OLLI Outlook
The Monthly Newsletter of OLLI @Berkeley
February 2011
OLLI in Lafayette
Faculty Profile: Jeff Lustig
KQED Pledge Drive Update
Symposium: Silk Road Nexux
OLLI Community
Tahéima Program Photos Posted
The Lunch Bunch
Gift Certificates
Other Announcements
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OLLI @Berkeley
University of California
1925 Walnut St #1570
Berkeley, CA 94720-1570
tel. 510.642.9934
fax  510.642.2202

OLLI Announcements

Tuesday, February 8, 12:10-12:50 pm, at Freight and Salvage. Let us know how things are going. What are we doing right? What can we do better?    



There will be no OLLI @Berkeley classes on Monday, February 21, in observance of Presidents' Day.


Course evaluations will be sent out by email during the week of February 28 (the 6th week of the term).

The Spring 2011 Schedule will be announced in mid-February. Registration dates are as follows.

February 22 (Tuesday)
Registration for All-inclusive members

February 28 (Monday)
Registration open to everyone

OLLI @Berkeley Spring 2011 Open House
March 15, 2011, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Freight and Salvage Coffee House
2010 Addison St., Berkeley

Lafayette Library Lecture Series
New! OLLI @Berkeley will present a lecture series at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center's Community Hall. Admission $5. More info.

Thursday, February 17, 2011
1:30-3:00 pm
Conquering Afghanistan
Tamim Ansary
Reserve a place

Thursday, March 17, 2011
1:30-3:00 pm
"Finding" Mark Twain's Autobiography
Robert Hirst
Reserve a place

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mount Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Faculty Profile: Jeff Lustig

by Anne Foreman 


Jeff Lustig, who will be teaching "The California Bust: Turning Points on the Road to Crisis" for this coming spring, is a California native son. He was born in Chula Vista, went to school in San Diego, and received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.


Besides his academic credentials, Lustig says he's proud of three other distinctions  received at Berkeley: his three arrests for the Free Speech movement, the Third World Strike, and People's Park.


Before retiring last June, Lustig taught for almost 40 years at various universities throughout California and became immersed in a plethora of issues affecting our state.


At the University of California, Riverside, Lustig began to pull together his interests in California history and literature with his academic work in political theory and economics to form a course integrating all these elements.


In 1975, while teaching at the UC Berkeley, he met Professor Paul Schuster Taylor, an agricultural economist during the New Deal era of the 1930's. Taylor was well-known for his agricultural fieldwork, some of which was for the federal government, and for his work to halt violations by large agribusinesses of the 160-acre law for public water. He inspired Lustig to study California land and water issues and deepen his California studies work. Additing to what he was teaching at Deep Springs College near Owens Valley, the site of the 1904 "water rip-off" by Los Angeles.


While teaching at Humboldt State University in the early 1980s, he started the North Coast Labor History Project, preserving documentation on labor practices, organizing, and conflict in the north coast timber industry--just in time before the timber shutdowns. He was subsequently a professor of government at California State University, Sacramento, Director of the Center for California Studies, founding chair of the California Studies Association, a faculty union activist, and California Historical Society board member. 


Since retiring, Lustig continues to write on California issues. His most recent publication is Remaking California: Reclaiming the Public Good, for which he both edited and wrote chapters. "California is my beat," he says, and we will have the opportunity to share in his knowledge of our state this coming spring.


KQED Pledge Drive Update
A big thank you to the volunteers who turned out for the KQED Radio Pledge Drive--it was great publicity for OLLI! Those who participated reported having a great time, so we are eager to do it again. The next KQED TV Pledge Drive is coming up in early March. If you would like to be notified when details are available, please sign-up here as a potential volunteer.

In the words of one volunteer: "The whole thing was great! The staff was helpful and upbeat. Finding the location was easy. Parking... no problem. After the first phone call, the pledge-taking was a breeze. I had a great time. What a great bunch of volunteers! I had a terrific time and would love to do it again anytime. Thanks so much for the opportunity!"

Symposium: Silk Road Nexus
A panel discussion exploring musical connections worldwide. Envisioned by Silk Road Ensemble founder cellist Yo-Yo Ma: "When we enlarge our view of the world, we deepen our understanding of our own lives," speakers include composer Gabriela Lena Frank, Silk Road scholar Sanjyot Mehendele, and others to be announced. Presented in conjunction with Cal Performances and in association with UC Berkeley's Institute of East Asian Studies, Buddhist Studies, and the Department of Music and San Francisco Performances.

Wednesday, April 6, 3:30-5:30 pm
The Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA
Open to the general public
More info

OLLI Community

Hosted by the OLLI Membership Committee, brown bag lunches are an opportunity to gather informally and get to know fellow OLLI members. Look for the "OLLI @Berkeley Lunch Zone" sign.

12:00-1:00 pm
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
at Freight and Salvage

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.

Tahéima Program Photos Posted
Visit our Facebook page and see pictures from the
December trip to Tahéima Wellness Resort and Spa in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. While you're there,
show your support for OLLI by "liking" our page.

What people are saying about the December trip:


"OLLI at Tahéima was just a wonderful way to spend a December week. Interesting co-students and knowledgeable professors, clearly enthusiastic about their subjects, made every minute of every day just plain fun. The wellness lectures and activities enhanced the whole experience. I learned a lot."


"All the instructors were wonderful. They knew their topic and were very enthusiastic and passionate about their chosen field."


"I enjoyed it very much and would definitely love to go back. Frankly, I think the week went really well and I think it was a very nice balance of things to do and classes to take and field trips to go on. Thanks very much."


"The topics addressed were interesting, the company was excellent, and the trip to San Sebastian and the turtle release at Banderas Bay were highlights of our trip."

The Lunch Bunch
by Lucille Poskanzer


As most of you know, we now have a place for lunch available to us every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 12 noon-1:00 pm in the lobby of Freight and Salvage (2020 Addison Street). Everyone is welcome. This is a great way to meet other OLLI members, hear about their classes, talk about your classes, and ponder our many worlds. You can bring your own lunch to these gatherings or buy a quick lunch "to go" at one of the nearby places on the following  list I have compiled just for OLLI.

Lucille's Downtown Berkeley Quick Eats (PDF)


Gift Certificates Available
Encourage a family member or friend to experience OLLI. Gift certificates are available for OLLI memberships, courses, and workshops. Download the order form or contact the OLLI office (510.642.9934) to purchase a gift certificate.

Other Announcements

50% Discount at Berkeley Arts and Letters

Berkeley Arts and Letters offers a 50% student discount to OLLI members, including the upcoming lecture "I SHALL NOT HATE: A Gaza Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity." Visit http://berkeleyarts.org for more information.

5% Discount at Andronico's

OLLI member and OUTLOOK Lunch Bunch columnist Lucille Poskanzer reports that Andronico's Market offers a 5% student and educator discount every day--show your OLLI student card to qualify.

Jazz Cafe: 10% Discount for OLLI members

Ongoing through the Winter and Spring terms, show your OLLI student card and get 10% off on food and non-alcoholic beverages. The Jazz Cafe is located at 2087 Addison Street, just across the street from Freight and Salvage Coffee House.