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Middle East Forum Discussion

Mon, Oct 31 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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Tom Stienstra: The Mighty T, from Glacier to Golden Gate

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Wed, Oct 26 2016 - 6:00pm

Tom Stienstra, Outdoors Writer, San Francisco Chronicle

America's best-known outdoors man and the SF Chronicle outdoors editor (lucky us), Stienstra will share dramatic photos, videos and stories from his expedition to climb the Lyell Glacier in Yosemite National Park, where he traces the melting drops of water to the Tuolumne River en route to San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. His expedition is the storyline for national PBS showing that will air in the late fall. Read more »

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Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War, for Better and for Worse

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Tue, Oct 25 2016 - 6:00pm

Candice Shy Hooper, Author, Lincoln's Generals' Wives

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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Socrates Café

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Mon, Oct 24 2016 - 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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Einstein's Greatest Mistake

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Mon, Oct 24 2016 - 6:00pm

David Bodanis, Author, Einstein's Greatest Mistake

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: The World of Yesterday, by Stefan Zweig

Mon, Oct 24 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss Stefan Zweig's The World of Yesterday. Written as both a recollection of the past and a warning for future generations, it recalls the golden age of literary Vienna—its seeming permanence, its promise and its devastating fall. Surrounded by the leading literary lights of the epoch, Zweig draws a vivid and intimate account of his life and travels through Vienna, Paris, Berlin and London, touching on the very heart of European culture. His passionate, evocative prose paints a stunning portrait of an era that danced brilliantly on the edge of extinction. Read more »

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Dispelling Ageism: The Journey of the Age March

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Fri, Oct 21 2016 - 12:00pm

Barbara Rose Brooker, Author, The Viagra Diaries and There's Something Wrong with All of Them

Years of age is a poor metric for quality of life. The true measure is functional ability and one's capacity to enjoy life. Come join Barbara Rose Brooker, San Francisco native author and founder of the first Age March in history. She will talk about the journey of the Age March and her dream that ageism will dissolve and numbers won’t matter. Read more »

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Better Health for the World’s Poorest Will Strengthen Global Security

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Wed, Oct 19 2016 - 12:00pm

Dr. Gary Gottlieb, CEO, Partners In Health

While the developed world enjoys economic and social advancement enabled by health-care improvements, millions of people around the world continue to die from 18th and 19th century illnesses. The world’s poorest people deserve access to the modern health care that people in wealthier countries take for granted. We not only can deliver modern health services, we must do so. Global health is a key to global order. Read more »

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Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again

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Tue, Oct 18 2016 - 6:00pm

Elaine Kamarck, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Author, Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again

Elaine Kamarck argues that for most of their lives, Americans have experienced government failure. The idea that government can and will produce results, implement policy, and efficiently govern the nation is met with rolled eyes. Kamarck explores the failings of presidents Carter, Bush and Obama with a bipartisan analysis of how and why each fiasco occurred. Read more »

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Special Preview: Meet the 17th Annual Brower Youth Award Winners

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Mon, Oct 17 2016 - 6:00pm

Xerxes Libsch, New York, age 17
Susette Onate, Florida, age 17
Karina Gonsalez, Arizona, age 22
Heidi Kritz, Alaska, age 21
Erica Davis, Tennessee, age 22
Will Amos, California, age 21
Rosemary Brower Olsen, Granddaughter of David R. Brower—Moderator Read more »

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