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Extinction or Emigration: The Human Future in Space

Mon, Apr 5 2010 - 6:00pm

Extinction or Emigration: The Human Future in Space

George Elias, Author, Breakout into Space

Monday Night Philosophy explores whether homo sapiens can avoid extinction by expanding the biosphere to encompass the entire solar system.  Elias, who is currently working on New Genesis: A Modern Creation Story for Those Leaving Earth, advances reasons why we will become a space-faring species. Read more »

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Is It Time to Reform the U.S. System of Medical School Education?

Mon, Mar 29 2010 - 5:15pm

Is It Time to Reform Medical School Education?

Amin Azzam, M.D., M.A., Department of Psychiatry, UCSF

While the debate on health-care reform has been actively raging in the national news, there has been a parallel and much quieter process of transformation in medical education in the United States. Azzam has had experience in the education of both medical students and early career physicians. Read more »

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Preventing and Transforming Conflicts in Twenty Countries

Thu, Mar 25 2010 - 6:00pm

Preventing and Transforming Conflicts in 20 Countries

John Marks, President and Founder, Search for Common Ground

Join us for a multimedia presentation on the “common ground approach” to conflict transformation. A successful social entrepreneur, Marks will demonstrate how popular culture, including TV and radio soap opera, can be used to prevent violence and promote positive social change. Read more »

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Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): the New Cardiovascular Epidemic

Tue, Mar 23 2010 - 6:00pm

Peripheral Artery Disease: The New Cardiovascular Epidemic

This program is cancelled

Michael S. Conte, M.D., Professor and Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery, UCSF

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a condition that results from blockage of arteries in the extremities, affecting between 8 and 12 million Americans and growing. Patients with PAD have 3 times the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Read more »

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10 Sure-fire Communication Tools for Designers and Beyond

Mon, Mar 22 2010 - 6:00pm

Ten Surefire Communication Tools for Designers and Beyond

Sarah B. Nelson, Principal in User Experience, Hot Studio, Inc.

Many potentially wonderful experiences disappoint due to ineffective communication. For designers, effective communication with others is 50 percent of the job but often 0 percent of one’s training. Read more »

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Israel's Consul General: Middle East Peacemaking, the Iranian Crisis and U.S.-Israel Relations

Wed, Mar 17 2010 - 6:00pm

Middle East Peacemaking, the Iranian Crisis and U.S.-Israel Relations

Akiva Tor, Consul General for Israel, Pacific Northwest Region

John Diaz, Editorial Page Editor, San Francisco Chronicle - Moderator

Consul General Tor will discuss steps required for the achievement of an Israeli and Palestinian peace agreement and peace trieaties between Israel and other Arab states; how the threat of a rapidly nuclearizing Iran plays into this dynamic; and how the United States-Israel relationship can advance regional peac Read more »

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What is Shari'ah Law

Thu, Mar 11 2010 - 6:00pm

What Is Shari’ah and Shari’ah law  in Islam?

Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Author, The Muslim Next Door

Join Ali-Karamali, an attorney with a graduate degree in Islamic law and author of The Muslim Next Door: The Qur’an, the Media, and that Veil Thing, as she demystifies commonly used Islamic terms like “shari’ah” and “shari’ah law” and discusses how the rules of Islam were developed and have been implemented, with examples regarding women, finance and criminal law.

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Chasing Molecules: The Promise of Green Chemistry

Wed, Mar 10 2010 - 6:00pm

Chasing Molecules: The Promise of Green Chemistry

Elizabeth Grossman, Author, Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry

There is substantial evidence that environmental conditions and environmental pollutants – among them synthetic chemicals in consumer products – have a profound effect on human health. Read more »

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Aama's Journey: A Pilgrimage Between Continents and Cultures

Wed, Mar 3 2010 - 5:15pm

Aama's Journey: A Pilgrimage Between Continents and Cultures

This program is cancelled

Broughton Coburn, Author, 20-Year Himalayan Veteran

Coburn takes us on an illustrated, 12,000-mile odyssey across America with Aama, his 84-year-old adoptive Nepalese mother, in search of the soul of our country. In this poignant and thought-provoking adventure, Coburn will paint a portrait of the cosmology, philosophy, hopes and humor of a woman with no previous exposure to Western civilization. Read more »

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Music: Can Philosophical Concepts Be Expressed Without Words?

Mon, Mar 1 2010 - 6:00pm

Music: Can Philosophical Concepts Be Expressed Without Words?

Steven Machtinger, Attorney; Violist, the San Joaquin Quintet

Monday Night Philosophy presents both words and music to investigate whether music can express concepts without words. Machtinger and the San Joaquin Quintet will explore this question through the chamber music of Mozart, particularly the clarinet quintet he wrote late in his life. Read more »

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