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.
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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 Read more »