Book Discussion Group: HHhH by Laurent Binet
Monday Night Philosophy goes looking for the roots of the Renaissance in the writings of Pico della Mirandola. In 1486 Pico became famous for having, when just 23 years old, proposed 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". Come hear Natalie Cleaver, who has a PhD in Comparative Literature, describe this now ancient but still influential debate.Ian Morris, Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History, Stanford University; Author, The Measure of Civilization
Using a groundbreaking numerical index that compares societies in different times and places, Morris breaks social development into four traits – energy capture per capita, organization, information technology and war-making capacity – and uses archaeological, historical and modern government data to quantify patterns. His conclusions about when and why the West came to dominate are influencing the ongoing scholarly debate.
Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. book signing
Cost: $20 standard, $8 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Program Organizer: George Hammond
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The most dangerous man in Hitler’s cabinet, Reinhard Heydrich, was known as the “Butcher of Prague,” feared by all and loathed by most. Heydrich seemed indestructible – until two men, a Slovak and a Czech recruited by the British secret service, killed him in broad daylight on a bustling street in Prague, and thus changed the course of history. Binet’s story is a vivid and highly interesting approach to the historical novel. Engaging, personal and suspenseful, Binet weaves the various threads of his story into a seamless and engrossing tale. As a reminder, this is a book discussion; the author will not be present.
MLF: SF Book Discussion
Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. program
Cost: $5 non-members, MEMBERS FREE
Program Organizer: Barbara Massey
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