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 »
Pamela Matson, Chester A. Naramore Dean, Stanford School of Earth Energy & Environmental Sciences Fahmida Ahmed, Director, Office of Sustainability, Stanford Department of Sustainability and Energy Management Joseph Stagner, Executive Director, Stanford Department of Sustainability and Energy Management Chris Field, Perry L. McCarty Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment Read more »
Join us to discuss The Age of Vikings, whose image is often distorted by myth. Though it is true that they pillaged, looted and enslaved, the Vikings also settled peacefully and traveled far from their homelands in swift and sturdy ships to explore. Anders Winroth captures the innovation and pure daring of the Vikings without glossing over their destructive heritage, revealing how Viking arts, literature and religious thought evolved in surprising ways. Discussion led by Lynn Harris.
John Tarnoff, MA Spiritual Psychology; Former Hollywood Executive; Educator; Trainer; Coach; Author Marc Freedman, Founder and CEO, Encore.org; Former Visiting Scholar, Stanford University (2014-15); Member, The Wall Street Journal’s “Experts” Panel; Author, The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond MidlifeRead more »
Yoaz Hendel, Ph.D., Military History; Director, Institute of Zionist Strategies Robert Rosenthal, Executive Director, Center for Investigative Reporting—Moderator
Dr. Hendel, who describes himself as a pragmatic centrist with a national liberal identity, will discuss regional issues confronting the Middle East. He will also explore the influence of the Russian-Iranian relationship in the Middle East. Read more »