Humanities West Book Discussion: The Last Days of Pompeii, by Baron Edward Bulwer Lytton
Join us to discuss the classic Victorian tale of the last days of Pompeii. Poets, flower-girls, gladiators and tribunes fill the Baron's tale of the lives, loves and tragic fate of Roman citizens living in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. The discussion will be led by Lynn Harris.
MLF: Humanities LocatIon: SF Club Office Time: 5:30 p.m.
In the 17th century, Rome was revitalized by the Pope displaying the wealth of the resurgent counter-reformation Church. Bernini's immense talents as an architect, painter and sculptor helped define the unique visual style of the Baroque Age. Come hear Capece speak about her love affair with the art of the Eternal City.
The Tiger's Wife uses fables, allegories and events borrowed from headlines to illustrate the complexities of Balkan history while unearthing patterns of suspicion, superstition and everyday violence that pervade the region even in times of peace. Read more »
Akiva Tor, Consul General, Israel, Pacific North West Region John Diaz, Editorial Page Editor, San Francisco Chronicle
The deep instability in today's Middle East beckons a revisiting of previous strategic assumptions. With the rise of political Islam in North Africa, Turkey, Egypt, Gaza and elsewhere, can Israel safely meet the Palestinian conditions for peace? How should Israel face the challenge of the Arab Awakening and seek opportunity amidst deepening isolation? Read more »
Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco; Founder and Executive Director, Akili Dada
As the world discovers the value of investing in adolescent girls, how can we ensure that interventions achieve maximum impact? Drawing from its award-winning model, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Akili Dada's founder and director, will share lessons on making sustainable and scalable investments in the lives of vulnerable girls in Africa.
Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with fellow Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East. 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. Read more »
Howard Rheingold: Net Smart - How to Thrive Online
Howard Rheingold, Lecturer, Stanford University; Author, Net Smart: How to Thrive Online
Like it or not, knowing how to make use of online tools without being overloaded with too much information is an essential ingredient to personal success in the 21st century. How can we use digital media so that they make us empowered participants rather than passive receivers? In Net Smart, author and Stanford lecturer Rheingold shows how to use social media intelligently, humanely, and, above all, mindfully. Read more »