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The Origins of the Education of Women

Mon, Aug 2 2010 - 6:00pm

The Origins of the Education of Women

Patricia Lundberg, Professor Emerita of English Language and Literature and Women’s Studies, Indiana University Northwest

Monday Night Philosophy peers back in history, where not that many men were educated, and almost no women. How was that stifling cultural ideal challenged and changed, so that the ascent of woman could get started? Read more »

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Why Muslim Women Must Re-Interpret the Quran

Mon, Jul 19 2010 - 12:00pm

Why Muslim Women Must Re-interpret the Quran

Nimat Hafez Barazangi, Ph.D., Islamic and Arabic Studies, Cornell University; Author, Woman's Identity and the Quran
Laura Sydell, Correspondent, National Public Radio - Moderator

Barazangi posits that it’s time for Muslim women to have a peaceful, silent revolution, firmly grounded in the Quran. Barazangi is a researcher for feminist, gender and sexuality studies at Cornell and has worked to improve attitudes and conditions for women in Islam. Read more »

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How to Rein in Medical Costs, Right Now

Mon, Jul 12 2010 - 6:00pm

How to Rein in Medical Costs, Right Now

George Lundberg, Editor-at-Large, MedPage Today; Editor-in-Chief, Cancer Commons

Monday Night Philosophy explores the ideas underlying the American health-care system, whose costs, compared to all other countries’, are out of control. Many people argue that our quality and safety of care and clinical outcomes do not justify these costs. Read more »

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How to Find the Right Work During Challenging Times: Life and Work After 40

Wed, Jul 7 2010 - 5:15pm

How to Find the Right Work During Challenging Times: A New Approach to Life and Work After 40

Craig Nathanson, Author; Vocational Coach

Join author and speaker Nathanson as he leads you through a step-by-step process to discover the work that you are passionate about – right away. In this inspirational, interactive talk, Nathanson will guide you in identifying the perfect occupation and how to obtain it, as well as what to steer clear of. Learn how to find the job for you and celebrate it. Read more »

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Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan

Tue, Jun 29 2010 - 6:00pm

Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan

Azby Brown, Author; Architect; Professor; Director, KIT Future Design Institute, Tokyo

A glimpse into Japan’s past teaches that “just enough” may be the key to going green. Brown takes us behind the scenes, revealing the complex and ingenious techniques that put Japanese traditional life in harmony with nature. Around 200 years ago, during the Edo period, the Japanese confronted the same issues that society faces now – energy, water, materials, food and population. Read more »

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How to Breathe Easier in California

Wed, Jun 23 2010 - 12:00pm

How to Breathe Easier in California

This program is cancelled

Charles D. Connor, National President and CEO, American Lung Association

For more than 100 years, the American Lung Association has been fighting for healthy air and healthy lungs. Today, that fight is more important than ever, as air pollution, tobacco smoke and airborne diseases like H1N1 flu continue to attack our lungs and threaten our health. Read more »

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Design Imperatives from the Roman Empire to the NASA Space Program and Beyond

Mon, Jun 21 2010 - 6:00pm

Design Imperatives from the Roman Empire to the NASA Space Program and Beyond

Michael Meyer, CEO, Adaptive Path

The world of design has become big business – and business is being revolutionized by “design thinking." Using his own unique career path from Navy nuclear engineer to Harvard MBA to leadership roles at IDEO, Frog Design and Adaptive Path, Meyer will zero in on the lessons of breakdowns and innovation from the Roman spread of civilization to the NASA space program, and provide valuable insight from his insider’s view of the design wo Read more »

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Framing the Sixties: The Use and Abuse of a Decade from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush

Thu, Jun 17 2010 - 6:00pm

Framing the Sixties: The Use and Abuse of a Decade from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush

Bernard von Bothmer, Author, Framing the Sixties; Historian; Professor, USF and Dominican University of California

In his insightful historical analysis of the 1960s, von Bothmer interviewed more than 120 key figures such as James A. Baker, Edwin Meese, Michael Dukakis, Bill Bradley, Robert Bork, Arthur Schlesinger, Noam Chomsky, Bob Woodward and others to explore how that decade continues to shape presidential politics. Read more »

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American Chinatown: A People's History

Tue, Jun 15 2010 - 6:00pm

Chinatown: A People’s History

Bonnie Tsui, Journalist, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones

Tsui takes an affectionate, attentive look at the Chinatown that has bewitched her since childhood, when she eagerly awaited her grandfather’s return from the fortune cookie factory. Tsui visits the country’s four most famous Chinatowns – San Francisco, New York, LA and Honolulu – and makes her final stop in Las Vegas. Read more »

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Tom Killion: Walking Tamalpais

Tue, Jun 8 2010 - 6:00pm

Tom Killion: Walking Tamalpais

Tom Killion, Co-author, Tamalpais Walking

Killion, who together with Gary Snyder co-authored Tamalpais Walking, will give an illustrated lecture on the history and poetry of Marin County’s Mt. Tamalpais, from the mid-19th century through the 1960s. The book contains more than 60 of Killion's Japanese-style woodcut prints as well as cultural history, and Snyder's poems and essays. Read more »

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