Image - speaker photos and outline of Golden Gate Bridge
Image - speaker photos and outline of Golden Gate Bridge

Overlooked Histories of the Bay and Beyond

Think you know the Bay Area? Our past is so much more diverse, more heartbreaking, and more inspiring than anything we are taught in school.

Join us as we explore some of these histories with Heather Bourbeau, Gary Kamiya, and Liam O’Donoghue, three locals who are deepening our understanding of and relationship to this place we call home.

Heather Bourbeau is an award-winning author whose latest poetry collection, Monarch, explores overlooked histories of the U.S. West where she was raised—California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

Gary Kamiya is an award-winning journalist of “Portals of the Past” that ran for more than 10 years in the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner.

Liam O’Donoghue is an award-winning journalist and hosts the “East Bay Yesterday” podcast.

George Hammond

A Humanities Member-led Forum program. Forums at the Club are organized and run by volunteer programmers who are members of The Commonwealth Club, and they cover a diverse range of topics. Learn more about our Forums.

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Image - Heather Bourbeau

Heather Bourbeau

Author, Monarch

Image - Gary Kamiya

Gary Kamiya

Author, Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco

Image - Liam O’Donoghue

Liam O’Donoghue

Host and Producer, "East Bay Yesterday” Podcast; Oakland Columnist, SF Gate

Image - George Hammond

In Conversation with George Hammond

Author, Conversations With Socrates