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August 2010

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OLLI Announcements

Fall 2010 registration is open and spaces are filling, so be sure to register early. Our complete program is available online. Register online or by calling 510.642.9934


Tuesday, September 14, 2010
10:00 am - 12:00 p.m. (Doors open at 9:30 a.m.)
Freight and Salvage Coffee House, 2020 Addison St.
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Reserve online


OLLI members and Open House attendees are invited to a membership meeting from 12:30-1:30 p.m. following the Fall 2010 Open House at the Freight and Salvage Coffee House. No reservation is necessary.


The OLLI office will be closed on Fridays during the month of August.

Recent Publications by OLLI Faculty

Harry Kreisler
Tamim Ansary
Janet Flammang
Jeff Lustig
Faculty Profile: Janet Flammang
By Sandy Pyer
How does food, political science, and feminism converge in the upcoming OLLI fall class entitled "The Food Movement?" One only has to be in the company of class instructor Janet Flammang for a few minutes to realize this course will take class members on a whirlwind journey. From the '60s to women in the work place; from the family dinner table to farmers' markets; from table manners and the mealtime art of conversation to the politics of democracy, "The Food Movement" class promises to travel a winding road and offer up an intriguing discourse.
Janet Flammang is a professor and the department chair of political science at Santa Clara University. A California native, she grew up in the Los Angeles area and attended UCLA for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. As one of three siblings, with a brother in the field of science and a sister who is an architect/artist, she describes herself as being "in the middle" in more ways than one.
From her earliest student days, she was fascinated by and drawn to the concept of "movements" and what their impacts have been in the area of politics and democracy. Coming of age in the late '60s, she witnessed first-hand the emergence of the women's movement and the role of women and their voices. Sitting in classrooms during the '70s, Janet reflected that there was no discussion of the women's movement in her political science courses. It was "viewed as a fad that would go away." She would later write a book titled, Women's Political Voice: How Women are Transforming the Practice and Study of Politics.
OLLI members will be in for a treat with this course in examining the current food movement, also referred to as "the food revolution." In recent years, we have been introduced to the movement and witnessed it gain momentum with names like Michael Pollan and Alice Waters. For Janet Flammang, the topic is close to home in a personal way. Both of her parents hail from Nebraska farm families. As a child, she made many visits to Nebraska and the farm experience is very "real" for her family.
Traditionally, political science is viewed as being outside of the home. She says, "The term 'household' by definition is not 'political.' The primary focus of political science is on electoral politics and policies, and the recognition of  'movements,' be they women or food, has been basically ignored and not viewed as being political."
Janet is about to change that perception. She will take class participants on a path which demonstrates that what goes on in the home is very political and sows the seeds in our culture of democratic principles. Course readings include Ms. Flammang's book, The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics and Civil Society and a recent New York Times article by Michael Pollan, "The Food Movement, Rising."
Her fascination with all "movements" encompasses a broad perspective going back to the suffragettes. She radiates exuberance and enthusiasm as she discusses the topic. It's easy to see why she was recognized with a Phi Beta Kappa award for teaching excellence.

Janet Flammang's class, "The Food Movement," will be offered on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon starting September 28.

The Lunch Bunch
by Lucille Poskanzer

Au Coquelet Café Restaurant
2000 University Avenue, between Shattuck and Milvia
Berkeley, CA 94704
This friendly, somewhat funky place has been around forever, and it offers some of the best prices around, as well as a laissez faire attitude which allows you to hang around for hours if you want. It's very close to the classes at Freight and Salvage. Open throughout the day, there's a counter up front for delicious variety of pastries and drinks. In the back area is an airy restaurant with well-separated tables, where you order at the serving counter from a wide-ranging menu with generous portions and decent prices. Wine and beer also available. This is a great place to go when you want to have a meeting, and best of all, it's open late at night when most other places are closed.

OLLI "Workshops"
Beginning with the Fall 2010 term, select OLLI courses will be designated as "workshops" and carry a fee of $195 per workshop, with no multi-course discount. These courses have limited enrollments and have more intimate environments conducive to learning new skills (e.g., creating your own website) and engaging in process work (e.g., creative writing, exploring issues around death and dying). Because of their small size, these courses are more expensive to offer and, at this time, we must adjust the fee to more closely reflect our costs.

Other Announcements

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