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Decimal Time & The Most Expensive Watch in the WorldThe Frick Collection - The Frick CollectionThe clocks in the exhibition Precision and Splendor reflect some of the major debates about time that have occurred over the last five hundred years. This lecture will discuss the relevance of the clocks on view to our understanding of some of the great historic changes in timekeeping, including the Gregorian calendar and the Counter-Reformation, the Copernican revolution, the replacement of solar time with mean time, and the French Revolution's failed experiment with decimal time.
How Artists See: Bringing Psychology to the SurfaceThe Frick Collection - The Frick CollectionDorothy Johnson will explore the significance of David d'Angers's public and private works, from medallions and busts to statues and statuettes of famous figures. In particular, she will consider the ways in which David read and interpreted the world and the individuals who helped shape it as visible signs of a hidden language of nature and culture.
David d'Angers: Gesture is the Language of SculptureThe Frick Collection - The Frick CollectionDorothy Johnson will explore the significance of David d'Angers's public and private works, from medallions and busts to statues and statuettes of famous figures. In particular, she will consider the ways in which David read and interpreted the world and the individuals who helped shape it as visible signs of a hidden language of nature and culture.
Modern Sites Like St. Louis Arch Make WMF Watch ListWorld Monuments Fund - Empire State BuildingWMF President Bonnie Burnham will announce the 67 sites on the 2014 Watch, highlighting examples that reveal especially compelling issues and progressive approaches to cultural-heritage conservation.World Monuments Fund is the leading independent organization devoted to saving the world's most treasured places. The World Monuments Watch is its flagship advocacy program. Nominated by local stakeholders and selected by an international panel of heritage experts, the biennial list is a global call to action, bringing these places and heritage issues to worldwide attention.
San Francisco: A Florence Without MediciThe Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West - San Francisco Public LibraryDavid Talbot, Phil Bronstein, Gary Kamiya, Michelle Tea; Moderator: Jane GanahlModerated by Jane Ganahl, this panel tackles "the city." What's the enduring power of San Francisco as literary site, trope, problem, puzzle, mystery, icon? The City in fiction, The City in fact: where do they crossover, diverge, collide? Who are the great interpreters of The City then and now? What's right, what's wrong about portrayals? And, as this conference is meant to be the first of two, what questions about San Francisco can we bring to Los Angeles in February of 2014?
Kevin Starr's Favorite CaliforniansThe Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West - Kevin Starr in conversation with William DeverellKevin Starr's monumental "Dream Series" is the single most ambitious reckoning of California history ever undertaken. Trained in the American Civilization program at Harvard, Starr is also an astute literary critic and student. This conversation with conference co-organizer William Deverell will explore the meaning, power, and influence of California writers, north and south, then and now, fiction and non.
Californian Dystopia: Rich Material for Science FictionThe Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West - Dana Gioia, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ursula HeiseModerated by poet and literary scholar Dana Gioia, this panel explores landscapes of fantasy and fact in California science-fiction and environmental writing. Ecotopia brought nature and science fiction famously together, but so too have other writers, thinkers, and scholars, including our panelists Kim Stanley Robinson and Ursula Heise. This conversation takes up these themes, in past and present, and with particular focus on the current and former work of the panelists themselves.
City Lights Is a Community More Than a BookstoreThe Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West - Tobias Wolff, Peter Richardson, Paul Yamazaki, Laura CoganHow do literary communities arise? How are they sustained? What's the lasting role and influence of single institutions - Stanford's Stegner program, for example - on the region, the state, the nation? How about bookstores, salons, other ways and places in which writers gather, gain support of one sort or another, and do their work? What are the connections - personal, historical, and otherwise-between such places and programs?Break: 12:30 - 1:30 pm PDT
There's Something About CaliforniaThe Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West - San Francisco Public LibraryFrances Dinkelspiel, Ellen Ullman, Karen Tei Yamashita, Faith Adiele, Moderator: Anthea HartigModerated by Anthea Hartig, the Executive Director of the California Historical Society, this panel is a wide-ranging discussion about regional literary production beyond the limits of San Francisco but still Northern Californian. How are the life stories of our distinguished panelists (their own and those they unspool in their fiction and non-fiction) inflected or influenced by Northern California? Can we speak of general Bay Area literary production or does the work of these writers insist that we think in different terms about region? What's local, what's regional, what's Californian, and how do we know?
California Sensibility: What Is California Literature?The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West - San Francisco Public LibraryLuis Herrera, Will Hearst, David Ulin, Bill Deverell
La Douleur: David d'Angers Expression of PainThe Frick Collection - In a celebrated passage from his Histoire de la Révolution Française, French historian Jules Michelet asserts that the revolution left no lasting monuments, only empty space. Pierre-Jean David d'Angers, arguably the greatest sculptor of the early nineteenth century, made it his life's work to fill that void. This lecture will follow David's attempts to reinvigorate and adapt the notion of a historical monument to the new social and political landscape of modernity.
Armistead Maupin: The Novelist and the NewspaperThe Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West - San Francisco Public LibraryArmistead Maupin in conversation with David Ulin. Introduction: Ralph LewinIntroduced by the President and CEO of Cal Humanities Ralph Lewin, this free-wheeling conversation between Los Angeles Times book critic (and conference co-organizer) David Ulin and the writer Armistead Maupin will investigate Maupin's body of work and the general landscape of writing about, in, and on San Francisco in the last several decades.
Dana Gioia Reads 'California Hills In August'The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West - San Francisco Public LibraryDana GioiaA poetry reading by the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, distinguished poet, and literary scholar.
Armistead Maupin on Why We Read and WriteBooks Inc - Books Inc.San Francisco's own, internationally best-selling author, Armistead Maupin, discusses the new book, Michael Tolliver Lives where he revisits the now 55-year-old Michael Tolliver, allowing him to tell his story in his own voice.
Was Jesus Really an Inveterate Pacifist?Politics & Prose - Politics & Prose BookstoreFrom the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle worker walked across the Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the "Kingdom of God." The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was captured, tortured, and executed as a state criminal. Within decades after his shameful death, his followers would call him God. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor. Scores of Jewish prophets, preachers, and would-be messiahs wandered through the Holy Land, bearing messages from God. This was the age of zealotry-a fervent nationalism that made resistance to the Roman occupation a sacred duty incumbent on all Jews. And few figures better exemplified this principle than the charismatic Galilean who defied both the imperial authorities and their allies in the Jewish religious hierarchy. Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against the historical sources, Aslan describes a man full of conviction and passion, yet rife with contradiction; a man of peace who exhorted his followers to arm themselves with swords; an exorcist and faith healer who urged his disciples to keep his identity a secret; and ultimately the seditious "King of the Jews" whose promise of liberation from Rome went unfulfilled in his brief lifetime. Aslan explores the reasons why the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically conscious revolutionary. And he grapples with the riddle of how Jesus understood himself, the mystery that is at the heart of all subsequent claims about his divinity. Zealot yields a fresh perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told even as it affirms the radical and transformative nature of Jesus of Nazareth's life and mission. The result is a thought-provoking, elegantly written biography with the pulse of a fast-paced novel: a singularly brilliant portrait of a man, a time, and the birth of a religion.
The Flow of Contemporary Art ThoughtUC Berkeley Extension - UC BerkeleyDesign is purpose-driven artistic creativity that links artistic and technological innovation. It is an integral component of how a society represents itself. It is particularly interesting to explore how designers relate to the left-brain knowledge worker of the Internet age. Moderated by author Piero Scaruffi—with individual presentations and a panel discussion by distinguished Bay Area practitioners in art and design—this event ranges across the contemporary art and design field to underscore the importance of creativity for business, technology and the way that people live.
How the Green Revolution Caused Pesticide ChaosThe Long Now Foundation - The Long Now FoundationPerfect Order: A Thousand Years in BaliWith lucid exposition and gorgeous graphics, anthropologist Stephen Lansing exposed the hidden structure and profound health of the traditional Balinese rice growing practices. The intensely productive terraced rice paddies of Bali are a thousand years old. So are the democratic subaks (irrigation cooperatives) that manage them, and so is the water temple system that links the subaks in a nested hierarchy.When the Green Revolution came to Bali in 1971, suddenly everything went wrong. Along with the higher-yield rice came "technology packets" of fertilizers and pesticides and the requirement, stated in patriotic terms, to "plant as often as possible." The result: year after year millions of tons of rice harvest were lost, mostly to voracious pests. The level of pesticide use kept being increased, to ever decreasing effect.
Extinct Gods: How Science Forces Religion to EvolveThe Long Now Foundation - The Long Now FoundationMapping the Frontier of Knowledge with Juan Enriquez speaking at a seminar hosted by The Long Now Foundation.Enriquez has a world-class collection of historic maps made at the very point of discovery. He will deploy them for the first time in one of his dazzling presentations, to examine how we image and imagine what we are exploring, and thus image and imagine exploration itself. Enriquez is author of As the Future Catches You and The Untied States of America, and CEO and Chair of Biotechonomy, a life sciences research and investment firm - The Long Now Foundation
Why 'A Thousand Points of Light' Volunteerism FailedThe Long Now Foundation - Long Now FoundationRosabeth Moss Kanter presents Enduring Principles for Changing Times as part of The Long Now Foundation's Seminars About Long-term Thinking.
A Fossil Fuel Hellscape: How Coal is Destroying ChinaThe Long Now Foundation - The Long Now FoundationChina Thinks Long-term, But Can It Relearn to Act Long-term?China is the most unresolved nation of consequence in the world," Orville Schell began. It is defined by its massive contradictions. And by its massiveness - China's population is estimated to be 1.25 to 1.3 billion; the margin of error in the estimate is greater than the population of France. It has 160 cities with a population over one million (the US has 49). It has the world's largest standing army.No society in the world has more millennia in its history, and for most of that history China looked back. Then in the 20th century the old dynastic cycles were replaced by one social cancellation after another until 1949, when Mao set the country toward the vast futuristic vision of Communism. That "mad experiment" ended with Deng Xiaoping's effective counter-revolution in the 1980s, which unleashed a new totalistic belief, this time in the market.So what you have now is a society sick of grand visions, in search of another way to be, focused on the very near term.These days you cannot think usefully about China and its potential futures without holding in your mind two utterly contradictory views of what is happening there. On the one hand, a robust and awesomely growing China; on the other hand a brittle China, parts of it truly hellish - The Long Now Foundation