OLLI Outlook                                 
OLLI @Berkeley's monthly newsletter
December 2008
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Winter Calendar
Letter from the Director
Winter Holiday Potluck
Regional Information Sessions
Open House
Winter 2009 Lecture Series
Interest Circles Update
The Lunch Bunch
Winter Calendar
December 8
OLLI info session:
San Francisco and Redwood City

see article for details

December 10
OLLI info session: Lafayette
see article for details

December 15
Winter Holiday Potluck

December 20 - January 4
OLLI offices closed

January 13
Open House

January 16
Fee assistance application deadline

January 26
Winter 2009 courses begin
Letter from the Director
Dear Members,

Most of you will be receiving the winter brochure in the coming week.  If you would like additional copies, they are available outside Room 41C in University Hall. If you would like a stack of brochures to distribute, please give us a call or stop by. As we have learned from your course evaluations, word-of-mouth and the brochures are a dynamic combination--YOU are the best advocate for OLLI.

I hear that many people, incredibly, still don't know about OLLI. We have taken a few measures to insure that at least another 50,000 households will hear about us this holiday season. Last Sunday's New York Times had an OLLI flyer as an insert.  The back page of The East Bay Monthly's gift section is devoted to OLLI with the message to give OLLI as a gift. Additionally, we are holding regional meetings to reach out to people in areas that are a bit further away.

And we can do more, with your help. If you would like us to speak to any association or gathering in December or January, we can put the team together to come to your house or community center. However, don't underestimate your own individual endorsement in a friendly conversation.

The winter line-up of courses is evocative of your many interests. I am especially satisfied to offer the winter lectures series on the economy with Berkeley faculty. From Boom to Bust: Insights into the Current Economic Downturn (see below) is aimed at giving us all a better sense of the global nature of the recession and credit crisis, as well as what we can do as individuals.

I hope you will come celebrate with us on December 15 at The Jazz School.

Best wishes to you and your loved ones this holiday season.

Susan Hoffman
Winter Holiday Potluck
December 15 (Monday)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Jazz School (front lobby)
2087 Addison St., Berkeley

Bring a dish to share and RSVP to:
 berkeley_olli@berkeley.edu or
call 510.642.9934
Regional Information Sessions
We will be in your area on December 8 and 10 and would love you to join us for an info session about OLLI's winter term.  Please feel free to invite your friends and to pass along this email.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI @Berkeley) director, Susan Hoffman, will present the OLLI winter program and answer questions in three regional meetings in December.
December 8  (Monday)
San Francisco
10:00 - 11:30 am
at San Francisco State University Downtown Campus
835 Market Street at Powell
Redwood City
1:30 - 3:00 pm
at UC Berkeley Extension at Redwood City
1991 Broadway Street at Main

December 10 (Wednesday)
10:30 am - noon
at New Veterans Memorial Hall
3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
RSVP to berkeley_olli@berkeley.edu or call, 510.642.9934.

You may also visit the Web site at olli.berkeley.edu
or course details and online registration.
OLLI @Berkeley is an educational program for liefelong learners age 50 and up who are eager to explore traditional and new areas of knowledge -- without exams or grades.  Distinguished Berkeley faculty members and other Bay Area teachers enjoy sharing their expertise with members whose life experience and intelligence enrich the exchange of ideas.
OLLI offers the latest in scientific research and analysis of world events, and the finest in the arts and humanites.  Taught by renowned University of California faculty, artists, and experts, our six-week courses for older adults are engaging, inspirational, and fascinating.

Please find below course descriptions and bios of four of our faculty members.  For a complete listing go to www.olli.berkeley.edu.
Winter 2009 OPEN HOUSE
January 13, 2009 (Tuesday)
10:00 am -  noon (Doors open at 9:30 am)
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison Street at Shattuck, Berkeley

RSVP to berkeley_olli@berkeley.edu or call 510.642.9934

OLLI @Berkeley's winter session from January 26 to March 9 includes more than 20 courses on a diverse array of topics nearly half of which are taught by distinguished UC Berkeley faculty, a four-part lecture series on politics and science, and two yearlong sessions being offered in collaboration with Cal Performances.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute classes are offered day and night. Most classes are held in UC Berkeley's University Hall (2199 Addison St.), close to several bus lines, BART, and public parking. Visit olli.berkeley.edu for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the classroom!
Winter 2009 Lecture Series
From Boom to Bust: Insights into the
Current Economic Downturns

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning

Tuesdays, February 10, 17, 24 and March 10
Noon - 1:30 pm
150 University Hall (at Oxford and Addison, 2199 Addison Street entrance)

The lecture series will consist of four talks by UC Berkeley faculty and is directed to the campus community, CAA members, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute @Berkeley members.

The goal is to engage an educated audience about the recession and the credit crisis and the needed responses---both policy and personal.

 February 10:
How did we get here---the crisis in credit and the recession?
                                    Martha Olney, Economics
 February 17:
What is the global nature of the recession?
                                    Brad DeLong, Economics
 February 24:
What government must do---the possible policy responses
                                    Robert Reich, Goldman School of Public Policy
 March 10:  
What constructive role can an individual play?
David Robinson, Haas School of Business

Free for OLLI members and current
UC Berkeley faculty, staff, students, and CAA members with ID

$5 general admission
Interest Circles
Tuesdays, Dec 9, 16,  and Jan 6, 20
Shakespeare: Out Loud and Ruminated
10:00 am - noon

National Health Insurance/Care
(No meeting on Jan 20)
10:00 am - noon

Writers' Workshop
10:00 am - noon

Evolutionary Psychology
1:30 - 3:30 pm

Talking About Films
6:00 - 8:00 pm off campus
Contact Alan Fong (alan-fong@sbcglobal.net) for more information

Wednesdays, Dec 10, 17, and Jan 7, 14, 21
Financial Crisis
10:00 am - noon

World Affairs
10:00 am - noon

Friday, Dec 19 and Wednesday, Jan 7
Lunching Adventures in the East Bay
Lucille Poskanzer
The Lunch Bunch
by Lucille Poskanzer

2042 University Avenue (between Shattuck and Milvia), Berkeley

Any day but Monday, take a short walk down University Avenue and treat yourself to some delicious Salvadoran Cuisine at Platano, a charming small storefront cafe.

The people are friendly, there's folk art on the walls, and the $7 lunch specials between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm are a great deal.

From 2:00 - 6:00 pm there's a happy hour with beer and sangria  for $3.

This place is also good for larger groups.