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Rugged Individualism

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Tue, May 16 2017 - 6:00pm

David Davenport, Hoover Institution Research Fellow, Former President of Pepperdine University, Co-author of Rugged Individualism Read more »

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Socrates Café

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Mon, May 15 2017 - 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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The Importance of Diversity in the Environmental Movement for the 21st Century

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Thu, May 11 2017 - 6:00pm

Adrianna Quintero, Natural Resources Defense Council
Additional Panelists TBA Read more »

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Alzheimer’s Disease—Eight Steps to Overcoming Refusal of Care

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Wed, May 10 2017 - 5:15pm

Jim Kimzey, Founder and CEO, Tender Rose Dementia Care Specialists Read more »

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American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason

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Mon, May 8 2017 - 6:00pm

Caroline Winterer, Professor of History and, by courtesy, of Classics, Stanford University; Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities; Director, Stanford Humanities Center; Author, American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason Read more »

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Longevity Explorers Discussion Group: Better Aging. You. Your Parents.

Mon, May 8 2017 - 2:00pm

Dr. Richard G. Caro, Facilitator Read more »

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The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason

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Fri, May 5 2017 - 12:00pm

Christopher de Bellaigue, M.A. in Oriental Studies, Cambridge; Journalist; Author, The Islamic Enlightenment; Contributor, The New Yorker; Former Tehran Correspondent, The Economist
Jonathan Curiel, Journalist; Author, Al' America: Travels Through America’s Arab and Islamic Roots—Moderator  Read more »

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The Witches: Salem 1692

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Thu, May 4 2017 - 6:00pm

Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize Winner; Author, The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem Read more »

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Ben Franklin Circles

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Wed, May 3 2017 - 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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Reengaging China on Human Rights

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Tue, May 2 2017 - 6:00pm

John Kamm, Founder and Executive Director, The Dui Hua Foundation 

In 2016, there was no bilateral human rights dialogue between China and the United States, nor was there any dialogue on rule of law. The decision to disengage was mutual. Now Beijing and Washington, D.C. are considering how (and if) to reengage on two of the most sensitive topics in their relationship: human rights and rule of law. Read more »

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