We have something special almost every day!

This program is on hold pending a return to in person classes.


Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at noon. Walk with Zohar Lahav to the Golden Gate Park. See video:  

Jan. 13-16, 2020

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Monday-Thursday at noon, Broad Room

New members should have received a welcome packet which includes information on the New Members Meet & Greet Lunches during the second week of classes. Hosted by Frances Pinnock of FISA New Member Committee, you will learn about your new status as a Fromm Institute student, hear from “seasoned” Frommies talking about their experiences, and meet some fellow newbies - sure to be your newest friends. If you haven’t already done so, please RSVP to Carla Hall in the Fromm Institute office to secure a free box lunch.



Matinée is Fromm’s movie club supported by Fromm Institute Student Association. We screen films at 3pm on various days, films that connect to and hopefully embellish our classes. Matinée is about watching together, enjoying the big screen, discussing film, reliving a time we remember… Join us!


Here is our Fall program and everyone is welcome whether you attend the classes the films link to or not. See you at the movies!

Film Screening Calendar – Winter 2020

Billy Wilder - Films related to Professor Cary Pepper’s class

Jewish American Literature in 21st Century - Films related to Prof. Goldberg’s class 

America on Stage and Screen: The 1990s - Films related to Professor Eilenberg’s class 

MATINÉE arranged by Maxine Einhorn

February 4, 2020

Green Investing at noon in the Maraschi Room

February 11, 2020

Speaking Politics at noon in the Maraschi Room

February 19, 2020 WELCOME COMMITTEE with Frances Pinnock

Have you been coming to Fromm for years but are still wondering which classes you like to take in the Spring?
Are you the kind of person who often chooses classes according to who is teaching it? Are you a new student
and dazed by all the class choices?
If you fit into any of these categories and would like to meet with some “seasoned” Fromm Institute students
who are prepared to discuss the classes they like and dislike; making some recommendations, then why not
join us? Bring your lunch and come and chat on Wednesday, February 19 at Noon in the Broad Room.


Here’s how! Help teach a child to read. Interested? Please mark this on your calendar.
Fromm and its Effective Altruism project are joining with the Bay Area Reading Partners, a phenomenal volunteer program to help students in Bay Area public schools improve their reading skills. We are holding our first organizing meeting with Reading Partners on: Monday, February 24 at noon in the Maier Room.

February 25, 2020

Fromm Players at noon in the Maraschi Room.

Original pieces written and performed by Fromm students.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020, NOON in Maraschi Room.
Order a box lunch from the office ahead of time and enjoy lunch with the Fromm Players!
Holy Hell – a play by Claudia Garrison
Ashes – a play by Mary Melissa Grafflin
Annie Oakley – a monologue by Sandra Lovas
Karma-Giveness – a play by Judy Shulman
A Long Time Ago – a reading by Peter Jacobs
Presented by Fromm Playwrights, an 8 year old group of Fromm Institute members who meet each month to read, critique and improve each other’s work. We do short works (15 min max): plays, short stories, poems, book chapters, memoirs, and improv. If interested in writing, reading, performing or just observing, contact either: Judy Shulman: or David McClure:

February 12, 2020

Dance Generators

Wednesday, February 12, at noon in the Maraschi Room

Join the Dance Generators, USF's intergenerational dance company comprised of undergraduate students and older adults from the community, for an afternoon performance and Q&A session! 

About the Dance Generators:

Dance Generators is an intergenerational dance company housed at the University of San Francisco. Consisting of USF students & Bay Area adults, our dancers range in age from their teens through their 80's and come together through a shared commitment to innovative movement practices. The company was founded in 1997 by Amie Dowling, and later directed by Natalie Greene and co-directed by Kristen Greco. Dance Generators promote the gifts, strengths, and life histories of elder and younger dancers while shattering stereotypes about aging and empowering communities to MOVE. Through their creative process, the company reclaims dance as an art form for diverse bodies. Through performance and community engagement, their work redefines audiences' expectations of dance. Under new Direction of Liv Schaffer, the 2018/2019 academic calendar focused Dance Generators attention to performances on campus and running a pilot residency in partnership with EngAGE Aging, wherein elder and student company members co-teach dance classes in senior housing communities. 

10 People on 10 Years of Dance Generators in San Francisco

Command Performances arranged by Robert Morgan

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22nd AT NOON: My Fall session Performing Arts Q&A will be in the Broad Room. As always, I encourage all New Students to attend as well as any others to come as I will discuss how to use your Fromm Student ID to get student discounts on any ticket you buy and much more in 40 minutes between classes.


SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC NOONTIME CONCERTS: I have arranged for 4 concerts this Fall with the students at the San Francisco Conservatory Of Music. There will be one each of the 4 days we are in session so that all students will be able to enjoy these amazing young musicians performing. I do not have to tell those of you who have been to these concerts for the past 6 years what a joy it is to see what the Conservatory has and encourage all of those who are new students to put these dates on your calendars now to not miss them. They are as follows and all are in the Maraschi Room and last 40 minutes so be sure to arrive early as they are usually a full house.

MONDAY, JANUARY 27: guitar and singer duo



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26: A flute and piano combo



SAN FRANCISCO OPERA: There is still time to take advantage of the SF OPERA student series discounts. Look for the order forms in the left Middle Rack and take advantage of this before it goes away...Having seen BILLY BUDD so far I can assure you that their new season is off to a great start.


Each session, a faculty or staff writer is showcased in our Fromm Writers Read lunchtime series. This session, on Thursday,February 27, in conjunction with his current course, Prof. Patrick Hunt will read from his new book – hot off the press – Archaeology and the Bible: Ten Illuminations of Selected Biblical Texts.


This volume uses archaeology, history, and linguistics to enrich the context and interpretation of ten biblical passages. In so doing, Patrick Hunt views some of the many features of cultural, social, and historical backgrounds of the texts while giving readers an appreciation of the multi-faceted world of archaeology. Among the texts and topics presented are: Genesis 41, Joseph in Egypt and Pharoah’s Dream of Seven Cows; Joshua 5 and Flint Knives; I Kings 10 and Why Solomon’s Legendary Gold is Gone; II Chronicles 32, II Kings 19, and the Destruction of Sennacherib’s Army Besieging Jerusalem; Mark 14:3 and an Archaeological Solution to a Philological Problem; Corinthian Bronze, Demeter, and Glossalalia in I Corinthians 8, 13, 14. From these and other cases Hunt shows how an understanding of the richness of the biblical text is enhanced when using archaeology and its associated disciplines. The illumination of the selected texts reveals some of the rewarding and broader discoveries readers experience when seriously engaging the Bible with the tools of archaeology.

Patrick Hunt is an archaeologist and historian. His Ph.D. is in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, UCCL
(University of London). He has been teaching at Stanford University since 1993. Some of his field research has
been sponsored by the National Geographic Expedition Council and he has been an Expeditions Expert for
National Geographic Expeditions since 2016. Hunt has authored 22 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed
journal articles. He has conducted annual fieldwork in Europe and the Near East since 1984. He is a National
Lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America and a frequent featured scholar for PBS, National Geographic,
and NOVA documentaries. He has taught 18 classes at the Fromm Institute since 2010.
Please join us on February 27 at noon in the Maraschi Roomfor a most intriguing reading! Books will be available
for purchase and signing.