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Continuing Studies Public Lectures

Continuing Studies Public Lectures

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How Did Hannibal Cross the Alps?

(April 5, 2007) For over 2,000 years, nobody has been able to identify with certainty the route that Hannibal used to cross the Alps in 218 BCE with 25,000 men and 37 elephants to the astonishment of the Romans.

1hr 26mins

15 May 2007

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Medieval Matters: Art, Music, and Politics in the Book of Revelation

Elaine Pagels' speaks of her most recent book on the Book of Revelation.

1hr 16mins

13 Feb 2014

Rank #2

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The Death of Jesus: Comparing Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Accounts

Robert Gregg discusses the competing narratives concerning the death of Jesus and the argument that contributed to the divergence and independent existences of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam as religions. (Fall 2017)

1hr 13mins

22 Dec 2017

Rank #3

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Rumi as a Healer: A Physician's Perspective

(January 27, 2007) A celebration of the 800th anniversary of the birth of Rumi, the great Persian poet of exuberant love and ecumenical wisdom. Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi (1207–73) was a poet and a scholar, a Sufi mystic, and a learned theologian.

45mins

7 Jan 2008

Rank #4

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Why the Anglo-Saxons Matter: King Alfred and the Making of England

Michael Wood looks at one of the most exciting and formative periods in British history, the Viking Age, when three generations of the family of Alfred the Great created the early English state. (Spring 2017)

1hr 38mins

22 Dec 2017

Rank #5

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History Changes Gears: The Russian Revolution of 1917

Bertrand Patenaude discusses the social forces that propelled the revolution forward despite the efforts of the Provisional Government in Petrograd to hold back the tide. (Fall 2017)

1hr 30mins

22 Dec 2017

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San Francisco Stories: A History of Jewish San Francisco

Fred Rosenbaum explores how Jews have been a prominent part of SanFrancisco since the days of the Gold Rush. (Winter 2017)

1hr 26mins

22 Dec 2017

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Earth Matters: How Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions Improves Our Water, Air, and Health

In this program in our ongoing series, “EarthMatters,” Rob Jackson will discuss the urgent tasksthat confront us in this “mundane middle,” especiallyhow important it is to achieve some kind of controlover the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methanewhose emissions have increased alarmingly in recentyears. (Winter 2017)

53mins

22 Dec 2017

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San Francisco Stories: Race and Identity in Spanish California

Barbara Voss explores the archaeological remains at the Presidio to investigate social changes among the colonists in Spanish California as they re-conceived their notions of themselves and their relationship to the California Indians around them. (Spring 2017)

1hr 24mins

22 Dec 2017

Rank #9

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Stanford Writers in Conversation: An Evening with Lynn Stegner

Lynn Stegner will discuss the essential tools of the writer’s craft—voice, plot, structure, point of view—and share her personal insights into the process of writing about nature and place. Avid readers and aspiring writers alike will gain fresh insights into the art of fiction during this engaging discussion with one of this generation’s finest literary voices and most esteemed teachers. (Winter 2017)

1hr 7mins

22 Dec 2017

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Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Adam Hochschild gives an illustrated talk aboutsome of the men and women who people the pagesof his latest book, "Spain in Our Hearts: Americans inthe Spanish Civil War, 1936–1939", which the NewRepublic called “the best introduction to the conflictwritten in English. A humane and moving book.” (Winter 2017)

1hr 26mins

22 Dec 2017

Rank #11

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A Celebration of the Life and Poetry of Denise Levertov

This program marks the 20th anniversary of Denise Levertov’s death in December 1997, and will follow the luminous trajectory of her pilgrimage. (Fall 2017)

1hr 38mins

22 Dec 2017

Rank #12

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Trust, Truth, and Technology: How Media Are Shaping the Way We Trust One Another

Jeff Hancock discusses how today's human interaction is mediated so regularly by technology and how there are more opportunities for people to deceive one another. (Winter 2017)

1hr 29mins

22 Dec 2017

Rank #13

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Guns in America: A Year After Sandy Hook

Just over a year after Sandy Hook, one of the worst mass shootings in United States history, Stanford Law School professor John Donohue and attorney Donald E. J. Kilmer will take stock of gun use and ownership regulation in the US.

1hr 26mins

13 Feb 2014

Rank #14

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Medieval Matters: Modern European Nationalism and the Fight to Control the Past

(November 14, 2007) Patrick Geary examines contemporary uses of the Middle Ages by various political movements, left and right, in Europe today. He explores how modern-day Europeans proudly attempt to trace their national identities to medieval origins.

1hr 22mins

10 Dec 2007

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Stanford Writers in Conversation: An Evening with Tom Kealey

Tom Kealey discusses the essential tools of the writer’s craft—dialogue, plot, point of view—as well as share his personal insights into the process of adapting fiction into film and writing in a range of genres from graphic novels to sci-fi. (Spring 2017)

1hr 25mins

22 Dec 2017

Rank #16

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Sherlock Holmes: The Speckled Band (A Reading)

Inspiring his audience with the notion that, in a world of crime, mystery, and danger, all things can be understood through calm logic and extraordinary intelligence, Sherlock Holmes is the man of minute observation and razor-sharp deduction.

1hr 4mins

30 Mar 2007

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An Evening with Geoff Nunberg: The Paradox of Political Language

Left and right may disagree as to which expressions count as deceptive packaging and which are merely effective branding, but both acknowledge that the American public is particularly suscept to linguistic manipulation.

1hr 42mins

30 Mar 2007

Rank #18

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Surgical Treatment of Heart Failure

(March 10, 2007) Three leading researchers ask how heart disease has become the number-one killer in the US, and what are we doing about it. They examine the perceptions and realities of heart disease in America and new and emerging treatments.

55mins

21 May 2007

Rank #19

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San Francisco Stories: History of Latino San Francisco

Tomás Summers Sandoval will trace the history of "latinidad," or pan-Latin American identity, that emerged in San Francisco and explore it as a way to illuminate larger histories of empire, migration, and changing categories of race and ethnicity.

1hr 19mins

25 Jan 2017

Rank #20