OLLI Outlook
The Monthly Newsletter of OLLI @Berkeley
April 2013
Speaker Series
Co-sponsored Lecture
Annual Fund Update
BAM/PFA Construction Update
Faculty Profile: Kimball Livingston
Volunteer Profile: Gil Berkeley
Research at OLLI
Subscribe to the Goldman School's eDigest
Faculty News
The Lunch Bunch
Meet other members by volunteering
Member Benefits and Partner News
OLLI Academic Calendar
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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

Spring 2013 Speaker Series
Wednesdays, 12:15-1:30 p.m.
April 10, 17, and 24
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison St, Berkeley
Free to OLLI members
$10 general admission

More info | RSVP online

April 10, 2013
Using Online Dating to Study Contemporary Patterns of Courtship
Gerald Mendelsohn, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, UC Berkeley

April 17, 2013
Big Data is Too Small - Social Media, Social Class and Social Movements
Jen Schradie, Berkeley Center for New Media, UC Berkeley

April 24, 2013
Black-Latino Relations in U.S. National Politics: Beyond Conflict or Cooperation
Rodney Hero, Professor, Politics and Haas Chair in Diversity and Democracy, UC Berkeley

Sanford S. Elberg Lecture: Rory Stewart
After Iraq and Afghanistan: Can Intervention Work?
April 11, 4-6 p.m.
Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, UC Berkeley
More info

Rory Stewart was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Malaysia. He worked in the British Embassy in Indonesia and then, in the wake of the Kosovo campaign, as the British Representative in Montenegro. In 2000 he took two years off and began walking from Turkey to Bangladesh. He covered 6000 miles on foot alone across Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal--a journey described in The Places in Between. Since 2010 Rory Stewart has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for Penrith and the Border, and lives between Cumbria and London.

Co-sponsored by OLLI @Berkeley. Please arrive early to ensure seating. No RSVP is necessary.

Annual Fund Update
Thanks to the 258 donations that have come in so far, we have raised $51,416 towards our goal of $70,000. Your generous contribution helps OLLI maintain  high-quality programming, build long-term stability, and provide access to more members of our community through scholarships.

Donate now!
BAM/PFA Construction Update

Construction of the new BAM/PFA building is underway on Oxford Street between Addison and Center Streets, one block south of University Hall. The University Hall parking structure is currently under demolition. Read more about the project.  


Read detailed updates regarding the current phase of construction and its impact on the area, including roads, sidewalks, parking, noise, etc., visit. This page will be kept up-to-date by UC Berkeley Capital Projects.
Faculty Profile: Kimball Livingston
By Hilary Kaiser, OLLI member-volunteer

Although Kimball Livingston grew up doing everything on the water except sailing, it was when he was a teenager that he started noticing sailboats--"the same way young men finally start noticing young women, who were always there before." So, as an undergraduate student at Tulane University in New Orleans, he joined the sailing club and learned sailing, which, he says, " has been my life" ever since.  


Kimball moved to San Francisco from Tulane in 1970 "about five minutes after graduation," with a double degree in English and psychology. He has been a San Franciscan ever since, except for a year and a half at San Diego State, where he earned an M.A. in Child Developmental Psychology. Choosing not to practice psychology, he combined his passion for sailing and boats with his interest and skill in writing. As a freelance journalist, his articles were well-received, but he was not making a living. So he started painting houses to make ends meet. In 1979, he was hired as a sailing writer by the San Francisco Chronicle, where he worked for the next 14 years.


This OLLI Summer faculty member has sailed the oceans of the world and made it a mission to sail milestone editions of America's three classic distance races: the Centennial Transpacific, the Centennial Newport-Bermuda, and the 100th running of Chicago-Mackinac, scoring in two out of three. Asked if there were any writers who had inspired him, he immediately mentioned Bernard Moitessier, the French solo yachtsman and author who, standing a good chance of winning, abandoned the first solo, non-stop, round-the-world yacht race, 1968-1969, "because I am happy at sea, and perhaps to save my soul." Kimball met Moitessier when he moved to San Francisco (much later), and he admired Moitessier's "conscious effort to live as a saint," his environmental activism, and his books about his voyages, particularly The Long Way.


Enamored of the San Francisco Bay, Kimball wrote the first and second editions of Sailing the Bay for Chronicle Books. He blogs at BluePlanetTimes.com and is an Editor-at-Large for the wide-selling SAIL magazine. Writing assignments have taken him to the South Pacific, Asia, Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Gulf Coast. He has scripted documentaries and was one of the writers for the Francis Ford Coppola-produced film WIND. He has been a speaker at the prestigious Boston Public Library Lectures and has run the speaker series at San Francisco's St. Francis Yacht Club for seven years.  


Kimball is a longtime follower of the America's Cup and is frequently called upon to write and to comment about this prestigious event. He hopes OLLI members who take this summer's course on the 2013 America's Cup will gain an understanding of the historical and social context of the race and its impact on the local economy and environment, as well as some basic concepts of sailing. Most importantly, he wants to go beyond garbled media-speak and make clear what is REALLY going on.  


Kimball Livingston will teach a course on the America's Cup race as part of the Summer 2013 term at OLLI @Berkeley, which will meet for four weeks in June. Details will be announced by email and at olli.berkeley.edu.

Volunteer Profile: Gil Berkeley

I am a native Californian, having grown up in Fresno, and attended college and law school at Stanford. My wife, Ann, and I have lived in the East Bay since 1973, and in Lafayette since 1975. Professionally, I was a transactional attorney for close to 40 years, dealing primarily in commercial real estate and business matters.


I joined OLLI about five years ago on the recommendation of my in-laws, Scott Wachter and Barbara Malina. My primary objective was to recapture the joy of education and to gain exposure to OLLI's wonderful faculty resources.

I have volunteered as a Class Assistant for several courses in Berkeley and Lafayette and have been a member of the Lafayette planning group for OLLI. I have also made the pitch for gifts to the Annual Fund.


Outside of OLLI, I serve on two nonprofit Boards (the Food Bank and an arts group) and I very much enjoy travel (primarily to underdeveloped countries), regular exercise, and spending time with family and longtime friends.

Research at OLLI: Volunteerism
We discovered in our Getting to Know You survey last year that 57.3% of OLLI members currently volunteer with OLLI @Berkeley and with the community in many ways.

We want to thank you all for your dedication, your efforts, and the time that you give to our community of learners and to the community at large!


Subscribe to the Goldman School's eDigest
The Goldman School of Public Policy, OLLI's partner in the Winter 2013 course "Polarization and Governing the American Electorate," invites the OLLI community to subscribe to their eDigest of news and events of interest to the public. View a recent eDigest. Subscribe.
Faculty News

Goldman School Dean and OLLI instructor Henry E. Brady's book The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy, garnered the Award for Excellence in Social Sciences from the American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence. The Unheavenly Chorus explores the link between economic inequality and political polarization.


In February, Harry Kreisler conducted an interview with former President of Mexico Vicente Fox, adding one more state leader to his Conversations with History video archive.  


Kathryn Roszak will premiere a new dance titled "Secrets on the Way," inspired by Nobel-Prize-winning poet Tomas Tranströmer, on April 27 and 28, 2013 at the Osher Studio, 2055 Center Street, Berkeley. OLLI faculty member Linda Rugg will read poems in Swedish as part of the program. More information at www.dlkdance.com. Tickets through Brown Paper Tickets, call 800.838.3006.

The Lunch Bunch

By Lucille Poskanzer


Toss Noodle Bar

2272 Shattuck Ave., near Kittredge St.

Berkeley CA, 94704



This small storefront, a few doors down from the Berkeley Public Library, offers an interesting approach to a delicious inexpensive lunch. You design your own dish, first choosing the flavor you are looking for in either a stir fry, soup, or curry, then adding on your choice of noodles or rice, and then your choice of meat, fish, or tofu. It sounds more complicated than it is, so just relax and enjoy. There are also "quick bites" and salads, but it's best to stick with the main dishes. A variety of drinks are available including beer and wine. My current favorite is Wok Tossed Hokkien noodles with Thai sauce and a protein choice.

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 goodwill. 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 welcome your time and talent.

Sign up here or call the OLLI office at 510.642.9934.

Member Benefits and Partner News
Berkeley City Commons Friday Lunch Talks
City Commons Club of Berkeley meets every Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 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.


OLLI Academic Calendar
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 2013-14 academic year are available at http://olli.berkeley.edu/calendar/academicCalendar.html.