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Discussion of Silicon City: San Francisco in the Long Shadow of the Valley

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Wed, December 11, 2019
06:30PM - 08:30PM
UJA Federation
130 E 59th St, New York NY 10022
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$20, $15 for young alumni ('14-'19) includes a brief wine reception from 6:30-7

Stanford alumni and guests are invited to hear author of Silicon City:  San Francisco in the Long Shadow of the Valley, Cary McClelland, JD, ’15, in conversation with renowned journalist, editor and educator Bill Grueskin, ’77, Classics.  Silicon City was selected in 2019 as one of the “Three Books” for Stanford undergraduates to read and discuss with each other over the summer.  The program culminates in a roundtable discussion with the authors during New Student Orientation.

Silicon City is an intimate, eye-opening portrait of San Francisco transformed by the tech boom.

San Francisco is changing at warp speed. Famously home to artists and activists, and known as the birthplace of the Beats, the Black Panthers, and the LGBTQ movement, in recent decades the Bay Area has been reshaped by Silicon Valley, the engine of the new American economy. The richer the region gets, the more unequal and less diverse it becomes, and cracks in the city’s facade—rapid gentrification, an epidemic of evictions, rising crime, atrophied public institutions—have started to show.

Silicon City masterfully weaves together a candid conversation across a divided community to create a dynamic portrait of a beloved city—and a cautionary tale for the entire country.

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