OLLI Outlook
The Monthly Newsletter of OLLI @Berkeley
August 2013
Upcoming Events
Bon Voyage to Sandra von Doetinchem
OLLI's Idea Box
Calling All Volunteers
Transportation and Parking
Fall 2013 Speaker Series
OLLI Spotlight: K. Patricia Cross
Faculty News
The Lunch Bunch
Cal Performances Dance Course (Winter/Spring)
Performing Arts Enthusiasts Interest Circle
Member Benefits
Partner News
OLLI Academic Calendar
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Susan Hoffman

Program Coordinator
Nicole Magnuson

Communications Coordinator
Satya Levine

Classroom and Events Coordinator
Gerard Alcantara

Research Assistant
Sandra von Doetinchem

Student Staff
Nika Allahverdi

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

Fall Registration Open + Download the Brochure

Register for courses online or call the OLLI office at 510.642.9934. Print brochures will arrive in mid-August, but a PDF of the brochure is online. Many courses will fill, so register early!


The fall term brings new faculty as well your favorite instructors from past terms. While the fall curriculum spans 12 subject areas, there are two thematic threads to highlight: sustainability and historical events and memory. The term will also provide members a forum to teach, with TEO (Teaching Each Other) and Horowitz's Great Piano Music of the 19th Century, both offered on Fridays.

Upcoming Events

OLLI at the Solano Stroll ~ Sept 8 

Come visit the OLLI booth at the Solano Stroll on Sunday, September 8, 2013, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Our booth will be at 1840 Solano Ave, across from Peet's Coffee. 


Fall 2013 Open House ~ Sept 10

Tuesday, September 10, from 10 a.m.-noon  

Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

2020 Addison St, Berkeley

Doors open at 9:30 a.m., program starts at 10 a.m.   

Free | RSVP 


Lafayette Info Session ~ Sept 12

Hear from faculty instructors, film critic Michael Fox and musicologist John Prescott who will teach in Lafayette this fall.


Thursday, September 12, 3-4:30 p.m.

Lafayette Library and Learning Center

3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard

Free | RSVP

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Please tell your friends about OLLI and urge them to attend the open house or the Lafayette Info Session.



Bon Voyage to Sandra von Doetinchem
OLLI wishes a congratulations and fond farewell (for now) to Sandra von Doetinchem, OLLI's research assistant since 2010, who is moving to Honolulu following her husband's appointment to the physics department of the University of Hawaii. Sandra will continue her relationship with OLLI as a volunteer member of the Advisory Research Team. We wish her all the best in her new adventure.


OLLI's Idea Box

Have a great idea for an OLLI course? Have you heard someone speak who would be an interesting instructor? Do you know an organization who would provide a discount to OLLI members? Please share your ideas using the link below and we will forward to the appropriate staff or committee for consideration. 

Submit your idea


Calling All Volunteers - Past, Present, and Future!

Thanks to the hard work of OLLI volunteers and staff, we have a new volunteering section of the website, where you can learn about the many ways of getting involved at OLLI. Click here for the volunteer interest form.


OLLI volunteers serve on committees, in advisory roles, at social events and outreach activities, and as class assistants. The 200+ members who volunteer each year are essential OLLI's programming. Learn more about the different volunteer roles and activities on the volunteer page.


Volunteers Needed for the Solano Stroll - Sunday, Sept 8

OLLI has a booth at the Solano Stroll and is looking for a few more members to help. To learn more or sign up for a 2-hour shift, contact Elizabeth Jordan at eli_jor@calalum.org or 510.841.4255.


Transportation and Parking in Downtown Berkeley
OLLI @Berkeley is aware that many members drive to class and have difficulty parking. Gerard has prepared an extensive list of transportation and parking resources for the Berkeley area. Please let us know if it is helpful. Also, if you have a hassle-free parking strategy, share your parking tips here


Fall 2013 Speaker Series

Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

2020 Addison St, Berkeley

Free to OLLI members, UCB faculty, staff, and students (with ID)

$10 general admission

RSVP online


October 9

Last Term at the Supreme Court: What Happened and Why

Marshall Krause, former chief attorney for the ACLU of Northern California

William Sokol, attorney and talk-show host


October 16

How to Tell Wonderful Stories to Your Grandchildren

Jake Warner, children's author and storyteller


October 23

All Together Now: Stories of Activism

Joe Lambert, Director, Center for Digital Storytelling


October 30

12 Men in a Printing Shop: The Fight to End Slavery in the World's Greatest Empire

Adam Hochschild, journalist, lecturer, and author of Bury the Chains


November 6 

Anders Zorn: Sweden's Master Painter (Note change in date)  

Johan Cederlund, Swedish art historian, author, and museum director


OLLI Spotlight: K. Patricia Cross
Patricia Cross

K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education, is an internationally acclaimed scholar who has broken new ground in many areas involving research on lifelong learning, non-traditional students, and the open-door community college, and who has strengthened the linkages between research and practice.


In addition to being a member of OLLI, Cross participates in OLLI's Fourth Age Salons (a gathering of OLLI members over 80) and serves on OLLI's Advisory Research Team (ART), where her deep knowledge of higher education research gives invaluable insight to OLLI's research endeavors. Cross's contributions to ART include pushing the conversation to address current developments in education and technology, from the impact of hearing loss on learning to the emergence of massive online open courses (MOOCs) and how this phenomenon might be relevant for the older learner.


San Francisco State University has recently digitized an archive of 288 of Cross's speeches, which include a selection of speeches on lifelong learning. Visit the archive at https://diva.sfsu.edu/collections/kpcross.


Faculty News
OLLI instructor and retired judge Lise Pearlman recently won three prestigious awards for her book The Sky's The Limit: People v. Newton / The Real Trial of the 20th Century? The awards are the 2013 International Book award for "law," recognition as a finalist in the "History: United States category," and the 2013 Benjamin Franklin silver finalist award in "Multiculturalism" from the Independent Book Publishers Association. http://www.therealtrialofthe20thcentury.com

The Lunch Bunch

By Lucille Poskanzer

Chulo Indian and Nepali Cuisine

2160 University Ave., between Oxford St. and Shattuck Ave.

510.848.7252 | chulorestaurant.com 


Looking for something a little exotic for lunch near University Hall? You could do worse than this place, which is just around the corner from the OLLI classrooms. It's one more downtown Indian restaurant with a decent low-priced lunch buffet, but the menu offers more than that, and the Nepali and Tibetan dishes are different and good. Try the momos for a special treat-they are cooked to order and arrive fresh and hot. Lots of vegetarian choices too. It is clean and quiet, and doesn't attract Berkeley High students.


Cal Performances Dance Course (Winter/Spring)

OLLI will co-sponsor a special Winter/Spring-term course in conjunction with Cal Performances. Six dance companies performing at UC Berkeley will be highlighted. The course will meet Friday mornings before the performances from January through April, 2014. Discounted tickets will be available for purchase for the performances. We are finalizing details and will post an announcement within a few weeks.


Performing Arts Enthusiasts Interest Circle 
Performing Arts Enthusiasts Interest Circle invites any OLLI member join them at 10 a.m. on the first Friday of the month (next meeting on September 6) at the Jazz Cafe, 2087 Addison St, to discuss Bay Area performing arts, possible trips, discounted tickets, get-togethers and more. For more information about Performing Arts Enthusiasts Interest Circle, contact Susan Sperber at 510.917.5314 or susan_sperber@comcast.net.


Member Benefits
NEW: Berkeley Symphony: 10% Discount
Berkeley Symphony is offering a 10% discount on single tickets to OLLI members for the 2013-14 Season at Zellerbach Hall. The season opens on October 3. Look for details of the offer in OLLI's September newsletter.

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 Caffe: 10% Discount
Show your OLLI student card and get 10% off on food and non-alcoholic beverages. The Jazz Caffe is located at 2087 Addison Street, just across the street from Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse. http://www.jazzcaffe.biz 


 Partner News
OLLI at University of Minnesota
OLLI at University of Minnesota is currently seeking applicants for a new Executive Director. Learn more at employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=113350.


OLLI Academic Calendar
Courses: June 3-27

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

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

Open House: March 11
Term: March 31-May 9

Term dates through the 2013-14 academic year are available at http://olli.berkeley.edu/calendar/academicCalendar.html.