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SFDebate

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Mon, Apr 24 2017 - 7:00pm

The SFDebate is an open forum for discussion on the events of our time. It is a place where you will not only be exposed to opposing points of view, but a safe place where you will be encouraged to find and speak up for yours. SFDebate is also a meeting of minds, and we follow every meeting with continued debate and conversation at a nearby bar/restaurant.

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Bonds of Union

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Mon, Apr 24 2017 - 6:00pm

Bridget Ford, Professor of History, California State University, East Bay; Author, Bonds of Union: Religion, Race, and Politics in a Civil War Borderland Read more »

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Middle East Forum Discussion

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Mon, Apr 24 2017 - 5:30pm

Will McGarvey, Executive Director, Contra Costa Interfaith Council 

This month's topic: the Defusing Hatred project

The Middle East Forum discussion group—which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan— has been meeting monthly for nine years. We are not a debate group. Each month we discuss timely, cultural subjects in a civil atmosphere with respect for others and their opinions. Students are particularly welcome.

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Mastering Migraines: Prevention and Natural Strategies

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Mon, Apr 24 2017 - 12:00pm

Steve Blake, ScD, Faculty Nutritional Biochemist, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience; Research Scientist; Author, Mastering MigrainesParkinson’s Disease: Dietary Regulation of DopamineVitamins and Minerals DemystifiedA Nutritional Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease; Co-author, Mosby's Drug Guide for Nurses Read more »

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Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East

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Fri, Apr 21 2017 - 12:00pm

Christopher Phillips, Ph.D. in International Relations, London School of Economics; Senior Lecturer in International Relations (with an Emphasis on Contemporary Jordan and Syria), Queen Mary's College in London; Author, The Battle for Syria
Jonathan Curiel, Journalist—Moderator Read more »

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Dangers of a Digitized World: Combating Technology Run Amok

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Thu, Apr 20 2017 - 6:00pm

Ian I. Mitroff, Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California; Senior Research Associate, Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, University of California, Berkeley
In conversation with Gerald Harris, Member-Led Forum Leader, Science & Technology Forum, The Commmonwealth Club Read more »

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Our Toxic World: Is It Making Us Sick?

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Thu, Apr 20 2017 - 12:00pm

Andrew Campbell, M.D., Former Medical Director, Medical Center for Immune and Toxic Disorders; Former Medical Director, Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Center; Editor-in-Chief, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, The International Journal of Complementary and Alternative MedicineNatural Solutions Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff

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Wed, Apr 19 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us to discuss Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who brings to life one of the most intriguing women in human history. Though the palace of the last queen of Egypt actually did shimmer with onyx, garnets and gold, it was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Cleopatra died young, at 39, but first married two brothers, dispatching one in a brutal civil war while they were still teenagers, and poisoning the other, before eliminating a sister as well. Read more »

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Let's Talk About Death: Get Ready, Get Set, Go

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Wed, Apr 19 2017 - 5:15pm

Suzette Sherman, End of Life Speaker; CEO, Founder and Blogger, SevenPonds
Sally Shannon, End of Life Coach and Consultant; Home Funeral Guide, Threshold Coaching and Consulting Read more »

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Socrates Café

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Mon, Apr 17 2017 - 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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