Humanities

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The Pope and Mussolini

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Wed, Feb 19 2014 - 6:00pm

David Kertzer, Professor of Social Science, Anthropology and Italian Studies at Brown University; Author, The Pope and Mussolini Read more »

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The Growing Epidemic of Elder Financial Abuse

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Thu, Feb 13 2014 - 6:00pm

Jonathan Canick, Neuropsychologist

David Baer, Estate Planning Attorney Read more »

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Glimpsing the Past: a Virtual Tour of Pompeii

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Mon, Feb 10 2014 - 6:00pm

Michael Anderson, Associate Professor, Department of Classics, San Francisco State University

Monday Night Philosophy explores the past with Anderson, who will present a virtual day in Pompeii: a walking tour of the highlights of the ancient city designed to reveal aspects of its history, development, daily life and destruction. Monuments visited will include the forum and its temples and administrative buildings, theatre district and the city's amphitheater, and numerous ancient houses. Italian espresso not provided, but highly recommended.

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Humanities West Book Discussion: The Alexiad by Anna Komnene

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Wed, Feb 5 2014 - 5:30pm

Written between 1143 and 1153 by the daughter of Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos, The Alexiad is one of the most popular and revealing primary sources in the vast canon of medieval literature. Read more »

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Educational Opportunity

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Mon, Jan 27 2014 - 12:00pm

Lynne Martin, Executive Director, Students Rising Above in San Francisco Read more »

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The Trip to Echo Spring

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Tue, Jan 21 2014 - 6:00pm

This program is cancelled

Olivia Laing, Author, The Trip to Echo Spring Read more »

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Fictions that Train Your Brain

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Mon, Jan 13 2014 - 6:00pm

Joshua Landy, Professor of French, Stanford University; Director, Structured Liberal Education and Co-Director, Philosophy and Literature, Stanford; Author, How to Do Things with Fictions

Monday Night Philosophy asks Joshua Landy to answer: Why does Plato's Socrates make bad arguments? Why does Mark's Jesus speak in parables? Why are Beckett's novels so inscrutable? And why don't stage magicians even pretend to summon spirits anymore? Professor Landy will also explain why such questions are worth asking in the first place.

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Righteous Heroes of the Holocaust

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Wed, Jan 8 2014 - 6:00pm

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

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The Democratic Surround and the Forgotten History of Multimedia

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Mon, Dec 9 2013 - 6:00pm

Fred Turner, Associate Professor of Communication and Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Society, Stanford University; Author, The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties Read more »

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A Photographer's Journey Through Modern-Day Slavery

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Wed, Nov 20 2013 - 6:00pm

Lisa Kristine, Humanitarian Photographer

In conversation with Mehroz Baig, Butler Koshland Fellow, The Commonwealth Club Read more »

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