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The Economic Round Table is composed of members from different sectors of the business community in San Francisco. We have been meeting weekly since 1940 to hear presentations about current issues in business, politics, law, etc. Although the focus of the group is on economic issues, topics are not limited to this field alone.

To become a member, attend three meetings and pay the annual dues of currently $20.00 ' which pays for a year's worth of membership. The meeting are currently on Zoom and not in person. breakfasts.

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Eugenics In American History”

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Kate Mullen Wiley,

A fourth generation San Franciscan, Kate Mullen Wiley has been an educator, school leader, curriculum designer and soccer coach in the Bay Area for over 25 years. Kate matriculated through SF schools, including doing her master’s work in United States History and Feminist Studies at San Francisco State University.

Kate is currently a history faculty member and Dean of Students at Lick-Wilmerding High School, a private independent school in the Excelsior. In her 16 years at the school, Kate has taught Modern World History, United States History and specialty senior seminar courses including “Women in U.S. History”, “The Interwar Years” and “Race, Class and Gender”, and “Revolutions”.

Kate also writes curriculum units for Bay Area nonprofits. Of note, she curated a national park curriculum for the Port Chicago Naval Memorial, and she is currently teamed with Bay Area educators to write high school U.S. History curricular units in collaboration with USF’s Dr. Clarence Jones, centered on his “From Slavery to Obama” college course.

Lecture/Workshop Description

Workshop: Thinking Like an Historian

The first part of this ERT session will be led workshop style, which allows for structured participation. Attendees will be led through a few protocols common to a high school history classroom, encouraging students to “think like historians” as they encounter documents, narratives and worldviews different from their own, in time/space/place and identifiers. Attendees will then be expected to apply these skills in the successive lecture.

Lecture: “Eugenics In American History”

Until recently, the story of early 20th century eugenics, the ideology and practice of race science in the United States, has been little told. In fact, in most American history and biology textbooks, from the 1920’s through the 1960’s, this science was accepted as truth, resulting in significant long-term impacts, including continued defining of people as “fit” or unfit” in society and the practice of sterilization in hospitals and in the American carceral system.

This lecture will define for attendees the key assumptions of the Eugenics movement, how the ideology became practice in American society, and the ways in which the American eugenics movement fueled the successive Nazi

Final Solution. Emphasis will be placed on the intersections of race, class and gender as these constructs informed the pre-WWII American eugenics movement and attendees will be asked to engage with multiple media including primary source visuals, quotations, and film clips. A bibliography will also be included for further study.

Please have a pen and paper available as there will be time for attendees to write and reflect throughout the session.

Mark Nagel/Lori Brooke:"End Street Sleeping, Now!" Host: John Bardis

RescueSF is a citywide coalition of residents advocating for compassionate and effective solutions to homelessness in San Francisco.

In pursuing our mission, we are building a grassroots coalition, acting as policy entrepreneurs, and facilitating collaboration among a broad group of stakeholders. We are currently engaged with more than 45 neighborhood associations and community benefit districts across all eleven of the city’s electoral districts.

Homelessness is not just a problem of the Tenderloin, or the Bayview, or the Mission. It is a problem for all of San Francisco, and we need all residents to join together for our voices to be heard.

Mark and Lori last spoke about RescueSF (www.rescuesf.org ) to ERT in July of 2020. They'll give us an update on their activities and an overview of what is happening now.

Economist Gary Schlossberg "Navigating ANOTHER Pivotal Year" Host: John Bardis

Economist Gary Schlossberg, a Strategist with the Wells Fargo Investment Institute, is no stranger to the Economic Round Table.

Over the years Gary’s data, analyses and insights into the economy and financial markets have been of interest to ERT members and this meeting will be no different.

Gary’s remarks will center on “Navigating ANOTHER Potentially Pivotal Year for the Economy and the Financial Markets”.

John Rothmann: Looking Back at 2021

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We are fortunate to have historian, political analyst and longtime KGO 810AM talk show host John Rothmann speak to us again at what has become the Sid Tuchman Memorial Lectures in which John reviews the significant events of the prior year and helps put them in perspective .

A frequent lecture on American politics and the presidency, he has spoken on over 150 university campuses throughout the United States, Canada and Israel. John has been a professor at the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco since 2004.

John has been involved in many political campaigns on the national, state and local levels including Richard Nixon’s 1968 presidential campaign and Senator Frank Church’s California Presidential campaign in 1976. He served as Chief of Staff to
Senator Milton Marks and as Field Representative for Senator Quentin Kopp, both of San Francisco.

John has published a wide range of articles on American political history, the Middle East and education. He is the co-author of two books, Icon of Evil- Hitler’s Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam (Random House, 2008) and Harold E. Stassen-The Life and Perennial Candidacy of the Progressive Republican (McFarland, 2013). John is the author of An Incomparable Pope: John XXIII and the Jews published in Inside the Vatican (April 2014) John’s passion is his 15,000 volume library, one of the finest private libraries in the country, specializing in American political history and political biography.

A fourth generation San Franciscan, John is a graduate of George Washington in San Francisco and received his BA in 1970 and his Master of Arts in Teaching from Whittier College in 1971. John lives in San Francisco. He and his wife Ellen have two sons, Samuel and Joel.

Z00M Link will be sent to ERT members the Monday before the event. Guests will receive link from their sponsors.

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