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Socrates Café

Mon, Sep 28 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. Read more »

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Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Sep 28 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 (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

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

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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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SOCAP Preview 2015: Funding What Matters in Our Local Economies

Tue, Sep 22 2015 - 6:00pm

Kevin Jones, Founder, Good Capital; Co-founder and Convener, Social Capital Markets
Jenny Kassan, CEO, Cutting Edge Capital
Michael Shuman, Co-founder, Cutting Edge Capital; Author, Local Economy Solution; Founding Board Member, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
Kevin O’Malley, President TechTalk/Studio – Moderator Read more »

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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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Living Fully: Reimagining End-of-Life

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Wed, Sep 16 2015 - 6:00pm

BJ Miller, MD, UCSF; Executive Director, Zen Hospice Project

Despite being a universal experience, death usually is a topic looked at only when unavoidable. As Executive Director of Zen Hospice Project and faculty at UCSF, Dr. BJ Miller is changing the conversation around the end-of-life experience. Informed by a life-threatening accident and work as a palliative care and hospice physician, Miller, a leader in the movement dedicated to a human-centered model of care, advocates quality of life all the way to the end.

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Science and Practice of Mindfulness Meditation in Sports, Work and Life

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Tue, Sep 15 2015 - 6:00pm

JoAnn Dahlkoetter, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist; Olympic Coach; Author, Your Performing Edge
Philippe Goldin, Ph.D., Psychology, Neuroscience; Assistant Professor, UC-Davis; Researcher, Stanford Read more »

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