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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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"Someday" Never Comes: Conquer Life's Challenges with the Spirit of Adventure

Mon, Apr 22 2013 - 5:15pm

Rick Deutsch, "Mr. Half Dome"; Author, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome; Motivational Speaker Read more »

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India’s Girls: The Endangered Gender

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Thu, Apr 18 2013 - 6:00pm

Nyna Pais Caputi, Producer and Director, Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls

Caputi describes how the age-old preference for sons in India, fueled by technological advances and a growing materialism, is leading to increased incidents of discrimination, violence and the eradication of millions of girls in that country. In regions where the sex ratios are skewed, female trafficking and bride buying run rampant. Caputi will address the reasons behind this phenomenon, the implications for India’s population and possible solutions. Read more »

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The Arab Spring 2013

Fri, Apr 12 2013 - 12:00pm

Joel Brinkley, Professor of Journalism, Stanford University; Pulitzer Prize-winning Foreign Correspondent; FormerJerusalem Bureau Chief, The New York Times
Laila El Sissi, Memoirist; Businesswoman
John Diaz, Editorial Page Editor, San Francisco Chronicle - Moderator
Additional panelist TBA Read more »

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Naomi Schaefer Riley: 'Til Faith Do Us Part

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Thu, Apr 11 2013 - 6:00pm

Naomi Schaefer Riley, Author, ‘Til Faith Do Us Part

In the last decade, 45 percent of all marriages in the U.S. were between people of different faiths, which may signal increasing social tolerance. But as couples age, major life challenges often inspire a return to faith, sometimes overwhelming earlier beliefs that love conquers all. And then there’s the children to raise. Drawing on in-depth interviews with couples, clergy and counselors, Riley shows why fundamental spiritual and practical issues might divide interfaith couples. Read more »

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Dr. Claude Gruen: New Urban Development: Looking Back to See Forward

Tue, Apr 9 2013 - 6:00pm

Claude Gruen, Ph.D., Principal Economist, Gruen Gruen + Associates, San Francisco

Gabriel Metcalf, Executive Director, SPUR - Moderator Read more »

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Pico della Mirandola's Oration on the Dignity of Man

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Mon, Apr 8 2013 - 6:00pm

Natalie Cleaver, Lecturer, Department of Italian Studies, UC Berkeley

Monday Night Philosophy goes looking for the roots of the Renaissance in the writings of Pico della Mirandola. In 1486, Pico became famous for proposing to defend 900 theses on religion, philosophy, natural philosophy and magic against all comers. To support his theses he wrote the Oration on the Dignity of Man, which has been called the “Manifesto of the Renaissance.” Read more »

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Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust

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Mon, Apr 8 2013 - 12:00pm

Marty Brounstein, Author, Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust

To honor Holocaust Remembrance Day, come hear the remarkable true story of a Catholic couple in the Netherlands who, despite great risk and danger, helped save the lives of at least two dozen Jews from certain death during World War II. Brounstein will also explain the meaningful personal connection that inspires him to tell and retell the story of their heroic actions. Read more »

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Kehinde Wiley - The World Stage: Israel

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Fri, Apr 5 2013 - 12:00pm

Karen Tsujimoto, Curator, the Contemporary Jewish Museum; Former Senior Curator, the Oakland Museum

Gina Baleria, Associate News Producer, KGO; Lecturer, Broadcast and Communication Arts, SFSU Read more »

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