OLLI Outlook                                 
OLLI @Berkeley's monthly newsletter
February 2009
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From Boom to Bust
Feedback Session
Course Evaluations
Marketing Survey
Faculty Profile: Robert Hurwitt
Annual Fund
The Lunch Bunch
Wellness Newsletter Subscription
Spring Open House
Spring 2009 Offerings
Newsletter Contributors and Staff
Winter 2009 Lecture Series
From Boom to Bust:
Insights into the Current Economic Downturn

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
  • Feb. 10 lecture at Lipman Room, Barrows Hall
  • Feb. 17, 24 and March 10 lectures at Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
  • Free for OLLI members, current and retired UC Berkeley faculty and staff, UCB students and CAA members with ID
  • $5 general admission
  • RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Call 510.642.9934 or e-mail berkeley_olli@berkeley.edu
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
Lipman Room, Barrows Hall (8th Floor), UC Berkeley
How did we get here?  The credit crisis and the recession
Martha Olney, Department of Economics

February 17
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
What is the global nature of the recession?
Brad DeLong, Department of Economics
February 24
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
How can government and the private sector respond to the crisis?
Robert Reich, Goldman School of Public Policy
March 10
Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
What constructive role can an individual play?
David Robinson, Haas School of Business

Map and directions to the Lipman Room:

Map and directions to Sibley Auditorium:

Mid-term Feedback Session
What are we doing well? What could we be doing better? We'd like to hear your feedback and comments at our mid-term feedback session. All are welcome. OLLI @Berkeley Director Susan Hoffman will be in attendance.

When:  Wednesday, Feb 11 from 12:15 - 1:15 pm
Where: Room 150, University Hall (2199 Addison St, above Shattuck Ave.)

Course Evaluations
Course evaluation forms will be available in the classrooms starting March 2 for the Winter 2009 term. You will also receive an email with links to online versions of the evaluations. Let's hear from you!

Marketing Survey
We would like to know how you heard about OLLI @Berkeley. Printed surveys have been available at classes this week, but if you haven't filled one out, please go to the following webpage: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=vnq7g360LAr54YqamFopfg_3d_3d to complete an online version, or call our office at 510.642.9934. Your response will help us with our outreach efforts for our growing OLLI.

Faculty Profile: Robert Hurwitt

"Experiencing Bay Area Theater"
Mondays, March 30 - May 4 (Spring 2009)
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

by Bonnie Mager
Open the Chronicle's Datebook section and you will very likely find an article by Robert Hurwitt, the paper's theater critic. He's been writing for the paper for the past nine years, and had years of writing for the East Bay Express, the Berkeley Barb, and the Examiner before joining the Chronicle's staff. His articles and criticisms are deftly and eloquently written, giving an accessible vocabulary to the experience of theater. Last week his piece on ACT's current play, "Rich and Famous", provided this reporter with some thoughtful insights before seeing that play.
Born in New York City during World War II, he grew up in his early years above a jazz club in Greenwich Village. Later as a New York suburban kid he was fascinated by the theater and would often take advantage of cheap tickets to take a date to the latest play. His plan to have a career in science was forever derailed when he started acting in high school and then at NYU. He proudly related that he was able to support himself his last two years of college with acting jobs.
Deeply involved in the civil rights movement in the 1960's, he spent the fateful summer of 1968 in Louisiana. Berkeley was right in the middle of the Free Speech Movement and Viet Nam protests when he arrived for graduate school. He became very involved in the foment including the Viet Nam Day committee. For his efforts he was prohibited from teaching at Berkeley after getting his master's in English Literature (a ban which was later rescinded by the University). While his teaching career was on hold here he spent time in Bologna teaching and then went on to London to write theater reviews and start a street theater.
Upon his return from Europe, Robert joined the San Francisco Mime Troupe for a short while. After a long stint working for the Oxford University Press, he found he needed a job closer to home. He was involved in the Epic West theater company in Berkeley before his career as a theater reviewer started in earnest in the late 1970's. His abiding love of theater and skills at writing have found a fertile home in the Bay Area which he describes as rich with diversity and creative energy for new plays and theatrical experiences.
He'd gotten wind of a proposed OLLI course on the SF Mime Troupe and published a brief article about it in the Chronicle. Susan Hoffman, OLLI @ Berkeley's director, contacted him to thank him for the advance notice, and then pitched the idea of teaching a course for OLLI about theater. The proposed course description includes a discussion of the process of looking at theater from the critic's point of view, of how one becomes engaged in the art form.
His belief is that a critic's job is not just to give a "thumbs up or down," but to give a broader context for the play, to educate the audience in order to enhance their experience of that play. He proposes to bring into class various artists who actively work in local theater including set designers, actors, and directors. He knows that his OLLI students will be people who have had a wide variety of experiences with theater and other media, and he looks forward to learning from them as well as teaching.

OLLI Annual Fund
We have raised two-thirds of our financial goal of $36,000, but we still need your help! You can donate by going online to Give To Cal (http://givetocal.berkeley.edu) or by sending a check to: OLLI @Berkeley, 1925 Walnut Street #1570, University of California, Berkeley, CA  94720-1570. If you have questions regarding the OLLI Annual Fund, please contact Program Coordinator Aileen Kim at 510.642.5291.

See your name in print! Donors will be recognized in the spring brochure and at the OLLI luncheon in May.
Thank you to our donors (as of January 5, 2008). Please contact us for any oversights to this list.
Dion and David Aroner
Ellen Barth
Mary Bergan
Cynthia Berrol
Judith L Bloom
Caroline and Todd Cahill
Francoise and Norman Cohen
Kathleen Delaney
Kathleen Demerdjian
Carol Feagles
Alan Fong
Julie Forsmith
Melody Fujimori
Edith Goldstein
Deborah and Howard Goodman
Joan Greer
Margaret Hartmann
Patricia Heer
Susan Hoffman and Brian Murphy
Michael Kahn
Suzan Kaufmann
Deanna and Elroy Kursh
EI Lentz, Jr.
Marcia Luperini
Christina Maslach and Philip Zimbardo
Mary McConnon
Suzanne and Frank McKnight
Marjorie and Mark Medress
Barbara Morgan
Carol and Joel Neil
Ann Peden
Stuart Pellman
Diane Plank
Lucille and Arthur Poskanzer
Karlyn and Robert Scott
Alison Steel
Claudine Torfs
Elizabeth and Norman Van Patten
Susan Wait
Ben Warwick
Sallie Weissinger
Margaret Weitkamp
Wendy and Mason Willrich
Linda Wood
In memory of Rubin Lichtman and Sarah Lichtman from Deborah Lichtman and Kenneth A Frankel

The Lunch Bunch
by Lucille Poskanzer

One of the OLLI Interest Circles formed in the Summer of 2008 was called "OLLI Lunching Adventures."
A group of us met each week and took public transportation to visit a number of small, inexpensive ethnic restaurants in San Francisco. It was great fun, we were a congenial and adventurous bunch, and we ate very well.
In the break between Fall and Winter terms, we tried some more restaurants, this time in the East Bay. Different OLLI members came each time, and it was a wonderful way to get to know one another.
Here are the restaurants we visited:
In San Francisco:                                               In the East Bay:

Canton (Chinese/Dim Sum)                                 T-Rex (Californian and Barbecue)
Aux Delices (Vietnamese)                                   Bangkok Thai (Thai)
Katia's (Russian)                                                Riva Cucina (Italian)   
Bursa Kebab (Middle Eastern)                             Ohgane (Korean)
Maykadeh (Persian)                                        

UC Wellness Newsletter Subscription DEAL!
We are pleased to offer a greatly reduced discount on a yearly subscription to the WELLNESS NEWSLETTER, UC's very popular and informative newsletter.  For OLLI members, it will be $10 for a full year (10 issues). Standard price is $28. Call 1-800-829-9170 and give the OLLI @Berkeley promotional code: 84MWNL to receive the special rate.

OLLI @SF State is offering a Writers Workshop this spring that meets over two 6-week terms, on Mondays from 6pm -8pm (Feb. 16 to March 23; Apr. 13 to May 18) at their downtown campus in SF's Westfield Center (at the Powell Street BART station). The course will concentrate on developing material for a small chapbook. Members of the course will be given direction and support with their writing and in turn will be a part of collaborative effort to publish the chapbook (incuding the additional cost of publishing, approximately $100 per person beyond the course fees).  For more information, contact OLLI member Renee Golanty-Koel rengol@csus.edu.
University of Alaska Fairbanks is offering an adventure for OLLI members this summer. If interested, call 866.404.7021.
The Peace Corps is interested in offering opportunities for people over 50. Please visit www.peacecorps.gove/50plus/?cid=osher.

Spring 2009 OPEN HOUSE
March 17, 2009 (Tuesday)

10:00 am -  noon
Doors open at 9:30 am
Program from 10:00 - 11:30 am

Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Ave (at Ellsworth St)

E-mail berkeley_olli@berkeley.edu
or call 510.642.9934

Bring your friends to the Open House!

Spring 2009 Offerings
Courses for Spring 2009

Joy of Singing                                                              Lauren Carley
Revolutions in Astronomy: from Galileo to
            Dark Energy                                                    Bethany Cobb*
The Art of the Documentary                                          Michael Fox
Homo interneticus: The Social, Political
            and Psychological Effects of the Internet            Michael Goldhaber
Experiencing Bay Area Theater                                      Robert Hurwitt
Latinos in Contemporary America                                  Alex Saragoza*
Behind the Scenes at NPR                                           William Drummond*
King Lear for Our Time                                                  Philippa Kelly
Current Cases Before the US Supreme Court                 Marshall Krause
Five Personal Pieces: Experimenting
            with Autobiography                                           Deborah Lichtman
America at War                                                            Beverly Crawford*
Challenges Facing the Obama Presidency, Part 2           Harry Kreisler*
Wisdom and the Mind                                                   Michael Thaler
Proust and His World                                                   Larry Bensky
The Political Thriller from World War II to Iraq                  Peter Gessner and Sandra Sutherland
American Colonial Art                                                   Susanna Lombardi
Postwar Paris: Art and Anxiety                                      Clark Poling
Radical Theater Worlshop                                             Dan Chumley
Poetry Writing Workshop                                              Ron Loewinsohn*
Around the World with Six Poets                                   Zack Rogow
Looking at Dance                                                         Kathryn Roszak
* denotes UC Berkeley faculty of instructor

Online registration starts Friday, February 27.

Newsletter Contributors and Staff
Newsletter Contributors
Bonnie Mager
Lucille Poskanzer

OLLI @Berkeley Staff

Program Director:       Susan Hoffman
Program Coordinator:  Aileen Kim
Program Assistant:     Mark Gorney

OLLI @Berkeley
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