Great Reasons to Attend
The San Francisco Bay Area
The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) is located in one of the most beautiful and interesting regions of the United States. Directly across the Bay from San Francisco, culturally diverse Berkeley has been a major intellectual center since the University of California moved here from Oakland in 1873. A famously independent community, Berkeley played a major role in the social upheavals of the 1960s and 70s. Much quieter now but still fiercely independent, Berkeley offers a wide range of intellectual and cultural resources, especially centered around UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). Wonderful restaurants, organic markets, second-hand bookshops (including Moe's Books, a Berkeley institution since 1959), and specialty stores of all kinds abound here.
Little need be said about nearby San Francisco, easily reached from Downtown Berkeley via Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). The fourth largest city in California, "The City" is without question among the most beautiful in the world and offers a dizzying variety of activities including world-class museums and restaurants, Fisherman's Wharf, Coit Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, and of course cable cars!
Further afield, one can easily visit an incredible variety of spectacular places. John Steinbeck's Monterey, upscale Carmel-By-the-Sea with its historic Mission, funky Santa Cruz, the wild and rugged North Coast, Big Sur, the world-famous Napa Valley Wine Country, Silicon Valley, scenic Lake Tahoe, the State Capitol in Sacramento -- all are within half a day's drive of Berkeley.
There are many different ways to enjoy the rich and colorful history of the Golden State and take advantage of the wide range of outdoor activities available. Bus, rail, and air connections will easily take you wherever you need to go.
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