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Egon Schiele: A Feminist Artist Ahead of His Time

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Thu, Nov 3 2016 - 6:00pm

Kerrin Meis, Retired Lecturer, SFSU; Teacher, OLLI Berkeley and OLLI San Rafael Read more »

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Ben Franklin Circles

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Wed, Nov 2 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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How to Protect Against Financial Elder Abuse

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Wed, Nov 2 2016 - 5:15pm

David G. Knitter, Attorney; Member, Executive Committee for the Trusts and Estates Section, State Bar of California; Past President, Solano County Bar Association

David Knitter, the chair of the Educating Seniors Project of the State Bar of California, has deep experience with elders and their adult children, and he has trained attorneys to identify elder financial abuse and pursue remedies when abuse occurs. Learn from him how to protect yourself or elder family members from becoming the victim of financial elder abuse. Read more »

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Middle East Forum Discussion

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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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