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American Chinatown: A People's History

Tue, Jun 15 2010 - 6:00pm

Chinatown: A People’s History

Bonnie Tsui, Journalist, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones

Tsui takes an affectionate, attentive look at the Chinatown that has bewitched her since childhood, when she eagerly awaited her grandfather’s return from the fortune cookie factory. Tsui visits the country’s four most famous Chinatowns – San Francisco, New York, LA and Honolulu – and makes her final stop in Las Vegas. Read more »

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Tom Killion: Walking Tamalpais

Tue, Jun 8 2010 - 6:00pm

Tom Killion: Walking Tamalpais

Tom Killion, Co-author, Tamalpais Walking

Killion, who together with Gary Snyder co-authored Tamalpais Walking, will give an illustrated lecture on the history and poetry of Marin County’s Mt. Tamalpais, from the mid-19th century through the 1960s. The book contains more than 60 of Killion's Japanese-style woodcut prints as well as cultural history, and Snyder's poems and essays. Read more »

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Epicurus: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

Mon, Jun 7 2010 - 6:00pm

Epicurus: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

Tom Merle, Founder, The Epicurus Society

Monday Night Philosophy explores the enduring relevance of this eminent Greek philosopher’s simple but profound ideas. Merle will explain why he believes Epicurean principles that go well beyond “wine, women and song” provide a superior framework for leading the happy life. He will discuss the Epicurean emphasis on frugality, friendship and opting out of the fray in the pursuit of tranquility. Read more »

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Miracle Cures: Saints, Pilgrimage, and the Healing Powers of Belief

Fri, Jun 4 2010 - 12:00pm

Miracle Cures: Saints, Pilgrimage and the Healing Powers of Belief

Robert A. Scott, Associate Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; Author, The Gothic Enterprise and Miracle Cures

From Chaucer’s time to today’s pilgrimage to Lourdes, people have traveled great distances to pray to saints for healing. Read more »

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Myths and the U.S. Intelligence Community

Wed, Jun 2 2010 - 6:00pm

Myths and the U.S. Intelligence Community

Paul Clarke, Educator; Air Force Intelligence Officer (retired)

The 9/11 attacks, the assessment of Iraqi WMD and the failed Christmas Day attack have shaken confidence in the intelligence services, while the scope of intelligence has expanded to include new issues. To meet these new challenges, the intelligence bureaucracy has been reorganized and expanded. But are we any safer? Clarke will analyze U.S. Read more »

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Taking Charge of Your Health: The Mind-Body Connection

Wed, May 26 2010 - 5:15pm

Taking Charge of Your Health: The Mind-Body Connection

Leslie Davenport, Author; Psychotherapist

Over the last 20 years, medical research has confirmed what certain spiritual and indigenous traditions have known for centuries: Our states of mind and emotions directly affect our physiology. What, then, is the true cost to our health of dark moods or incessant worry? Read more »

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Shanghai and Beyond

Wed, May 19 2010 - 6:00pm

Shanghai and Beyond: Understanding the Power of Art and Visual Culture

Jay Xu, Director, Asian Art Museum

Through its tumultuous history of over 150 years, Shanghai was one of Asia’s most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities, and today it is experiencing some of the fastest development on the planet. San Francisco and Shanghai are celebrating their 30-year sister relationship in 2010, when Shanghai will host the World Expo. The Asian Art Museum's "Shanghai: Art of the City" exhibition is the centerpiece of the celebration. Read more »

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Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine

Wed, May 12 2010 - 6:30pm

Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine

Thomas Goetz, Executive Editor, Wired

When it comes to our health, we’re often overwhelmed, scared and confused about how to mind it – so we don’t. Goetz offers a bold new vision of health care. He will explain how personalized medicine isn’t just about tailor-made drugs; it’s about our personal data. Read more »

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How abolition of the Death Penalty will make us all safer, richer, smarter and more beautiful

Mon, May 10 2010 - 5:15pm

How Abolition of the Death Penalty Will Make Us All Safer, Richer, Smarter and More Beautiful

Elizabeth Zitrin, J.D., Attorney, International Outreach; Communications Coordinator, Death Penalty Focus

The truth, asserts Zitrin, that most of our political leaders will not tell is that replacing death by execution with death in prison will make us safer, richer and more honest and ethical people. Read more »

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