Humanities

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Patrick Iber: What Is the Purpose of Democracy?

Mon, Oct 8 2012 - 6:00pm

What is the Purpose of Democracy?

Patrick Iber, Lecturer, Stanford Department of History, and Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Humanities Read more »

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Kerrin Meis: Romaine Brooks -The Other Amazon

Mon, Oct 15 2012 - 6:00pm

Romaine Brooks: The Other Amazon

Kerrin Meis, Art Historian

Romaine Brooks is best known for her relationship with the American expatriate writer Natalie Barney, and her paintings have often been dismissed as retardataire because she embraced the figurative in a period of artistic upheaval. But Robert de Montesquiou dubbed her the Thief of Souls, recognizing her uncanny ability to capture the essence of her subjects. Read more »

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Matt Cantor: The New Slavery

Mon, Aug 13 2012 - 6:00pm

The New Slavery

Matt Cantor, Columnist, Berkeley Daily Planet

Monday Night Philosophy investigates one aspect of the future of work, and finds a resurgence, in different dress, of the institution of human slavery. We'll look at the controversial topic of prison populations in the U.S., which are continuing to surge; the labor of many of those forcibly idled inmates is being put to use. Are long prison terms for petty crimes a recruiting tool? Read more »

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Tony Haymet: Understanding the Deep Sea - Oceanography Meets Business

Wed, Sep 5 2012 - 6:00pm

Understanding the Deep Sea: Oceanography Meets Business

Tony Haymet, Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, and Dean, Graduate School of Marine Sciences, UCSD

Our community is increasingly asking demanding questions on the prediction of the natural world. What useful chemicals will be discovered from the ocean and ocean mud? Will the steady trend in movement of California precipitation from snow to rain continue, or accelerate? Read more »

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Rebecca Costa: The Watchman's Rattle - Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction

Wed, Jul 18 2012 - 6:00pm

The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction

This program is postponed until November 8

Rebecca Costa, Interviewer, The Costa Report, Author, The Watchman's Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction

Sociobiologist Costa asks what happens to us when complexity exceeds our ability to handle it. Read more »

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Suzanne Guerlac: Henri Bergson and the Energy of Time

Mon, Jul 9 2012 - 6:00pm

Henri Bergson and the Energy of Time

Suzanne Guerlac, Professor of French Literature, UC Berkeley; Author, Thinking in Time: An Introduction to Henri Bergson

Monday Night Philosophy focuses on Henri Bergson, who asks us to think not only about time, but in time. He asks us to think dynamically instead of statically. Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: The Last Days of Pompeii, by Baron Edward Bulwer Lytton

Wed, May 9 2012 - 5:30pm
Humanities West Book Discussion: The Last Days of Pompeii, by Baron Edward Bulwer Lytton
 
Join us to discuss the classic Victorian tale of the last days of Pompeii. Poets, flower-girls, gladiators and tribunes fill the Baron's tale of the lives, loves and tragic fate of Roman citizens living in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. The discussion will be led by Lynn Harris.
 
MLF: Humanities
LocatIon: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Past event

Philip Howard: Is Democracy Killing Itself?

Tue, Jun 5 2012 - 12:00pm

Is Democracy Killing Itself?

Philip Howard, Attorney, Chair, Common Good; Author, Life Without Lawyers: Restoring Responsibility in America and The Death of Common Sense

Is government dysfunction inevitable, or the result of too many laws making everyone powerless? Read more »

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C. W. Gortner: Isabella of Castile

Mon, Jun 18 2012 - 6:00pm

C. W. Gortner: Isabella of Castile

C. W. Gortner, Author, The Queen's Vow Read more »

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Andrew Jameson: Piracy- Ancient and Modern

Mon, Jun 11 2012 - 6:00pm

Piracy: Ancient and Modern

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

This event has been rescheduled to October 18.

Take a realistic look at the history of high-seas theft. Read more »

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