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Man Interrupted: Why Young Men Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It

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Wed, May 4 2016 - 5:15pm

Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D., Psychologist; Professor Emeritus, Stanford University; Author, Man, Interrupted: Why Young Men Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It

Dr. Zimbardo became well-known for his 1971 Stanford prison experiment and has since authored various introductory psychology books, textbooks for college students, and other notable works, including The Lucifer Effect, The Time Paradox, and Shyness. He is also the founder and president of the Heroic Imagination Project. Read more »

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The New Middle East

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Tue, May 3 2016 - 12:00pm

Alan Mendoza, Ph.D., Director, Henry Jackson Society
Douglas Murray, Associate Director, Henry Jackson Society
Lenny Kristal—Moderator

Mendoza, a British politician and frequent contributor to international broadcast and print media, including Al Jazeera, is the founder of the Henry Jackson Society, a cross-party British think tank named after Senator Henry Jackson. Marray, is a British author, journalist. commentator and columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and more. Read more »

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Healthy for Life: Evidence to Support Predictive Biomarkers for Lifetime Health

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Tue, Apr 26 2016 - 6:00pm

Russell M. Jaffe, MD, PhD, Founder, PERQUE Integrative Health; Faculty Member, Metabolic Medical Institute; Pioneer, Integrative Medicine Read more »

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Jungle of Stone: The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya

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Tue, Apr 26 2016 - 12:00pm

William Carlsen, Author, Journalist

In 1839 explorers John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood trekked through the jungles of Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, investigating the remains of the Maya civilization. After their journey through disparate and widely scattered ruins, they changed forever the world's view of the widespread, advanced Maya society. Carlsen, formerly a San Francisco Chronicle reporter and Pulitzer finalist, traveled the explorers’ 2500-mile route himself to prepare for writing the book.

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Socrates Café

Mon, Apr 25 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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Middle East Forum Discussion

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Mon, Apr 25 2016 - 5:30pm

This month's topic: Jordan

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.

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Humanities West Book Discussion: How the Irish Saved Civilization

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Mon, Apr 25 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss Thomas Cahill's book How the Irish Saved Civilization. In his entertaining and compelling narrative, Cahill tells the story of how Europe evolved from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era and argues that, without the help of Irish monks and Irish culture, that transition could not have taken place. Discussion led by Lynn Harris. 

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Meditation Beginner's Workshop with Lama Tsomo

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Sat, Apr 23 2016 - 12:00pm

Lama Tsomo, Studied More than 20 years under Gochen Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, World Holder of the Namchak Lineage of Tibet Buddhism; Ordained in Nepal in 2005; Master's in Counseling Psychology, Antioch University Read more »

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The Top Modifiable Risk Factors for Alzheimer's Disease

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Wed, Apr 20 2016 - 5:15pm

Patricia Spilman, Senior Scientist, Drug Discovery Laboratory, UCLA, and in the Bredesen Lab, Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato Read more »

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The Brazen Age

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Wed, Apr 20 2016 - 12:00pm

David Reid, Author, The Brazen Age Read more »

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