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Shaping SF Lecture: Other Food Systems are Possible | Mission Dist.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE
Eric Quezada Center | 518 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA



Shaping San Francisco | City History Lectures

Shaping San Francisco is a series of free lectures, which aim to excavate the city’s lost history. It’s a place to meet and talk unmediated by corporations, official spokespeople, religion, political parties, or dogma.

Shaping San Francisco
Periodic Wednesdays | 7:30 pm
Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics | 518 Valencia St., SF
FREE

September 27, 2017 – Other Food Systems are Possible
The Diggers served free food in an effort to address a massive influx of young people to the Haight during the Summer of Love and the Black Panthers’ Free Breakfast Program for youth began soon after. Drawing from this same desire to reimagine food systems, food conspiracies flourished in communes in the early 1970s and the People’s Food System built a network of stores and distributors out of this collective framework.

October 4 – Art and Architecture During the Depression
Join Richard Everett (Maritime Museum), Anne Schnoebelen (Treasure Island Museum), and Harvey Smith(Living New Deal) for a revealing discussion of the art, architecture, and politics that challenged the economic impoverishment of the Depression by inspiring flourishing public art.

October 11 –  Speeding Through the Unseen, from Coding to Commons
Ellen Ullman writes in her new book Life in Code “The penetration of technology into the interstices of human existence is nearly complete,” and then demystifes how humans turn their intentions and ideas into the computer codes that are the language of computers. Katja Schwaller puts “Twitterlandia” under the microscope of her critical gaze, showing how the reconfiguration of mid-Market embodies a larger capture and repurposing of public space by private interests. And Dennis Hayes, a long-time tech writer and author of an early critique of Silicon Valley, brings his own historical and political chops to bear on our current predicament, both obsessed with and deeply oppressed by the technosphere that speeds up our lives to the breaking point even while it presents itself as the answer to everything.

October 25 – 100th Anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution
Few events in the past century equal the importance of the Russian Revolution. And yet we only know it through the fog of propaganda and fear, and the actual events of 1917 are long forgotten in the mists of time. Find out what actually happened in that fabled year, and how it fit together with the world events of that epoch. Longtime Russian scholar Anthony D’Agostino (SF State) joins Anarchist scholar from socialist Yugoslavia Andrej Grubacic (CIIS) to unpack some of those tangled histories and together we’ll connect it to San Francisco then and now.

November 8 – Art & Politics: Seth Eisen “OUT of Site”
Seth Eisen/Eye Zen Presents and collaborators bring to life research and performance excerpts from their newest project, (a collaboration with Shaping SF)—a series of queer history performance-driven walking tours through the streets of San Francisco. This performative talk explores the ways that queer people have historically created community, how the communities have adapted over time, and ways they might sustain and nurture the historical and cultural queer essence.

November 29 – Art & Politics: Mona Caron and Kiernan Graves
In summer 2017 an ambitious project was begun to restore and extend the life of Mona Caron‘s Market Street Railway Mural at 15th and Church Streets. After more than a decade since it was painted, the wall’s surfaces were beginning to crack and buckle, and along came Kiernan Graves, an accomplished conservator, who offered to fix the understory with the skills she’d previously applied to historic Indian palaces and other sites. The art, the history, the process, all will be revealed.

December 6 – Popular Front to the Cold War
How did Communists help build this social movement, and how did the Communist Party undercut its own principles during WWII? How did African American workers and interned Japanese-Americans fit into the story? And where did that leave California politics at the end of WWII and the beginning of the long post-war economic boom? With Chuck Wollenberg, Jonathan Hunt, Kathryn Olmstead.

The Diggers served free food in an effort to address a massive influx of young people to the Haight during the Summer of Love and the Black Panthers’ Free Breakfast Program for youth began soon after.

Drawing from this same desire to reimagine food systems, food conspiracies flourished in communes in the early 1970s and the People’s Food System built a network of stores and distributors out of this collective framework. Three worker-owned cooperatives survive — including Other Avenues Grocery — alongside various contemporary urban agriculture projects, continuing to address the where from and how of the food consumption.

With Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff (author of Other Avenues are Possible: A History of the San Francisco People’s Food System) and Antonio Roman-Alcalá (independent food systems activist-scholar), they look at historical and current examples to use food systems to challenge the political and economic dictates of our world. Join a critical discussion asking if and how these are working to achieve their stated goals of political-economic change.


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Address: 518 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA

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