OLLI Outlook
The Monthly Newsletter of OLLI @Berkeley
September 2011
Introducing Student Staff
Faculty Interviews
OLLI Newcomers Group Forming
Over 80?
New Lecture in Berkeley
Berkeley Lecture Series
Lafayette Lectures
On Campus and Around Town
The Lunch Bunch
Member Benefits and Partner News
2011-12 Academic Calendar
Gift Certificates
Join Our Mailing List!
Donate to OLLI

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OLLI @Berkeley Staff
Susan Hoffman

Program Coordinator
Aileen Kim

Communications Coordinator
Satya Levine

Classroom Coordinator
Rosina "RJ" Bruno

Student Staff
Nika Alhaverdi, Camile Enriquez, Justin Jackson, Tamar Lee, Katherine Van Zalen, Suna Wilkerson

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


OLLI Announcements


Refer someone new to register for the Fall term and you can both enter a raffle for an All-inclusive membership. Hint: the odds are really good!  

Details and entry form. (Members are responsible for entering themselves. The OLLI office will validate entries.)


September 13, 2011
10:00 am-12:00 noon, doors open at 9:30 am
Freight & Salvage Coffee House
2020 Addison St, Berkeley
RSVP online    


OLLI @Berkeley will again have a booth at the Solano Stroll. Come say "Hi!" and find out more about our Fall 2011 offerings. Our booth will be in front of 1840 Solano Avenue on Sunday, September 11, 2011, 10:00 am-6:00 pm.   


Stay tuned for details of an OLLI "Back to School" picnic on Friday, September 23. Look for an announcement on our website and more information at the Open House.  



Michael Fox will offer insight into the regional film festivals that will take place this fall--the Mill Valley  

Film Festival, the San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, and Third Eye (Southeast Asian Film Festival). If you have trouble deciphering film guides and selecting which films to attend, this hour long session is for you. Fox will also highlight some independent films that will be televised this fall as well. Tuesday, October 4, 3:30-4:30 pm, at Freight and Salvage. No RSVP necessary. 

_______________________________________ HOMECOMING LECTURE - OCT 15

Wikileaks and the First Amendment, Bill Turner 

Saturday, October 15, 1:30-2:30 pm

Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium   

Sponsored by OLLI @Berkeley
More info


A new "Hydration Station" has just been installed on the 1st floor of University Hall in the main hallway opposite the restrooms. Now you can conveniently refill your water bottles with filtered, chilled tap water. The refill station supports the I Heart Tap Water campaign, which encourages making tap water your beverage of choice and promotes using reusable beverage containers to reduce waste from individual plastic water bottles.


Introducing OLLI's Student Staff
OLLI is helped by a team of work-study students, who run the AV for our classes, as well as providing much-needed help in the office. This fall, we are pleased to have Nika Allahverdi, Justin Jackson, Tamar Lee, Katherine Van Zalen, and Suna Wilkerson returning to OLLI, and we welcome Camille Enriquez, who joined OLLI this summer. Bios for all the OLLI staff can be found on the "Staff" page of our website.

Faculty Interviews: William Turner and Katharine Young
This month, OLLI is fortunate to have two faculty interviews. Read the interview with William Turner by Don Queen below, or click to read an interview with Katharine Young by Cheryl Brewster.


Faculty Interview with William Turner
By Don Queen


OLLI has been able to attract outstanding faculty in the field of government, especially when it comes to addressing the controversial issues surrounding the Bill of Rights. As a prime example, William "Bill" Turner, a published author and consultant to KQED and PBS, brings forty-five years of experience practicing law plus twenty-five years teaching "The First Amendment and the Press" at UC Berkeley and the Fromm Institute.


He states that he originally had an aversion to the law profession, as he thought it was just memorizing rules. As a result, he did not start law school immediately after graduating from Northwestern University, but instead held a variety of jobs including as a science educator for a General Electric educational program for children.


It wasn't until a friend persuaded him that law school wasn't just memorizing boring regulations that he enrolled in Harvard Law School, graduating in 1963. Curious about the development of the European Economic Community, he went to Belgium on a Fulbright Fellowship to study comparative law.


After working for three years for a New York law firm, a friend told him about the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights under Law, which had been formed in 1963 by President John Kennedy. Many major law firms were participating in it by donating attorneys for a month to help with civil rights litigation in the South. His firm agreed to send him and this experience hooked him on fighting for civil rights for the rest of his life. He then applied to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, where he practiced civil rights law for ten years.


After returning to Harvard to teach for a year in 1977, he went to San Francisco and founded his own law firm, serving as its senior partner until 1992. He was counsel to the firm of Rogers Joseph O'Donnell from 1992-2008.


Turner's webpage states that: "As a San Francisco lawyer, he specialized in unusual litigation, including constitutional law. He argued three cases before the United States Supreme Court (including two First Amendment cases) and more than 40 cases in lower appellate courts, and he served as lead counsel in many notable state and federal trials." When asked about his "unusual" cases, he cited his participation in the twenty-five year long litigation trying to reform the Texas prison system.


Today, his main concern about civil liberties is that our Bill of Rights fails to provide citizens sufficient legal right to know what their government is doing, such as what is going on inside prisons, the intrusive activities of the 911 anti-terror programs, and how governmental investigators are using modern technology. This fall, his class promises to provide an insight to timely first amendment issues and the colorful characters that brought these issues to court.

In the Fall 2011 term, William Turner is teaching "Figures of Speech: First Amendment Heroes and Villains," which is also the title of his recently published book (Berrett-Koehler, March 2011). The class will be held on Mondays from 10:00 am-12:00 noon.

A New Group: The OLLI Newcomers

Do you wonder who are all these people taking classes at OLLI? Do you recognize some faces, but don't know their names or their interests? Would you like some more time to talk about the classes everyone is taking, and get the inside info on upcoming events and classes? Or  are you new to OLLI, new to the Bay Area, new to retirement, a long-time resident who wants to share your insiders knowledge and experience, or just someone who wants to have some fun, engage in lively discussion with your peers, explore the outdoors, museums, theaters, and more?


We'd like to form a group where people can come together, talk about our classes, what we've seen, heard, or read, activities and resources we would recommend. We'll keep it open ended and flexible, so that everyone has a chance to contribute.


Look for the sign-up table at the OLLI Open House on Tuesday, September 13, or contact us directly if you are interested. We will have an organizational meeting after the Open House, time and location to be determined, where everyone will have a chance to determine the structure and purpose of the group.


Lucille Poskanzer: LBPoskanzer@LBL.gov 

Marian Whitehead: marianwhitehead@sbcglobal.net

Over 80?
OLLI@Berkeley is proud to have a great community of older adults of all ages. Recently, when we began to look at what research existed about the educational needs of older adults beyond 80 years, we found very, very little. To better inform OLLI's program planning and facility development, the director and research intern would like to meet OLLI members in their 7th, 8th, and 9th decades to learn more about your creative and intellectual pursuits and how OLLI can continue to be a resource and a connection for you. If you are interested in joining the discussion, please reply using our online form, or call the OLLI office at 510.642.9934.


NEW Fall Lecture in Berkeley
Fighting Cancer: A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment
Erik Peper and Robert Gorter
Tuesday, October 11, 3:30-5:00 pm
University Hall Room 41B (2199 Addison Street, Berkeley)
No RSVP, first come, first seated

More info 


Fall Lecture Series in Berkeley
Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30 pm
Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley
$10 general admission at the door, free for OLLI members with ID

More info | Reserve a place


October 5, 2011
Sleep: How much do you really need? How to get what you really need?
Allison G. Harvey


October 12, 2011
Nonfiction Politics
Timothy Ferris


October 19, 2011
Lunch Bucket Paradise: The Secret Life of the Working Class Suburb
Fred Setterberg


October 26, 2011
8 Ways to Look at Cities
John King


Lafayette Lectures

Thursdays, 1:30-3:00 pm
Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
$10 general admission at the door, Free for OLLI  members with ID

More info | Reserve a place    


September 15, 2011
From Dining and Dating to Diplomacy: Communications and Miscommunications across Cultures at UC Berkeley's International House
Joe Lurie  


October 20, 2011
Facing the Past: Legacies of Genocide, Grave Looting,
and Culture Wars in California

Tony Platt


November 17, 2011
Medicine in an Era of Health Care Reform
Michael Thaler


On Campus and Around Town


Check out Ken Goldberg's Art, Technology, and Culture lecture series offered over the academic year, with several talks coming in the fall semester.



Cal Performances' FALL FREE FOR ALL 

Cal Performances will present "Fall Free for All," a free day of performing arts, on Sunday, September 25. OLLI instructor Kathryn Roszak's "Pensive Spring: A Portrait of Emily Dickinson" will be one of the presentations at 11:00 am at Hertz Hall. Go to the following link for other events being held that day. http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu/community/community


The Lunch Bunch

by Lucille Poskanzer


Casa Bernal Taqueria

2122 Shattuck Avenue, between Addison and Center

Berkeley, CA 94709



Located next to the Wells Fargo Bank Building and close to the OLLI classrooms, this new Mexican place offers an inexpensive selection oft tacos, burritos, and salads, all individually prepared and very tasty. Besides soft drinks and agua fresca, they have draft and bottled beers. Open throughout the day, it's best to go early or late for lunch to avoid the hordes of Berkeley High students. The tacos, which range in price from $3-$3.50, are a steal! But you can also splurge on a $7 burrito or salad if that's your preference.


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.