Free Public Talks
A place to meet and talk unmediated by corporations, official spokespeople, religion, political parties, or dogma.
All events are free, on Wednesday evenings unless otherwise noted.
At Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia, near 16th Street, San Francisco. Download a pdf of our Fall 2014 calendar (2 mb) from here.
We are proud to announce a collaboration between Shaping San Francisco, The New Nothing Cinema, and the Anthropology and Social Change Department at C.I.I.S. We will screen a film once a month with the focus being on local activism and political history. Held monthly at New Nothing Cinema, 16 Sherman Alley (near Folsom and 7th), on Thursdays September-December 2014.
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Shaping San Francisco's Chris Carlsson provides an historic tour of the eastern shoreline from its days as tidal mudflats and open sewers crisscrossed by piers and wharves to its new incarnation as a site of ecological restoration and recreation. Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) presents a plan to revitalize Candlestick shoreline.
A discussion among adjunct faculty (aka temp teachers), City College of San Francisco advocates and defenders, and Student Debt activists—how to understand the current neoliberal-imposed crisis in higher education, and what is a future worth fighting for? with Joe Berry of COCAL, an adjunct from the recent unionizing success at the San Francisco Art Institute, and TBA.
At the outset of the LGBTQ History Month of October, a group of distinguished historians come together to orient us to queer historic sites and events in the city. They will reflect on a list of places that have been torn down and what it means that these centers of community are missing, and will present a sampling of the many significant and diverse spaces that are still extant, and why these places are critical components of LGBTQ history. The presentation will also showcase the work going into the Citywide Historic Context Statement for LGBTQ History, a planning document that will serve as a guide in the documentation and commemoration of LGBTQ places in San Francisco. With Glenne McElhinney, Gerard Koskovich, Shayne Watson, Donna Graves
Decades of displacement and eviction have reached another crescendo during 2013-14. Key activists from the 1990s to the present will share tactics and strategies as the war enters its latest stages. James Tracy with his new book Dispatches Against Displacement with Erin McElroy of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and Maria Zamudio of Causa Justa and TBA.
Jared Farmer presents his book “Trees in Paradise,” reading California history through Redwoods/Sequoias, Palms, Citrus, and Eucalyptus, and he is joined by Craig Dawson of the Sutro Stewards, a group dedicated to untangling San Francisco’s most fraught forest atop Mt. Sutro.
A discussion of the west side tunnels and MUNI expansion in the 1910s, simultaneous to the building of the Hetch Hetchy water and power system by Elizabeth Creely and Catherine Powell, with Tim Redmond to compare today’s infrastructure build-out (Central Subway, sewers, rebuilding Hetch Hetchy aqueduct).
Clif Ross and Marcy Rein, editors of Until the Rulers Obey: Voices from Latin American Social Movements present a broad overview of the social movements that have pressured one regime after another in Latin America, changing the political calculations for everyone from right to left, from Venezuela to Argentina, Mexico to Chile and more. Co-hosted by PM Press