transforming Terror

Thu, Oct 27 2011 - 6:00pm

Transforming Terror: Remembering the Soul of the World

This program is cancelled

Susan Griffin, Co-editor, Transforming Terror; Author, A Chorus of Stones
Karin Carrington, Co-editor, Transforming Terror; Professor of Depth Psychology, Pacifica Institute and JFK University
Howard Teich, Author, The Psychology of Light: Healing the Divided Soul
Rebecca Solnit, Author, Savage Dreams
Micha Read more »

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Elliott S. Fisher: Achieving a Sustainable Health-Care System

Tue, Oct 25 2011 - 6:00pm

Achieving a Sustainable Health-Care System: What Might We Do?

Elliott S. Fisher, M.D., MPH, Professor of Medicine and Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School

In medical care, is more always better? Dr. Fisher calls this widely held assumption into question. Read more »

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