OLLI Outlook                                 
OLLI @Berkeley's monthly newsletter
September 2009
Register for FALL 2009
Registration is easy: Go online or call the OLLI office at 510.642.9934.

Remember to 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.

"Friends tell friends about OLLI"  Tell one friend about your OLLI @Berkeley experience. Check out the 3-minute video about OLLI created by members Norma Armon and Mary Reinke: "For the Joy of It." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEVr0nysuec)
Table of Contents
Course Updates
Fall 2009 Open House
Faculty Profile: Beverly Crawford.
Field Trips
Fall Lecture Series
Interest Circles Update
The Lunch Bunch: Azerbaijan
Give to OLLI Annual Fund
OLLI Calendar
Click here to see the OLLI Calendar of events
Quick Links
Course Updates
  • David Casuto's 2:00-4:00 pm "Digital Photography" course is now full, however, a second section has been added. It will be held on Tuesdays from 5:00-7:00 pm. Sign up for it online or call the OLLI office. For those registering for this course, you will need to bring a laptop to each class (rentals can be arranged through the OLLI office).
  • We are now waitlisting people interested in Deborah Lichtman's writing courses.
  • Hugh and Velma Richmond's "Shakespeare and the Spanish Connection" and Ava Charney-Danysh's "Creative Expression and Self-Exploration through Art" courses have been cancelled.
Please call the OLLI office if you wish to be put on a waiting list or have any questions.
Fall 2009 Open House
Tuesday, September 15
10:00 am to 12:00 noon (Doors open at 9:30 am).

The Open House will be at the new, beautiful, and spacious performance space, Freight and Salvage, located at 2020 Addison (across from Berkeley Rep), Berkeley.
Come hear the faculty and meet fellow OLLI members.

To reserve a place, click here or call 510.642.9934.

To volunteer, contact Nikki Maziasz at: olli.volunteer@gmail.com
Faculty Profile:  Beverly Crawford
by Bonnie Mager

"The Arctic: A Tale of Three Tragedies"
Wednesdays, 2-4 pm
September 30-November 4 (Fall 2009)
Goldman Theater, David Brower Center 

The petite blonde cyclist rode up to ask if I were waiting for Bev, and with a grin introduced herself as she locked up her bike. In her bicycle gear she could be mistaken for a student, but as soon as the conversation began quite, a different person emerged.
Beverly Crawford grew up in Modesto and attended UC Davis and Chapman College for a B.A. in German. She relates that she loved her high school German class so much that she took it for all four years and continued that interest in college.
Her love of the language and culture got her a Fulbright Fellowship to Berlin in 1970. During the Vietnam War era, her husband was a conscientious objector. They became involved in a program with other conscientious objectors in Berlin, working with disadvantaged young people. Ironically, her next job was in Heidelberg working for the US Army, preparing young men recently returned from Vietnam to enter college. After her daughter was born in Germany, the family returned to the US, where at Boston University she earned her M.A. in International Relations.
Following the completion of her Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1982, she began writing and lecturing across the US and Europe on international issues and organizations such as NATO, the European Union, and the IMF. She has given lectures on subjects ranging across many areas of study, including peace in the Middle East, Germany's export policies, the impact of 9/11 on world economy, and the causes of war in Yugoslavia. She has taught at UC Santa Cruz, Bocconi University in Milan, the Free University of Berlin, and the Technical University of Dresden.
She is at present Associate Director and Associate Research Political Scientist at the Center for German and European Studies as well as Senior Lecturer on the Political Economy of Industrial Societies at UC Berkeley. Under the auspices of the Institute of International Studies, she maintains close ties with similar organizations in Europe and often travels abroad, especially to Germany. She advises Ph.D. students and has a number of research assistants who are currently investigating material for her next OLLI class.
Her teaching experience includes several offerings for OLLI. A recent class was on the issues of the last Presidential election campaign. She says she loves teaching for OLLI because of the give and take with her students and the experience and knowledge her they bring to the sessions.
Her class for this fall is The Arctic: A Tale of Three Tragedies. This brings to bear many of her passions: international conflict, politics, ,global resource depletion, Climate Change, and global solutions in the form of global governance. Particularly relevant for this class are the IPPC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report on Climate Change and the US Defense Department's report on the security risk to the US of the changes foreseen as a result of climate change.
Some of the issues to be discussed will be:

  • The Northwest Passage is open during some months of the year for the first time in recorded human history. Who has sovereignty over those waters? Canada? Russia? Denmark? The United States?
  • There have been no new reserves of oil found since 1969. Does the shrinking ice, caused by climate change, provide new grounds for exploration?
  • Oil exploration and climate change have many negative impacts on indigenous people of the region. How can these be resolved?
As Dr. Crawford puts it, "The situation in the Arctic is a perfect storm brought on by four simultaneous trends: climate change causing melting ice, new potential for resource depletion and exploitation, new global trade routes, and new conflicts between the US, Russia, Canada, Denmark, and China over resource exploration and trade. Exploring the interaction of these factors in the Arctic will help us understand the relationship among these issues in the global context." This perfect storm promises a stimulating and challenging experience for OLLI students.
Field Trips
OLLI is working on several field trips for the Fall 2009 term.

Our first trip is scheduled for Saturday, October 10, to the di Rosa Preserve in Napa.

Described as the most significant collection of Bay Area art in the world, the di Rosa Preserve provides opportunities for creative enrichment and enjoyment of art and the environment year-round. The Preserve houses approximately 2,000 works of art by more than 800 artists.

If you are interested, click here or call the OLLI office. Details regarding time, transportation, etc. will be provided if there are enough participants.

Future trips are planned as follows:
- California Railroad Museum in Sacramento
- San Juan Bautista to see "La Pastorela"

Let us know if you are interested.
Fall Lecture Series
Wednesdays, 12:00 - 1:30pm
Goldman Theater, David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

$10 general admission. Free to OLLI, current and retired UCB/LBNL staff and faculty, UCB students, and CAA members with ID. 

October 7
Artists at Work: Public Service Employment for Artists from the New Deal to the Obama Administration
Arlene Goldbard, Activist, cultural theorist, and author
October 14
Do's and Don'ts of Brain Fitness for Life
Alvaro Fernandez, Founder and CEO, SharpBrains
October 21
Considering the Botero Exhibition
Rita Marin, Human rights and international law activist; Tony Platt, Sociologist and author; Lawrence Rinder, Director, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
"Fernando Botero: The Abu Ghraib Series" will be at the Berkeley Art Museum from September 23, 2009 - February 7, 2010
Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost" and the Globe
Hugh Richmond, Professor of English Emeritus, UC Berkeley,
co-presented with Cal Performances
OLLI members can purchase one ticket at a discount of 10% for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre production of "Love's Labour's Lost" (November 4-8) at the Cal Performances box office. Purchase must be in person with OLLI student card and photo ID.
November 4
Title to be announced
Luis Valdez, Playwright, writer, film director, and founder, El Teatro Campesino

Interest Circles Update
Summer Interest Circles end on September 10.
Winter Interest Circles will be held from mid-November 2009 to mid-January 2010.

Please bring ideas for groups to the Fall mid-term feedback session on October 15 (Thu) from 4:15-5:15 pm at Room 41B University Hall.
Berkeley Arts and Letters Lectures
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:

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.
The Lunch Bunch
by Lucille Poskanzer

2175 Allston Way, at Oxford Street

Nourish your body after you nourish your brain at OLLI and treat yourself to a  lunch of wonderful Persian specialties, or a pizza for the less adventurous. The prices are moderate, the atmosphere quiet, and you can easily come with a crowd. It's located right across the street from the David Brower Center. What could be more convenient?
Give to the OLLI Annual Fund
OLLI @Berkeley is a self-sustaining "unit" within theUniversity. 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 Assistants: Gerard Alcantara, Joan Moriyama

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