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  • Folklore and the Modern World
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    Folklore and the Modern World

    Professor Alan Dundes spoke about the study of folklore as an academic discipline. He emphasized that popular culture is as important, if not more important, than the elite culture of great…

  • Second Thoughts on the Information Highway
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    Second Thoughts on the Information Highway

    Clifford Stoll spoke about the societal impact of instant computerized communications technology. After his remarks, he took questions from the audience. He argued against three statements about the…

  • Perot Participation in Presidential Debates
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    Perot Participation in Presidential Debates

    Mr. Perot spoke about his presidential campaign agenda. He focused on the Commission on Presidential Debates decision to deny him participation in this year’s presidential debates. He…

  • US Policy on Western Sahara
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    U.S. Policy on Western Sahara

    Professor Zunes, who is currently working on a book about Western Sahara, spoke about U.S. policy in the region. Western Sahara has seen conflict among Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria and…

  • The California Book Awards
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    The California Book Awards

    The Club presented awards in its 65th annual awards to California authors for their contribution to literature. Mike Rose is the author of Possible Lives, Lawrence Thornton is the author of…

  • Native Americans in the 21st Century
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    Native Americans in the 21st Century

    Mr. West spoke about the status of Native Americans as they approach the next century. He outlined their past, including their centuries of development before Europeans arrived, the…

  • Education in the US
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    Education in the U.S.

    Mr. Sykes, the author of Dumbing Down Our Kids, talked about education policy, pointing out that U.S. students rank last in math and science when compared with other countries.

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    Maternal Justice: Women's Prison Reform

    Professor Freedman spoke about her new book, Maternal Justice: Miriam van Waters and Women’s Prison Reform. After her remarks, she took questions from the audience.

  • Civic Action and the Environment
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    Civic Action and the Environment

    Mr. Werbach, the new president of the Sierra Club, spoke about the importance of getting people involved in activities to protect the environment. He focused on his efforts to involve young…

  • Politics in the Information Age
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    Politics in the Information Age

    Mr. Winograd and Mr. Buffa, the authors of Taking Control: Politics in the Information Age, spoke about how the U.S. political system should keep up with the transformation from an…

  • US Economy and Society
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    U.S. Economy and Society

    Mr. Samuelson talked about his book, The Good Life and Its Discontents which focuses on American culture and the economy. He took questions from the audience.

  • Do Books Have a Future
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    Do Books Have a Future?

    The panelists discussed whether cyberspace means the end of books as a medium. Some felt that books made of paper will disappear in a few decades and be replaced by electronic media. Others…

  • Literary Wars
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    Literary Wars

    Professor Green talked about the controversy over so-called “great” works of literature in universities across the nation. He admitted that people on both extremes of the conflict have…

  • US and World Financial Markets
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    U.S. and World Financial Markets

    Mr. Grasso spoke about trends in U.S. and world financial markets as the economy becomes more global. He examined how changes in demography, geography and technology the markets over the…

  • FBI Institutional Changes
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    FBI Institutional Changes

    Mr. Smith, who recently retired from the FBI and who handled the public relations with several high-profile cases, including the Klass and Unabomber cases. He spoke about several issues,…

  • President Clinton Economic Agenda
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    President Clinton Economic Agenda

    Ms. Tyson talked about President Clinton’s budget proposal in the context of his overall economic agenda. She also outlined the successes of the administration’s economic plan over the past…

  • USAsia Economic Relations
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    U.S.-Asia Economic Relations

    Before a trip to Asia, Secretary Rubin spoke about U.S.-Asia economic relations. He outlined why it is so important for the U.S. to be involved in the region and how this involvement can be…

  • Future of Air Travel
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    Future of Air Travel

    Mr. Crandall spoke about the impact of the future of air travel in the global marketplace. He emphasized that trade agreements and cooperatiion between airlines from different nations are…

  • The California Primary and Campaign 96
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    The California Primary and Campaign '96

    Mr. Field talked about voter polling and the influence of the California primary on the 1996 presidential election. He answered questions from the audience.

  • What to Read and What to Skip
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    What to Read and What to Skip

    Ms. Petorcelli, thw owner of the Book Passage Bookstore in Corte Madera, California and self-professed bibliophile, spoke about the best of new fiction and nonfiction and related several…

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