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Can Courts Get the Law Right? Judicial Review’s Problem with Objectivity

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Wed, Oct 5 2016 - 6:00pm

Tara Smith, Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin; Author, Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System Read more »

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Solar for All: Energy for All the Planet and All the People

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Wed, Sep 28 2016 - 6:00pm

Adam Browning, Executive Director, Vote Solar
Vien Truong, Director, Green for All
Erica Mackie, Co-Founder and CEO, Grid Alternatives Read more »

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The Dark Side of Social Media: Privacy, Manipulation and Terms of Use

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Tue, Sep 27 2016 - 6:00pm

Scott Allan Morrison, Former Silicon Valley Journalist; Author, Terms of Use
In conversation with Lisen Stromberg, Independent Journalist, CEO and Founder, AcceleratingWomen Read more »

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Socrates Café

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Mon, Sep 26 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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Humanities West Book Discussion: A Nervous Splendor, by Frederic Morton

Mon, Sep 26 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss A Nervous Splendor. Frederic Morton deftly tells the haunting story of the Crown Prince Rudolf and his city, where, in the span of only 10 months, "the Western dream started to go wrong." Morton's story studies other young men just as frustrated as the prince, including young Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, Theodor Herzl, Gustav Klimt, and the playwright Arthur Schnitzler, whose La Ronde was the great erotic drama of the fin de siecle. Morton interweaves their fates with that of the doomed prince and the entire city. Read more »

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Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

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Wed, Sep 21 2016 - 6:00pm

Ross King, Author, Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

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

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The Way of Wanderlust

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Mon, Sep 19 2016 - 6:00pm

Don George, Travel Writer; Author, The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George Read more »

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Being Well While Dying

Mon, Sep 19 2016 - 6:00pm

Ira Byock, M.D., Palliative Care Physician; Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Institute for Human Caring, Providence Health and Services; Professor of Medicine and Community & Family Medicine, Dartmouth Read more »

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Navigating the Health Care Crisis

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Wed, Sep 14 2016 - 6:00pm

John Dearborn, M.D. Read more »

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A Blinding Flash of the Obvious: Rewiring Your Brain for Success

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Tue, Sep 13 2016 - 5:15pm

Steven R. Campbell, M.S., Information Systems

Campbell presents an eye-opening look at the latest research on how our brains conform to the messages we give it: When we optimize those messages, our brains will literally rewire themselves again to create new, positive self-images of who we want to be.

This is formally called “neuroplasticity.” Understanding this could open doors to creating more success in our health, personal relationships and in our businesses. Read more »

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