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Socrates Café

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Mon, Dec 21 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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CorpsAfrica: Peace Corps for Africans

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Wed, Dec 16 2015 - 6:00pm

Liz Fanning, Founder and Executive Director, CorpsAfrica Read more »

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

Mon, Dec 14 2015 - 6:30pm

This regular discussion group will be exploring new and emerging solutions to the challenges of growing older. Not only will we be uncovering interesting new products at the intersection of aging and technology, we will also be conducting a series of ongoing deep dive discussions into topics like brain health, apps for seniors, hearing and wearables for seniors. The results of our discussions will be shared with a larger community of older adults interested in improving their quality of life through our partner in this initiative, Tech-enhanced Life, PBC. Read more »

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Mark Twain's Chronicle of Young Satan

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Mon, Dec 14 2015 - 6:00pm

Benjamin Griffin, Editor, Mark Twain Project, UC Berkeley

Monday Night Philosophy plays its iconoclast card. Mark Twain’s Chronicle of Young Satan—a late work that he left unfinished—has a passage in which the “angel” Satan forms people out of clay, and gives them life, only to kill them. Twain’s literary source was the Apocryphal New Testament published by William Hone in 1821, by way of an 1867 article by—Mark Twain. Read more »

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Women’s Identity and Rethinking the Hadith

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Mon, Dec 14 2015 - 12:00pm

Nimat Hafez Barazangi, Ph.D., Visiting Fellow, Cornell University
Dina Ibrahim, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, San Francisco State University Read more »

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Perception and Deception: Understanding Misunderstandings Across Cultures

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Tue, Dec 8 2015 - 6:00pm

Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus, International House, UC Berkeley Read more »

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Book Discussion: Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics

Mon, Dec 7 2015 - 5:30pm

Nicholas Wapshott is a journalist who writes insightful and entertaining books on a variety of subjects ranging from the life of Peter O’Toole to political economy. As John Cassidy wrote in The New Yorker, “I defy anybody—Keynesian, Hayekian, or uncommitted—to read [Wapshott’s] work and not learn something new.” Cassidy went on to describe the battle between the Keynesian economic theory of the need for government spending in times of economic turn down, vs. Read more »

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Sisters in Law

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Fri, Dec 4 2015 - 12:00pm

Linda Hirshman, Lawyer; Cultural Historian; Author, Sisters In Law

Part of the Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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What You Need to Know Before You're 65: A Medicare Primer

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Wed, Dec 2 2015 - 5:15pm

Esther Koch, MBA, Gerontologist; Founder, Encore Management; Aging Network Partner, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

If you are approaching the Medicare qualifying age of 65 and Medicare seems like one big alphabetical maze to you, you are not alone. Come hear what every boomer needs to know before they turn 65 to successfully navigate Medicare. Learn the ABCD’s of Medicare, the realities of what you can expect (and what not to expect) and what options might be best for you.

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Pope Francis: Climate Change and the Poor

Tue, Dec 1 2015 - 6:00pm

Kenneth Weare, Ph.D, Adjunct Professor of Social Ethics, University of San Francisco; Board Member, San Francisco Archdiocesan Board of Education; Former Director, School of Pastoral Leadership, Archdiocese of San Francisco; Board Member, Catholic Charities CYO Board of Directors; Pastor, St. Rita Catholic Church Read more »

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