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Spain in Our Hearts

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Mon, May 9 2016 - 6:00pm

Adam Hochschild, Author, Spain in Our Hearts Read more »

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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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Jungle of Stone: The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya

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Tue, Apr 26 2016 - 12:00pm

William Carlsen, Author, Journalist

In 1839 explorers John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood trekked through the jungles of Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, investigating the remains of the Maya civilization. After their journey through disparate and widely scattered ruins, they changed forever the world's view of the widespread, advanced Maya society. Carlsen, formerly a San Francisco Chronicle reporter and Pulitzer finalist, traveled the explorers’ 2500-mile route himself to prepare for writing the book.

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The Brazen Age

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Wed, Apr 20 2016 - 12:00pm

David Reid, Author, The Brazen Age Read more »

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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 »

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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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