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Mis-Mapping the Mind

Mon, Sep 13 2010 - 6:00pm

Mis-Mapping the Mind

Kent Grelling, Ph.D., Psychologist

Monday Night Philosophy explores the issues caused by the shift from a highly subjective to a purely descriptive, categorical approach for defining mental illness. Past diagnostic systems relied heavily on unsubstantiated notions about causes, but during the 1970s, developments in the field resulted in favoring new diagnostic systems based upon a checklist of observable symptoms, regardless of cause. Read more »

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Europe's Social Capitalism vs. America's Wall Street Capitalism

Thu, Sep 9 2010 - 6:00pm

Europe's Social Capitalism vs. America's Wall Street Capitalism: Which Has the Better Development Model for the 21st Century?

Steven Hill, Political Writer; Author, Europe’s Promise

Hill contends that a quiet revolution has been occurring in post-World War II Europe:  A world power emerging across the Atlantic that is rewriting the rules for how a modern society should provide economic security, environmental sustainability, and global stability. Read more »

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Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America

Tue, Sep 7 2010 - 6:00pm

Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America

Erika Lee, Associate Professor of History and Asian American Studies, University of Minnesota; Co-author, Angel Island
Judy Yung, Professor Emerita of American Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz; Co-author, Angel Island

Based on extensive new research, Lee and Yung examine the diversity of immigration through Angel Island: Chinese "paper sons," Japanese picture brides, Korean refugee students, South Asian political activists, Russian and Jewish refugees Read more »

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FEMA: Political Football

Wed, Sep 1 2010 - 6:00pm

FEMA: Political Football

Karen Keefer, Retired Senior Program Officer, FEMA

Inside FEMA, decisions are made on how our government will respond to a disaster. What influences those decisions? How does the president decide to declare a disaster? Should the public feel there will be sufficient time to evacuate if there is a nuclear power plant accident? How timely was FEMA's response on 9/11? And what really happened during Hurricane Katrina five years ago? Read more »

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The Taste for Civilization

Tue, Aug 31 2010 - 6:00pm

The Taste for Civilization

Janet A. Flammang, Professor and Chair of Political Science, Santa Clara University; Author, The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics, and Civil Society

The recent deterioration of family mealtime traditions raises questions about the concomitant lack of civility in America’s political and civil discourse. Are our dining rooms the fundamental education foundation of our civility? Read more »

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Symphony of the Soil

Tue, Aug 31 2010 - 6:00pm

Symphony of the Soil: Women in Film

Deborah Koons Garcia, Filmmaker, Lily Films, Mill Valley

Filmed on four continents, Symphony of the Soil is a multi-part documentary film series that examines soil in all of its complexity. By gaining an understanding of the mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we can come to appreciate the complex nature of this precious resource. Come enjoy a special work-in-progress screening of select clips from the film series. Read more »

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Adventures of a Woman Who Rows Across the Oceans

Mon, Aug 30 2010 - 6:00pm

Adventures of a Woman Who Rows Across the Oceans

Roz Savage, Rower; Environmental Activist; Blogger, Rozsavage.com 

This event has been cancelled.

Savage set out on April 19 to cross the Pacific Ocean from California to Australia in a 23-foot rowboat, the third leg of her greater quest. The first leg was dedicated to ocean pollution, while the second leg focused on climate change. Read more »

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The Women of Israel: A Remarkable Diversity

Fri, Aug 27 2010 - 12:00pm

The Women of Israel: A Remarkable Diversity

Donna Rosenthal, Author; Journalist; Television Producer
Rita Semel, Vice Chairwoman, SF Interfaith Council - Moderator

Rosenthal will describe the ethnic, religious and cultural diversity of Israeli women – Christians, Jews, Muslims, Druze – who range from the radically modern to staunchly traditional. Some work in high tech, the government or the military, while others practice polygamous marriages, march in gay pride parades, or support the religious fervor of their husbands. Read more »

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Somali Women Promote Peace and Political Participation Amid Armed Conflict

Fri, Aug 27 2010 - 12:00pm

Somali Women Promote Peace and Political Participation Amid Armed Conflict

This program is cancelled

Asha Hagi, Co-founder and Chairperson, Save Somali Women and Children

Despite the suffering and marginalization experienced in a patriarchal, patrilineal society, some Somali women have challenged the cultural paradigms. Read more »

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Kate Kendell: National Center for Lesbian Rights

Thu, Aug 26 2010 - 6:00pm

Kate Kendell

Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

The NCLR’s precedent-setting case victories have literally re-written the law, changing the legal landscape for LGBT individuals and families. Kendall stands at center stage in our nation’s discussion of civil rights and social justice. Topics explored will include the role of women in securing economic parity, marriage equality and parenting rights. Read more »

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