Free Public Talks
Wednesday evenings 7:30-9:30 unless otherwise noted.
At Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
518 Valencia Street (near 16th), in San Francisco
A place to meet and talk unmediated by corporations, official spokespeople, religion, political parties, or dogma.
Our Public Talks were made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and are also partly underwritten by City Lights Foundation and The Seed Fund.
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Archive of past talks
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Agents of Change!
Fred Glass (From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement), takes a long look at the labor history of California with Chris Carlsson (Foundsf.org), who focuses on the ebb and flow of class war in San Francisco.
With videos and debate!
photo: Members of the Marine Cooks and Stewards Union in a Hiring Hall in 1952, courtesy San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
From the Delta to the Bayshore: Adaptation Infrastructure and Rising Seas
Tim Stroshane (Restore the Delta) and Brenda Goeden (San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission) discuss the politics and prospects of facing our rapidly changing future around and health of the bayshore. Wetlands restoration, Sea Level Rise, Delta Tunnels, Clean Water Act, future of EPA, and more.
photo: Sears Point wetlands with San Francisco in distance. By Chris Carlsson
May 31, 7:30 pm
Summer of Love or
Music, Art, & Politics of 1967: Was it all peace and love or did the anti-war movement really define the era? A conversational antidote to the narrow interpretation of a memorable summer in the City. With Calvin Welch (author, activist, and USF Faculty), original Digger Judy Goldhaft (Planet Drum Foundation), Mat Callahan (The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in SF, 1965-75), and Pam Brennan (Haight Ashbury Flower Power Walking Tours).
photo: 1967 at the corner of Haight and Masonic. Part of the Charles Cushman Collection, Indiana University Archives (P15560)
Kent Minaut's "Diggerly-Do's"
Kent Minault tells of the explosive first six months of the San Francisco Diggers. Featuring stories of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Tim Leary, Huey Newton, Emmett Grogan, Lenore Kandel, Richard Brautigan, and Gary Snyder. His chronicle charts the first Digger free food in the park, tense encounters with the police, the opening of the Digger Free Store, and the Invisible Circus at Glide Memorial Church. Accompanied by photos by Chuck Gould, and music by Peter Coyote. The evening chronicles a turning point in SF and the transformation of a youth into a life-long activist.
photo: Back cover of Issue 2, Diggers' Free City News street sheets distributed in San Francisco 1967–68. Courtesy Digger Archives
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