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Public Talks

Free! All Talks begin at 7:30 pm  unless otherwise noted.

At various locations (see below). Additional offsite events are also listed here.

We are recommencing our ongoing Public Talks at 518 Valencia this Fall. Some of our celebratory events that are collaborative Public Talks in other locations are also listed here to make the calendar continuous.

Our Public Talks are partly underwritten by the City Lights Foundation and Rainbow Grocery Cooperative.

Download the Spring 2024 calendar as a pdf

Archive of past talks

All our Talks have been integrated into our digital archive at, and may be easier to access there.

Topic areas of our audio recordings of public talks going back to 2006:

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Friday, July 5, 7:30 pm

90th Anniversary of Big Strike

at 518 Valencia Street

On the 90th anniversary of "Bloody Thursday," July 5, 1934, labor historians and ILWU veterans will discuss the history and legacy of the longshore union in San Francisco's politics. Featuring Gifford Hartman, Chris Carlsson, and others TBA.

This is a free event, but we gladly accept donations. donate now!