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January-June 2018

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 are partly underwritten by City Lights Foundation, The Seed Fund and Rainbow Grocery.



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May 23

Archives and Memory: New Ways of Making History

How do we “hold” (record/store) history now compared to the past? How do we “tell” history now, and has the relationship between archival sources and narrative arcs/presentation changed with digitalization? What do we learn from narration-free archival materials (a la Prelinger home movies, foundsf photo pages, etc.)? And popular attitudes towards history: who cares about footnotes? How are archivists beginning to shape new ways of making history public? Film archivist and librarian Rick Prelinger, and city archivist/librarian Susan Goldstein, scholar Howard Besser.

Photo: Smithsonian

June 9

Unsettled in the Mission (Special Offsite event)

Shaping San Francisco is co-sponsoring Adriana Camarena’s reading at the Paseo Artistico from her series “Unsettled in the Mission,” appearing in the pages of El Tecolote as well as on her website unsettlers.org. Crisscrossing the neighborhood’s history and present-day conundrums, Camarena presents a penetrating literary dissection of the inequality, racism, amnesia, and cultural confusion of our time.

Photo: El Tecolote