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UC Berkeley California Studies Dinner Seminar, Feb. 21, 2018: Hiya Swanhuyser, “The City Will Never Be The Same: Lost Radical Cultures in San Francisco’s Montgomery Block”

On Wednesday, February 21, San Francisco author and journalist Hiya Swanhuyser will discuss her forthcoming book on San Francisco’s Montgomery Block.  When it was built in 1853, the “Monkey Block”was probably the largest and most important office building in the Far West.  But as the commercial center of the city moved south, the building became occupied by bohemian artists, writers, and cultural radicals.  Hiya Swanhuyser considers the role and heritage of the Montgomery Block (now the site of the TransAmerica Pyramid) as the center of San Francisco’s first counter culture.

The session will be from 7-9:15 p.m. at the UCB Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way, Berkeley (one-half block east of Telegraph Ave).

Free admission and dinner.  Contact Charlotte Rutty,

(Rachel Brahinsky’s presentation, originally scheduled for Feb. 21st, has been rescheduled for the fall.)