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September 22, 2020
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5pm PT/ 8pm ET
Distant But Not Alone: A Quarantine Connector
Tuesday, September 22nd, 5:30-6:30pm PT / 8:30-9:30pm ET

In this strange quarantine moment we’re living through, it’s harder to connect with other people on a deep and personal level. How can you, when you’re confined to your home? Sign up today to skip the small talk and move right into meaningful conversation.

September 23, 2020
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5pm PT/ 8pm ET
Art Imitating Life: How Climate Fiction Addresses Climate Change
Speaker: 
John Sitter
Wednesday, September 23rd, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

As ice caps melt and temperatures rise, novels about climate change have moved from the margins to the center of world literature. In this seminar, we will explore the emerging genre of climate fiction (aka "cli-fi") and discuss how the best work in this genre helps us understand our moment and imagine possible futures.

September 26, 2020
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12pm PT / 3pm ET
Pepper, Salt, Empire: How the Spice Trade Made the World Modern
Saturday, September 26th, 12-1:30pm PT / 3-4:30pm ET

What we view as commonplace seasonings like pepper and cinnamon were once the most luxurious items known to humans. Join award-winning Cornell University Professor Eric Tagliacozzo for this talk about humanity's millennials-long yearning for the spices of Asia.

September 29, 2020
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5pm PT/ 8pm ET
Distant But Not Alone: A Quarantine Connector
Tuesday, September 29th, 5:30-6:30pm PT / 8:30-9:30pm ET

In this strange quarantine moment we’re living through, it’s harder to connect with other people on a deep and personal level. How can you, when you’re confined to your home? Sign up today to skip the small talk and move right into meaningful conversation.

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October 3, 2020
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12pm PT / 3pm ET
Womanist Activism and the Fight for Equality
Saturday, October 3rd, 10-11:30am PT / 1-2:30pm ET

Over the past 40 years, Black women activists have built the womanist movement to advocate for the rights of all people. The inspirational Reverend Dr. Fry Brown will highlight the work of several womanist activists, from public figures to ordinary people committed to making change, and demonstrate how their actions illustrate the ideals of womanism.

October 3, 2020
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12pm PT / 3pm ET
The Philosophy of Happiness
Speaker: 
Joseph Stenberg
Saturday, October 3rd, 12-1pm PT / 3-4pm ET

What is happiness? Philosophers have been debating this question for millennia. In this interactive seminar, philosopher Joseph Stenberg will lead us in an engaging discussion of different philosophies of happiness and their implications for our own lives. 

October 19, 2020
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Health Care, Science Fiction, and Hope: The Ethics and Ramifications of Prenatal Genetic Testing
Speaker: 
Chavi Karkowsky
Monday, October 19th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

They say knowledge is power, but is it always? As a maternal-fetal medicine physician, Dr. Chavi Karkowsky has seen how genetic testing can empower her patients -- and also open a Pandora’s Box they wish they could close. Join Dr. Karkowsky for this exploration of the history, science, and human experience of modern prenatal genetic testing.

October 22, 2020
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5pm PT / 8pm ET
Frida Kahlo: Artist and Rebel
Speaker: 
Bárbara Mujica
Thursdays, October 22nd and 29th, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

Today, images of Frida Kahlo are ubiquitous in mainstream culture. But in her time, Kahlo was a rebel who challenged the status quo with her paintings and her life. Join renowned literature professor and novelist Dr. Barbara Mujica for a two-part talk on the captivating life and art of Frida Kahlo.

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