OLLI Outlook
The Monthly Newsletter of OLLI @Berkeley
January 2014
OLLI Announcements
OLLI Receives Grant from Thomas J. Long Foundation
Winter 2014 Speaker Series: Science
Welcome to OLLI's new Program Assistant
Explore a MOOC with OLLI
Faculty Profile: Reese Erlich
Volunteer Profile: Lorraine Midanik
Annual Fund Update
Fourth Age Salon: January 13
Cal Alumni and Parents: Live Webcast with Chancellor Dirks
The Lunch Bunch
Fee Assistance Program
Faculty News
Academic Adventure in Oxford
OLLI's Idea Box
Member Benefits
OLLI Academic Calendar
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OLLI Staff
 Susan Hoffman

Program Coordinator
Nicole Magnuson

Communications Coordinator
Satya Levine

Classroom and Events 
Gerard Alcantara

Program Assistant
Talia Walsmith

Research Assistant
Chelsea Crown

Student Staff
Nika Allahverdi
Chelsea Crown
Stephen Frianeza
Tammy Huynh
Hansen Ling 
David Lu
Brianne N Lynn
Alexis S Nya-Kemajou
Kelsey Hannah Rich
Lucy Hong Tang
Julie Xiao
Winnie Wei Zhuo

OLLI @ Berkeley
University of California
1925 Walnut St #1570 Berkeley, CA94720-1570
tel. 510.942.9934
fax. 510.642.2202

Now is the time to register for Winter term--ten classes have already filled! Check out the course offerings and register online.

OLLI Announcements
Winter Open House

Tuesday, January 7, 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 

Thursday, January 9, 3-4:30 p.m.  

Lafayette Library and Learning Center (3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette) 

Free | RSVP  


Download a flyer of the Lafayette courses.  

OLLI Receives Grant from Thomas J. Long Foundation 

OLLI @Berkeley is pleased to announce receipt of a generous grant from the Thomas J. Long Foundation. The grant will support the expansion of OLLI's programming in Lafayette through outreach in Contra Costa County. The Foundation's recognition of the importance of lifelong learning in building vital communities affirms the relevance of OLLI's mission, in the classroom and beyond. 

Winter 2014 Speaker Series: Science 
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

February 5
Searching for Cosmic Rays
Spencer Klein, Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Research Physicist, UC Berkeley

February 12
Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate
Michael Wehner, Staff Scientist in Computational Research, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

February 19
Harnessing the Plasticity of the Older Brain
Adam Gazzaley, Associate Professor of Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry, and Director of UCSF Neuroscience Imaging Center


February 26
Nutritional Inadequacy and Age-Related Diseases
Bruce N. Ames, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley and Director, Nutrition and Metabolism Center, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute 
NEW: March 5
Learning and Longevity: Applying the Insights of Neuroscience
Susan Hoffman, Director, OLLI @Berkeley
Welcome to OLLI's New Program Assistant
Talia Walsmith Talia Walsmith comes to OLLI with over a decade of experience in the Bay Area's nonprofit sector with a focus on community health, mental healthcare, and gender equality. She is a certified expressive arts facilitator and holds a master's degree in women's spirituality. Talia has also studied depth psychology and nonviolent communication and loves to paint and write. She is well on her way to being a lifelong learner and is thrilled to be supporting OLLI's staff and learning community as the new Program Assistant.
Explore a MOOC with OLLI

OLLI staff and members have been looking at the possibilities of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to provide an educational opportunity for our membership, particularly those who are homebound or who seek a greater intellectual challenge. We have identified a MOOC that coincides with our interests and is offered during the weeks of our winter term:


"The History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education," an online course sponsored by Duke University through Coursera.org, begins on Monday, January 27, 2014 and runs for six weeks. 


OLLI members are invited to sign up for the MOOC and then join OLLI Director Susan Hoffman for a discussion on Friday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m. in University Hall Room 41C (2199 Addison St. Berkeley). The discussion will be limited to 20 people; registration is required. There is no fee for the MOOC or discussion. Note: OLLI is not able to provide technical assistance for the MOOC


Register online 

Faculty Profile: Reese Erlich
Reese Erlich in Tibet. Photo courtesy Reese Erlich.

by Franette Armstrong, OLLI member


To those of us who have listened to his NPR reports or read his books, Reese Erlich is the go-to guy for making sense out of often hopelessly (purposefully?) muddled media reporting on what's going on in the world. In his 40-plus years as a foreign correspondent, Erlich has traveled to over 100 countries leaving a trail of vivid analysis, articles, documentaries, books, and awards.

On January 28, Erlich returns to OLLI with a four-week course at the Lafayette Library, "War, Peace and the Media," that will ask, "What do we know about what's happening outside our borders and how do we know it's true?"

In the class, Erlich will analyze post-9/11 U.S. military interventions in four global hotspots: Syria, Iran, Cuba and the Middle East. With guest speakers from the subject countries, Erlich will scrutinize national media coverage to untangle truth from jingoism through an insider's point of view.

What got Erlich here is as fascinating as the stories he reports. Irony, serendipity, moxie, and spunk...it's all there in his bio.


Long before OLLI was a sparkle in Bernard Osher's eye, before the UC Regents would even let him back on campus, it was 1965 and Reese Erlich was a freshman at Cal where he was majoring in Revolution (it was an independent major-this was the 60s after all), and the anti-war movement captured his attention.

By his junior year, he and six others had gotten arrested and indicted as the "Oakland Seven" for organizing Stop the Draft Week. In their highly publicized trial for conspiracy to commit misdemeanors, they were represented by the renowned civil rights attorney, Charles Garry (Black Panthers, People's Temple), and finally acquitted of all charges.

Fast-forward to October 2007 and here he is being honored on Reese Erlich Day by the City of Oakland. "It was a wonderful day," he said. "A few people who had been storming the barricades with me 40 years earlier were now sitting on City Council." In 2010, San Francisco repeated the honor with another Reese Erlich Day in recognition of his investigative reporting.


But back to 1967. Out of jail and told never to darken the halls of Berkeley again, Erlich found work as a late-night typist at Ramparts, at that time the country's leading investigative reporting magazine. "I wasn't afraid to talk to people, so they promoted me to reporter to learn journalism the old-fashioned way-by making lots of mistakes and getting barked at.... continue reading


Reese Erlich will teach War, Peace, and the Media on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. in Lafayette, beginning January 28.

Volunteer Profile: Lorraine Midanik

Lorraine Midanik I was born in Toronto and raised in L.A. I came to Berkeley as a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Public Health at Berkeley. Later I became a Professor and Dean of the School of Social Welfare. When I retired in 2011, I starting taking OLLI classes to explore many areas that interested me, including Michael Fox's documentary classes as well as Robert Hurwitt's course on the theater.


Outside of OLLI, I am a part-time research consultant. I take playwriting classes at Stagebridge in Oakland, and I am a member of Playground, a writing pool for playwrights. I serve on several committees, and sing in a chorus. I love to spend time with my family and friends and enjoy seeing good plays and movies. I also play bridge and mah jongg and try to work out regularly.


I have volunteered as a member of the Advisory Research Team since it was created about two years ago. It is an honor to work with Susan Hoffman and many dedicated volunteers to ensure that OLLI continues to be a strong force in lifelong learning for our community.


Volunteering is a great opportunity to broaden your understanding of what a treasure OLLI is and how much it has to offer so many people.

Annual Fund Update
OLLI's Annual Fund is making great headway on its $75,000 goal. So far, member donors have contributed or pledged $56,000, leaving $19,000 more to raise. Thanks to 216 of you who have donated so far. We invite you to help us reach our annual goal.
Fourth Age Salon: January 13

The next Fourth Age Salon will take place on Monday, January 13, 2014, 10:30 a.m.-noon in University Hall Room 41B.


Special guest Armando Fox, from the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education (BRCOE), will join the Salon to glean some insights from the group's recent experiences with MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

Cal Alumni and Parents: Live Webcast with Chancellor Dirks
On January 14, 2014, University Relations and the Cal Alumni Association will co-host a live webcast with UC Berkeley's new Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, exclusively for the alumni and parent communities. We encourage you to participate. Details and registration.
The Lunch Bunch

by Lucille Poskanzer, OLLI member


Le Petit Cochon

1801 Shattuck Ave., between Hearst St. and Delaware St.

Berkeley, CA, 94709




Take a somewhat long walk from the OLLI classrooms to find this delightful bit of France in Berkeley. Open throughout the day, it offers a lovely array of salads, sandwiches, une soupe du jour, French style pizzas, as well as pastries, coffees, wine, and other drinks. If you go early you can also have un petit dejeuner. There are a few tables both inside and out. They also offer wonderful takeout, from rotisserie chickens to a daily dinner special, as well as a select number of products made in France. This place is a spin-off of Bistro Liaison, a few steps down the street, so you know the quality is good. After your meal, walk a block or so north to 1797 Shattuck Ave., and have a delicious gelato at Caravaggio for a totally luxurious European experience.
Fee Assistance Program

We hope you know that OLLI offers fee assistance for those who cannot otherwise afford the membership or course fees. Spread the word if you know someone who could benefit! 


To apply, send a letter explaining your circumstances to OLLI F.A.P., 1925 Walnut St. #1570, Berkeley, CA 94720-1570 or apply by email to berkeley_olli@berkeley.edu


For Winter 2014, the application deadline is Friday, January 17 at 5 p.m. (Please note, fee assistance is offered only for courses that have spaces open. See the website for currently available offerings.) More info at http://olli.berkeley.edu/lib/FAQs/FAQs-FeeAssistanceProgram.pdf

Faculty News

Roger Housden is leading his Literary Pilgrimage to the Soul of England, June 1-8, 2014. Groups are limited to 10 participants. Learn more.

Kathryn Roszak, OLLI instructor for the Cal Performances Dance course, is the Enrichment Lecturer for a cruise of the Russian waterways from St. Petersburg to Moscow, taking place August 7-20, 2014. She will lecture on Russian performing arts, especially ballet and folk dance. Ballet and traditional folk dance performances are planned for this journey. Learn more.

Academic Adventure in Oxford

The Oxford Berkeley Program is accepting enrollments for next summer: July 21-August 9, 2014. Now in its 45th year, the Program is designed for an intellectually curious audience: independent adults who wish to widen their horizons through traveling and discovering the world through the lens of an academic discipline. Program "scholars" live and study at University of Oxford's Merton College and immerse themselves in the daily rhythms of life at college. For more information or to enroll, visit: http://extension.berkeley.edu/static/oxford, or call 510-642-3824.

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.
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. 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. Their next program begins in February 2014. 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
Berkeley Open House: Jan 7
Lafayette Info Session: Jan 9
Term: Jan 27-Mar 10

Berkeley Open House: March 11
Lafayette Info Session: March 13
Term: March 31-May 9

Term: June 2-26

Term dates through the 2014-15 academic year are available at http://olli.berkeley.edu/calendar/academicCalendar.html.