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September 2010

OLLI Announcements
New at OLLI
Fall 2010 Lecture Series
Faculty Profile: Mia Fuller
Books by OLLI Faculty
The Lunch Bunch
Other Announcements
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OLLI @Berkeley Staff
Susan Hoffman

Program Coordinator:
Aileen Kim

Program Assistant:
Satya Levine

OLLI @Berkeley
University of California
1925 Walnut St #1570
Berkeley, CA 94720-1570
tel. 510.642.9934
fax  510.642.2202

OLLI Announcements

Fall 2010 registration is open and spaces are filling, so be sure to register early.

The following course is FULL with a wait list. Observation Writing with Deborah Lichtman

Courses that are expected to fill include:
Mathematics: Its Ideas and History
Living a Good Death (Workshop)
Sunday Matinee Theatre Series
The Waters of Rome
Cultivating Core Strengths and Positive Emotion
Borges on Buddhism, Buddhism in Borges
Communicating Across Cultures

Our complete program is available online. Register online or by calling 510.642.9934.

OLLI at the SOLANO STROLL ~ Sept 12

Stop by OLLI's booth at the Solano Stroll on Sunday, September 12, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Find us between Ensenada and Tulare on the south side of the street.

FALL 2010 OPEN HOUSE ~ Sept 14

Mix and mingle with OLLI members, hear presentations by the Fall 2010 faculty, register for courses.
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.
View the invitation
Reserve online


OLLI members and Open House attendees are invited to the first annual membership meeting from 12:30-1:30 p.m. following the Fall 2010 Open House at the Freight and Salvage Coffee House (see above). No reservation is necessary. Get to know other members, learn about the OLLI network, and what's ahead for the program and members.

OLLI Announcements (continued)
TAHÉIMA INFO SESSIONS ~ Sept 7, 23, Oct 14

Info sessions for OLLI @Berkeley's week-long programs in Mexico are scheduled for
September 7, September 23, and October 14. Please join us to get details on how to register and what to expect. All sessions begin at 12:00 noon and will be held in Room 41B University Hall (2199 Addison St., Berkeley). No reservation necessary.

Read more about OLLI's Tahéima programs.


OLLI invites all new and returning members to attend a New Member Reception on Tuesday, October 5, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Freight and Salvage Coffee House (2020 Addison Street, Berkeley). No reservation necessary.


Hear about the OLLI program from student and faculty perspectives on Wednesday, September 22, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Arts and Science Discovery Center at the Lafayette Library (3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, 925.283.3872)


All-inclusive members can now take a total of 9 courses over the academic year. Included in the $700 membership category are the workshops. Additional courses are $75 each.

Details of membership rates and policies can be found on the Membership Benefits and Dues page of the OLLI website.

New at OLLI
Satya Levine joined OLLI in July as the communications specialist. She brings a background in publishing, graphic design, and web media, as well as a passion for lifelong learning. A native of Sonoma County, Satya lived in Israel for many years before returning to the Bay Area two years ago. When not at OLLI, Satya pursues interests in health and healing, gardening, bodywork, and movement arts.

Nancy Swearengen will be assisting OLLI @Berkeley with this year's programs at the Tahéima Wellness Resort Spa in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and has lived in Central America, Mexico, Italy, and Japan. Nancy was as a corporate trainer and training manager, but subsequently studied botany and ecology as a volunteer at the U.C. Botanical Garden (UCBG) and was invited to join the professional staff. As both a volunteer and a staff member at UCBG, she has specialized in interpreting botanical and other natural history subjects to Garden visitors and arranged education field trips and study tours throughout the West for plant enthusiasts. She became an officer in the local chapter and the international Mediterranean Garden Society shortly after it was established in the 1990s, and maintains connections with botanical experts worldwide. Since retiring from the Botanical Garden, Nancy has continued to travel extensively and arranged trips for other "plant people." We are delighted to have her as one of our "go to" persons for the programs in Mexico.

Fall 2010 Lecture Series
Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
OLLI members: Free
General admission: $10/lecture

California's Constitutional Crisis: Long-term Costs and Remedies
Jeff Lustig, Professor Emeritus of Government, Sacramento State University
September 29, 2010
Location: University Hall, Room 150, 2199 Addison Street, UC Berkeley

A Clean Energy Future for the Americas
Daniel Kammen, Senior Fellow, Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), Professor, UC Berkeley, and Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL)
October 6, 2010
Location: David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
Introduction to New Music
Gabriela Lena Frank, Composer/Musician/Anthropologist
October 13, 2010
Location: University Hall, Room 150, 2199 Addison Street, UC Berkeley
Music and the Brain
Chloe Veltman, Journalist/Broadcaster/Musician
and David Wessel, Professor, Music, UC Berkeley
October 20, 2010
Location: University Hall, Room 150, 2199 Addison Street, UC Berkeley 

Post-Impressionism Painting: Symbolizing the Private, Dreaming the Collective
Joni Spigler, Post-doc, Art History, UC Berkeley
November 3, 2010
Location: David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

Faculty Profile: Mia Fuller
By Sandy Pyer
As a cultural anthropologist, Mia Fuller is drawn to the puzzles that are part of inter-disciplinary cultures and the work which takes her on extensive travel that zig-zags across many international borders. Prior to this interview, she had just returned from a 79-day trip to Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, and Turkey doing research and gathering material from many archival and field sites.

Ms. Fuller is currently an associate professor in the Italian Studies Department at UC Berkeley. Her undergraduate work was at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and her formative years were spent living in Rome, Paris, and southern France as well as New York City. Upon graduation from college, she moved to Rome. It was while living there that her interest in Italian colonialism was initially sparked. She returned to the United States to continue her graduate studies at UC Berkeley and received both her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology.

During our conversation for this interview, it quickly became evident that her arena of cultural anthropology draws upon seemingly divergent elements and weaves it all into a tapestry of a country's history and heritage. Examples such as buildings and architectural forms, urban planning and life patterns, historical sites, and even cemeteries are but a few elements that become the fabric for a story...in this instance Italy. The idea of colonialism is not usually at the top of the list when one thinks of Italy...it's more like mouth-watering food, famous art and museums, and breath-taking landscapes. However, Italian colonialism in the North and parts of East Africa date from about 1869. Also adding to Italy's fascinating history is the impact of Benito Mussolini from the 1930s and on. His effect on the world political stage, which was set in motion during World War II, still continues in Italy today.

As a casual visitor to Italy, fascism and the effects of dictatorship may not be front and center, but Dr. Fuller points out that, "what you see is framed by what fascists want [...] to see, the remains of totalitarianism." Through artful probing, she is able to uncover an on-going loyalty to family ancestors and the heritage of the Mussolini era. These and many other intriguing perspectives are just the beginning of what is sure to be revealed during Dr. Fuller's upcoming course.

When asked what she does for fun, Mia replied that, besides travel and scuba diving, she likes to "hunt down cemeteries!"

Mia Fuller's class, "Italian Fascism and Colonialism: Architecture and Cities," will be offered on Tuesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. starting September 28.

Recent Publications by OLLI Faculty
Elizabeth Rosner (OLLI Tahéima Faculty, March 2011)
Joanna Harris
The Lunch Bunch
by Lucille Poskanzer

1966 University Avenue, Berkeley
(between Milvia and Bonita)

510.647.FOOD (3663)
This very small storefront is located just a few blocks away from the OLLI classrooms at Freight and Salvage in the newly-developing area now labeled "Gourmet Gulch." It offers a small seasonal menu of really delicious and quite moderately-priced food, cooked by a dedicated and talented chef with a strong personal vision. At present there are no tables, only a long counter and some stools for seating, but the lack of comfort is offset by the food. It's open throughout the day for both lunch and dinner. After eating, check out the nearby shops, and you can tell your friends that you were there at the beginning of something new.

Other Announcements
JAZZ CAFE: Discounts for OLLI members and Open House guests!
Mention OLLI on the day of the Open House (Sept 14, 2010) and get 10% off.*
From Sept 22-Dec 22, 2010, show your OLLI student card and get 10% off.*
The Jazz Cafe is located at 2087 Addison Street, just across the street from Freight and Salvage Coffee House.

* Discount good for food and non-alcoholic beverages.

The Lawrence Berkeley National Lab is excited to announce its first Open House in nearly a decade on Saturday, October 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Morning and afternoon sessions will feature exhibits on everything from cool roofs and biofuels to smart windows and supernovas as well as performances, displays, demonstrations, lectures, tours, and food vendors. Learn more about the program and register to attend. For questions, contact Lyn Hunter at lhunter@lbl.gov.

The Bedford Gallery presents The American Scene: New Deal Art 1935-1943, a stunning collection of work created during the Great Depression as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA)'s Federal Art Project. The exhibition opens Sunday, October 3, and is co-organized by president of the National New Deal Preservation Association and OLLI Spring 2011 faculty member Harvey Smith. The Bedford Gallery is located at 1601 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek (925.295.1417).

Thank you to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members who participated in
the Summer English Language Institute California Migration course field work.
Your meetings with students gave them an opportunity to speak with a California
resident and get information about living in California based on real life
experiences. All the students reported glowingly about the field work component
of their course, and they were impressed by your generosity and willingness to
share your time and your life with them. In one of my student's words, "Through
the meeting with my speaking partner, I improved my speaking ability in English
a lot and I can easily express what I want to say now, which increases my
confidence in speaking English!" I hope to repeat this activity next summer, and
I thank you again for your participation. --Joyce Podevyn (jpodevyn@yahoo.com)