OLLI Outlook
The Monthly Newsletter of OLLI @Berkeley
November 2010
OLLI Announcements
Annual Fund
Faculty Profile: Hubert Dreyfus
Faculty Publications
OLLI Community
Tahéima Updates
The Lunch Bunch
Other Announcements
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University of California
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OLLI Announcements

General registration opens Monday, November 15. All-inclusive members can begin registering for Winter 2011 courses on Monday, November 8. _______________________________________

The Winter 2011 course schedule is now available for download from our website. Full course descriptions and a PDF version of the brochure will be posted to the website during the week of November 8. The brochures will be in the mail the last week of November.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon  (Doors open at 9:30 a.m.)
Freight & Salvage Coffee House
2020 Addison St., Berkeley
Click to reserve a place


Stay tuned, the Winter 2010-11 Interest Circle topics and schedule will be announced in a separate email in the coming week.

Annual Fund Appeal
It's that time of year. Thanks to OLLI's Annual Fund, we are able to use venues like Freight and Salvage and the David Brower Center for classes and maintain the roster of over twenty courses each term.

The goal is $75,000 and, thanks to contributions from the Annual Fund Committee and others this week, we are one third of the way there. View last year's donors online.

To paraphrase an OLLI member, "Taking courses at OLLI is like eating at a fine restaurant where it is inconceivable not to tip. Consider your Annual Fund contribution a tip for the great meal and service."

You can contribute online via our secure online donations page or by mail. If you have questions, call us at 510.642.9934 or send us an email.

Faculty Profile: Hubert Dreyfus
by Sandy Pyer

Hubert Dreyfus, professor emeritus of philosophy at UC Berkeley, lights up when he engages in discussing his favorite philosophers such as Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty. These may not be familiar household names, but he will apply their theories to the course he will be teaching for the Winter term. Using Homer's Odyssey and Herman Melville's Moby Dick, Professor Dreyfus will take OLLI students on a journey from polytheism to monotheism. And perhaps back again.

Professor Dreyfus was born in Terre Haute, Indiana. Population of 62,000. He describes it as "the middle of nowhere." He recognized early on that all the smart kids in school were on the debating team. He amusingly recalls making a trip to Harvard and then being recused by the debating coach, who knew he was destined to go there.

Initially intending to major in physics, it took only one class in philosophy to set him on his academic career path. Professor Dreyfus received his B.A. with highest honors in philosophy from Harvard in 1951, and stayed on to complete his Ph.D. in 1964.

He taught at Brandeis University and MIT prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley in 1968. Internationally, he has taught in France, Austria, Germany, Denmark, New Zealand, Australia, The Netherlands, Peru, and Japan. His passion for teaching is shared by his brother, Stuart, who is a professor emeritus in the mathematics department at UC Berkeley, with whom he had the opportunity to co-teach a class titled "Mind over Machine," which related to artificial intelligence.

Professor Dreyfus is co-author of All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age with Sean Kelly, professor and chair of philosophy at Harvard, which will be released in January 2011. It is intended for a non-specialist audience, with the hope of bringing a wide range of people into the discussion of philosophical and literary issues. Podcasts of his lectures are available online. (Hear podcasts of his lectures for the UC Berkeley course Philosophy 189: Heidegger's Being and Time by going to http://webcast.berkeley.edu/course_details.php?seriesid=1906978537).

"The Promise of Polytheism: From the Odyssey to Moby Dick" with Hubert Dreyfus will start on Wednesday, January 26, from 1:00-3:00 pm.

Faculty Publication

The King and I
, by Philippa Kelly (Continuum, March 2011)
Personal form of criticism, focusing on the wide-ranging issues of identity and history raised by King Lear by exploring Australians' engagements with the play.

by Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly (Simon and Schuster, January 2011)

OLLI Community

OLLI would like to dedicate our December newsletter to members of our community who are no longer with us. If you know someone who has passed away in the last year, we invite you to send us their names for inclusion. Send an email to berkeley_olli@berkeley.edu.

Consider stopping by the School of Public Health Library to take a break between classes. The library is located on the north end of University Hall on the ground floor, near the OLLI classrooms. For library hours, see http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/PUBL/hours.html.

If you've lost something at OLLI, chances are it's in our lost and found. After November 30, we will be donating all unclaimed items, so if you think you left something behind in one of your OLLI classes, please come by our office to pick it up (1925 Walnut St. at University Ave.). Office hours are limited between terms, so please call us (510.642.9934) before dropping by to make sure someone is here.

A new way to stay in the loop with OLLI @Berkeley is via our Facebook page. Get updates on OLLI activities and network with other OLLI members. Visit our page and click the like button at the top. (Hint: you can also use the "Find us on Facebook" link in the left-hand column.)

Fall 2010 saw the beginning of OLLI brown bag lunches. Hosted by representatives of the Membership Committee, OLLI members met between classes at the Freight and Salvage and in University Hall to eat lunch, get to know each other, and share ideas. We look forward to continuing this new tradition in the Winter 2011 term. Details will be announced in a future newsletter.

Tahéima Updates

The Cultural Legacies program has been rescheduled for January 2011.

Tamim Ansary, San Francisco-based writer, lecturer, editor, and veteran OLLI instructor, has joined the faculty of the Writers Retreat in March 2011. Other Writers Retreat faculty include digital storytelling instructor David Casuto, and authors Elizabeth Rosner and Gail Sheehy.

Tahéima resort continues to ramp-up its cultural and wellness offerings and we are excited about their expanded program which includes cooking classes, dance, cultural activities, and more.

For more information about OLLI-Tahéima programs, visit http://olli.berkeley.edu/special-events/taheima.html.

The Lunch Bunch
by Lucille Poskanzer

PIC (Pizza Italiano Qualita)

91 Shattuck Square (at Addison St.), Berkeley


This new informal café close to the OLLI classrooms has a European atmosphere and is open throughout the day for a quick espresso or something more substantial. The food is fresh and quite-good pizzas, panini, salads, and, best of all, gorgeous and delicious pastries. If you only want something small, they offer unusual filled breadsticks. You order at the counter--prices are very moderate, which means that at lunchtime there are crowds and long lines. Service can be somewhat disorganized, especially when the place is crowded, so go early or late and enjoy some wonderful food. One other note of caution--the posted menu is a difficult to see and decipher, so look for the printed menu available at the counter before you make your selection.

Other Announcements
JAZZ CAFE: Discounts for OLLI members
From September 22-December 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.