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Socrates Café

Wed, Jan 21 2015 - 6:00pm

The Humanities Forum brings Socrates Café to The Commonwealth Club. It will be held every third Wednesday evening for the discussion of philosophical issues. At each monthly meeting the group's facilitator, Bob Enteen, will invite participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic will briefly explain why she or he considers the subject interesting and important. Read more »

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Machtinger on Mercy in Mozart's Menuetto-Allegretto

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Mon, Jan 12 2015 - 6:00pm

Steven Machtinger, Attorney; Violist; Independent Mozart Scholar

Monday Night Philosophy returns to the exploration of the philosophical concepts that are encoded into Mozart's chamber music. In this lecture-performance, we will hear how Mozart, through the use of symbolic motifs, touches on themes of judgment and mercy in the Menuetto-Allegretto movement of his String Quintet in G minor, K. 516.

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The Home that Watches Over Your Parents

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Thu, Jan 8 2015 - 5:15pm

Richard Caro, D.Phil., Scientist; Silicon Valley Entrepreneur
Mary Hulme, Gerontologist; Care Manager Read more »

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Socrates Café

Wed, Dec 17 2014 - 6:00pm

The Humanities Forum brings Socrates Café to The Commonwealth Club. It will be held every third Wednesday evening for the discussion of philosophical issues. At each monthly meeting the group's facilitator, Bob Enteen, will invite participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic will briefly explain why she or he considers the subject interesting and important. Read more »

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The Rise and Fall of a Jewish American Princess

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Tue, Dec 16 2014 - 5:15pm

Barbara Rose Brooker, Author; Columnist; Performer; Teacher Read more »

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Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Dec 15 2014 - 5:30pm

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with fellow Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines. After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend.

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Grapes of Wrath at 75: Retracing the Joads’ Journey

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Mon, Dec 8 2014 - 6:00pm

P.J. Palmer, Filmmaker; Videographer
Octavio Solis, Playwright; Director
Patricia Wakida, Writer; Linoleum Block-Print Artist

Monday Night Philosophy celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck’s seminal novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Its central themes of struggle and hope are still relevant today. Read more »

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Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Dec 8 2014 - 5:30pm

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with fellow Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines. After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. There will also be a brief planning session.

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John A. Amster: Patents in the Boardroom – The Truth Behind the Headlines

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Thu, Dec 4 2014 - 6:00pm

John A. AmsterCEO and Co-founder, RPX Corporation Read more »

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Book Discussion: Lawrence in Arabia, by Scott Anderson

Mon, Dec 1 2014 - 5:30pm

The Arab Revolt against the Turks in World War I was, in the words of T.E. Lawrence, “a sideshow of a sideshow” – a conflict shaped by a small handful of adventurers far removed from the corridors of power. At the center of it all was Lawrence himself. In early 1914 he was an archaeologist excavating ruins in Syria; by 1917 he was riding into legend at the head of an Arab army while fighting a rearguard action against his own government’s imperial ambitions. Read more »

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