Every year, already since 2002, the John Adams Institute organizes a lecture program called ‘The Quincy Club’ at schools all through the Netherlands to help young audiences better understand American culture. Among the topics discussed over the years were: the history of American immigration, the US Presidential Elections, Henry Hudson and the establishment of New Amsterdam, the Marshall Plan; the abolition of slavery and many more. The Quincy Club is named after John Adams’ son, John Quincy Adams, who followed in his father’s footsteps to become the sixth president of the United States.

As the schools start to reopen, the John Adams is happy to present a unique, online live Quincy Club webinar about California’s Silicon Valley. Everyone, but students in the age of 14-18 years especially, is welcome to join. This webinar is in English and applicable to several courses, including History, Civics, Geography and English.

California has long been home to important industries: movies and music, wine and agriculture, goldmining and petroleum. But today, the state’s dominant role is in technology. In Silicon Valley, today’s major players – Facebook, Apple, Google, Netflix, Tesla, Ebay, Intel – are setting the standards for the future of technology. With its rich venture capital community, this area around San Francisco is the ultimate business incubator. Dutch entrepreneurs and companies such as ASML, Adyen, Booking.com, NXP Semiconductors have benefitted greatly from the digital economy led by Silicon Valley.

This webinar, based on a lecture he presented last fall, will be presented by Gabe Marino. An American finance lawyer by training, Gabe has spent the better part of his career in Amsterdam in banking and private equity. A history buff, with two Dutch-American teenage kids of his own, Gabe feels called to help Dutch students better understand the United States.

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In collaboration with the John Adams Institute we invite the best and the brightest from a multitude of disciplines – novelists, politicians, historians, scientists, screenwriters, poets, photographers and tech wizards – to the Netherlands to talk about their work, their thoughts, their insights.