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The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason

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Fri, May 5 2017 - 12:00pm

Christopher de Bellaigue, M.A. in Oriental Studies, Cambridge; Journalist; Author, The Islamic Enlightenment; Contributor, The New Yorker; Former Tehran Correspondent, The Economist
Jonathan Curiel, Journalist; Author, Al' America: Travels Through America’s Arab and Islamic Roots—Moderator  Read more »

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The Witches: Salem 1692

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Thu, May 4 2017 - 6:00pm

Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize Winner; Author, The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem Read more »

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Ben Franklin Circles

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Wed, May 3 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us monthly, every first Wednesday, for a 21st-century version of Ben Franklin’s mutual improvement club. One evening a week, for more than 40 years, the founding father discussed and debated with his friends the 13 virtues that he felt formed the basis for personal and civic improvement, a list he created when he was 20 years old. The virtues to which he aspired included justice, resolution and humility (but don't misunderstand Ben on that one—his explanation of humility was "imitate Jesus and Socrates"). Read more »

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Reengaging China on Human Rights

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Tue, May 2 2017 - 6:00pm

John Kamm, Founder and Executive Director, The Dui Hua Foundation 

In 2016, there was no bilateral human rights dialogue between China and the United States, nor was there any dialogue on rule of law. The decision to disengage was mutual. Now Beijing and Washington, D.C. are considering how (and if) to reengage on two of the most sensitive topics in their relationship: human rights and rule of law. Read more »

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Achieve More, Stress Less: Have Fun Getting Better Results from Fewer Resources

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Mon, May 1 2017 - 6:00pm

Scott Sonenshein, Ph.D., Chaired Professor, School of Business at Rice University; Author, Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less—and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined

Would you like to achieve more with less—at work and at home—and be happier and more creative at the same time? Scott Sonenshein, author of Stretch, will teach us how to do it! Read more »

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Trump and the Middle East

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Fri, Apr 28 2017 - 12:00pm

Alon Sachar, Middle East Peace Advisor; Co-author, A Path to Peace
Eddy Simonian, Master's in International Studies
Maher Kalaji, Ph.D. in Chemistry
Banafsheh Keynoush, Ph.D., Middle East Scholar; Author, Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes—Moderator Read more »

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The Asian Development Bank's 2017 Economic Forecast for Asia

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Wed, Apr 26 2017 - 6:00pm

Dr. Yasuyuki Sawada, Chief Economist, the Asian Development Bank

Decades of rapid growth transformed developing Asia into a largely middle-income region, but the pace of expansion has fallen off since the 2008 global financial crisis. This has serious implications for American businesses and the global economy as a whole. Read more »

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Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court, from Brandeis to Kagan

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Tue, Apr 25 2017 - 6:00pm

David Dalin, Ph.D., Author, Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court, from Brandeis to Kagan Read more »

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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.

Click here to sign up for this program via Meetup. 

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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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