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Socrates Café

Mon, Jan 25 2016 - 5:00pm

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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Israel and European Union Relations

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Fri, Jan 22 2016 - 12:00pm

Ravit Baer, Deputy Consul General for Israel for the Pacific Northwest
John Diaz, Editorial Page Editor, San Francisco Chronicle Read more »

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10 Ways to Heal Health Care: How Consumers Can Revolutionize Their Care Experience

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Thu, Jan 21 2016 - 12:00pm

Bridget Duffy, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Vocera Communications; Recognized by Various Media as 2015 Woman of the Year, One of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business for 2015, and Among 20 People Who Make Healthcare Better Read more »

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Ronald Reagan

Image - Jacob Weisberg
Wed, Jan 20 2016 - 6:00pm

Jacob Weisberg, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, The Slate Group; Former Editor, Slate Magazine; Author, Ronald Reagan

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

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At Home with Growing Old: Activism Starts in Your Own Home

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Tue, Jan 19 2016 - 5:15pm

Susanne Stadler, MBA, MArch, Architect, Social Entrepreneur

Our homes are a resource for us as we age. Though age-friendly design is often about grab bars and ramps for supporting mobility and preventing accidents, it is most of all about living well in our homes. Architect and social entrepreneur Susi Stadler will help the audience discover the potential of our homes to adapt to our changing needs. Read more »

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STEM to STEAM Movement

Tue, Jan 12 2016 - 6:00pm

Donn K. Harris, Executive and Artistic Director, Oakland School for the Arts; Chairman, California Arts Council
Virginia Wilcox, Photographer, The Salton Sea Series
Matt Ganucheau, Education Director, Art/Technology Center, Gray Area, San Francisco
Shaun Tai, Founder, Digital Divide Resource Center, Oakland Digital, Oakland
Staci Smith, STEAM Coordinator, Oakland School for the Arts Read more »

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Values that Guide Healthcare Decisions

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Mon, Jan 11 2016 - 6:00pm

Mileva Saulo Lewis, Ed.D., RN, Associate Professor, Samuel Merritt University; Vice President, The Center for Medical Ethics and Mediation Read more »

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Longevity Explorers Discussion Group: Better Aging. You. Your Parents.

Mon, Jan 11 2016 - 2:00pm

This regular discussion group will be exploring new and emerging solutions to the challenges of growing older. Not only will we be uncovering interesting new products at the intersection of aging and technology, we also will be conducting a series of ongoing deep-dive discussions into topics such as brain health, apps for seniors, hearing and wearables for seniors. The results of our discussions will be shared with a larger community of older adults interested in improving their quality of life through our partner in this initiative, Tech-enhanced Life, PBC. Read more »

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Poets, Painters and Spies: The Cultural Cold War in Latin America

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Tue, Jan 5 2016 - 6:00pm

Patrick Iber, Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas, El Paso; Author, Neither Peace Nor Freedom Read more »

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Book Discussion: The Meursault Investigation, by Kamel Daoud

Mon, Jan 4 2016 - 5:30pm

In this book, the young brother of “the Arab” killed in Camus’ book The Stranger meditates about the story 70 years after the killing. He writes from the nameless “stranger’s” perspective and about the murder’s effect on the brother and his mother. The failure of Camus to give even a name to the victim resonates throughout. However, this is more than a twist on the original. Read more »

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