History

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North Beach Walking Tour

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Thu, Apr 28 2016 - 1:45pm

Join another Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure! Explore vibrant North Beach with Rick Evans during a two-hour walk through this neighborhood with a colorful past, where food, culture, history and unexpected views all intersect in an Italian “urban village.” In addition to learning about Beat generation hangouts, you’ll discover authentic Italian cathedrals and coffee shops.

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Chinatown Walking Tour

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Wed, Apr 13 2016 - 1:45pm

Enjoy a Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure. Join Rick Evans for a memorable midday walk and discover the history and mysteries of Chinatown. Explore colorful alleys and side streets. Visit a Taoist temple, an herbal store, the site of the first public school in the state, and the famous Fortune Cookie Factory. 

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Russian Hill Walking Tour

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Thu, Mar 24 2016 - 1:45pm

Join a more active Commonwealth Club Neighborhood Adventure! Russian Hill is a magical area with secret gardens and amazing views. Join Rick Evans for a hike up hills and staircases and learn about the history of this neighborhood. See where great artists and architects lived and worked, and walk down residential streets where some of the most historically significant houses in the Bay Area are located. 

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Custer's Trials

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Thu, Feb 25 2016 - 6:00pm

T. J. Stiles, Author, Custer's Trials

This program is part of the Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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Paradise Now

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Wed, Feb 17 2016 - 6:00pm

Chris Jennings, Author, Paradise Now

Many wonder what the future will look like. A few visionaries try to recreate it. Jennings explores the golden age of American utopianism through the lens of five bold and eccentric dreamers who, in the wake of the Enlightenment and the onset of industrialism, confronted the messiness and injustice of a rapidly changing world. Read more »

Past event

Building the Golden Gate Bridge: A Workers' Oral History

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Mon, Feb 1 2016 - 6:00pm

Harvey Schwartz, Bay Area Historian; Author, Building the Golden Gate Bridge: A Workers' Oral History Read more »

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Civil Saints and Civic Pride in the Renaissance City-State

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Thu, Oct 22 2015 - 6:00pm

Mary Harvey Doyno, Assistant Professor, Humanities and Religious Studies, CSU Sacramento Read more »

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Living in the Material World: The Future of the Humanities

Living in the Material World
Mon, Oct 12 2015 - 6:00pm

Caroline Winterer, Director and Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities, Stanford Humanities Center; Professor of History and of Classics at Stanford University
Russell Hancock, Pianist, Saint Michael Trio, and President and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Judy Salter, Board Member, Cal Humanities, and former President and CEO of Turtle Bay Exploration Park
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Bread From Stones

Bread from Stones
Fri, Sep 25 2015 - 12:00pm

Keith David Watenpaugh, Associate Professor and Director of Human Rights Studies, University of California Davis
Priya Satia, Associate Professor of Modern British History, Stanford University; Author, Spies in Arabia - Moderator Read more »

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Crime and Punishment

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Mon, Sep 14 2015 - 6:00pm

John Mindermann, Author, In Pursuit

Monday Night Philosophy arrests your attention with John Mindermann’s insights from his book In Pursuit (co-authored with Brian Solon). Gathered from nearly a decade on the SFPD and his career as an FBI agent, the book details his riveting experiences, including June 17, 1972, when Mindermann just happened to be called in to investigate a burglary at the Watergate complex. You cannot get any closer to history than this.

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