Lamorinda Democratic Club is proud to host an evening with GEORGE LAKOFF
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12th Orinda Community Church, 6:30 pm.

UC-Berkeley Professor George Lakoff will be the Lamorinda Democratic Club’s speaker on a special night: Thursday, November 12. Dr. Lakoff will bring his framing and linguistics expertise to “Restoring Democracy in California.â€? Dr. Lakoff has submitted an initiative to bring democracy back to our state government’s budget process. Dr. Lakoff is well known for his recent books, which include Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate and The Political Mind: Why You Can’t Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain. The Club will meet at the Orinda Community Church (10 Irwin Way, Orinda). The social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., with the business meeting at 7:30 p.m., and Dr. Lakoff’s presentation at 8 p.m. Dr. Lakoff has submitted to the Attorney General’s office an initiative “The California Democracy Act” which would bring democracy back to our state government’s budget process. The initiative is due to the Secretary of State’s office to prepare for signature gathering in mid-November.

A Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Lakoff previously taught at Harvard University and the University of Michigan. He has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and a Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris (1995) and at the Linguistics Society of America Summer Institute at the University of New Mexico (Summer, 1995).

He has been a member of the Governing Board of the Cognitive Science Society, President of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association, and a member of the Science Board of the Santa Fe Institute.

Dr. Lakoff has published a multitude of articles in major scholarly journals and edited volumes. He is the author of the influential book, Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think, Second Edition, (2002). He is also the author of Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal About The Mind (1987) and co-author of Metaphors We Live By (1980) [with Mark Johnson], More Than Cool Reason (1989) [with Mark Turner], Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge To The Western Tradition (1999) [with Mark Johnson], Where Mathematics Comes From: How the Embodied Mind Brings Mathematics Into Being (2000) [with Rafael Núñez]. His most recent books include Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values, Frame the Debate (2004), Whose Freedom? (2006), and Thinking Points (2006), and The Political Mind (2008).

In addition to his teaching and research commitments, Dr. Lakoff has been on the editorial board of Metaphor and Symbolic Activity, Journal of Pragmatics, Cognitive Linguistics, Philosophical Psychology, Connection Science, and the University of Chicago Press Cognitive Linguistics Book Series.