Dianne Hales, Author, Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered
Why does Mona Lisa's smile still enchant us? Little is known about the world's most recognized face, most revered artist and most praised and parodied painting. Join Hales as she reveals Da Vinci’s muse, Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, and explores Giocondo’s colorful family history and the neighborhoods where she lived as a girl, a wife and a mother.
James Ganz, Ph.D., Curator, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Kevin Starr, Ph.D., California State Librarian Emeritus Laura Ackley, Author, San Francisco's Jewel City: The Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915Read more »
Join us to discuss the life of Charlemagne, the Holy Roman emperor and “father of Europe.” One biography we’ll look at is by Einhard, who joined the royal court in 791 to serve as an epic poet, mathematician and architect. His work is believed to be the most accurate portrayal of Charlemagne and the finest biography of its time.Read more »
P.J. Palmer, Filmmaker; Videographer Octavio Solis, Playwright; Director Patricia Wakida, Writer; Linoleum Block-Print Artist
Monday Night Philosophy celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck’s seminal novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Its central themes of struggle and hope are still relevant today. Read more »