Past Meetings – 2017

  • San Francisco in the Age of Trump: a Look Ahead with Ben Tulchin

    Monday, February 27, 2017

    Ben Tulchin, one of the city’s foremost political pollsters and consultants, reviewed the national election in November, explaining where and why the Democrats lost the Presidency and made only minimal gains in Congress.  He briefly reviewed the November election in California and looked ahead to what California and San Francisco can expect in the age of Trump.


  • The Golden Ages of Sicily

    Monday, January 30, 2017

    In two golden periods a millennium and a half apart, Sicily led western civilization. First as part of ancient Greece and Rome, then as part of the medieval Arabic-Norman empire, Sicily pioneered history, psychology, art, ethics, society, governance, and literature. A uniquely gifted guide explored those eras of Sicilian civilization with us. Douglas Kenning is a classical scholar and president of Sicily Tour, a company that offers tours of the island with an emphasis on its history and culture. Kenning’s lively, insightful, and richly illustrated talk captured the beauty and significance of a brilliant, important place, the repository of some of the most impressive structures and artifacts of the foundations of western civilization. And we served cannoli. . . .