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 »
Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines. After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. There will also be a brief planning session.
Join us for a discussion of hell and purgatory within Dante’s Divine Comedy, led by Lynn Harris. The Clive James’s translation will be used, which was decades in the making and renders the entire epic as a coherent and compulsively readable lyric poem. Yet the translation reproduces the same wonderful momentum of the original Italian, propelling the reader along the pilgrim’s path from hell to heaven, from despair to revelation.
Helen J. Carroll, Director of the Sports Project, National Center for Lesbian Rights; Former Athletic Director, NCAA Jaiyah Saelua, World's First Out Transgender FIFA Qualifier; Defender, Midfielder, American Samoa Roger Brigham, Sports Columnist; Athlete; Coach; Inductee, National Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame Matt Hatzke, Former Major League Soccer Player, San Jose Earthquakes Read more »
Keith David Watenpaugh, Associate Professor and Director of Human Rights Studies, University of California Davis Priya Satia, Associate Professor of Modern British History, Stanford University; Author, Spies in Arabia - Moderator Read more »
Tom Stienstra, Outdoors Writer, San Francisco Chronicle
This program is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle
The life of an outdoorsman can be dangerously exciting. From leading a five-week expedition to find Bigfoot, to being charged by a grizzly bear at point-blank range, the list of stories Tom Stienstra, outdoors editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, has is extensive. Join us as Stienstra showcases his experiences through dramatic photos and elaborate tales collected throughout his career.