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Afghanistan: Current Challenges and Future Prospects

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Tue, Feb 28 2017 - 6:00pm

Mohammad Qayoumi, Ph.D., President Emeritus, San Jose State University; Advisor, President of Afghanistan
Jonathan Curiel, Journalist—Moderator Read more »

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Socrates Café

Mon, Feb 27 2017 - 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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Stanford University Sustainability Vision: Now and for the Future

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Mon, Feb 27 2017 - 6:00pm

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 »

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Middle East Forum Discussion

Mon, Feb 27 2017 - 5:30pm

The Middle East Forum discussion group, which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan, has been meeting monthly for about nine years. We are not a debate group.

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The End of the Vikings

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Thu, Feb 23 2017 - 6:00pm

Linda Rugg, Professor of Swedish Studies, Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of California Berkeley Read more »

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Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen: The Reporter Who Knew too Much

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Wed, Feb 22 2017 - 6:00pm

Mark Shaw, Former Criminal Defense Attorney; CNN Legal Analyst; Author, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much Read more »

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The Paleovedic Diet: Early Human Diets and Ayurvedic Medicine

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Tue, Feb 21 2017 - 6:00pm

Akil Palanisamy, M.D., Author, The Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: The Age of Vikings, by Anders Winroth

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Wed, Feb 15 2017 - 6:30pm

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.

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A Valentine's Call-to-Action for the Baby Boomer Generation

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Tue, Feb 14 2017 - 6:00pm

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 Midlife Read more »

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How to Make Sense of the Disorder in the Middle East

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Mon, Feb 13 2017 - 12:00pm

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 »

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