OLLI Outlook
The Monthly Newsletter of OLLI @Berkeley
May 2011
Summer Info Session
Interest Circles
Faculty Profiles
Lafayette Lectures
Annual Fund
OLLI Faculty News
The Lunch Bunch
OLLI Community
Member Benefits and Partner News
2011-12 Academic Calendar
Gift Certificates
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OLLI @Berkeley Staff
Susan Hoffman

Program Coordinator
Aileen Kim

Program Assistants
Rosina "RJ" Bruno
Satya Levine

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


Summer 2011 Program

Summer 2011 programming included courses, lectures, Interest Circles, and auditing.

OLLI @Berkeley courses begin June 2. Summer Sessions courses on campus begin as early as May 23. Register online, by mail with a registration form, or call 510.642.9934.  


MINI OPEN HOUSE: Summer 2011 Term Info Session*

Tuesday, May 9, 3:15-4:30 pm

Room 150 University Hall

2199 Addison St, Berkeley

RSVP online 


Dariush Zahedi and Linda Rugg will be present to talk about the courses they are teaching in June.


* Note date, time, and location changes.


Interest Circles
The summer is fast approaching and it is time to plan summer Interest Circles (ICs). If you would like to facilitate an IC, suggest a topic, or join in one of the many groups that will be forming, please attend the Summer 2011 Term Info Session (see above).


OLLI Announcements



Course evaluations for Spring 2011 courses will be going out by email next week. Please be sure to submit one evaluation per course. We read every evaluation and your feedback is crucial to helping us shape and improve the OLLI @Berkeley offerings. Printed copies will also be available at classes. 



The OLLI office will be closed on Fridays from May 22-August 5. 



Fee assistance for the Summer 2011 term is available for a summer membership and one course. Please submit a letter with the reason for the request, the course you would like to take, and why the course is of interest to you. Be sure to include contact information. Applications must be received in the OLLI office by 5:00 pm, Friday, May 20. Applicants will be notified by Wednesday, May 25. If approved, there will be an administrative fee of $25. 


Special Message from Director Susan Hoffman

As a part of UC Berkeley, we owe it to all to make the pitch that higher education cannot be cut further.  Please see letter from UC President Mark Yudof with important contact information. Read President Yudof's letter to the UC community

Faculty Profiles: Dariush Zahedi and Linda Rugg
Dariush Zahedi, Lecturer, Political Science, UC Berkeley

The January 2011 OLLI Outlook featured Dariush Zahedi, lecturer in Political Science at UC Berkeley. This summer at OLLI, he will be teaching "Revolutionary Movements in the Middle East and North Africa."

Born in Tehran, Iran, Dariush Zahedi came to the United States in 1980 at the age of 13 and now has dual American-Iranian citizenship. He is currently a lecturer in political science at UC Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Southern California in 1998 and was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Read the full interview.

Linda Rugg, Associate Professor of Scandinavian at UC Berkeley

The January 2010 OLLI Outlook featured Linda Rugg, Associate Professor of Scandinavian at UC Berkeley. This summer at OLLI, she will be teaching a cultural study of whiteness titled "Hyperwhite and the Color Line: The Establishment and Policing of the Bounds of Whiteness in American Culture."

Wild Strawberries, Virgin Spring, The Seventh Seal. For many people of a certain age these titles evoke memories of youth and nights spent in a dark theater, soaking up romantic images of mysterious places and times. Ingmar Bergman's movies were all the rage in the late 50s and 60s, when seeing them bestowed a glint of sophistication and worldliness. Read the full interview.

Spring 2011 Lafayette Lectures

Thursdays, 1:30-3:00 pm

Lafayette Library and Learning Center

3491 Mount Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

$10 at the door

More info | Reserve a place 


May 19, 2011

A Republic, If You Can Keep It!

Dariush Zahedi, UC Berkeley


June 16, 2011

The King and I: Autobiography, King Lear, and Australian Cultural Identity

Philippa Kelly


OLLI Annual Fund

All Spring term students will be receiving a letter from the Annual Fund Committee at their classes this coming week. We encourage you to show your support by giving to the OLLI @Berkeley Annual Fund. Meeting our goal of $75,000 will help OLLI keep dues and fees at its 2007 level for another. The Annual Fund also supports the rental of Freight and Salvage, which we hope you love as much as we do. If you aren't taking a course this spring, we hope you will return soon. In the meantime, consider giving as an investment in OLLI's future!     


OLLI Faculty News

An invitation from Linda Rugg: The Scandinavian Department, in conjunction with the Film Department and the Swedish Embassy, is hosting Swedish film director Daniel Alfredsson, who made The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. A screening of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest will be followed by a discussion and Q&A. Monday, May 23, at 7:30 pm in 142 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley. Please contact issa@berkeley.edu or 510-642-4484 with questions. This event is free, no reservation needed. 


Robert Hirst's lecture, "'Finding' Mark Twain's Autobiography," which was delivered to a full house at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center on March 17, 2011, is available on the booktv.org archives. See viewing times and details.  


Amelia Barili is featured on the UC Berkeley News Center for her innovative pedagogy that integrates the most recent findings of Cognitive Science Neurobiology and Service Learning. Read the full article.  


Susan Griffin, editor of Transforming Terror: Remembering the Soul of the World, is joined by co-editor Karin Lofthus Carrington in a discussion of the book at Berkeley Arts & Letters at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, on May 12 at 7:30 pm. Click for details and to purchase tickets.


The Lunch Bunch

by Lucille Poskanzer


Turkish Kitchen
1986 Shattuck Ave (just north of University Ave), Berkeley

This is a very informal storefront restaurant with a wide variety of moderately-priced pretty good Turkish food as well as friendly service. However, the real deal is the current take away offer of a delicious and filling choice of a freshly-made warm sandwich, drink, and fries--all for $6! Or, if you want to forego the fries and drinks, the sandwich, big enough to share, will set you back all of $5. The lamb and beef gyro sandwich is my favorite.

Now that the weather is finally beautiful, grab a sandwich, find a place in the sun, and enjoy--or come on over to the OLLI lunch at the Freight and Salvage and share in the conversation.  


OLLI Community

Cal Day, UC Berkeley's annual open house, was held on Saturday, May 16. OLLI volunteers organized by Bill McLean and Jane Ellison and staff member RJ Bruno spent a beautiful day out doors, fielding inquiries about our program as well as experiencing some of the numerous events sponsored by academic departments. Click here to see some photos of volunteers in action.

Thank you volunteers: Bill McLean, Jane Ellison, Vee Ainars, Donna Dell'Era, Ilse Evans, Paula Foerschler, Ann Lopata, Mary McConnon, and Ollie Wright!

Program Coordinator Aileen Kim and Volunteer Nikki Maziasz attended the OLLI National Conference from April 13-15 in Itasca, Illinois (outside of Chicago). There were over 220 attendees, including Bernard Osher. Attendees learned about fundraising, member recruitment, and volunteering as well as having opportunities to network. Aileen and Nikki came back energized to re-visit issues which include parking and building the OLLI community with an informed perspective.


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, 2020 Addison St

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.

Member Benefits and Partner News




50% Discount at Berkeley Arts and Letters

Berkeley Arts and Letters offers a 50% student discount to OLLI members. Visit http://berkeleyarts.org for more information.

Jazz Cafe: 10% Discount for OLLI members
Ongoing through the Spring term, 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.

2011-12 Academic Calendar
FALL 2011
Open House: Tuesday, September 13
Term dates: September 26-November 4

Open House: Tuesday, January 17
Term dates: January 30-March 12
Holiday (no classes): February 20

Open House: Tuesday, March 20
Term dates: April 2-May 11

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.