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Humanities West Book Discussion: Egyptian Oedipus: Athanasius Kircher

Wed, May 8 2013 - 5:30pm

Long before the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, the 17th-century Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher embarked on his famously quixotic effort to unlock the secrets of antiquity by cracking the code of Egyptian hieroglyphs. Join us to discuss Egyptian Oedipus: Athanasius Kircher, by Daniel Stolzenberg. The discussion will be led by Lynn Harris. Read more »

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The Business of Saving Lives: Innovation, Implementation and Scale-up

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Tue, May 7 2013 - 6:00pm

Jane Chen, Co-founder and CEO, Embrace Innovations; Fellow, TED; Fellow, Echoing Green

Chen and her team wanted to save premature and low-birth-weight babies living in the developing world without access to incubators. From the design of the life-saving technology to its adoption, Chen explains how the Embrace Infant Warmer is helping babies and mothers in countries including India, China, Somalia, Zambia, Uganda, Mexico, Guatemala and soon Afghanistan. Read more »

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Service Unquestioned: The Soldiers and Their Families - A Talk by Susan Weiss

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Mon, May 6 2013 - 6:00pm

Susan Weiss, Photographer

Additional remarks by Major General Jeffrey Phillips, Former Deputy Commanding General, Fort Stewart (3rd Infantry Division) and Hunter Army Airfield, GA; Major General in the Army Reserve, on the Army Staff in the Pentagon Read more »

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Book Discussion: "Nostromo," by Joseph Conrad

Mon, May 6 2013 - 5:30pm

One of the greatest political novels in any language, Nostromo re-enacts the establishment of modern capitalism in a remote South American province. A vivid cast of characters is caught up in a civil war to decide whether its fabulously wealthy silver mine can be preserved from the hands of venal politicians. Greed and corruption seep into the lives of everyone, and Nostromo, the principled foreman of the mine, is tested to the limit. Read more »

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Explore the World from The Commonwealth Club

Thu, May 2 2013 - 5:30pm

Explore the World from The Commonwealth Club 

All interested Club members are welcome to attend bimonthly one-hour planning meetings of the International Relations Member-Led Forum. We focus on Europe, Latin America, Africa and worldwide topics. Join us to discuss current international issues and plan programs for the rest of 2013. Read more »

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The Politics of Public Pensions

Wed, May 1 2013 - 6:00pm

Sarah Anzia, Assistant Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley Read more »

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What We Need to Build a Better Future, Orion Magazine and Thirty Writers

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Fri, Apr 26 2013 - 12:00pm

Rubén Martínez, Author, Desert America; Professor of Literature and Writing, Loyola Marymount University
Riane Eisler, Author, The Chalice, The Blade and The Real Worth of Nations; President, Center for Partnership Studies
Craig Childs, Author, Apocalyptic Planet
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Gian Lorenzo Bernini: Michelangelo of the Baroque

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Wed, Apr 24 2013 - 6:00pm

Michael Stehr, Artist; Owner, Sistine Chapel Decorative Art

Stehr will discuss how Gian Lorenzo Bernini used his immense talents as an architect, painter and sculptor to define the unique visual style of the Baroque Age. Bernini, and his collaborators and rivals, accomplished their makeover of Rome by successfully pursuing the patronage of Popes, who dipped into the wealth of the resurgent Counter-Reformation Church to restore the monumental grandeur of the Eternal City. Read more »

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Microchips in Electronics: Can They Continue to Do More for and with Less?

Tue, Apr 23 2013 - 6:00pm

Chenming Hu, Distinguished Professor of Microelectronics, UC Berkeley Read more »

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