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.
Evolutionary Biologist; Author, The Selfish Gene, The God Delusion and An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist; Twitter @RichardDawkins
In conversation with Kishore Hari, Director, Bay Area Science Festival
Dawkins has been central to the debates surrounding creationism, intelligent design and religion. He coined the word meme, and his gene-centric view of evolution helped popularize the radical new understanding of Darwinism. Read more »
Chuck Palahniuk, Author, Fight Club, Choke; Member, Cacophony Society Portland Chapter John Law, Main Organizer, Cacophony Society; Co-author, Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society Carrie Galbraith, Main Organizer, Cacophony Society; Co-author, Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society Brad Wieners, Executive Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek - Moderator Read more »
Ed Lee, Mayor, San Francisco Kofi Bonner, President, Bay Area Urban Division, Lennar Bruce Katz, Vice President, Brookings Institution; Co-author, The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy Greg Dalton, Founder and Host, Climate One - Moderator Read more »
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 »
Zubair Jandali, Member, Northern California Chapter, Syrian American Council; Head of Mobile App Developer Sales, Google; Graduate, UC Berkeley, B.S., Business Administration Fred H. Lawson, Ph.D., Professor of Government, Mills College Tareq Al Samman, Graphic Artist/Web Designer; Syrian activist Read more »