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Double Play: How Dan White Got Away with Murder and Changed San Francisco

Tue, Jun 21 2011 - 6:00pm

Double Play: How Dan White Got Away with Murder and Changed San Francisco

Mike Weiss, Author; Former Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

In November 1978, San Francisco took a dramatic turn with the assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. Read more »

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The Wagner Problem

Mon, Jun 20 2011 - 6:00pm

The Wagner Problem

Hans Rudolf Vaget, Professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature Emeritus, Smith College

During San Francisco Opera's Ring Festival, don’t miss this chance to delve into why many knowledgeable observers believe that Richard Wagner was the most controversial artist of the modern era. Ever since he made his mark as an artist and thinker in mid-19th-century Germany, the man and his work have been viewed by discerning minds with suspicion. Read more »

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John Gray: Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice

Mon, Jun 20 2011 - 5:30pm

Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice: Hormonal Balance, the Key to Life, Love and Energy

This program is sold out

John Gray, Ph.D., Author, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

Come hear from best-selling relationship author Gray, whose monumental Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus sold an astounding 50 million copies worldwide. Read more »

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A New Culture of Learning

Thu, Jun 16 2011 - 6:00pm

A New Culture of Learning

John Seely Brown, Co-chairman, Deloitte Center for the Edge; Author, The Power of Pull; Former Chief Scientist, Xerox Corp.; Director, Palo Alto Research Center
Douglas Thomas, Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication; Author, Hacker Culture
Scott Stropkay, Co-founder and Partner, Essential
Kevin O’Malley, CEO, TechTalk / Studio – Moderator

Gaming, mentorship, increasing connection and design thinking converge in a world of constant Read more »

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Brain plasticity across the lifespan

Wed, Jun 15 2011 - 6:00pm

Brain Plasticity Across the Lifespan

Additional tickets now available!

Adam Gazzaley, Professor, UCSF

It is now known that our brain changes structurally and functionally in response to our interactions with our environment throughout our lives, not just during critical times like childhood. This modern perspective is called neuroplasticity and scientists are actively exploring the intricacies of this phenomenon. Read more »

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Michel de Montaigne: The Philosopher of Improvisation

Mon, Jun 13 2011 - 6:00pm

Michel de Montaigne: The Philosopher of Improvisation

Timothy Hampton, Professor of French; Bernie H. Williams Professor of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley

The first great “modern” philosopher, Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) explored the changeable nature of human experience. Montaigne worked out a strikingly modern ethical response to the violence of his day. His essays embrace the limits of human knowledge and virtue. Read more »

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The Exquisite Art of Arthur Szyk

Mon, Jun 13 2011 - 6:00pm

The Exquisite Art of  Arthur Szyk

Irvin Ungar, Founder/CEO, Historicana 

Arthur Szyk Society curator Ungar will give a PowerPoint presentation based on the recent exhibit, “Arthur Szyk: Miniature Paintings and Modern Illuminations” at the Legion of Honor. Szyk, a self-described soldier-in-art, created profound, intricate works of art. He advocated for many causes, including religious tolerance, racial equality and for the state of Israel. Ungar was recently featured in The New York Times. Read more »

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Environmental Success Stories: Art, Architecture, Activism

Thu, Jun 9 2011 - 6:00pm

Environmental Success Stories: Art, Architecture, Activism

This program is postponed.

Paul Kephart, President, Rana Creek Living Architecture
Lisa Zimmerman, CEO, 7Story Consulting and Design
Foster Weeks, President, Clementina Cares

Imagine Living Architecture rooted in art, science and technology that immediately inspires and engages communities. Read more »

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The World is Dancing

Wed, Jun 8 2011 - 6:00pm

The World Is Dancing

Julie Mushet, Ethnic Dance Festival Director
CK Ladzekpo, Festival Co-artistic Director
Patrick Makuakane, Kumu Hula, Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu
Emiko Susilo, Director, Gamelan Sekar Jaya
Rita Felciano, Dance Writer and Critic - Moderator

San Francisco’s June 2011 Ethnic Dance Festival continues a tradition representing the incredible diversity of ethnic cultures in Northern California. Read more »

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Gary Shapiro: The Future of Innovation and Consumer Electronics

Tue, Jun 7 2011 - 6:00pm

The Future of Innovation and Consumer Electronics

Gary Shapiro,  President and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association; Author, The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream

In conversation with Richard Watson, Co-founder and Partner, Essential

From broadband spectrum to HDTV, from gaming to Hollywood and social media, innovation is happening through industry, entrepreneurs and technology advances. How is consumer electronics driving innovation in the U.S. Read more »

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