OLLI Outlook
The Monthly Newsletter of OLLI @Berkeley
June/July 2011
June 16 Lecture: New Topic!
Summer Lecture Series
Annual Fund Update
Thanks to Volunteers
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


OLLI Announcements



The OLLI office will be closed on Fridays through August 5. 



Are you missing an umbrella or a jacket? Unclaimed lost and found from this year will be donated after August 1. Contact the OLLI office at 510.642.9934 to coordinate pick-up. 




Volunteers are needed to help organize and help at events in the fall such as the Solano Stroll in September, the December holiday party, end-of-term social gatherings, and other activities promoting the OLLI community. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Nikki Maziasz (nikmaziasz@aol.com) if you have questions. You can sign up with Nikki or go online to let us know what you're interested in doing.



Please note, the Thoreau Interest Circle has been cancelled.


June 16 Lafayette Library Lecture: New Topic!

Women in Saudi Arabia, 2011: A Personal Story of Two Worlds Meeting

Thursday, June 16, 2011, 1:30-3:00 pm

Reserve a place 


What is daily life like for Arab women of today? How does a western woman run workshops on leadership for university women who are not permitted to create their own course materials or even to show their faces in public? Over the past two years, Philippa Kelly has been working with Arab university professors in Riyadh, Abha City, and Najran. She has also recently been asked to collaborate with a female Saudi co-author to advise the Saudi Ministry on the position of women in Saudi Arabian universities. The experience has profoundly affected all involved, and much commonality has been found - personally as well as professionally - within a world of difference.


Philippa Kelly, resident dramaturg for the California Shakespeare Theater, trained as a Shakespeare scholar and has been awarded numerous scholarships and fellowships. She has published 35 articles and seven books, and teaches regularly in Australia, North America, and the Middle East.


Summer 2011 Lecture Series

$10 general admission
$5 admission if accompanied by an OLLI member

Free for OLLI  members with ID

Reserve a place | More info 


Thursday, June 23, 1:30-3:00 pm

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

Philippa Kelly


Thursday, June 30, 10:00 am-12:00 noon

Fighting Cancer: A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment

Erik Peper and Robert Gorter


Annual Fund Update
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the 2010-11 Annual Fund; we have raised over $48,000 so far. The much-needed funds will help us continue to grow our program here in Berkeley. If you have not yet donated, we are happy to accept donations to the 2010-11 Annual Fund through the end of June. Donations received beginning in July will be applied to the 2011-12 Annual Fund.

View the list of donors to the 2010-11 Annual Fund 


Thanks to 2010-11 Volunteers!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered in 2010-11! We had members working on outreach efforts which included the Solano Stroll (Coordinator: Tom Fratar), Cal Day (Co-coordinators: Bill McLean and Jane Ellison), Homecoming, the KQED Radio Pledge Drive (Coordinator: Ron Tauber), the holiday party, and the lectures at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center (Coordinator: Nikki Maziasz). We also had new and returning members as class assistants doing smooth check-ins for each class. Thank you also to the members of our three standing committees: Annual Fund (Co-chairs Mark Medress and Wendy Willrich), Curriculum (Co-chairs Ann Peden and Lucille Poskanzer), and Membership (Chair Ron Tauber). A special thanks to our volunteer coordinator, Nikki Maziasz.


The Lunch Bunch

by Lucille Poskanzer


La Rose Bistro

2037 Shattuck Avenue, near Addison



Although it is a bit more expensive than most of the other nearby lunch places, this is a wonderful choice for a delicious treat that's worth every penny. Blissfully quiet, with unobtrusive and warm service, the food is California French and the portions are generous.  The bread, with a cilantro flavored dip that greets each guest, is terrific. Especially good also are the soups and creative salads. It's a white tablecloth and napkins place, so take your time and enjoy the experience. Closed for Monday lunch, though.


OLLI Community

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.