Humanities

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Portofino Souvenir

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Tue, May 17 2016 - 6:00pm

Jojo Capece, Author, Portofino Souvenir

Jojo Capece returns to the Club to speak about Portofino Souvenir, her third novel. Set in magnificent Portofino, Italy, Jojo's latest focuses on la dolce vita, marriage Italian-style, millions and billions of laundered Euros, confiscated art and intrigue. Embedded in the novel is the true story of Countess Francesca Agusta, one of Europe's wealthiest women, whose mysterious death illuminates the truth that being one of the 1 percent can be deadly.

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Rereading The Federalist in the 21st Century

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Fri, May 13 2016 - 12:00pm

Sanford Levinson, Professor of Government and the John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood Jr. Centennial Chair in Law, University of Texas-Austin; Author, An Argument Open to All: Rereading The Federalist in the 21st Century Read more »

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Spain in Our Hearts

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Mon, May 9 2016 - 6:00pm

Adam Hochschild, Author, Spain in Our Hearts Read more »

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A Candid Window into the American Criminal Justice System

Image - M. Gerald Schwartzbach
Thu, May 5 2016 - 6:00pm

M. Gerald Schwartzbach, Author, Leaning on the Arc Read more »

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Socrates Café

Mon, Apr 25 2016 - 6:30pm

On one Monday evening of every month the Humanities Forum sponsors Socrates Café at The Commonwealth Club. Each meeting is devoted to the discussion of a philosophical topic chosen at that meeting. The group's facilitator, John Nyquist, invites participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic is asked to briefly explain why she or he considers that topic interesting and important. An open discussion follows, and the meeting ends with a summary of the various perspectives participants expressed. Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: How the Irish Saved Civilization

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Mon, Apr 25 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss Thomas Cahill's book How the Irish Saved Civilization. In his entertaining and compelling narrative, Cahill tells the story of how Europe evolved from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era and argues that, without the help of Irish monks and Irish culture, that transition could not have taken place. Discussion led by Lynn Harris. 

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The Brazen Age

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Wed, Apr 20 2016 - 12:00pm

David Reid, Author, The Brazen Age Read more »

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Fred Ross: America's Social Arsonist

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Thu, Apr 14 2016 - 12:00pm

Gabriel Thompson, Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing, San Jose State University; Author, America's Social Arsonist

This program is part of the Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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Gamechanging California Elections

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Mon, Apr 11 2016 - 6:00pm

Steve Swatt, Former Political Journalist, United Press International and KCRA TV Sacramento
Susie Swatt, Former Key Staffer, California Legislature; Former Special Assistant, California Fair Political Practices Commission
Jeff Raimundo, Former Political Reporter, Sacramento Bee and McClatchy Newspapers
Rebecca LaVally, Instructor, Sacramento State University; Former Sacramento Bureau Chief, United Press International Read more »

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Socrates Café

Mon, Mar 28 2016 - 6:30pm

On one Monday evening of every month the Humanities Forum sponsors Socrates Café at The Commonwealth Club. Each meeting is devoted to the discussion of a philosophical topic chosen at that meeting. The group's facilitator, John Nyquist, invites participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic is asked to briefly explain why she or he considers that topic interesting and important. An open discussion follows, and the meeting ends with a summary of the various perspectives participants expressed. Read more »

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