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Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan

Tue, Jun 29 2010 - 6:00pm

Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan

Azby Brown, Author; Architect; Professor; Director, KIT Future Design Institute, Tokyo

A glimpse into Japan’s past teaches that “just enough” may be the key to going green. Brown takes us behind the scenes, revealing the complex and ingenious techniques that put Japanese traditional life in harmony with nature. Around 200 years ago, during the Edo period, the Japanese confronted the same issues that society faces now – energy, water, materials, food and population. Read more »

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How to Breathe Easier in California

Wed, Jun 23 2010 - 12:00pm

How to Breathe Easier in California

This program is cancelled

Charles D. Connor, National President and CEO, American Lung Association

For more than 100 years, the American Lung Association has been fighting for healthy air and healthy lungs. Today, that fight is more important than ever, as air pollution, tobacco smoke and airborne diseases like H1N1 flu continue to attack our lungs and threaten our health. Read more »

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Design Imperatives from the Roman Empire to the NASA Space Program and Beyond

Mon, Jun 21 2010 - 6:00pm

Design Imperatives from the Roman Empire to the NASA Space Program and Beyond

Michael Meyer, CEO, Adaptive Path

The world of design has become big business – and business is being revolutionized by “design thinking." Using his own unique career path from Navy nuclear engineer to Harvard MBA to leadership roles at IDEO, Frog Design and Adaptive Path, Meyer will zero in on the lessons of breakdowns and innovation from the Roman spread of civilization to the NASA space program, and provide valuable insight from his insider’s view of the design wo Read more »

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Framing the Sixties: The Use and Abuse of a Decade from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush

Thu, Jun 17 2010 - 6:00pm

Framing the Sixties: The Use and Abuse of a Decade from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush

Bernard von Bothmer, Author, Framing the Sixties; Historian; Professor, USF and Dominican University of California

In his insightful historical analysis of the 1960s, von Bothmer interviewed more than 120 key figures such as James A. Baker, Edwin Meese, Michael Dukakis, Bill Bradley, Robert Bork, Arthur Schlesinger, Noam Chomsky, Bob Woodward and others to explore how that decade continues to shape presidential politics. Read more »

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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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