Seminars

Discuss fascinating topics with an engaging expert and an intimate group of fellow lifelong learners.

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35.00
John Sitter
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.

25.00
Joseph Stenberg
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. 

25.00
Chavi Karkowsky
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.