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Upcoming event

A Small Indiscretion

Image - Jan Ellison
Wed, Jun 1 2016 - 6:00pm

Jan Ellison, Author, A Small Indiscretion

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

Upcoming event

How to Write Your Own (or Someone Else's) Obituary

Image - Francine Brevetti
Thu, May 26 2016 - 5:15pm

Francine Brevetti, Biographer; Author; Workshop Leader; Journalist

Brevetti will take a step-by-step approach to explaining one of the most difficult tasks that most people face—and typically under difficult circumstances. Writing one's own obituary can save a loved one from that responsibility, provided the relative is able to complete it on their own. Step by step, Ms. Brevetti will lead the audience through the process of where to find resources that might be available to help, the proper format and contents, and publishing the obituary. Read more »

Upcoming event

The Science of Open Spaces

Wed, May 25 2016 - 6:00pm

Charles Curtin, Senior Fellow, The Center for Natural Resources Environmental Policy, University of Montana, Missoula Read more »

Past event

Socrates Café

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Mon, May 23 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 »

Past event

Middle East Forum Discussion

Mon, May 23 2016 - 5:30pm

The Midde East Forum discussion group, which primarily covers the Middle East, Afganistan and North Africa, has been meeting for about eight years. We do not debate; we exchange ideas and opinions. The discussion is considered a perk of membership, but those interested—especially students—are welcome.

Early registration is advisable.

Past event

Humanities West Book Discussion: Celtic Myths and Legends

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Mon, May 23 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss Celtic Myths and Legends by Peter Berresford Ellis, an enchanting collection of the sagas of gods and goddesses, fabulous beasts, strange creatures, and heroes like Cuchulain, Fingal and King Arthur, including popular myths and legends from all six Celtic cultures: Irish, Scots, Manx, Welsh, Cornish and Breton. Discussion led by Lynn Harris.

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Rights and Wrongs: Guantanamo Bay

Image - Peter Honigsberg
Fri, May 20 2016 - 12:00pm

Peter Honigsberg, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco
Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting—Moderator Read more »

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The Unexpected Belle La Follette: Progressive Model for 2016

Image - Nancy Unger
Thu, May 19 2016 - 6:00pm

Nancy C. Unger, Author, Belle La Follette

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

Past event

The Human Genome

Image - David Haussler
Wed, May 18 2016 - 6:00pm

David Haussler, Ph.D., UC Santa Cruz; Led the Team that Was First to Sequence the Human Genome Read more »

Past event

Portofino Souvenir

Image - Jojo Capece
Tue, May 17 2016 - 6:00pm

Jojo Capece, Author, Portofino Souvenir

Jojo Capece returns to the Club to speak about Portofino Souvenir, her third novel. Set in magnificent Portofino, Italy, Jojo's latest focuses on la dolce vita, marriage Italian-style, millions and billions of laundered Euros, confiscated art and intrigue. Embedded in the novel is the true story of Countess Francesca Agusta, one of Europe's wealthiest women, whose mysterious death illuminates the truth that being one of the 1 percent can be deadly.

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