Humanities

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The Politics of Public Pensions

Wed, May 1 2013 - 6:00pm

Sarah Anzia, Assistant Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley Read more »

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Gian Lorenzo Bernini: Michelangelo of the Baroque

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Wed, Apr 24 2013 - 6:00pm

Michael Stehr, Artist; Owner, Sistine Chapel Decorative Art

Stehr will discuss how Gian Lorenzo Bernini used his immense talents as an architect, painter and sculptor to define the unique visual style of the Baroque Age. Bernini, and his collaborators and rivals, accomplished their makeover of Rome by successfully pursuing the patronage of Popes, who dipped into the wealth of the resurgent Counter-Reformation Church to restore the monumental grandeur of the Eternal City. Read more »

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Naomi Schaefer Riley: 'Til Faith Do Us Part

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Thu, Apr 11 2013 - 6:00pm

Naomi Schaefer Riley, Author, ‘Til Faith Do Us Part

In the last decade, 45 percent of all marriages in the U.S. were between people of different faiths, which may signal increasing social tolerance. But as couples age, major life challenges often inspire a return to faith, sometimes overwhelming earlier beliefs that love conquers all. And then there’s the children to raise. Drawing on in-depth interviews with couples, clergy and counselors, Riley shows why fundamental spiritual and practical issues might divide interfaith couples. Read more »

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Pico della Mirandola's Oration on the Dignity of Man

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Mon, Apr 8 2013 - 6:00pm

Natalie Cleaver, Lecturer, Department of Italian Studies, UC Berkeley

Monday Night Philosophy goes looking for the roots of the Renaissance in the writings of Pico della Mirandola. In 1486, Pico became famous for proposing to defend 900 theses on religion, philosophy, natural philosophy and magic against all comers. To support his theses he wrote the Oration on the Dignity of Man, which has been called the “Manifesto of the Renaissance.” Read more »

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Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust

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Mon, Apr 8 2013 - 12:00pm

Marty Brounstein, Author, Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust

To honor Holocaust Remembrance Day, come hear the remarkable true story of a Catholic couple in the Netherlands who, despite great risk and danger, helped save the lives of at least two dozen Jews from certain death during World War II. Brounstein will also explain the meaningful personal connection that inspires him to tell and retell the story of their heroic actions. Read more »

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Ian Morris: The Measure of Civilization

Tue, Apr 2 2013 - 6:00pm

The Measure of Civilization

Ian Morris, Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History, Stanford University; Author, The Measure of Civilization Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion - Bernini: His Life & His Rome

Wed, Mar 27 2013 - 5:30pm

Join us to discuss Bernini: His Life and His Rome, by Franco Mormando. Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680) was the last of the great universal Italian artistic geniuses: sculptor, architect, painter, playwright and scenographer. His artistic vision is still seen in the statues, fountains and buildings that transformed Rome into a Baroque paradise. Mormando leads us through Bernini’s many feuds and love affairs, scandals and sins, set against a vivid backdrop of popes and politicians, schemes and secrets. The discussion will be led by Lynn Harris. Read more »

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Michael Krasny: Twenty Years and Counting at KQED

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Thu, Mar 21 2013 - 6:30pm

Michael Krasny: Twenty Years and Counting at KQED

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Host, KQED Radio’s “Forum”; Professor of English, SFSU; Author, Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life and Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest Read more »

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Candida Moss: The Myth of Persecution

Wed, Mar 13 2013 - 6:00pm

The Myth of Persecution

Candida Moss, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, University of Notre Dame; Author, The Myth of Persecution

Professor Moss posits that the early Church inflated and outright fabricated stories of Christian persecution as a means of growing their numbers. She also explains that the Church has, for centuries, carefully honed this perception of martyrdom to silence dissent and galvanize new generations of culture warriors. Read more »

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The Four Almost Rational Explanations of Life

Mon, Mar 11 2013 - 6:00pm

The Four Almost Rational Explanations of Life

George Hammond, Author, Rational Idealism and Conversations with Socrates

Monday Night Philosophy explores the competing explanations of life, narrows them down to four prime contenders, analyzes each version’s strengths and weaknesses, and concludes by revisiting Pascal’s wager and moving his bet from black to red.

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

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