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August 2009
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Fall 2009 News
Tell One Friend Campaign
Summer Interest Circles Updates
Faculty Profile: Hugh and Velman Richmond
Digital Cafe: Call for Volunteers
The Lunch Bunch: Ramen House Ryowa
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Fall 2009 News
As you can see in the Fall 2009 brochure, there are increased offerings for fall: 26 courses (five of them at the new David Brower Center); a free-for-members lecture series; and three trips to Northern California destinations.
We suggest you:
---Register early to get your first choices. Registration is easy. You can register online or call the OLLI office at 510.642.9934.
---Consider the All-inclusive membership category which offers the biggest savings (nine courses for less than $70 each). You can split your payments ($400 in the fall and $325 on January 4, 2010). For membership information, go to our Membership website.
---Tell one friend about OLLI and bring them to the open house on September 15 (see below for more info)

OLLI @Berkeley Fall Open House
Mark Tuesday, September 15, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon on your calendar. The Open House will be at the new Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison (across from Berkeley Rep), Berkeley. Doors open at 9:30 am. Click here to RSVP or call, 510.642.9934. To volunteer, contact Nikki Maziasz at: olli.volunteer@gmail.com.
Tell One Friend Campaign
OLLI volunteers have adopted the slogan, "Friends tell friends about OLLI."  Share your knowledge of OLLI @Berkeley with one friend, and that friend can tell one friend, and that friend...

To help spread the word, OLLI members Norma Armon and Mary Reinke have made a 3-minute video, "For the Joy of It," (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEVr0nysuec). Membership brochures and fall catalogs are available from the OLLI office or at the OLLI classrooms if you need them.
Summer 2009 Interest Circles
All interest circles are ongoing with the exception of "Carbon Addiction: Energy Policy, Politics, and Possibilities" and "Shakespeare in Transition."

International Fiction Book Club Interest Circle's reading list, click here.

Sacramento Poliltics Interest Circle
This interest circle will have its final meeting on Tuesday, August 25, from 1:30-3:30 pm in Room 41B University Hall. Among the speakers will be Jean Ross, executive director of the California Budget Project, which researches and reports on issues related to the California state budget. Other speakers have been invited to share information and perspectives on the budget, prospects for changes in the budget process, and the work of the Commission on the 21st Century Economy, aka tax commission.
Faculty Profile: Hugh and Velma Richmond
"Shakespeare and the Spanish Connection"
Mondays, October 5 to November 9 (Fall 2009)
2:00 to 4:00 p.m. 
by Bonnie Mager

Hugh Richmond and his wife, Velma Bourgeois Richmond, welcomed me to their pleasant home high in the Berkeley Hills. As we sat admiring the magnificent view, our conversation meandered, as among old friends, through time and distance and shared interests.
The two have been married for 51 years and have two married daughters, both university teachers. Hugh and Velma have lived in Berkeley most of that time and have had remarkable academic careers. Among the interests they share are an abiding love of travel and spending time at their cottage in the northwest of Scotland. They both love literature and plays, movies, medieval history, the study of other cultures, and, of course, Shakespeare.
Hugh met Velma in class at the beginning of their time at Oxford University, where both were working on graduate degrees. The post-war years in Britain made finding academic work for the two of them difficult, so after completion of their work at Oxford, they turned westward. Hugh began in the English department at the University of California, Berkeley in 1957, continuing to teach after his retirement in 1994. Velma found a position at Holy Names University in Oakland.
After some years teaching, Hugh started the Shakespeare program as part of the English department in 1973. He developed a curriculum using variety of media, including live performances by students on the steps of Wheeler Auditorium.
In addition, he has had a long association with Cal Shakes, beginning when it moved from an Emeryville warehouse to John Hinkel Park, and he continues on its Advisory Board. His passion for the Bard extends to London, where as chair of the U.S. advisory council to the Globe Theatre project, he joined Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip for the opening of the new Globe Theatre on the South Bank in 1997.
Velma taught English literature at Holy Names University in Oakland until she retired. She was academic dean for six years and has published books on Chaucer, medieval romances, Shakespeare. and Muriel Spark, among others. She has also written books about children's literature,
Hugh has been involved with OLLI since its beginning at Berkeley. He and Velma will team-teach "Shakespeare and the Spanish Connection" this fall which will investigate the relationship between Shakespeare and Spanish playwrights of the same period, exploring shared sources passed down from medieval times. They are particularly interested in coordinating the course with the performance by Teatro Campesino of a Hispanic shepherd play in November 2009 at the San Juan Bautista Mission. Such plays have been handed down through history via oral tradition and the writings of early priests and nuns. The plays incorporate folk beliefs of the various indigenous peoples who have kept the stories alive.
The conversation went back to Shakespeare. In answer to a question regarding the captivating quality of Shakespeare's language, Hugh responded that "He had perfect pitch for the way people really spoke. His plays cover every theme in Western civilization. His popular phrases have entered our vocabulary. He's such a lively, clever writer, just too good to ignore." Hugh's favorite play is Much Ado about Nothing. Velma, on the other hand, loves The Winter's Tale and the issues of female power in The Taming of the Shrew. But then, all of Shakespeare's works are old friends to these two amazing people.
Learn more about Hugh and Velma on their website at Shakespeare.berkeley.edu.
Berkeley Arts and Letters Lectures (A new OLLI @Berkeley partner!)
Hear from writers and thinkers who interact with you--the readers--for inspiration, provocation,
education, and sharing conversations. OLLI members receive 50% off admission at the door with ID. Lectures are held at First Congregational Church or The Hillside Club, both located in Berkeley. See their website for more information: http://www.berkeleyarts.org/

Discount for King Tut at the de Young Museum
Senior discounts are available for groups of 10 or more ($20). Exhibition tickets are sold by the half hour and the exhibition visits are approximately 60-90 minutes. Go to http://www.kingtut.org or call 213.763.2117 for more information.
Digital Cafe: Call for Volunteers
Are you interested in learning more about Facebook? Twitter? Pikasa? Flickr? Other online applications? We are looking for OLLI members who are interested in learning more about social networking and online applications and in turn teaching and sharing what they learn with other members.

Contact the Program Coordinator Aileen Kim at akkim@berkeley.edu for more information.
The Lunch Bunch
by Lucille Poskanzer

Ramen House Ryowa
2068 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
What could be better on a cold and foggy summer day than a huge bowl of moderately priced Japanese noodle soup, filled with all kinds of enticing ingredients?
You will find it at this small, often crowded place, near the OLLI classrooms, just west of Shattuck Avenue. It's open throughout the day, but closed on Mondays. Service is swift and friendly.
My favorite is the Butter Corn Ramen, but I also like the Fried Chicken with salad. 
Give to the OLLI Annual Fund
OLLI @Berkeley is a self-sustaining "unit" within the university. Member donations help fill the gap between what is raised from dues and fees and our $100,000 grant from the Osher Foundation. Help sustain OLLI--the courses, lectures, special events, interest circles, and the growing community of learners--by making OLLI a top priority.  

You can give online by going to: OLLI Annual Fund or call the OLLI office at 510.642.9934.
OLLI @Berkeley Staff
Director: Susan Hoffman
Program Coordinator: Aileen Kim
Program Assistant: Joan Moriyama

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