OLLI Outlook
The Monthly Newsletter of OLLI @Berkeley
April 2014
Try the YMCA for Free Next Week
Theatre Initiative
Spring Speaker Series
Fourth Age Salon
Faculty Profile: Mick Chantler
Director News
The Lunch Bunch
Fee Assistance Program
Faculty News
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

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
Summer Term: May 27-Aug 15
OLLI Courses: June 2-26
OLLI will offer 5 courses in Berkeley during the month of June. Preview the June courses. Registration will open on April 18.

Summer Sessions Auditing: May 27-Aug 15
During UC Berkeley's Summer Session, OLLI members are invited to audit classes on campus (some exceptions apply). There are 5 sessions over the summer, the first one beginning on May 27. Learn more about auditing.

Interest Circles
An Interest Circle is a self-organized, self-governing discussion or activity group, proposed by OLLI members and coordinated by participants. The Member Services Committee will be sharing more information about Summer Interest Circles in coming weeks.

Try the YMCA for Free Next Week!

The Downtown Berkeley YMCA is offering a one week "open house" from April 7-13 for current OLLI @Berkeley members to try out the programming and facilities for free, and a special enrollment package for OLLI members who join by April 30, 2014. Look for flyers in OLLI classes or contact the YMCA at 510-848-9622 for more information.


OLLI @Berkeley Theatre Initiative - April 27 

There are a few spots left! 

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.   


Spring 2014 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

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

Fourth Age Salon - April 14
Fourth Age Salon
Monday, April 143:15-4:45 p.m.
Room 41C

The topic of the meeting is volunteering. For more information, contact Chelsea Crown at chelseacrown@berkeley.edu.

Faculty Profile: Mick Chantler

by Hilary Kaiser, OLLI member

When Mick Chantler was a young boy, his father taught him how to play baseball; they used to listen to games together on the radio, and Mick had a baseball card collection. It was a time of hometown heroes and hometown teams. "I've loved baseball all my life," he said. "And now I get to share with people what I know and the research I've done about it in a scholarly setting."


Mick, who has a B.A. and an M.A. in history from Sonoma State University, taught American history at the high school level for 36 years in Sonoma. Then, following retirement in 2011, he began teaching courses on early American and Civil War history for Osher Lifelong Learning programs at Sonoma State, Dominican College, and UC Davis. When Dominican College suggested he teach a course on baseball, he readily accepted the challenge of creating a serious, "thought-provoking" course on America's National Pastime.


Mick's approach is to "deconstruct" the sport into six main components, four of which will be covered in his UC Berkeley OLLI class. These are: the fans ("Forty-two percent of ticket-buyers are now women"), the players, the managers and general managers, and the media. The sequel course he gives at Dominican and Sonoma State continues the breakdown of the four elements and covers ballparks and owners as well as other subjects related to the game.


As a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, Mick has become very interested not only in the history of baseball but also in its analytics-the way mathematicians, economists, and computer scientists establish quantifiable data on all aspects of the game. He explained how companies can now break down videos of games from every angle and give teams vast quantities of information that can be used to play the next game more effectively. And because of the increased data flow, managers now tend to make more and more changes during the game: relieving pitchers, changing a right-hander for a left-hander, and so forth. "It's incredible how much data is collected now. It's no longer a simple game. It's a brave new world out there."


To illustrate his point, Mick described how pitchers on the Oakland A's are each given an iPad, and before every game, they can be seen plugging in to learn the tendencies of each batter, for example, whether he'll swing at the first pitch or if he takes high fast balls or outside curves.


Mick acknowledged that baseball has certainly evolved in the new age of technology. Today, it might seem like it is only about money, business, and entertainment. And yes, it has its problems (labor strife, drugs, outrageous salaries, etc.). Nevertheless, ever since its creation in the late 19th century, baseball has been part and parcel of American society. "And as such," he says, "the good, the bad, and the ugly are all there." Mick's course will show us why baseball resonates so much in the American soul.

Mick Chantler will be teaching The Long Affair: Americans and Baseball 1876-2014 on Mondays in June, starting June 2. Details of OLLI's Summer term will be available in the coming weeks. Summer registration opens April 18.
Director News

Susan Hoffman to speak on "Learning and the Life Course"at Stanford - April 15 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 5-7:30 p.m.

CERAS Learning Hall (CERAS 101), 520 Galvez Mall, Lobby Level, Stanford University 

The life course is changing. The extension of adolescence, lengthening lifespans, and the ever-growing demands of paid work and parenting are obliging Americans to rethink every phase of adulthood. At the same time, digital media are making it possible to radically reorganize how learning fits into the rhythms of adult lives. This forum assembles innovative thinkers in a wide range of fields to help us imagine bold recombinations of learning and the life course. More info at http://edf.stanford.edu/events/learning-and-life-course 


2014 OLLI National Conference - April 28-30

OLLI director Susan Hoffman and OLLI member Jake Warner will attend the 2014 OLLI National Conference, April 28-30, in Carlsbad, California. Susan will present on the work that OLLI @Berkeley has done on the issue of hearing accessibility. 

The Lunch Bunch

by Lucille Poskanzer, OLLI member

Brazil Fresh Squeeze Café

1960 University Avenue, below Milvia

Berkeley, CA 94704



Most of you have seen the colorful Brazil Café kiosk on the corner of University Ave. and Walnut St. The crowds line up at lunchtime every day to feast on delicious large sandwiches, rice bowls, salads, and smoothies.

You may not know that there is another fairly new and much larger location, not far from the OLLI classrooms with the same wonderful food and a gorgeous back patio surrounded by a rose garden. This is a peaceful and hidden enclave in the middle of downtown that is not to be missed. Now that spring is officially here, search out this place, order your food at the counter, relax and enjoy.  
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 Summer 2014, the application deadline is Friday, May 23 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

Kathryn Roszak's Danse Lumiere is presented by Goethe-Institut in a Modern Schubertiade, with contemporary dance, poetry, and live music, Friday, April 4, 8 p.m. at Salle Pianos, 1632 C Market, San Francisco. Tickets at the door. More info 

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. 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 2-26

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.