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Humanities West Book Discussion: Dante’s Divine Comedy (Books 1 &2)

Mon, Sep 28 2015 - 5:00pm

Join us for a discussion of hell and purgatory within Dante’s Divine Comedy, led by Lynn Harris. The Clive James’s translation will be used, which was decades in the making and renders the entire epic as a coherent and compulsively readable lyric poem. Yet the translation reproduces the same wonderful momentum of the original Italian, propelling the reader along the pilgrim’s path from hell to heaven, from despair to revelation.

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Bread From Stones

Fri, Sep 25 2015 - 12:00pm

Keith David Watenpaugh, Associate Professor of Modern Islam, Human Rights and Peace Studies, UC Davis

Hear Watenpaugh, a noted Middle East historian and educator, discuss his latest book, Bread from Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism. Watenpaugh will elaborate on the development of helping victims following the mass violence, genocide, displacement of millions, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the advent of late colonialism in the Middle East.

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The Revolution in Small Satellites

Thu, Sep 24 2015 - 6:00pm

Mike Safyan, Director of Launch and Regulatory Affairs, Planet Labs Read more »

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The Wilder Side of Life

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Wed, Sep 23 2015 - 6:00pm

Tom Stienstra, Outdoors Writer, San Francisco Chronicle

This program is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle

The life of an outdoorsman can be dangerously exciting. From leading a five-week expedition to find Bigfoot, to being charged by a grizzly bear at point-blank range, the list of stories Tom Stienstra, outdoors editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, has is extensive. Join us as Stienstra showcases his experiences through dramatic photos and elaborate tales collected throughout his career.

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The Stress Shield: Three Ways to Upgrade Your Brain, DNA and Hormones As You Age

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Thu, Sep 17 2015 - 6:00pm

Sara Gottfried, M.D., Author, The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet Read more »

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Longevity Explorers Discussion Group: Better Aging. You. Your Parents.

Mon, Sep 14 2015 - 6:30pm
Growing older is a scary thought for many people. Many people do not know what to expect or how to live comfortably and happily as seniors. Join the discussion of new and emerging solutions to the challenges of growing older, with group facilitator Richard G. Caro, Ph.D. The discussion will dive into topics like brain health, apps for seniors, hearing and wearables for seniors. Results of the discussion will be shared with a larger community of older adults interested in ways to improve their quality of life.
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Crime and Punishment

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Mon, Sep 14 2015 - 6:00pm

John Mindermann, Author, In Pursuit

Monday Night Philosophy arrests your attention with John Mindermann’s insights from his book In Pursuit (co-authored with Brian Solon). Gathered from nearly a decade on the SFPD and his career as an FBI agent, the book details his riveting experiences, including June 17, 1972, when Mindermann just happened to be called in to investigate a burglary at the Watergate complex. You cannot get any closer to history than this.

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Analyzing Police Encounters with the Public: Some Methods for Reducing the Use of Force

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Thu, Sep 10 2015 - 6:00pm

Geoffrey Raymond, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara
Nikki Jones, Professor of African American Studies, UC Berkeley Read more »

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SCOBLE on Startups 2015: Context, Cloud and Bleeding Edge Tech

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Wed, Sep 2 2015 - 6:00pm

Robert Scoble, Chief Startup Liaison, Rackspace; Author, Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy
In conversation with Kevin O’Malley, President TechTalk / Studio Read more »

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Human Need not Apply: The Age of Artificial Intelligence

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Tue, Sep 1 2015 - 6:00pm

Jerry Kaplan, Entrepreneur; Technical Innovator; Author; Futurist

Computers with artificial intelligence, or AI, date back to the 1950s, and since then, the technology has advanced to all sorts of new levels. It seems that the average American now depends on AI several times throughout the day. Computers aren’t just computers anymore. They are becoming much more than that, and the advancement of this technology has many people discussing the dangers of “synthetic intellects.” Read more »

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