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 two-hour 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.
Explore one of San Francisco’s 44 hills, and one of its original “Seven Hills”. Because of great views and its central position, Nob Hill became an exclusive enclave of the rich and famous on the west coast who built large mansions in the neighborhood. This included prominent tycoons such as Leland Stanford, and other members of the Big Four. Highlights include the history of four landmark hotels: The Fairmont, Mark Hopkins, Stanford Court, and Huntington Hotel. Read more »
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.Read more »
Explore San Francisco’s Financial District with historian Rick Evans and learn the history and stories behind some of our city’s remarkable structures, streets, and public squares. Hear about the famous architects that influenced the building of San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake. Discover hard-to-find rooftop gardens, Art Deco lobbies, unique open spaces, and historic landmarks. This is a tour for locals, with hidden gems you can only find on foot!
Let's launch the Club's Platforum Citizen Science series in true science style with the California Academy of Science's Nightlife. Be a citizen scientist for a night and learn all about large-scale and local projects that depend on data collected by everyday folks. Read more »
Mark Leibovich, Chief National Correspondent, The New York Times Magazine; Author, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! – in America's Gilded Capital; Twitter: @MarkLeibovich
Bill Whalen, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; Twitter @hooverwhalen Josh Richman, State and National Politics Reporter, Bay Area News Group, San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times; Twitter @Josh_Richman John Zipperer, Vice President of Media & Editorial, The Commonwealth Club – Host Read more »
Amy Larkin, Author, Environmental Debt: The Hidden Costs of a Changing Global Economy; Director, Greenpeace Solutions John Hofmeister, CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy; Former President, Shell Oil CompanyRead more »