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Activities
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Photograph of a microphone
Activities
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:00pm
Members & Public FREE
Monk of Mokha
Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 7:00pm
Dave Eggers & Mokhtar Alkhanshali
Members $10, Public $15
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Photograph of a typewriter
Activities
Friday, October 19, 2018 - 12:00pm
Speakers include Eileen Duhne, Brenda Knight and Sue Wilhite
Members & Public Free
Democracy Cafe
Meet the Author(s)
Monday, October 22, 2018 - 12:30pm
Christopher Phillips, an acclaimed, bestselling author and noted philosopher, explores the political and philosophical divides among us in these polarizing times.
Members Free, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/democracy-cafe-registration-50976879218
Movie poster
Activities
Monday, October 22, 2018 - 6:00pm
Members & Public Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-believe-in-halloween-a-documentary-by-strephon-taylor-registration-49958325697
Activities
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
John Rothmann
Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 12:30pm
Local celebrity and KGO talk show host John Rothmann will examine current events and election issues today.
Members Free, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/talk-politics-with-kgos-john-rothmann-registration-50978332565
Activities
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 5:30pm
Last Tuesdays of the Month
Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, November 01, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, November 06, 2018 - 7:00pm
Offsite at California Institute of Integral Studies
Members $8, Public $15
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Activities
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 - 12:30pm
Author James Miller in conversation with journalist Deirdre English
Members FREE, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/can-democracy-work-a-short-history-of-a-radical-idea-from-ancient-athens-to-our-world-tickets-51518647662
Activities
Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Eric Vuillard
Activities
Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 6:30pm
Author Éric Vuillard in conversation with novelist Cara Black - Co-sponsored by Alliance Francaise SF
MI Members, Alliance Francaise, and Co-Sponsors FREE, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-order-of-the-day-tickets-51045632862
Activities
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 6:30pm
Members FREE, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-for-the-mind-registration-51045779300
Activities
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Adrienne Major Gods and Robots
Activities
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 6:30pm
Author Adrienne Major in conversation with science writer Mary Ellen Hannibal
Members FREE, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gods-and-robots-myths-machines-and-ancient-dreams-of-technology-tickets-51045898657
Photograph of a typewriter
Activities
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 12:00pm
With Jessica Levine
Members & Public Free
Photograph of the speaker
Activities
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 10:30am
Members & Public Free
Photograph of Terrance Gelenter
Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 12:30pm
Join a pre-Thanksgiving reunion for local friends and CinemaLit fans.
Members & Public FREE
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Activities
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 5:30pm
Last Tuesdays of the Month
Members Only; Free
Detail of the book cover
Activities
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 6:30pm
Author Jane Sherron De Hart in conversation with Professor Scott Dodson
Members Free, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ruth-bader-ginsburg-a-life-tickets-51308758879
Activities
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Photographs of the speakers
Activities
Friday, December 07, 2018 - 12:00pm
Members & Public FREE
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bonanza-king-author-gregory-crouch-in-conversation-with-film-maker-geordie-lynch-registration-51031397283
Photograph of the staircase
Activities
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 6:00pm
Members & Public Free
Photograph of a typewriter
Activities
Friday, December 21, 2018 - 12:00pm
Members & Public Free
Activities
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Toastmasters Open House Meeting

Are you interested in becoming more adept at public speaking? If so come to this open house and enjoy a bit of lunch with the "Crownmasters" -- a local chapter of Toastmasters.

Members & Public FREE
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 7:00pm

Litquake - The Monk of Mokha

Dave Eggers & Mokhtar Alkhanshali

Mokhtar Alkhanshali is 24 and working as a doorman when he discovers the astonishing history of coffee and Yemen’s central place in it. 

Members $10
Public $15

Activities
Friday, October 19, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Writers Lunch: Book Marketing Pros Panel

Speakers include Eileen Duhne, Brenda Knight and Sue Wilhite

When do you start marketing your book? Find out the surprising answer at this dynamic panel with the San Francisco chapter of the Women's National Book Association.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Monday, October 22, 2018 - 12:30pm

Democracy Cafe

Christopher Phillips, an acclaimed, bestselling author and noted philosopher, explores the political and philosophical divides among us in these polarizing times.

Christopher Phillips, an acclaimed, bestselling author and noted philosopher, explores the political and philosophical divides among us in these polarizing times. 

Members Free
Public $15

Activities
Monday, October 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

I Believe in Halloween: A Documentary by Strephon Taylor

A good Halloween story has those elements, the basics. "I Believe in Halloween" is just that, from interviews with kids telling us what Halloween means to them and fun music videos, to vintage footage and photos, antique postcards, advertisements, decorations, and costumes.

Members & Public Free

Activities
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 12:30pm

Talk Politics with KGO’s John Rothmann

Local celebrity and KGO talk show host John Rothmann will examine current events and election issues today.

Local celebrity and KGO talk show host John Rothmann will examine current events and election issues today. Join this conversation on hot topics and keep public discourse alive and well!

Members Free
Public $15

Activities
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Knit Happens

Last Tuesdays of the Month

Are you a crafty member of the Mechanics’ Institute? Knit happens, but we’d love to see your crochet too!  Bring a project and get to know your fellow Mechanics’ Institute members and staff. Deb, our Library Director, will be on hand to help with any difficult projects.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 01, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, November 06, 2018 - 7:00pm

Latinx: The New Force in American Politics and Culture

Offsite at California Institute of Integral Studies

“Latinx” (pronounced “La-teen-ex”) is the term that covers the largest racial minority in the United States, 17 percent of the country. 

Members $8
Public $15

Activities
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 - 12:30pm

Can Democracy Work? A Short History of a Radical Idea from Ancient Athens to Our World

Author James Miller in conversation with journalist Deirdre English

James Miller, the author of the classic history of 1960s protest Democracy Is in the Streets, offers a lively, surprising and urgent history of the democratic idea from its first stirrings to the present. 

Members FREE
Public $15

Activities
Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 6:30pm

The Order of the Day

Author Éric Vuillard in conversation with novelist Cara Black - Co-sponsored by Alliance Francaise SF

Winner of the 2017 Prix Goncourt, this behind-the-scenes account of the manipulation, hubris, and greed that together led to Nazi Germany's annexation of Austria brilliantly dismantles the myth of an effortless victory and offers a dire warning for our current political crisis.

MI Members, Alliance Francaise, and Co-Sponsors FREE
Public $15

Activities
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 6:30pm

Race for the Mind

Dan Welch, a forty-year pharmaceutical industry veteran, writes a medical thriller about the audacious challenge to cure Alzheimer’s Disease. 

Members FREE
Public $15

Activities
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 6:30pm

Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology

Author Adrienne Major in conversation with science writer Mary Ellen Hannibal

Adrienne Mayor tells the fascinating story of how ancient Greek, Roman, Indian, and Chinese myths envisioned artificial life, automata, self-moving devices, and human enhancements.

Members FREE
Public $15

Activities
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Writers Lunch: Stories and Their Structures: Dramatic and Episodic

With Jessica Levine

In this talk, Jessica Levine will discuss how two basic currents in literature, the dramatic and episodic exemplified by Greek drama and epic, have influenced the modern novel.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Laying the Seeds for the GGIE

70 years before the Golden Gate International Exposition and its theme of Pacific Unity took place in 1939, San Francisco’s Mechanics' Institute began reaching out to the Pacific Rim with its Industrial Expositions that displayed and promoted the products of local entrepreneurs and inventors.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 12:30pm

Terrance Gelenter: Your American Friend in Paris

Join a pre-Thanksgiving reunion for local friends and CinemaLit fans.

Terrance Gelenter (Your American Friend in Paris), former CinemaLit curator shares his life and work in Paris as a tour guide and explorer of culture and people

Members & Public FREE

Activities
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Knit Happens

Last Tuesdays of the Month

Are you a crafty member of the Mechanics’ Institute? Knit happens, but we’d love to see your crochet too!  Bring a project and get to know your fellow Mechanics’ Institute members and staff. Deb, our Library Director, will be on hand to help with any difficult projects.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 6:30pm

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life

Author Jane Sherron De Hart in conversation with Professor Scott Dodson

In this large, comprehensive, revelatory biography, Jane De Hart explores the central experiences that crucially shaped Ginsburg’s passion for justice

Members Free
Public $15

Activities
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Friday, December 07, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Bonanza King: Author Gregory Crouch in conversation with film maker Geordie Lynch

Join The Bonanza King author Gregory Crouch in conversation with filmmaker Geordie Lynch for a riveting discussion about the richest silver strike in US history.

Members & Public FREE

Activities
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Night Tour of the Mechanics' Institute

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the Tour of the Institute will orient you to our building, include an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Friday, December 21, 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Writers Lunch: End of Year Celebration, Book Bazaar, and introduction to The Nasiona Magazine

Join the MI writing community for a celebration honoring MI members recent publishing endeavors.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.