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JCC East Bay Presents: Thriving Past Trauma—Holocaust Survivor Dr. Edith Eger with The Choice

An absolute must-see: Dr. Edith Eger, 92-year-old Auschwitz survivor and trauma psychologist, comes to us to discuss one of the most compelling books we’ve read this year, "The Choice: Embrace the Possible," which Desmond Tutu called "a gift…
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Women Changing the World: How Phoebe Hearst, Jane Stanford, and Other Women Funded Feminism, Founded Universities, and Inspire Philanthropy Today

For centuries, women have been powerful philanthropists, albeit less recognized than men. Women's strategic largesse has been essential to progressive advances including feminism. Women have been especially influential in founding the two leading…
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Extremism Investigated

As political fringe ideologies move into the mainstream—and the far left and the far right clash in the streets—extremist views of all kinds are becoming part of the zeitgeist. More people are facing the question: What compels peaceful people…
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Muckraker: The Life and Times of Warren Hinckle

As an editor, Warren Hinckle (1938-2016) reinvigorated investigative journalism at Ramparts magazine, the legendary San Francisco muckraker, and at Scanlan's Monthly, where he helped create gonzo journalism. As a writer, he lampooned San Francisco's…
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We Can Do It: Opinionated Women

What makes for a powerful woman? Is there a special trait, a spark that allows her to overcome institutional biases and barriers? Michelle Dean's new book, "Sharp: the Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion," is in equal part a polyphonic…
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Creating a Better Way to Eat: Hippies, Hawkers and Starfruits

Your dinner tonight is about so much more than just what's on the plate—though this panel is about to make that more interesting too. Jonathan Kauffman's "Hippie Food: How Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs, and Revolutionaries Changed the Way…
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Witness and Testimony: The Past and Present of Native America

Turtle Island's First People, and its First Nations, have inspired writers, journalists, artists, musicians, and workers—Native American, Anglo, and other—in years past and today, up to and beyond Standing Rock activism. What stories and…
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Activism at a Crossroads

Activism is undergoing a re-evaluation. Is protest still effective? What can work today? Micah White (co-creator of Occupy Wall Street and author of 'The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution'), named by Esquire as one of the most influential…
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Understanding the Other: How Emotion Shapes Politics and Can Heal our Divides (PRIORITY TICKETS ARE GONE! Arrive early for General Admission possibility)

UC Berkeley sociologist Arlie Hochschilld's recent 'Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right,' a National Book Award finalist, was one of the six books recommended by the New York Times to help understand Trump's…
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The Long 60s: The Counterculture's Influence in Contemporary America

The Summer of Love brought us sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll, but it was also a decade of extremes and radical cultural change that, in many ways, mirrors what’s going on today. A renewed interest in psychedelic drugs? Check. Women organizing…