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Brian Kennedy: Understanding the Mysteries of Aging-Treating Illnesses and Extending the Healthy Ye

Mon, Jan 23 2012 - 5:15pm

Understanding the Mysteries of Aging: Treating Illnesses and Extending the Healthy Years

This Event Has Been Postponed

Brian Kennedy, Ph.D., President and CEO, the Buck Institute

Is aging the single biggest risk factor for many diseases? Read more »

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Majka Burhardt: Coffee Story Ethiopia - A Food Crop. A Nation. Its New Future

Wed, Jan 18 2012 - 6:00pm

Coffee Story Ethiopia: A Food Crop. A Nation. Its New Future.

Majka Burhardt, Author, Coffee Story: Ethiopia; Climber; Guide

Ethiopia is fighting to shed its history and public image of drought, famine and war by embracing the heritage and potential of its defining crop: coffee, one of the world’s 10 most-valued commodities. Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: Ming China 1368-1649: A Concise History of a Resilient Empire

Wed, Jan 11 2012 - 5:30pm

Humanities West Book Discussion- Ming China 1368-1649: A Concise History of a Resilient Empire

Come chat with fellow Humanities lovers about John Dardess’ engaging exploration of how the Ming dynasty was able to endure for 276 years. Focusing on the dynasty’s foreign relations, the lives of its 16 emperors, its system of governance, the literati who served it, and the mass outlawry that allowed the Manchu invasions to succeed, Dardess presents a fascinating study. Lynn Harris will moderate the discussion. Read more »

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Robert A. Scott: Scholasticism and the Design of the Medieval Gothic Cathedral

Mon, Jan 9 2012 - 6:00pm

Scholasticism and the Design of the Medieval Gothic Cathedral

Note new date! Rescheduled from November 2 to January 9

Robert A. Scott, Author, The Gothic Enterprise

Monday Night Philosophy explores how ideas shape influential architecture. The design of the great gothic cathedrals of Medieval Europe is characterized by geometric regularity. Read more »

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Michael Gazzaniga: Who's in Charge?

Thu, Jan 5 2012 - 6:00pm

Who's in Charge?  Free Will and the Science of the Brain

Michael Gazzaniga, Professor of Psychology and Director of the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind, UC Santa Barbara

Known as the "father of cognitive neuroscience," Gazzaniga makes a powerful argument for free will. The question of free will versus determinism continues to vex scientists, psychologists and philosophers, but the biological evidence is not as stridently deterministic as it is often presented. Dr. Read more »

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"A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole

Tue, Jan 3 2012 - 5:30pm

Book Discussion Group

SOLD OUT

We will discuss A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Considered an American comic masterpiece, this book is set in New Orleans and describes the outrageous adventures of “slob extraordinary” Ignatius Reilly. The author was posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize for this novel. The author will not be present.

MLF: San Francisco Book Discussion
Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. Read more »

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EJ Keller: The Culture of Food and Dining in France and the Bay Area

Mon, Dec 12 2011 - 6:00pm

The Culture of Food and Dining in France and the Bay Area

EJ Keller, Personal Chef

This holiday season Monday Night Philosophy turns to personal chef Keller for a juxtaposition of the culinary cultures in France and the Bay Area. In 1995, Keller and his wife returned to her homeland of France. Captivated by French food culture, Keller spent a decade in French kitchens before becoming a personal chef. Discover his knowledge of French cuisine and insights into the Bay Area's booming cultural interest in food. Read more »

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Middle East Discussion Group

Mon, Dec 12 2011 - 5:30pm

Middle East Discussion Group

Make your voice heard in an enriching, provocative and fun discussion with fellow Club members as you weigh in on events shaping the face of the Middle East. Each month, the Middle East Member-Led Forum hosts an informal roundtable discussion on a topic frequently suggested by recent headlines.  After a brief introduction, the floor will be open for discussion. All interested members are encouraged to attend. Read more »

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Holiday Cooking Party with Hands On Gourmet

Mon, Dec 5 2011 - 6:30pm

Holiday Cooking Party with Hands On Gourmet

Keep the holiday spirit alive with an interactive, dynamic, hands-on cooking class with Hands On Gourmet’s personal chefs. Prepare a three-course menu customized to take advantage of the season’s best and freshest ingredients. To start, enjoy an artisan cheese plate, then the cooking class will begin, with coffee and tea to follow with dessert. Bring your own preferred beverage and an apron and prepare to enjoy a convivial atmosphere with fellow guests. Read more »

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Dr. William F. Schulz: Do Human Rights Have a Future?

Mon, Dec 5 2011 - 6:00pm

Do Human Rights Have a Future?

SOLD OUT: Add your name to the wait-list below

Dr. William F. Schulz, Former Executive Director, Amnesty International USA; President, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Read more »

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