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US-China Relations: What Role for Human Rights?

Thu, Feb 10 2011 - 6:00pm

U.S.-China Relations: What Role for Human Rights?

John Kamm, Founder and Executive Director, Dui Hua Foundation

For more than 20 years Kamm has engaged the Chinese government in a dialogue on human rights. In addition to working on prisoners, he and his Dui Hua Foundation have had exchanges on juvenile justice, capital punishment, oversight of police forces and other topics. Kamm will reflect on what he has learned and how the United States can more productively engage a rising China on the sensitive subject of human rights. Read more »

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Toledo Salon

Thu, Feb 10 2011 - 5:30pm

Toledo Salon: Imperial Power and Financial Excess During the Reign of Charles V

Dryden G. Liddle, Ph.D., Discussion Leader

Join us as Liddle leads our discussion of the themes and ideas inspired by the "Toledo: Multicultural Challenges of Medieval Spain" program at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco on February 4th and 5th. Read more »

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Food Justice

Wed, Feb 9 2011 - 6:00pm

Food Justice

Robert Gottlieb, Professor, Occidental College

In today’s food system, farm workers face hazardous conditions, low-income neighborhoods lack supermarkets but abound in fast food franchises, and food products sometimes resemble more of a high calorie chemical mash than a wholesome and healthy product. Opposing these conditions, a movement for food justice has emerged, which seeks to transform our food system from field to table. Read more »

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Successful Strategies for Products That Win

Tue, Feb 8 2011 - 6:00pm

Successful Strategies for Products That Win

Steve Blank, Serial Entrepreneur; Founder, E.piphany; Professor, UC Berkeley and Stanford Engineering; Author, Four Steps to the Epiphany

From a leading serial entrepreneur, learn a step-by-step strategy for entrepreneurs and investors to successfully organize sales, marketing and business development for a new product or company. Packed with concrete examples, Blank offers insight into what makes some startups successful and leaves others selling off their furniture. Read more »

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Toledo Through The Centuries

Wed, Feb 2 2011 - 6:00pm

Toledo Through the Centuries

Peter O'Malley Pierson, Professor of History Emeritus, Santa Clara University

Set on a hill defined by a horseshoe loop in the River Tagus, Toledo’s history goes back at least to the Bronze Age. Celtic tribes fortified it. The Romans captured it in 193 B.C. The Visigoths made it their capital. Toledo survived the fragmentation of Moorish Spain as the center of a minor Muslim kingdom. The Kings of Castile took it back. Read more »

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"I'll Have the Plate of Chaos, Hold the Crisis, Please!" How to Order in the Long Term Care Café

Thu, Jan 27 2011 - 5:15pm

“I’ll Have the Plate of Chaos, Hold the Crisis, Please!”: How to Order in the Long-Term Care Cafe

David Hahklotubbe, Gerontologist

This full-disclosure presentation will give you the tools to navigate long-term care. Read more »

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Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less From Each Other

Thu, Jan 27 2011 - 12:00pm

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less fom Each Other

Sherry Turkle, Social Studies of Science and Technology Professor, MIT; Founder and Director, MIT Initiative on Technology and Self

Turkle will shed light on the ways our use of technology is encouraging disturbing levels of isolation. We use social networking technology to modulate our relationships and make relationships easier to handle. Read more »

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Growing Food and Wisdom

Tue, Jan 25 2011 - 6:00pm

Growing Food and Wisdom

Joan Gussow, Author, Growing, Older
Novella Carpenter, Author, Farm City

A young farmer and an older one will speak about the joys and frustrations of food production in the wilds of Oakland and in a Hudson River village. Read more »

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Sacrifice Zones and Environmental Justice

Wed, Jan 19 2011 - 6:00pm

Sacrifice Zones and Environmental Justice

Steve Lerner, Author, Sacrifice Zones
Bradley Angel, Executive Director, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice
Gail Smith, Environmental Activist, Daly City, Midway Village

Across the United States, thousands of people, most of them in low-income or minority communities, live next to heavily polluting industrial sites. Many of them reach the point where they say that enough is enough. Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal

Wed, Jan 19 2011 - 5:30pm

Humanities West Book Discussion: The Ornament of the World

Surprisingly, medieval Toledo, Spain, home of Muslims, Jews and Christians, fostered a relatively tolerant culture. As we struggle with today’s issues of religious and cultural tolerance, exploring a wondrous historical phenomenon of peaceful co-existance and openness could not be more relevant. Join us to discuss The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain, by Maria Rosa Menocal. Read more »

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