Humanities

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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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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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Henry Brady: A Political Prognosis for the Presidential Race and its Aftermath

Fri, Oct 26 2012 - 12:00pm

A Political Prognosis for the Presidential Race and its Aftermath

Henry Brady, Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

Eleven days before the election, Dean Brady will delve into the details of electoral politics, laying out the reality of the processes of our democracy, how they played out in this election cycle, what we can expect to happen on election night, and what shifts he anticipates in the political landscape if those expectations are realized.

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Andrew Jameson: Piracy- Ancient and Modern

Thu, Oct 18 2012 - 6:00pm

This program has been cancelled.

Piracy: Ancient and Modern

Andrew Jameson, Professor Emeritus of History, Harvard;  Assistant Vice Chancellor, UC Berkeley (Retired) Read more »

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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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Humanities West Book Discussion: "Tender Is the Night"

Wed, Sep 12 2012 - 5:30pm

Humanities West Book Discussion: Tender is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The group will discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald’s intensely autobiographical account, set in France after World War I, of a caring man who disintegrates under the twin strains of his wife’s derangement and a lifestyle that gnaws away at his sense of moral values. The discussion will be led by Lynn Harris.

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

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The Great Debate - Are We Alone?

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Wed, Sep 19 2012 - 6:00pm

The Great Debate: Are We Alone?

Geoff Marcy, Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley
Dan Werthimer, SETI Program Director, UC Berkeley Read more »

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Robert Bringhurst: What the Ink Sings to the Paper

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Fri, Oct 19 2012 - 12:00pm

What the Ink Sings to the Paper

Robert Bringhurst, Author, The Elements of Typographic Style

Even in the era of the Internet and digital publishing, the writer’s craft becomes visible through the medium of print. Bringhurst will examine the common spirit that moves the typographer, master printer, artist and writer. He will place particular emphasis on California printing at the center of discovery and expression in the form of printed books. Read more »

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Geordie Lynch: City of White Gold- San Francisco in the Gilded Age

Tue, Aug 14 2012 - 6:00pm

City of White Gold: San Francisco in the Gilded Age

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Geordie Lynch, Director, City of White Gold

The discovery of silver in 1859 propelled San Francisco from a dusty mining boomtown into a world-class metropolis. Read more »

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