Bancroft Library Roundtable: Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area
Lecture | November 15 | 12-1 p.m. | Faculty Club, Lewis-Latimer Room
Richard A. Walker, Professor Emeritus, Geography, UC Berkeley, and Director, Living New Deal Project
The San Francisco Bay Area is currently the jewel in the crown of capitalism the tech capital of the world and a gusher of wealth from the Silicon Valley Gold Rush. It has been generating jobs, spawning new innovation, and spreading ideas that are changing lives everywhere. It boasts of being the "Left Coast," the "Greenest City," and the best place for workers in the U.S. So what could be wrong? It may seem that the Bay Area has the best of it in Trump's America, 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.
The Lewis-Latimer Room has a maximum capacity of 28 people. The doors will be shut and no more attendees may enter once the room is at capacity.
You may purchase lunch at the Faculty Club and eat during the presentation if you wish.