Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of the locks. When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast. Read more »
Lisa Hoffman, Peace Corps Volunteer, Guinea, 2013-2014 Veronica Canilao, Peace Corps Volunteer, Guinea, 2013-2014 Hilary Braseth, Peace Corps Volunteer, Guinea, 2011-2014 Frank Price, Peace Corps Volunteer, Cote d’Ivoire, 1969-1972; Secretary, Northern California Peace Corps Association – Moderator 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. Nabil Wahbeh will make a presentation about his trip to Israel and the West Bank. Afterwards, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. There will also be a brief planning session.
Beth Shapiro, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz.
Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist and pioneer in "ancient DNA" research, will discuss the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction.
Abigail Friedman, Haiku Poet; Author, The Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan; Former U.S. Diplomat
In association with the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco. Promotional support by the Japan Society of Northern California. Part of the Good Lit series underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.Read more »
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 »
Cell Phones and Wireless Technologies: Should Safety Guidelines Be Strengthened to Protect Adults, Children and Vulnerable Populations – and Should Parents, Teachers and Schools Restrict Technology Overuse among Children?Read more »
Scott Dodson, Professor of Law, College of Law, UC Hastings; Editor, The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Barbara Babcock, Crown Professor of Law, Stanford University Law School; Author, Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz – Moderator
A Good Lit program sponsored by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »