Member-Led Forum

Upcoming event

Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn

Mon, Dec 12 2016 - 12:00pm

Daniel Gordis, Author; Israel Analyst; Commentator
Riva Gambert, Former Director, East Bay Israel Center; Director, East Bay International Jewish Film Festival

Dr. Gordis, a former Conservative rabbi, award-winning author of several books on Jewish thought and Israeli currents, and columnist for the Jerusalem Post, will discuss the topic of his latest book, which has been described as a luminous history shedding light on Israel's culture, politics and economy, so people can understand her future. Read more »

Past event

Lamentation and the Limits of Philosophy

Image - Steven Machtinger
Thu, Dec 8 2016 - 6:00pm

Steven Machtinger, Attorney; Violist; Independent Mozart Scholar Read more »

Past event

Ben Franklin Circles

Image - Ben Franklin Circles logo
Wed, Dec 7 2016 - 6:30pm

Join us monthly, every first Wednesday, for a 21st-century version of Ben Franklin’s mutual improvement club. One evening a week, for more than 40 years, the founding father discussed and debated with his friends the 13 virtues that he felt formed the basis for personal and civic improvement, a list he created when he was 20 years old. The virtues to which he aspired included justice, resolution and humility (but don't misunderstand Ben on that one—his explanation of humility was "imitate Jesus and Socrates"). Read more »

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Mind over Genes: Heredity Is not Destiny—The Science of Epigenetics

Wed, Dec 7 2016 - 6:00pm

Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., Stem Cell Biology Pioneer; Best-selling Author, The Biology of Belief Read more »

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I'm Right and You're an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up

Image - James Hoggan
Mon, Dec 5 2016 - 6:00pm

James Hoggan, President, Hoggan & Associates; Chair of the Board, David Suzuki Foundation; Author, I'm Right and You're an Idiot Read more »

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Reading Californians Book Discussion Group

Image - Book cover of Ghettoside by Jill Leovy
Mon, Dec 5 2016 - 6:00pm

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America, by Los Angeles Times reporter Jill Leovy, will be discussed at our next meeting. This is the story of a mostly ignored American murder—a "ghettoside" killing, one young black man slaying another—and a brilliant and driven cadre of detectives whose creed is to pursue justice for forgotten victims at all costs. Read more »

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Resilience: A Story about Hope and Research

Image - Dr Nadine Burke Harris
Thu, Dec 1 2016 - 6:00pm

Nadine Burke Harris, M.D., FAAP, Founder and CEO, Center for Youth Wellness
Joyce Dorado, Ph.D. UCSF Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools
Jane Stevens, Founder, Publisher, ACEs Connection
James Redford, Director and Producer, Resilience—Moderator Read more »

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Better End-of-Life Care: Using Video and Story to Aid Decisions

Image - Angelo Volandes
Tue, Nov 29 2016 - 6:00pm

Angelo Volandes, M.D., Faculty Member, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School Read more »

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Global Women Speak: Advice for Our New President on Issues Facing Women Around the World

Image - 50 Women book cover
Tue, Nov 29 2016 - 6:00pm

Jessica Buchleitner, Journalist; Author, 50 Women Anthology Series
Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, First Peruvian Woman to Summit Mt. Everest; Executive Director, Courageous Girls; Principal of Enterprise Technology, PayPal
Nwe Oo, Member, United Nations Delegation, Commission on the Status on the Women, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN Sustainable Development Goals
Masha Maslova, Engagement Manager, Silicon Valley Talent Partnership; Co-founder, El Shadai Foster Home, Uganda Read more »

Past event

Middle East Forum Discussion

Image - Map of the Middle East
Mon, Nov 28 2016 - 5:30pm

The Middle East Forum discussion group—which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan—has been meeting monthly for more than eight years. We are not a debate group; we are a discussion group.

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