Humanities

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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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Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill

Mon, May 13 2013 - 6:00pm

Michael Shelden, Author, Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill

Monday Night Philosophy welcomes back acclaimed biographer Shelden to focus on the years between 1901 and 1915, which forged Winston Churchill’s character. At 40 Churchill was considered washed up, even though he had already built a modern navy and learned how to outwit more experienced rivals. Hear Shelden’s persuasive portrait of a dashing young suitor who pursued three great beauties of British society with his witty repartee, political flair and poetic letters. Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: Egyptian Oedipus: Athanasius Kircher

Wed, May 8 2013 - 5:30pm

Long before the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, the 17th-century Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher embarked on his famously quixotic effort to unlock the secrets of antiquity by cracking the code of Egyptian hieroglyphs. Join us to discuss Egyptian Oedipus: Athanasius Kircher, by Daniel Stolzenberg. The discussion will be led by Lynn Harris. Read more »

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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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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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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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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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Book Discussion Group - 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann

Mon, Mar 4 2013 - 5:30pm

1491 creates a picture of the Americas before the Europeans landed by synthesizing scientific discoveries from anthropology, archaeology and paleolinguistics. Mann arrives at startling conclusions about the civilizations thriving before Columbus: a far more urban, populated and technologically advanced region than generally assumed. 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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Book Discussion: Consuelo by George Sand

Mon, Feb 4 2013 - 5:30pm

Consuelo

George Sand, famous for her many lovers, wrote more than 60 novels during her career. Written in 1842, Consuelo portrays the triumph of moral purity over manifold temptations. This Romantic novel of the musical life of a gypsy singer is noted for its rich depiction of Venice. The characters in Sand’s novels are enthusiastic and outspoken, with a bold manifesto of women's independence and a legitimate claim to emotional and sexual fulfillment. The title character is modeled on a well-known soprano of that age, Pauline Viardot. Read more »

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