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Troubled Turkey

Tue, Nov 29 2016 - 6:00pm

Jeffrey Collins, Former White House National Security Staff Director for Turkish Affairs
Banafsheh Keynoush, Ph.D., Foreign Affairs Expert; Author
Additional Panelist TBA

A distinguished panel will discuss the unsettled situation in Turkey, one of the most important countries in the Middle East, after the unsuccessful coup attempt, a tightening of control by the regime of President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an and increased terrorism by Islamic State.

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Global Women Speak: Advice for Our New President on Issues Facing Women Around the World

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Tue, Nov 29 2016 - 6:00pm

Jessica Buchleitner, Journalist; Author, 50 Women Anthology Series
Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, First Peruvian Woman to Summit Mt. Everest; Executive Director, Courageous Girls; Principal of Enterprise Technology, eBay
Nwe Oo, Member, United Nations Delegation, Commission on the Status on the Women, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN Sustainable Development Goals
Masha Maslova, Engagement Manager, Silicon Valley Talent Partnership; Co-founder, El Shadai Foster Home, Uganda Read more »

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Socrates Café

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Mon, Nov 21 2016 - 6:30pm

On one Monday evening of every month the Humanities Forum sponsors Socrates Café at The Commonwealth Club. Each meeting is devoted to the discussion of a philosophical topic chosen at that meeting. The group's facilitator, John Nyquist, invites participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic is asked to briefly explain why she or he considers that topic interesting and important. An open discussion follows, and the meeting ends with a summary of the various perspectives participants expressed. Read more »

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Tips for Helping Your Aging Parents (Without Losing Your Mind)

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Thu, Nov 17 2016 - 5:15pm

Kira Reginato, Elder Care Manager; Speaker; Author; Elder Care Consultant

Speaking from her recent book, Tips for Helping Your Aging Parents (Without Losing Your Mind), elder care expert Kira Reginato shares her best tips for keeping your mind, temper and sense of humor as you care for a loved one.

Kira's upbeat approach outlines the basics of how to take care of anyone as they age without sacrificing taking care of yourself. Read more »

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A Holiday Toast to the 2016 Wine Harvest: Sustainable Practices and Pairings

Wed, Nov 16 2016 - 6:00pm

Lucas Pope, Halter Ranch Vineyards
Neil Collins, Tablas Creek Vineyard
Dirk Heuvel, McManis Family Vineyards
Katie Jackson, Jackson Family Wines
Allison Jordan, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, Moderator Read more »

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Raising America’s Porn Literacy—and Managing America’s Porn Panic

Mon, Nov 14 2016 - 6:00pm

Marty Klein, Ph.D., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Sex Therapist; Policy Analyst; Author, His Porn, Her Pain and the DVD Enhancing Porn Literacy in Young People

Less than 20 years ago, one of the most disruptive technologies in human history came to America—broadband Internet. Like most technical advances, it was immediately adapted for sexual purposes. When it brought free, high-quality pornography into 100 million American homes, the country was simply not prepared for it. Read more »

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A Courageous Brain: Not Manipulated by Needless Fear

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Thu, Nov 10 2016 - 6:00pm

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., Psychologist; Author, New York Times bestselling Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence

Our ancestors evolved a frightened brain for survival in harsh conditions. Today, unnecessary and unwarranted fear can make it harder to speak from the heart, dream big dreams and stand up to the manipulations of advertisers and demagogues. Dr. Hanson will explore the practical neuroscience of courage in ourselves, our homes, offices and politics.

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Wings: Gifts of Art, Life and Travel in France

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Wed, Nov 9 2016 - 6:00pm

Erin Byrne, Author, Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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A Capitalist’s Lament: How Wall Street Is Fleecing You and Ruining America

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Wed, Nov 9 2016 - 6:00pm

Leland Faust, Founder and Chairman, CSI Capital Management; Member, Sporting News Top 100 Most Powerful People in Sports; Author, A Capitalist’s Lament: How Wall Street Is Fleecing You and Ruining America
In conversation with Roy Eisenhardt, Former President, Oakland Athletics Read more »

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Public Health and Physician Activism: Lessons from Baltimore

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Mon, Nov 7 2016 - 6:00pm

Leana Wen, MD, Emergency Physician, Commissioner of Health for Baltimore City; TED MED Speaker; Author, When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests Read more »

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