OLLI Outlook
The Monthly Newsletter of OLLI @Berkeley
October 2013
Fall 2013 Speaker Series
ALERT: Downtown Parking Changes
Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas
Social Events
Faculty Profile: John Cummins
Volunteer Profile: Eilzabeth Jordan
Curriculum Committee Open Meeting
Faculty News
The Lunch Bunch
OLLI's Idea Box
Cal Performances Dance Course
Member Benefits
OLLI Academic Calendar
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OLLI @ Berkeley
University of California
1925 Walnut St #1570 Berkeley, CA94720-1570
tel. 510.942.9934
fax. 510.642.2202
Thanks to all of you who registered for courses this fall, we have over 910 members this term, our second highest registration ever! Some of you have called to ask if you can still register for a course even though you missed the first week - the answer is yes! For any open course, you can register online or call the office at 510-642-9934 for assistance.

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
More info |
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

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

ALERT: Downtown Parking Changes
New 2 hr and 4 hr Parking Zones
The City of Berkeley is piloting a new program called goBerkeley to reduce parking "anxiety" by making it easier to find a parking spot, without worrying about getting a ticket for an expired meter. New parking rates and time limits in downtown Berkeley will take effect on Tuesday, October 15. For more details, including a map of the new parking zones, visit:  http://www.goberkeley.info/parkchanges.php.


Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas

OLLI @Berkeley is pleased to partner with Berkeleyside on Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, two days of conversations with leading thinkers, hands-on experiences, and wonderful food and drink in downtown Berkeley, October 25-26, 2013.


Here are just a few of the festival's many speakers: UC Berkeley's new Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, economist Brad DeLong, rightwing wunderkind Josh Barro, big data maven Josh Bloom, food guru Mollie Katzen, Autodesk CEO Carl Bass, plutocrats chronicler Chrystia Freeland, Annalee Newitz of science and science fiction site io9, Daily Kos' Markos Moulitsas, winemaker Randall Grahm, Bonny Doon, National Center for Lesbian Rights' Kate Kendell, global poverty specialist Ananya Roy, tech entrepreneur, academic Vivek Wadhwa, new Bay Bridge architect Donald MacDonald, and many more.


OLLI members receive a 15% discount on the festival pass with the code OLLI13. More information. Register at www.berkeleyideas.com/attend.   


Social Events

OLLI Happy Hour

Wednesday, October 16, 4-6 p.m.

Bobby G's Pizzeria

2072 University Ave., Berkeley


OLLI members: Come out for a no-host happy hour and unwind with your peers. Space is limited to 40. RSVP online, or contact Susan Sperber at susan_sperber@comcast.net or 510-917-5314.
Faculty Profile: John Cummins
An Insider's Look at the World of College Sports
By Franette Armstrong, OLLI member 

For chancellors and presidents of universities in the United States, the management of the intercollegiate athletic program is one of their greatest challenges, and UC Berkeley is no exception. This winter and spring OLLI is pleased to present a two-part class taught by John Cummins, Ph.D.: Have Big-Time Athletic Programs Outgrown Their Universities?


Dr. Cummins is Associate Chancellor Emeritus, whose 36-year career served five chancellors at Berkeley. The classes will examine how history and tradition have influenced the current state of intercollegiate athletics, variously described by critics as a "cesspool" and by advocates as an important component of a student's higher educational experience.   


These classes are the product of both frustration and curiosity for Dr. Cummins, a lifelong sports enthusiast who was in charge of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics for two years. In 2010, Dr. Cummins returned from a year in France to find Cal's intercollegiate athletics budget under intense scrutiny and he began to wonder how a formerly student-run extracurricular activity could morph into the big-time athletics program it is today--one that functions, in large part, as an entertainment business inside an educational institution.  


This led him to a three-year study of the management of that program from the 1960s to the present and the beginning of a forthcoming book on the subject. In June, he presented a 60-page white paper to the University's Athletic Board with co-author Kirsten Hextrum, a Ph.D. student at Cal and two-time national Crew champion. Ms. Hextrum, who will be a guest lecturer in the classes, brings her research into the effects of gender and race on athlete graduation rates as well as the athlete's perspective.


In the winter class, Dr. Cummins will take participants behind the scenes to examine the myriad value conflicts inherent in the management of intercollegiate athletics, such as admissions preferences for student athletes and the impact of athletic budgets on academic priorities. The class will look at the connection of athletic programs and fundraising, the influence of the media, the effects of Title IX and gender-related issues in college sports, reform efforts, and the role of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.


A companion course in the spring will continue to explore these issues as they relate to Cal, helping participants understand decisions that have been made and what has gone into them. Dr. Cummins will examine the roles and perspectives of athletic and university leaders, faculty and coaches, and large donors as well as other forces setting the values that have driven the program and ask whether the future will, or should, hold more of the same.  


These classes are a unique opportunity to learn about the world of college sports. More information and advance registration will be available to OLLI members.  


John Cummins will teach Have Big-Time Athletic Programs Outgrown Their Universities? in OLLI @Berkeley's Winter 2014 term.
Volunteer Profile: Eilzabeth Jordan
Elizabeth Jordan

I moved to Berkeley in 1070 from a suburb of Chicago with my daughter and former husband and earned a B.S. in Conservation and Natural Resources. I worked in the Berkeley and Oakland schools for many years before joining the National Institutes of Health in 1992 and moved to the mortgage industry when the funding for the NIH study ended.


Outside of work, I enjoy reading about and researching the history of Bay Area architecture, keeping up with current events and current research on aging, escaping to art museums, listening to the music of the baroque, following our Bay Area foodie adventures, and visiting my daughter in Northern California. And I love to walk in Berkeley and learn new things about the city I've lived in for, could it be 43 years?


I'm new to OLLI. I attended the Winter 2013 "Silence" class at BAM/PFA and "the little grey cells" began to hum again. I recently organized the OLLI table at the Solano Stroll, with invaluable help from the OLLI staff and volunteers. Giving back to OLLI is at the top of my list and I'm continuing to volunteer on the Member Services Committee.


Volunteering with OLLI is a chance to share your skills as well as learn new skills and to meet other OLLI members. I see OLLI as a collaborative effort, with a chance for everyone to offer ideas, take classes, meet new people, or to try out volunteering.
Curriculum Committee Open Meeting

The Curriculum Committee is hosting an open meeting. Come learn about OLLI's curriculum development process, ask your questions, and share your thoughts.


Friday, October 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

University Hall Room 101 (by the Oxford entrance)

2199 Addison St., Berkeley


Note: There will be another open meeting scheduled soon on a different day of the week.

Faculty News

From Lise Pearlman: The Peralta Community College District is hosting an historic debate on "THE" Trial of the 20th Century: The 1994-95 O.J. Simpson Murder Trial? The 1968 Huey P. Newton Death Penalty Trial? The 1972 Angela Davis Conspiracy Trial? or none of the above? This is a fundraiser for the film "The Real Trial of the 20th Century," among other projects. More info. Tickets. 


OLLI instructor Kathryn Roszak's Danse Lumiere invites you to two open rehearsals: 1) "Dance on Center," featuring a new work celebrating the "Rite of Spring," Sunday, November 3 at 2 p.m. at the Osher Studio, 2055 Center St, Downtown Berkeley. 2) Open Rehearsal of a new work celebrating "Schubertiana" by Swedish Nobel Prize-winning poet Tomas Tranströmer, on Sunday, November 10 at 2 p.m. at the Goethe-Institut, 530 Bush Street, San Francisco. See www.dlkdance.com for admission and details, or call 510-233-5550.


From Dariush Zahedi: The OLLI community is invited to attend the conference The Rise of Entrepreneurship in Turkey and the Middle East: Successes, Failures, and the Future, Saturday, October 12, 2013, 8 a.m.-6 p.m at the International House, UC Berkeley. RSVP at bped.eventbrite.com. For more information, including the conference agenda, visit eventbrite or bped.berkeley.edu.

The Lunch Bunch
By Lucille Poskanzer


Lindgren's Café

2120 Dwight Way, at Shattuck Ave.

Berkeley, CA 94704




This delightful slightly hidden café is rather a long walk from the OLLI classrooms (there's usually street parking on Dwight Way), but it's worth it for some delicious, moderately priced soups, salads, sandwiches and sweets. Everything is made in house and the flavors reflect a fine palate. There's beer and wine along with various coffee drinks. It is divinely quiet, with no raucous college students present at lunch. Best of all, there's a lovely patio out back where you can relax and enjoy the cuisine.

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 this link and we will forward to the appropriate staff or committee for consideration.
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 selected performances. We are finalizing details and will post an announcement shortly.
Member Benefits
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 opened on October 3. Call the box office and identify yourself as an OLLI member when you order your tickets.

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 (when ordered with food). The Jazz Caffe is located at 2087 Addison Street, just across the street from Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse. You can order ahead by stopping in on your way to class or over the phone at 510.883.0231. Check out their menu: http://www.jazzcaffe.biz/caffe.htm

OLLI Academic Calendar
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.