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Humanities West Book Discussion: Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff

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Wed, Apr 19 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us to discuss Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who brings to life one of the most intriguing women in human history. Though the palace of the last queen of Egypt actually did shimmer with onyx, garnets and gold, it was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Cleopatra died young, at 39, but first married two brothers, dispatching one in a brutal civil war while they were still teenagers, and poisoning the other, before eliminating a sister as well. Read more »

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What Do Millennials Want in Their Portfolios, 401(k)s and Workplaces?

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Thu, Mar 30 2017 - 6:00pm

R. Paul Herman, CEO, HIP Investor Ratings + Portfolios; Author, The HIP Investor, Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World
In conversation with Chinwe Onyeagoro, President, Great Place to Work Institute Read more »

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Fire, Beetles, Water Resources and Dying Trees: Spring 2017 Report on the Sierra Nevada's Rain, Snowpack and Climate Changes

Mon, Mar 27 2017 - 6:00pm

Jeanne Higgins, Acting Associate Deputy Chief, Forest Service, National Forest System
Patrick Koepele, Executive Director, Tuolumne River Trust
Michael Carlin, Deputy General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Bob Kingman, Assistant Executive Officer, Sierra Nevada Conservancy Read more »

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Middle East Forum Discussion

Mon, Mar 27 2017 - 5:30pm

The Middle East Forum discussion group, which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan, has been meeting monthly for about nine years. We are not a debate group.

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Socrates Café

Mon, Mar 20 2017 - 6:30pm

On one Monday evening of every month the Humanities Forum sponsors Socrates Café at The Commonwealth Club. Each meeting is devoted to the discussion of a philosophical topic chosen at that meeting. The group's facilitator, John Nyquist, invites participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic is asked to briefly explain why she or he considers that topic interesting and important. An open discussion follows, and the meeting ends with a summary of the various perspectives participants expressed. Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: The Prose Edda, by Jesse Byock

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Wed, Mar 15 2017 - 6:30pm

Join us to discuss The Prose Edda, the most renowned work of Scandinavian literature and our most extensive source for Norse mythology. The Edda was written in Iceland a century after the close of the Viking Age, and tells in clear prose, interspersed with powerful verse, the ancient Norse creation epic and stories of the battles that follow as gods, giants, dwarves and elves struggle for survival. Discussion led by Lynn Harris.

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Impact Investing: Invest and Improve the World with Your Portfolio, Endowments and Foundations

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Wed, Mar 8 2017 - 6:00pm

Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., President, Becker College
Ardyth Neill, President, Heifer Foundation
Jase Wilson, CEO, Neighborly.com
R. Paul Herman, CEO, HIP Investor Ratings + Portfolios Read more »

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Socrates Café

Mon, Feb 27 2017 - 6:30pm

On one Monday evening of every month the Humanities Forum sponsors Socrates Café at The Commonwealth Club. Each meeting is devoted to the discussion of a philosophical topic chosen at that meeting. The group's facilitator, John Nyquist, invites participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic is asked to briefly explain why she or he considers that topic interesting and important. An open discussion follows, and the meeting ends with a summary of the various perspectives participants expressed. Read more »

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Stanford University Sustainability Vision: Now and for the Future

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Mon, Feb 27 2017 - 6:00pm

Pamela Matson, Chester A. Naramore Dean, Stanford School of Earth Energy & Environmental Sciences
Fahmida Ahmed, Director, Office of Sustainability, Stanford Department of Sustainability and Energy Management
Joseph Stagner, Executive Director, Stanford Department of Sustainability and Energy Management
Chris Field, Perry L. McCarty Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment Read more »

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