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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 to 9:30 pm
Eric Quezada Center for Culture & Politics | 518 Valencia St., SF
FREE

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Wednesday, January 23

Shaping SF Lecture: Before SF “Spanish/Mexican Period” | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, January 23 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Before SF "Spanish/Mexican Period" | Mission Dist.

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 to 9:30 pm Eric ...

Wednesday, February 6

Shaping SF Lecture: Internment & Its Aftermath | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, February 6 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Internment & Its Aftermath | Mission Dist.
Chuck Wollenberg presents his new book Rebel Lawyer about Wayne Collins and his defense of Japanese-American rights during WWII. Novelist and essayist Karen Tei Yamashita shares her introduction to John Okada’s No-No Boy, the only 1950s novel to reflect on the post-Internment experience among Japanese-American families.

Wednesday, February 13

Shaping SF Lecture: Seth Eisen “Out of Site” | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, February 13 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Seth Eisen "Out of Site" | Mission Dist.
Last year we embarked on a grand collaborative journey through the under-recognized LGBTQ+ history of North Beach with Seth Eisen’s OUT of Site performative walking tours. Seth returns with a look at his new SOMA tours coming in June and September, bringing forgotten queer histories ...

Wednesday, March 13

Shaping SF Lecture: Dockworkers in the Bay Area & South Africa | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, March 13 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Dockworkers in the Bay Area & South Africa | Mission Dist.
Peter Cole’s new book Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area uniquely compares and contrasts the radical activism of dockworkers on opposite sides of the planet. The San Francisco-based ILWU took direct action to block apartheid-era cargoes, while their counterparts in ...

Wednesday, March 27

Shaping SF Lecture: Sea Level Rise “Pacific Ocean and Bay Area” | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, March 27 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Sea Level Rise "Pacific Ocean and Bay Area" | Mission Dist.
Christina Gerhardt, author of The Atlas of (Remote) Islands and Sea Level Rise, explores the effects and responses to climate-warming on low-lying Pacific Ocean islands. Scientist Kristina Hill and urbanist Laura Tam address sea-level rise on vulnerable shorelines in the Bay Area. Learn about indigenous inhabitants’ adaptive ...

Wednesday, April 3

Shaping SF Lecture: Art & Politics w/ Chris “L7” Cuadrado | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, April 3 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Art & Politics w/ Chris “L7” Cuadrado | Mission Dist.
Few local artists have combined the refined skills of a fine artist with the blistering edge of anti-colonial and liberationist critique that L7 has. He has an incredible body of work and offers a show-and-tell about how his politics have shaped his stunning productions. Part of a ...

Wednesday, April 10

Shaping SF Lecture: SF Neighborhood Newspapers | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, April 10 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: SF Neighborhood Newspapers | Mission Dist.
A collaborative effort of the San Francisco Department of Memory, this project digitally preserves and promotes San Francisco community newspapers. Over 1,600 issues generated in eight neighborhoods dating back to the 1960s are now available online and members of participating history groups will present highlights along with ...

Wednesday, May 8

Shaping SF Lecture: The Women of Los Siete de la Raza | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, May 8 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: The Women of Los Siete de la Raza | Mission Dist.
50 years after the arrest of seven young men from the Mission District galvanized a movement, women gather who were active in creating the multi-faceted community response that grew out of the Los Siete Defense Committee. From Basta Ya!—the newspaper—to Centro de Salud and La Raza Information ...

Wednesday, May 22

Shaping SF Lecture: Local Ecological Justice & Urbanity | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, May 22 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: Local Ecological Justice & Urbanity | Mission Dist.
Gopal Dayaneni (Movement Generation), Anthony Khalil (Literacy for Environmental Justice), and Jason Mark (editor, Sierra Magazine), discuss urbanity and ecological crisis from their ultra-local, regional, and national perspectives of environmental and ecological justice.

Wednesday, May 29

Shaping SF Lecture: 1936-1939 Americans in the Spanish Civil War | Mission Dist.
Wednesday, May 29 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Eric Quezada Center
Shaping SF Lecture: 1936-1939 Americans in the Spanish Civil War | Mission Dist.
International volunteers rushed to Spain in 1936 after General Francisco Franco led a military coup against the Spanish Republic. Adam Hochschild, author of Spain In Our Hearts, brings to life remarkable characters in this bloody and bitter conflict that consumed Spain for 3 years. 80 years ago ...

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