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Past event

I'm Right and You're an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up

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Mon, Dec 5 2016 - 6:00pm

James Hoggan, President, Hoggan & Associates; Chair of the Board, David Suzuki Foundation; Author, I'm Right and You're an Idiot Read more »

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Reading Californians Book Discussion Group

Image - Book cover of Ghettoside by Jill Leovy
Mon, Dec 5 2016 - 6:00pm

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America, by Los Angeles Times reporter Jill Leovy, will be discussed at our next meeting. This is the story of a mostly ignored American murder—a "ghettoside" killing, one young black man slaying another—and a brilliant and driven cadre of detectives whose creed is to pursue justice for forgotten victims at all costs. Read more »

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Resilience: A Story about Hope and Research

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Thu, Dec 1 2016 - 6:00pm

Nadine Burke Harris, M.D., FAAP, Founder and CEO, Center for Youth Wellness
Joyce Dorado, Ph.D. UCSF Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools
Jane Stevens, Founder, Publisher, ACEs Connection
James Redford, Director and Producer, Resilience—Moderator Read more »

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Better End-of-Life Care: Using Video and Story to Aid Decisions

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Tue, Nov 29 2016 - 6:00pm

Angelo Volandes, M.D., Faculty Member, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School Read more »

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Global Women Speak: Advice for Our New President on Issues Facing Women Around the World

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Tue, Nov 29 2016 - 6:00pm

Jessica Buchleitner, Journalist; Author, 50 Women Anthology Series
Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, First Peruvian Woman to Summit Mt. Everest; Executive Director, Courageous Girls; Principal of Enterprise Technology, PayPal
Nwe Oo, Member, United Nations Delegation, Commission on the Status on the Women, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, UN Sustainable Development Goals
Masha Maslova, Engagement Manager, Silicon Valley Talent Partnership; Co-founder, El Shadai Foster Home, Uganda Read more »

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Middle East Forum Discussion

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Mon, Nov 28 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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Russia's Road to Terror and Dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin

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Tue, Nov 22 2016 - 6:00pm

David Satter, Former Moscow Correspondent, Financial Times; Fellow, Hudson Institute; Fellow, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; Author Read more »

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Socrates Café

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Mon, Nov 21 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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Troubled Turkey

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Fri, Nov 18 2016 - 12:00pm

Jeffrey Collins, Former White House National Security Staff Director for Turkish Affairs
Banafsheh Keynoush, Ph.D., Foreign Affairs Expert; Author
Mahir Zeynalov, Washington D.C.-based Turkish Journalist and Analyst
Jonathan Curiel, Journalist—Moderator Read more »

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Tips for Helping Your Aging Parents (Without Losing Your Mind)

Image - Kira Reginato
Thu, Nov 17 2016 - 5:15pm

Kira Reginato, Elder Care Manager; Speaker; Author; Elder Care Consultant

Speaking from her recent book, Tips for Helping Your Aging Parents (Without Losing Your Mind), elder care expert Kira Reginato shares her best tips for keeping your mind, temper and sense of humor as you care for a loved one.

Kira's upbeat approach outlines the basics of how to take care of anyone as they age without sacrificing taking care of yourself. Read more »

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