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Expanding the Voice of Ordinary Africans: The Afrobarometer Journey

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Fri, Sep 30 2016 - 12:00pm

E. Gyimah-Boadi, Executive Director, Afrobarometer and Ghana Center for Democratic Development; Political Scientist; Author

Until recently, almost nothing was known about the values and preferences of most Africans. Afrobarometer has changed this—by interviewing nearly a quarter of a million ordinary citizens across 36 countries in all regions of Africa since 1999. As a result, we can now make important, and often surprising, generalizations about what Africans think. Read more »

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Solar for All: Energy for All the Planet and All the People

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Wed, Sep 28 2016 - 6:00pm

Adam Browning, Executive Director, Vote Solar
Vien Truong, Director, Green for All
Erica Mackie, Co-Founder and CEO, Grid Alternatives Read more »

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The Dark Side of Social Media: Privacy, Manipulation and Terms of Use

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Tue, Sep 27 2016 - 6:00pm

Scott Allan Morrison, Former Silicon Valley Journalist; Author, Terms of Use
In conversation with Sarah Granger, Author; Digital Media Entrepreneur Read more »

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Socrates Café

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Mon, Sep 26 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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Humanities West Book Discussion: A Nervous Splendor, by Frederic Morton

Mon, Sep 26 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss A Nervous Splendor. Frederic Morton deftly tells the haunting story of the Crown Prince Rudolf and his city, where, in the span of only 10 months, "the Western dream started to go wrong." Morton's story studies other young men just as frustrated as the prince, including young Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, Theodor Herzl, Gustav Klimt, and the playwright Arthur Schnitzler, whose La Ronde was the great erotic drama of the fin de siecle. Morton interweaves their fates with that of the doomed prince and the entire city. Read more »

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Middle East Forum Discussion

Mon, Sep 26 2016 - 5:00pm

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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At the Crossroads: Oppression and Resilience in Diverse LGBT Communities

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Thu, Sep 22 2016 - 6:00pm

Kimberly F. Balsam, Ph.D. Professor; President-Elect, APA's Division 44; Co-Director, Center for LGBTQ Evidence-Based Applied Research, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University Read more »

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Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

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Wed, Sep 21 2016 - 6:00pm

Ross King, Author, Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

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

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Matthew Fox: Evolution of Religion Toward a Broader Spiritual Path

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Tue, Sep 20 2016 - 6:00pm

Matthew Fox, Ph.D., Episcopal Priest; Author, Original Blessing, The Reinvention of Work, A Spirituality Named Compassion, A Way To God: Thomas Merton's Creation Spirituality Journey, and Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times Read more »

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The Way of Wanderlust

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Mon, Sep 19 2016 - 6:00pm

Don George, Travel Writer; Author, The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George Read more »

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