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Middle East Forum Discussion

Mon, Jul 25 2016 - 5:30pm

This month's topic: Refugees.

The Middle East Forum discussion group, which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan, has been meeting for more than 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 to attend.

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OMG: I Forgot to Plan for a Good Death!

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Wed, Jul 20 2016 - 5:15pm

Regina Sneed, Advocate, The California End of Life Option Act Read more »

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Socrates Café

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Mon, Jul 18 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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Off the Grid: The Disruptive, Japan-inspired Food Truck Revolution

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Thu, Jul 14 2016 - 6:00pm

Matt Cohen, Founder, Off the Grid Services, LLC Read more »

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The Brazen Age

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Wed, Jul 13 2016 - 6:00pm

David Reid, Author, The Brazen Age Read more »

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A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles

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Tue, Jul 12 2016 - 6:00pm

Mary Elizabeth Williams, Journalist; Author, A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science, and Cancer
In conversation with Peggy Orenstein, Author

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

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Fearless Women Founders on Succeeding in Tech World

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Thu, Jun 30 2016 - 6:00pm

Amanda Kahlow, Founder & CEO, 6sense
Arum Kang, Founder and CEO, Coffee Meets Bagel
Mada Seghete, Co-Founder, Branch Metrics
Caitlin MacDonald, CEO, cred—Moderator Read more »

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The End of Business As Usual

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Thu, Jun 30 2016 - 12:00pm

David Burkus, Professor, Oral Roberts University; Founder and Host, "Radio Free Leader"; Author, Under New Management: How Leading Organizations Are Upending Business As Usual Read more »

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Middle East Forum Discussion

Mon, Jun 27 2016 - 5:30pm

Tonight's topic: Orlando

The Middle East Forum discussion group that primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan has been meeting for more than 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 to attend.

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Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War

Thu, Jun 23 2016 - 6:00pm

Mark Danner, Author, Former Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Chancellor’s Professor of Journalism and English, UC Berkeley

In his latest book, Spiral, Danner describes a nation altered in fundamental ways by 9/11. Fourteen years of armed conflict makes the War on Terror the longest war in U.S. history, even though only a tiny percentage of our citizens fight in actual combat. Now Al Qaeda has been replaced by multiple jihadist and terror organizations, including the most notorious: ISIS. Read more »

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