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Travels in France with Terrance

Wed, Nov 4 2015 - 12:00pm

Terrance Gelenter, Author, Travels in France with Terrance and Paris par Hasard: from Bagels to Brioches

Join Terrance Gelenter to sample the varied richness of France – food, wine and culture. His travels have taken him from the green, rain-soaked pastures of Normandy, providing cheese and butter for both eating and cooking, to the confit de canard and goose fat of the southwest, to Provence where olive oil is king. Gelenter often has a smile on his face when he pinches himself to make sure that his life isn’t a dream.

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The 49ers Champion Levi’s® Stadium: The First LEED Gold New Stadium and Venue

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Mon, Nov 2 2015 - 6:00pm

Jim Mercurio, Vice President of Stadium Management and General Manager of Levi's® Stadium
Pat Rogan, Director of Engineering Operations, 49ers Stadium Management Company Read more »

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Understanding Digital Video and the Future of Social Media

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Wed, Oct 28 2015 - 6:00pm

Jon Leland, Founding Director of Creative Services, USA Network; Author, Internet Marketing: 8 Key Concepts Every Business MUST Know Read more »

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The Most Famous Grizzly Bear: How Will She and Other Grizzlies Survive U.S. Trophy Shootings?

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Tue, Oct 27 2015 - 6:00pm

Todd Wilkinson, Journalist; Author
Ted Mangelsen, American Wildlife Photographer
Bruce Hamilton, Deputy Executive Director, Sierra Club Read more »

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Socrates Café

Mon, Oct 26 2015 - 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. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Oct 26 2015 - 5:30pm

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines. After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. There will also be a brief planning session.

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Humanities West Book Discussion: Dante’s Divine Comedy (Book 3)

Mon, Oct 26 2015 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss paradise within Dante’s Divine Comedy with discussion leader Lynn Harris. The Clive James’s translation will be used, which took decades to finish and renders the entire epic as a coherent and compulsively readable lyric poem. 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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Civil Saints and Civic Pride in the Renaissance City-State

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Thu, Oct 22 2015 - 6:00pm

Mary Harvey Doyno, Assistant Professor, Humanities and Religious Studies, CSU Sacramento Read more »

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The Redwoods League and 21st-century Land Conservation

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Wed, Oct 21 2015 - 6:00pm

Sam Hodder, President and CEO, Save the Redwoods League

Come hear Sam Hodder, president and CEO of Save the Redwoods League, explain how the iconic California redwoods catalyzed the nation's conservation movement, a century ago, and are now redefining our 21st century relationship with nature. He will discuss how a century of redwood conservation and research has demonstrated how these ancient trees could help us respond to modern day challenges. He says it's not just about how we can save the redwoods, but how the redwoods are saving us.

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The U.S. Imperative for Wellness: The Cleveland Clinic Experience – How to Make Yourself Younger

Wed, Oct 21 2015 - 12:00pm

Michael Fredric Roizen, Anesthesiologist; Internist; Author; Chief Wellness Officer, Cleveland Clinic

Chronic medical disease management now accounts for more than 80 percent of the nation’s spending on medical care and is substantially increasing as the number of people with chronic disease rises. Roizen argues that these chronic disease costs are increasing income inequality and decreasing the standard of living. Yet, he says, some of these diseases may be largely lifestyle-preventable. Read more »

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