Speaking of Steinhart
Speaking of Steinhart
Sunday, October 1 | 10:30 am-11:30 am PT
Morrison Planetarium and livestreamed
Members and donors are invited to a special panel of Academy experts sharing insights and anecdotes about Steinhart Aquarium’s one-hundred year history as a San Francisco cultural icon, our current work, and mission for regeneration. Moderated by Executive Director Scott D. Sampson, our esteemed panel includes Bart Shepherd, Rebekah Kim, and Peter Hartlaub.
Hear stories about our illustrious and sometimes infamous animal residents and enjoy a photographic history of the Steinhart from the Academy’s library archives. Learn how the role of aquariums has changed over the past century and what lies ahead.
Meet the panelists
Senior Director, Steinhart Aquarium
As Senior Director of Steinhart Aquarium, Bart Shepherd oversees the Academy’s 60,000 live plants and animals. Since 1997, Shepherd has held many positions at the Academy including aquatic biologist and curator and was named director of Steinhart Aquarium in 2011. During his tenure he has explored some of the most biodiverse coral reefs of the world and such explorations have catalyzed his passion for improving the conditions for species in the natural world.
Academy Head Librarian
Rebekah Kim has worked more than 10 years as a well-respected library professional in the Bay Area at institutions such as Dolby Laboratories, Google, the Computer History Museum, the GLBT Historical Society, and The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Since March 2017, Kim has been the Academy head librarian and loves to talk about overlooked historical tidbits about Steinhart Aquarium, and has a special soft spot for all Steinhart marine mammals.
San Francisco Chronicle
Peter Hartlaub is The San Francisco Chronicle's culture critic and co-host of Total SF. The Bay Area native has worked at The Chronicle since 2000, and also worked as a court reporter in Los Angeles and as a sports reporter in San Luis Obispo. He covers Bay Area culture, co-hosts and produces the Total SF podcast and writes the archive-based Our SF local history column. Hartlaub grew up in the Bay Area, was a Chronicle paperboy and started going to Steinhart Aquarium in the 1970s. His favorite exhibit was the two-headed snake.