OLLI @Berkeley is pleased to announce its summer Interest Circle schedule. The groups will start meeting on June 2 and
go through September 10 at the times noted.
If you would like to join a group, please
contact the Interest Circle
facilitator or the OLLI office, or simply drop in on a meeting. If an Interest Circle does not have a
facilitator yet, let the OLLI office
know if you are interested. The meeting schedules for the summer will be posted
outside the OLLI classrooms in University Hall.
If you were
an OLLI member at any time during the 2008-09 academic year, there is no cost
to participate. All others must become a summer OLLI member to participate ($25
check made out to "UC Regents" or cash should be given to an OLLI
staff member). Summer student ID cards will be issued by request only.
NOTE: All circles will meet in University Hall, 2199 Addison Street, in the rooms indicated below.
Tuesdays (starting June 2)
10:00 am-12:00 noon
; 510.233.1792) and Suzan Kaufmann (firstname.lastname@example.org
Exploring diverse cultures
through contemporary international fiction. Book choices to be decided at first
10:00 am-12:00 noon
Carbon Addiction: Energy Policy, Politics and Possibilites
Facilitator: Tom Graly (email@example.com
This Interest Circle will address a wide range
of energy-related issues. Policy questions such as Cap & Trade vs. Carbon
Tax, who are the winners and losers. Science issues regarding Clean Coal,
nuclear fusion, biofuels, wind, solar and other sources of energy. Political
options for developing economies like China
Sacramento Politics: The State Budget
Co-facilitators: Mary Bergan (firstname.lastname@example.org
510.532.1856) and Nikki Maziasz (email@example.com
(Meets every other week)
We will share information and perspectives on the state of California politics, looking particularly at the
years-long budget crisis and at what is being done in Sacramento right now to get a balanced budget
and a reliable cash flow. Veterans of the budget and tax wars are being invited
to share their perspectives and perhaps a bit of wisdom.
Facilitator: Kathleen Weaver (firstname.lastname@example.org
We will take a close look at some poems
(photocopied texts), mostly 20th century. Participants are encouraged to bring
poems for discussion. For example we might look at works by Rilke, Yeats,
Lowell, Plath, Ted Hughes, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, Louise
Glück, Carolyn Forché, Anne Carson, Lowell, Jane Kenyon, Keats, Joy Harjo,
Wallace Stevens, Bly, Mark Doty, Neruda, Vallejo, Creeley, translations from
Chinese, etc. Not just masterpieces, but a range. The goal is to share
enjoyment of poems through freewheeling and close discussion--to delve
into a poem's sense, methods, ambitions, and general artistry. No
homework except to find poems to address. No prior experience of poetry
Wednesdays (starting June 3)
10:00 am-12:00 noon
Poems to Read Out Loud
Facilitator: John Argue (email@example.com
We will read poems aloud (not your own poems since this is not an
open mic). For the first meeting, John Argue
(facilitator) will bring his copy of Essential Pleasures: Poem to Read Aloud,
Robert Pinsky, Norton, New York, 2009. Members can bring their own
copies if they wish. We will share copies during the meeting. John will
also bring a dictionary. One person will read a poem aloud, twice through.
It will be followed by discussion to clarify images, define words, find
rhythms, and suggest meanings. The person then reads the poem again.
incorporating ideas from the discussion. Other options are doing a reading as a
chorus, having multiple voices reading lines antiphonally, and reading with a
10:00 am-12:00 noon
Facilitator: Alan Bodine
Shakespeare's works will be read out loud, with roles
changed at the end of each scene. We pause for discussion anytime anyone has a
question or observation. The first play is "Julius Caesar." Please
bring a copy. The group will choose subsequent plays.
Learning to Learn:
How Older Adults Learn Differently
Facilitator: Susan Hoffman (firstname.lastname@example.org
In this Interest
Circle, we are going to investigate for ourselves how we learn,
what are the ideal conditions and
context for learning, and how we can
present ourselves with challenging
and novel experiences. The insights
of the group will inform OLLI's curriculum
planning efforts as well as
potential research areas on older adult
learning. Some members of the group
may choose to help with reviewing
the current literature and research
on older adult
learning as well as what major research universities are saying
about the older learner.
Format to be discussed
at first meeting.
Thursdays (starting June 4)
10:00 am-12:00 noon, this group starts June 11
Facilitators: Karen Grassle (email@example.com
Paul Feyen (firstname.lastname@example.org
). Backup: Maryly Snow (email@example.com
At the first meeting, we'll share ideas and then draft a
general week-to-week outline. Everyone is encouraged to contribute readings
from other memoirs or memoir writing books or exercises that have been useful
to you (bring copies to share if appropriate). We can do a combination of
discussion and writing. Suggested readings from the co-facilitators are
Patricia Hampl's "I Could Tell You Stories" and Judith Barrington's
"Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art." Paul Feyen will be
conducting the first session on June 11.
Room 41BThe Economy
Co-facilitators: Sandy Pyer (firstname.lastname@example.org
) and Karen Wolff (email@example.com
This Circle will
focus primarily on the current status of the national economy. Viewed as a
continuation of the dialogue started with thepast winter lecture series,
we would like the group to participate in setting the direction of our
discourse. Suggestions at this point include reading books by leading
economists such as Paul Krugman, Naomi Klein, and Robert Reich. "The
Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan has also been recommended. We will
also explore the possibility of recruiting speakers.
Are Social Networking Tools for Me?
Is now the time for
you to use Facebook, Twitter, blogs, or some other social networking
application? What is there after email? Find out if it's time to take a step further into the WorldWideWeb. Share what you know and what you want to
know with other OLLI members.
Fridays (contact the facilitator for details)
Facilitator: Lucille Poskanzer
This is an opportunity to explore various cuisines offered
by restaurants in San Francisco.
Most of these lunches will cost under $20, sometimes even
under $15 (note the Indian Buffet will be more expensive, probably around
$22-$25). In general we split the check, unless someone has ordered something out
of the range of the others. Alcoholic drinks are paid for by the individual.
Space is limited. All dates are on Fridays. If you are interested, contact the
June 19: Modern Italian
July 17: Indonesian
July 31: Turkish Mediterranean
August 14: Peruvian
August 28: Afghani Cuisine
September 25: Elegant Indian Buffet