OLLI Outlook
The Monthly Newsletter of OLLI @Berkeley
March 2014
2014 OLLI Member Meeting
New website coming--take our website survey
Berlin: Two Pasts, One Present
Spring 2014 Speaker Series: Science
Call for Volunteers
Faculty Profile: Russell Merritt
Volunteer Profile: Larry Nagel
Fourth Age Salon
George Packer Lecture
OLLI @Berkeley Theatre Initiative
Annual Fund Update
OLLI Berkeley Connections
The Gazzaley Lab at UCSF
The Lunch Bunch
Fee Assistance Program
Faculty News
OLLI's Idea Box
Member Benefits
OLLI Academic Calendar
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 Susan Hoffman

Program Coordinator
Nicole Magnuson

Communications Coordinator
Satya Levine

Classroom and Events 
Gerard Alcantara

Program Assistant
Talia Walsmith

Research Assistant
Chelsea Crown

Research Intern
Jason Gant

Student Staff
Nika Allahverdi 
Mahnoor Baker Allawala
Stephen Frianeza
Lucy Hong Tang
Tammy Huynh
Hansen Ling 
David Lu
BriAnne Lynn
Sarah Powell
Kelsey Hannah Rich
Jessica Wang
Valeria Yermakova

OLLI @ Berkeley
University of California
1925 Walnut St #1570 Berkeley, CA 94720-1570
tel. 510.642.9934
Spring Registration
Spring registration is underway and several courses have filled. Check out the course schedule and register online.

Spring Open House

Tuesday, March 11 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 | More info | RSVP


Lafayette Info Session

Thursday, March 13, 3-4:30 p.m.

Lafayette Library and Learning Center

3491 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

Free | More info | RSVP


UC Berkeley Holiday - March 28

Friday, March 28, 2014 is an administrative holiday at UC Berkeley; the OLLI office will be closed. (Note: Kathyrn Roszak's dance class will meet.) 

2014 OLLI Member Meeting

A Celebration of OLLI at "7" (2007-2014)

"Supporting Learning and Building Community"


Come celebrate together as we look at past progress and future visions. The program includes music and art by OLLI members; Prof. Linda Rugg and Prof. Emerita K. Patricia Cross from UC Berkeley and Mary Bitterman, President of the Bernard Osher Foundation; volunteer recognition; and a presentation of some new OLLI options and opportunities. Afterwards, mix and talk over light refreshments.


March 27, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

2020 Addison St., Berkeley


Program: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Social: 2:30-3:30 p.m.


RSVP online

New website coming--take our website survey!

OLLI has recently embarked on the exciting project of developing a new website, which we look forward to sharing with you in the coming months. At this stage, we are gathering feedback about what works on our current website and what doesn't. Regardless of whether you have ever been an OLLI member, we would like to hear from you. Please let us know your thoughts by taking 5-7 minutes to complete our website survey.


The deadline to complete the survey is next Thursday, March 13, so don't wait! Take the survey now. Thank you.


(Questions? Contact Satya Levine at satyalevine@berkeley.edu.) 

Berlin: Two Pasts, One Present 
Registration has been extended to March 14!
Berlin: Two Pasts, One Present

May 16-May 24, 2014
In collaboration with Road Scholar
In the Golden Twenties, Berlin commanded center stage as Europe's most prodigious capital of art, music and science. Following the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, the city is once again at the cultural and architectural center of Europe. Experience the political life and mentality of modern Germany in expert-led lectures, field trips, and meetings with contemporary witnesses and German politicians. 
Program Details


To enroll: Call Road Scholar toll free at (800) 322-5315, reference Program # 16952 - Berlin: Two Pasts, One Present starting on Friday, May 16, 2014 and mention that you are an OLLI member.

Spring 2014 Speaker Series 
Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison St, Berkeley (except where noted)
Free to OLLI members, UCB faculty, staff, and students (with ID)
$10 general admission
More info |
RSVP online

March 12 (Location: University Hall Room 150)
The "Broken Finance Model" in Public Higher Education in the United States
Jane Wellman, Researcher and consultant in higher education policy

April 9
Looking Back on the Great War: What Have We Learned?
Adam Hochschild, writer, journalist, professor

April 16
An Introduction to the Inner Game: The Path to High Performance
Dr. Glen Albaugh, sport psychologist, author

April 23
Dramaturgs and a Director discuss Aurora Theater's
production of "Wittenberg"
Philippa Kelly, Josh Costello, and Joseph Ring 
Call for Volunteers
Writers Wanted!
OLLI is seeking volunteer writers to assist with conducting interviews and writing short profiles of other members for OLLI publications. Get to know other OLLI members and help grow our community. Interested? Let us know.
Faculty Profile: Barbara-Ann Gamboa Lewis

by Deanne Stone, OLLI member

When Barbara-Ann Gamboa Lewis was six years old, her mother gave her a book about the lives of scientists; reading it led Barbara-Ann to know, even as a child, that she would be a scientist.


Lewis's Filipino father and her Irish mother met as students at the University of California in the late 1920s. Lewis was born in the Philippines. When World War II broke out, she was seven years old and living with her parents and two younger siblings in Manila. As the fighting intensified, the family fled to the countryside, ending Lewis's formal schooling.


"My parents were progressive thinkers and raised us with few restrictions," says Lewis. "I was homeschooled by my parents, so I wasn't socialized like most girls brought up in the 30s and 40s. I've always been curious about how things work and why things are as they are. It never crossed my mind that I couldn't be a scientist; I had the example of Mme. Curie."


Despite the hardships of the war, Lewis had the freedom to climb trees, explore the nearby fields and creeks, and collect insects--activities that spurred her natural curiosity about nature. She also had time to practice the violin, which she started studying at age six. Her teacher, a missionary, fled when the bombing of Manila by the Japanese started, but she gave Lewis a violin and book to study on her own. She has continued to play the violin throughout her life.


At that time Lewis was growing up, Philippine society, in general, was not open-minded. Lewis and her siblings were taunted for being Mestizos. "We were stoned by the other kids because we were different. It wasn't only being racially mixed that made us different. My parents were atheists, so we didn't go to church as everyone else in our community seemed to do."


Lewis wrote a memoir about her childhood, Barefoot in Fire: a World War II Childhood, which was illustrated by her daughter-in-law. The book was written for children and, in particular, for her six grandchildren. "Children born of mixed marriages can have questions about their identity," says Lewis. "I thought my experiences might help them deal with some of the confusion they feel."


Lewis's formal education resumed when she was 11. She went on to study science in the Philippines before earning a Ph.D. in soil science from UC Berkeley in 1971. An associate professor emerita of civil and environmental engineering at Northwestern University, she retired from the faculty in 2006. Not one to be idle, Lewis enrolled in a full-time, three-year program in the Chicago School of Violin Making. Now living in Castro Valley with her husband, she opened a shop in her home to make and repair violins.


Lewis will teach a general interest science course this spring, Symmetry of Life: A Science Course. She hopes that students will leave the course with a feeling of awe at the wonder of nature and a curiosity to learn, an endeavor that has made Lewis's own life an unending adventure. No prior knowledge of math or science is necessary to engage in and enjoy the class.
Volunteer Profile: Larry Nagel

Larry Nagel I was born and raised in Bakersfield, but I went to school at UC Berkeley and have a lot of family ties to Berkeley. I've always considered Berkeley at least one of my homes. I lived in New Jersey for over thirty years, but I visited Berkeley at least once a year. When I met my wife Jean we were both living in New Jersey, but she moved out to Stockton and when we decided to get married, Jean didn't want to move back to New Jersey so I moved back to California instead.


I have three degrees from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and I worked at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ for twenty years. After working at a small integrated circuit company in New Jersey for another three years, I started my own consulting firm in 1998 and have been an independent consultant ever since.


I still work full time operating my own consulting business where I specialize in patent litigation cases requiring an expert in integrated circuits and computer aided design (CAD). I spend as much time as I can listening to jazz (live if possible), and I do volunteer work at my church (UU Church of Berkeley) and in my community, where I am a Director of the Kensington Fire Protection District and a CERT Coordinator in my Kensington neighborhood. What time I have left over I like to devote to travel.


I started taking OLLI classes a little after my wife Jean did, about four years ago. Jean loved OLLI, so it was natural for me to try it out, too. I absolutely loved what I saw and have been an All-inclusive member ever since.


I've been a class assistant for 2+ years now. I'm also trying to set up an OLLI class on Jazz Appreciation. Being an OLLI volunteer is a very rewarding experience. You get to meet many, many interesting people and have a tremendous amount of fun. OLLI volunteers are wonderful people to work with, and volunteering makes the OLLI experience even more enjoyable.

Fourth Age Salon - March 10
Fourth Age Salon
Monday, March 103:30-4:45 p.m.
Room 41C

We will discuss Susan Hoffman's March 5 presentation on Learning and Longevity and consider other ways the insights of neuroscience can be applied. We hope to see you there! (Please note that the Fourth Age Salon is for our members age 80 and older)

For more information, contact Chelsea Crown at chelseacrown@berkeley.edu.
George Packer Lecture - March 19

OLLI is pleased to cosponsor the following lecture with the Institute of International Studies


The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

George Packer, The New Yorker


March 19, 4-5:30 p.m.

Stanley Hall, Berdahl Auditorium, Room 105


What does it feel like to be alive and in America at this moment? In his essential New York Times bestseller and National Book Award winner The Unwinding, George Packer creates a lasting portrait of America in crisis: a country of winners and losers, with a political system on the verge of breakdown. A gifted writer and speaker, Packer explores freedom, politics, economy, collapse, and change in an utterly original way... continue reading

Event Contact: rexille@berkeley.edu, 510-642-2474 
OLLI @Berkeley Theatre Initiative - April 27 

Aurora Theatre Performance of "Wittenberg" with Pre- and Post-talks by Dramaturg Philippa Kelly

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley


1:30 p.m. Pre-performance talk

2:00 p.m. "Wittenberg"

~4:00 p.m. Post-performance talk

"Wittenberg" at the Aurora Theatre 

Poor Prince Hamlet! It's the beginning of another fall semester at the University of Wittenberg and Hamlet (senior, class of 1518) is returning from a summer spent studying astronomy with Copernicus in Poland... continue reading  


Price: $50 for pre- and post-performance talks and theater performance ticket.
Details: Register online. OLLI membership required (Annual or Spring 2014). All-Inclusive Members pay full price. Limited to 30. No refunds. Tickets will be at Will Call on the day of the performance.  

Annual Fund Update
We are happy to announce that for the current fiscal year, we have received over $53,500 for the Annual Fund, with $11,000 further in pledges. This brings us to 86% of this year's goal! Our sincere thanks to all who have contributed--and if you haven't, we hope you can help us reach our goal! View list of donors or make a secure donation.
OLLI Berkeley Connections
OLLI Berkeley Connections Has Launched!
Thanks to OLLI volunteer and forum moderator Sue Boyle, all winter term members have received an invitation to join OLLI Berkeley Connections (aka OLLIBConnect or OBC), a new "by-members-for-members" email forum. If you join OLLI in the spring, expect an invitation to this voluntary email group. More about OBC.
The Gazzaley Lab at UCSF
The Gazzaley Lab at UCSF studies brain function over the lifespan. Dr. Adam Gazzaley spoke at OLLI as part of the Winter Speaker Series and many were interested in learning more about participating in studies at his lab. Information about current research and how to enroll in studies can be found at http://gazzaleylab.ucsf.edu/participate.html.
The Lunch Bunch

by Lucille Poskanzer, OLLI member


Seasons of Japan

2122 Shattuck Avenue, between Center and Addison




This new place is located next to the Wells Fargo Bank building, and is very close to the OLLI classrooms. It offers tasty bowls, with white, brown, or garlic rice topped with a choice of ingredients. The bowls come in three sizes to fit your appetite, and should be topped with one of the sauces offered at the do it yourself counter, since the food tends to be a little bland. Salads soups and rolls are also offered, but go for the rice bowls. You order at the counter, and service is super quick. Prices are moderate, and the Opening "Special Bowl" offer is only $4.99. Soft drinks, wine and beer, and tea are also offered.

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 Spring 2014, the application deadline is Friday, March 21 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.


Instructor Kathryn Roszak is the recipient of a new grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation supporting her company, Danse Lumiere. A modern "Schubertiade," created by Danse Lumiere with pianists Michael Orland and Karen Rosenak, and sponsored by Goethe-Institut, will be presented on April 4 at 8 p.m., at Salle Pianos, 1632 C Market St., San Francisco. Tickets at Goethe-Institut (includes wine and dessert): 415-263-8760 (10 a.m.- 4 p.m.). Contact: kdance@sonic.net. More information at www.dlkdance.com  


NEW: From Sylvia Walters, instructor for Appreciating Prints and Printmaking (Spring 2014)

The 42nd SGC International Printmaking Conference will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area from March 26-29, 2014. The conference theme is Bridges: Spanning Tradition, Innovation, and Activism. More details can be found at www.sgcisanfrancisco.org.

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. 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: March 11
Lafayette Info Session: March 13
Term: March 31- May 9

Term: June 2-27

FALL 2014 
Berkeley Open House: September 9
Term: September 29 - November 7

WINTER 2015 
Berkeley Open House: January 6
Term: January 26 - March 9

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