OLLI Outlook
The Monthly Newsletter of OLLI @Berkeley
February 2013
Winter 2013 Speaker Series
Special Event: Author Reading and Talk
Fourth Age Salon: Allan Chinen
Lunching with Faculty
Faculty Profile: John Prescott
Research at OLLI
OLLI Members Organize
Meet other members by volunteering
The Lunch Bunch
Member Benefits and Partner News
2012-13 Academic Calendar
Gift Certificates
Join Our Mailing List!
Donate to OLLI

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Program Coordinator
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Communications Coordinator
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Classroom and Events Coordinator
Gerard Alcantara

Research Assistant
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Student Staff
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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

Winter 2013 Speaker Series

Wednesdays in February
12:15-1:30 p.m.

Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

2020 Addison St, Berkeley

Free to OLLI members

$10 general admission

More info | RSVP 


"Riding the Next Wave"

Silicon Valley public relations icon Sylvia Paull and her guests will forecast the year's advances in the arts, culture, and technology.


Feb 6: Food: Changing the Nation's Eating Habits
Katrina Heron, Director, The Edible Schoolyard Project

Feb 13
: Future Trends in Health Care Technology
Yan Chow, Director of Innovation and Technology, Kaiser Permanente

Feb 20: Transportation: A Driverless Future
Anthony Levandowski, Co-creator of Google self-driving car

Feb 27: Working in Community: Architecture, Community, and Technology
David Trachtenberg, green architect and UC Berkeley graduate in architecture

Special Event: Author Anne Swärd
Reading and Talk with Swedish Author Anne Swärd and Linda Rugg
Wednesday, March 6, 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison St, Berkeley
Free to OLLI members
$10 general admission
More info | RSVP

Anne Swärd will read from her work, and Professor Linda Haverty Rugg of UC Berkeley's Scandinavian Department will join her in conversation afterwards.


Fourth Age Salon: "Where are the guys? Gender differences in lifelong learning" 
The entire OLLI membership (not just those over 80) is invited to attend Dr. Allan B. Chinen's talk at the upcoming Fourth Age Salon. The well-known psychiatrist and author of Once upon a Midlife will speak about "Where are the guys? Gender differences in Lifelong Learning." Participation of men is highly encouraged.

Fourth Age Salon: Allan B. Chinen
Monday, February 11, 3-4:30 p.m.
University Hall Room 41B
2199 Addison St, Berkeley

Please note that there are 25 available places and reservations are required. Reserve online.


Lunching with Faculty
Each Tuesday and Wednesday of the Winter term, OLLI members are invited to brown bag lunching in the Freight and Salvage lobby (2020 Addison St). On most Tuesdays, attendees will be joined by an OLLI instructor who will be available for casual discussion of his or her area of expertise. See our calendar for details.


Faculty Profile: John Prescott
by Don Queen

This spring OLLI will present a class entitled "From Bach to Bernstein: Two Centuries of Choral Music," to be taught by John Prescott, Ph.D. While he is new to OLLI, John Prescott is a familiar name in the Bay Area choral music scene. I first heard him give a pre-concert lecture before a performance of St. Martins in the Field sponsored by Cal Performances.

Dr. Prescott states that his goals for the class are to impart "...a broader knowledge of choral music and how it relates to the wider society...as well as gain a deeper appreciation of the music itself...and, of course, to have fun." While musical training isn't necessary, he will mention relevant "nuts and bolts" alterations in changing musical style.

Dr. Prescott has taught music courses at UC Berkeley and music theory at The Crowden School (a private school for musically gifted children in Berkeley), and was the musicologist for the San Francisco Elderhostel Arts and Humanities Program. Besides his many other lecture engagements, he has been the resident pre-concert lecturer for Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra since 2002.

When asked about his choice of career, he states: "People ask me when I decided to go into music and I don't remember. I was so young. I took the violin when I was three, so I've been there all my life. I was born blind; my parents figured it might be a natural fit. It turned out to be." When asked about his interest in history, he said, "I was blessed to have lots of older relatives and my grandparents were very active in my life, very present. I just sat and listened to them tell stories about times long before I was born and I think that hooked me into knowing about the past and bringing the past back to life. Connecting that to my love of history was a natural fit." While he plays the Celtic harp professionally at church and memorial services, his main professional activity is teaching and lecturing.

Prescott grew up in Minneapolis and attended St. Paul's Academy, receiving instruction in Braille from a visiting teacher for one hour a day. At Carlton College, Prescott received his B.A. (magna cum laude) in Music and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was among an elite group to be awarded the British Marshall Scholarship, enabling him to attend two years of study at St. John's College in Cambridge, England. He also studied at Oxford University's Worcester College. Dr. Prescott received his M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology from UC Berkeley. He has written extensively on the music of Handel and he wrote his dissertation on John Stanley, the 18th-century blind organist, conductor, violinist and impresario.

The class will hear such composers as Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Verdi and will include the development of large choral festivals, such as a 1920s recording of Handel's Messiah sung by a chorus of three thousand and an orchestra of five hundred. The superior acoustics of the Freight and Salvage will be ideal for the many planned choral presentations. CDs with relevant selections of music will be available for purchase for those who wish to enjoy them again outside of class.

"From Bach to Bernstein: Two Centuries of Choral Music" is a part of the Spring 2013 term which runs from April 1-May 10, 2013.


Research at OLLI: Did you know that...
Our new member survey confirmed something that we have long suspected, that most people--over 60%--learn about OLLI through word of mouth. So, thank you all for spreading the word about OLLI @Berkeley, distributing brochures and flyers, and bringing friends and family to class! 


OLLI Members Organize
See You At the Movies
You are invited to join a film group that meets every other Saturday afternoon to watch a recently opened movie at a local theater. Afterwards, there's discussion over coffee or food. An outgrowth of an OLLI class, the group chooses from foreign films, art movies, and documentaries. Recent films included Searching for Sugarman, Django Unchained, and Amour. If interested, please contact Sasha Futran at sfutran@pacbell.net or 510.849.9323.

Performing Arts Enthusiasts Group
A new Interest Circle, Performing Arts Enthusiasts, was formed last semester at the end of Kathryn Roszak's class, "Dance,Theater, and Music from Classical to Cutting Edge." Numbering about 12 so far, the group meets at the Jazz Cafe monthly on the second Tuesday,from 10:00 a.m. to noon, to share information on upcoming dance, theater, and concert events in the local area. We discuss carpooling resources, public transportation, and discounted ticket availability. Contact Louise Burton at lrburton2@gmail.com for more information, or just drop by and check us out! After joining our interest group, you may optionally join our Yahoo group of Performing Arts Enthusiasts, to share the names, dates, and times of local performances.


Meet other members by volunteering
We are looking for energetic and engaged OLLI members who want  to meet other members and to promote our community of lifelong learners through outreach and good will. YOU can help by volunteering in the classroom, at Open House, with end-of-term parties, distributing brochures or flyers, ushering at events, or becoming an ambassador at outreach events such as Cal Homecoming or the Solano Stroll. Time commitments range from 20 minutes per class to 2-3 hours at events. Get involved and participate in OLLI's success. We need your time and talent.

If you would like to sign up or learn more, sign up here or call the OLLI office at 510.642.9934.

The Lunch Bunch
by Lucille Poskanzer

Belli Osteria

2016 Shattuck Ave, between University Ave and Addison St
Berkeley, CA

This newly opened place, very close to the OLLI classrooms, is highly recommended for both lunch and dinner. It is blissfully quiet, the service is friendly, and if requested, will be swift, too. The pasta is excellent, especially the ravioli, but the panini and salads at lunch are really good, too. Portions are not huge and the prices a little high, but the quality merits the cost.

Member Benefits and Partner News
Berkeley City Commons Friday Lunch Talks
City Commons Club of Berkeley meets every Friday from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm at the Berkeley City Club (2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley) to promote the lively discussion of topics of interest to Bay Area residents. Come for lunch or just for the talk. See upcoming programs.

Berkeley Symphony offers $5 discount to OLLI members
OLLI members for the 2012-2013 year can receive a $5 discount on single advance purchase tickets at the Berkeley Symphony for advance tickets. Use the discount code olli2013. More info.

Berkeley Arts and Letters: 50% Discount
Berkeley Arts and Letters offers a 50% student discount to OLLI members on advance tickets purchased through their website. Visit http://berkeleyarts.org for more information. 

Jazz Cafe: 10% Discount
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 Coffeehouse.


2012-13 Academic Calendar
Open House: March 12
Term: April 1-May 10

Courses: June 4-27

FALL 2013
Open House: Sep 10
Term: Sep 30-Nov 8

Open House: Jan 7
Term: Jan 27-Mar 10

Term dates through the 2012-13 academic year are available at http://olli.berkeley.edu/calendar/academicCalendar.html.


Be My OLLI Valentine
This Valentine's Day, share the sweetness of lifelong learning with a friend or loved one. Take a course together, or explore different interests and discuss what you've learned over lunch after class. Gift certificates are available for OLLI memberships, courses, and workshops. Download an order form or contact the OLLI office (510.642.9934) to purchase a gift certificate.