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NEW! Bay Cruises along San Francisco's bayshore . . .

Free Public Talks are postponed until 2021, instead . . .

Urban Forums: Walk & Talk

Satudays at 12 noon unless otherwise noted.

At various locations (see below)

A new kind of outdoor gathering to replace our normal schedule of indoor public talks. These will be shorter urban walks with a guest speaker or two, ending in a place where we can sit (safely) and have an open conversation about history, public space, and the themes that come up along the way.

(Due to pandemic restrictions, we have limited capacity on our tours. If you RSVP in the last week, you may be put on a waiting list.)


Our Public Talks are partly underwritten by the City Lights Foundation, The Seed Fund, and California Humanities: Funding has been provided by California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020.


Download the Fall 2020 calendar as a pdf

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Archive of past talks

Online audio archive of past talks, listed by type:

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Spring 2021 coming soon!

Walks, Bike Tours, Bay Cruises

We will be continuing our adaptation to the pandemic by holding our entire Spring 2021 schedule outdoors. This includes monthly bay cruises, including a new itinerary that goes around the northern shore of the city, our regular montly walking tours, our usual schedule of bicycle tours, and our replacement for our missing public talks, the "Urban Forum: Walk & Talks", which have been a wonderful discovery.