Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the Bay Area

Lecture | April 18 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

The San Francisco Bay Area is currently the jewel in the crown of capitalism—the tech capital of the world and one of the wealthiest cities in the world. But there is a dark side of success: overheated bubbles and spectacular crashes; exploding inequality and millions of underpaid workers; a boiling housing crisis, mass displacement, and severe environmental damage, a delusional tech elite, and complicity with the worst in American politics.

Walker is Professor Emeritus of Geography at UC Berkeley, where he taught from 1975 until 2012. His books include two classics in economic geography, The Capitalist Imperative (1989) and The New Social Economy (1992) and four on California: The Conquest of Bread (2004), The Country in the City (2007), The Atlas of California (2013), and Pictures of a Gone City (2018). Walker has received awards from the Fulbright program, Guggenheim Foundation, Association of American Geographers, California Studies Association, and Western History Association. He splits time between Berkeley and Burgundy.

$10 for the general public. Free for OLLI members and UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.

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