LECTURES 2nd & 4th Mondays - 1 pm
September 10 “One More Story and I’m out the Door”
Thomas A. Kennelly ~~ Author and Former Federal Prosecutor
Thomas Kennelly will recount his experiences as a trial lawyer in Washington D.C., first as a Federal Prosecutor and then as a criminal defense attorney during the tumultuous years of the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. Working under Robert F. Kennedy, he helped convict Jimmy Hoffa, initiated the Department of Justice’s “Strike Forces” against organized crime, and created the Federal Witness Protection Program. In his varied private practice, he represented Watergate figures, high-ranking government officials, and the leader of a D.C. jail-break.
Thomas is the author of “One More Story and I’m out the Door: a Life with Recollections about Jimmy Hoffa, the Mafia, G. Gordon Liddy, and the Guardian Angels, Among Others.” He will have copies of his book available at the meeting.
September 24“Sanctuary for Sharks: Can Diving with Sharks Save Them?”
David McGuire ~~ Founder and Director of Shake Stewards
Many species of large sharks are threatened globally by overfishing and the shark fin trade. Large charismatic species such as the hammerhead and blue shark are threatened with extinction. This loss of apex predators is having a negative effect on the health and balance of marine ecostystems. Dive tourism is a growing industry, generating three quarters of a billion dollars annually and providing alternative livelihoods for would-be fishermen. Now entire island nations are declaring themselves off limits to shark killing and supporting an industry that is helping protect and potentially restore shark populations.
October 8 “A Taste of Klezmer Music”
Jim Rebhan – Accordionist and Klezmer Musician
Jim is a mainstay of the Bay Area Klezmer scene – this is the lively and soulful traditional instrumental music of Eastern European Jews that was associated with weddings, dances and other special occasions. He will present a concert/lecture about Klezmer music where he will perform and also explore the centuries-old cultural context of this music. We will learn how it was brought to the New World by Jewish immigrants around the turn of the 20th century, and how it was subsequently transformed and renewed.
He is the son of Jewish immigrants who left Europe in the late 1930’s and he grew up listing to Yiddish song at home - his first accordion teachers in Chicago were Italian immigrants. Rebhan majored in music at the University of Chicago and has a Masters in composition from the California Institute of the Arts.
October 22 “Lessons from Eight Million Mentors”
Dimitri Smirnoff – Biomimicry Professional and Biologist at the California Academy of Sciences
In a world of environmental crisis, there is an urgent need for feasible and sustainable environmental solutions. Organisms all around us have already solved man of the challenges we are currently grappling with – from renewable energy generation to benign chemical manufacturing. More and more of today’s chemists, engineers, architects and business leaders are asking “how would nature do it?”
Join biologist, educator and certified Biomimicry Professional Dimitri Smirnoff for stories about surprising biology and remarkable design case studies and how nature is serving as a model for and a measure of success for problem solves around the world.
The meetings are held in the Rosa Parks Rooms
Bottom level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center
Meetings begin at 1:00 with a business meeting which is followed by the program at approximately 1:15 p.m. Following the presentation is a short social time.
1358 Mason Street at Pacific Avenue
Tuesday, September 25 ~~ 5:00 p.m.
Good Italian restaurants abound in the City, but there is always room for one more, expecially when it's as good as this recently-opened spot on Russian Hill. Its robust menu offers a variety of well-crafted pastas and hearty meat dishes as well as many other crowd-pleasers.
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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Tour - October 18 - 21, 2018
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