OLLI OUTLOOK September 2014

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Susan Hoffman

Program Coordinator
Nicole Magnuson

Communications Coordinator
Satya Levine

Program Assistant
Talia Walsmith

Classroom and Facilities Coordinator
Eric Anthony
tel. 510.642.9934
Fall Registration Is Open

Fall registration is underway! Many workshops are filled, but larger classes have plenty of room. Please visit our new website to learn about this term's 25 courses. When you're ready to join as a member and register for courses, please start by reading the Step-by-Step Guide. Call the office at 510-642-9934 with any questions. (Please note: You must complete payment for your membership before registering for courses.)


Most course syllabi are posted with course descriptions, and updates are posted as reading lists are updated or guest speakers are scheduled. Check the website for syllabi, faculty profiles, and YouTube videos.

Welcome, Eric!
OLLI @Berkeley is pleased to welcome our newest staff member. Eric Anthony joined OLLI in August 2014 as the Classroom and Facilities Coordinator.

Eric Anthony
received his BA from Penn State University before relocating to California. With nearly a decade of public sector and nonprofit experience, he recently completed his Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona. As the Director of Business Development for the Los Angeles Business Council, Eric planned small and large scale events for regional stakeholders to create a dialogue with local, state, and federal officials. He looks forward to bringing this experience to the OLLI community. At OLLI, Eric will oversee facilities and operations, coordinate faculty support in the classrooms, and serve as front-line responder to OLLI members and volunteers.
Open House and Info Session Next Week!

Don't miss OLLI @Berkeley's extraordinary fall lineup of 25 courses. Learn more next Tuesday and Thursday at two events  in two great locations - Berkeley and Lafayette. Hear from select faculty about their courses and meet OLLI staff, volunteers, and other members. Both events are free.  

 Berkeley Open House

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

2020 Addison St, Berkeley

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

Complimentary coffee.

Free. Sign up online.

Lafayette Info Session

Thursday, September 11, 2014

3:00-4:30 p.m.

 Hear from instructors who will be teaching in Lafayette. 

Lafayette Library and Learning Center

3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard

Free. Sign up online.
Faculty Profile: John Tateishi
John Tateishi
by Deanne Stone, OLLI member


From the Japanese American Internment to 9/11

In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, U.S. federal agents detained 2,000 people of Arab, Muslim, and South Asian heritage. For many in the Japanese American community, rounding up people based solely on their country of origin or ancestry was too reminiscent of the internment of Japanese Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Groups like the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), led by executive director John Tateishi, sprang into action, contacting members of Congress and offering help to Arab Americans on how to respond to the mounting hysteria in the country.

"It seemed like World War II all over again," says Tateishi. "We heard the same conversations targeting one group of people as potential terrorists without any charges brought against them. Our government failed the Constitutional test in 1942. We didn't want it to happen again."


Tateishi gained national prominence in 1978 when, as the National Redress Director of JACL, he launched a campaign to seek redress for Japanese Americans interned in U.S. detention camps during WWII. Although many believed the campaign was "a fool's errand," Tateishi was not deterred. He spent the next eight years lobbying in Washington, rarely getting to see his wife and kids while working on the campaign.


When Tateishi was three, he, his parents, and three brothers were sent to the Manzanar detention camp in the California desert where they stayed throughout the war. When they were released, Tateishi remembers his father saying to his sons, "Never forget this place. If you ever have the opportunity to make it right, you have to do it."


Tateishi's father was a Kibei, a Japanese American educated in Japan. "The Nisei (second generation) was most traumatized by the detention and felt the most shame, but my father, a Kibei, had had the experience of being part of a majority in a homogeneous Japanese society. He was outspoken and never felt like a second-class citizen. His insistence on fighting for justice rubbed off on me."


Tateishi was born in Los Angeles, where his family returned after the war. They had lost their home and considerable property, but not their sense of justice. While many Nisei preferred to put their detention experience behind them, Tateishi's father talked to his sons about the injustice of interning people based on race, with no evidence and no trials.


In 1988, the Japanese American community won a landmark victory when President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act, which paid out $20,000 to each of the 80,000 survivors of Japanese descent detained during the war. "This wasn't just about money," says Tateishi, "but about righting a wrong, getting a formal apology, and educating Americans about a shameful time in American history." Tateishi chose not to attend the signing ceremony. "I didn't need the kudos. Knowing I had played an important role in making it happen was enough."


Tateishi is often asked, "How did you pull this off?" This fall, he will give an insider's view of the Redress Campaign in the OLLI @Berkeley course, From the Japanese American Internment to 9/11. "I want students to think about how fragile democracy is and how, in the wrong circumstances, it can easily go astray if we aren't vigilant in protecting it."


From the Japanese American Internment to 9/11 meets Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., September 30 - November 4, 2014.


Fall 2014 Speaker Series
OLLI's Fall Speaker Series takes place in downtown Berkeley. OLLI @Berkeley members and UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students (with OLLI @Berkeley or UC Berkeley ID) attend for free. General admission tickets are $10 in advance (non-refundable) or at the door. Purchase tickets or reserve your space online.

Wednesday, October 8, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Supreme Court's Last Term
Marshall Krause, William Sokol
We will review the blockbuster decisions of 2014 and how they will be implemented throughout the country (specific cases to be announced). ... continue reading

Wednesday, October 15, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Ukraine: A Battle for the Future of Europe
Yuriy Gorodnichenko
Professor Gorodnichenko, a native of Ukraine, is an applied macroeconomist. He has published widely on broad array of key topics covering ... continue reading

Wednesday, October 22, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Making Art from History: FSM's 50th Anniversary
Bruce Barthol, Lynne Hollander Savio, Marge Betley
Stagebridge Senior Theatre's creative team, with Lynne Hollander Savio (widow of Mario Savio, Stagebridge actor and FSM musical community ... continue reading

Wednesday, October 29, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Causes of Wrongful Conviction
Justin Brooks
Professor Brooks will talk about why people are wrongfully convicted and use case examples from his work www.californiainnocenceproject.org. ... continue reading

(Note: If this is your first time purchasing tickets or registering for a program on the new website, you will be asked to create an account, even if you are a returning OLLI member. If you plan to join OLLI this fall, purchase your membership before registering for the speaker series to qualify for free tickets.)
Faculty News

Malcolm Margolin will speak at Berkeley Arts and Letters on Tuesday, September 23. The talk, The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin: The Damn Good Times of a Fiercely Independent Publisher, takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Hillside Club (2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley). OLLI members are entitled to purchase tickets online at the student price. Details and tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/796478.


Kathryn Roszak's Danse Lumière presents an Open Rehearsal Benefit on Sunday, October 5, at 2:30 p.m. in Studio B, located at 2055 Center Street in downtown Berkeley. The event will feature the first public presentation of Kathryn Roszak's newest dance creation, "Romeo and Juliet". More info at www.dlkdance.com. To reserve, email kdance@sonic.net or call 510-233-5550.

Free Speech Movement 50th Anniversary

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, throughout September and October, lectures, discussions, film screenings, and more, will take place at Berkeley. Events include an OLLI speaker series lecture, details above.

See a complete list of official FSM50 events  


FSM events from OLLI educational partners

Stagebridge Theatre Company

Stagebridge Theatre Company presents FSM, an original play with music that chronicles the 1964 Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley as lived then and seen now by participants on all sides. Performances will be held September 20 and 21 at Brava Theater Center and September 27 and 28 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. To purchase tickets online, visit www.brownpapertickets.com and search "FSM."


FSM celebrates the joy, moral purpose, and occasional absurdity of being young and passionately political, while taking into account the consequences. The play takes 60s politics seriously, commending the ways the Free Speech Movement opened doors for various other liberation movements of the decade. For more information, please visit  www.stagebridge.org/FSM.


Berkeley's Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium

Art, Technology, and Activism: Recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Free Speech Movement

Berkeley's Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium is an internationally recognized forum for presenting new ideas that challenge conventional wisdom about art, technology, and culture. This series, free of charge and open to the public, presents artists, writers, curators, and scholars who consider contemporary issues at the intersection of aesthetic expression, emerging technologies, and cultural history, from a critical perspective. Visit the ATC Colloquium's home page at atc.berkeley.edu for tickets, directions, a list of speakers, and to join the mailing list.

The Legacy Film Festival on Aging

September 12-14, 2014

New People Cinema, 1746 Post Street

Japantown, San Francisco


The Legacy Film Festival on Aging is proud to present a film series portraying the richness of later life. The festival promises to inspire, educate and entertain intergenerational audiences on how to live well and enjoy life, despite life's challenges. More info at www.legacyfilmfestivalonaging.org.

OLLI Day at the Exploratorium - Oct 24 

OLLI @Berkeley members are invited to join all of the Northern California OLLIs for a day at the Exploratorium in San Francisco on October 24, 2014.

  • 9:30 a.m.: Arrivals begin in the Forum. Coffee hosted by SF State OLLI.
  • 9:45 a.m.: Welcome and share great ideas with all OLLIs.
  • 10:00 a.m.: Full Spectrum Science - special lecture by Ron Hipschman.

Tours and workshops on a space available basis. No-host lunch in on site cafés or bring your own! Entrance and program is $19 each. Buy tickets in advance online at exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.


Let us know if you plan to attend.


Enthusiastic Response to New Fee Assistance Program
The Member Services Committee is delighted to report that more OLLI members than ever before have applied for the revamped Fee Assistance Program for 2014-15. Three levels of discounts are available to allow members to access OLLI's rich programming. Learn more or download the honor-based, simple application. And remember, your contributions to OLLI's Annual Fund help support the Fee Assistance Program!
The Lunch Bunch

by Lucille Poskanzer, OLLI member 


Sushi Secrets

2110 Shattuck Avenue, between Addison and Center Street

Berkeley, CA 94704



This is a new small place with an interesting concept--sushi burritos and bubble tea. It is located close to the Berkeley classrooms as well as the main entrance to BART. Your sushi is made to order from a variety of choices, and you can be as creative as you wish. The prices are moderate. There are comfy couches as well as tables for your dining pleasure. However, be aware that this place will probably appeal to the masses of noon students parading downtown, so be prepared for a wait or go at an off time.
Member Benefits

Members of OLLI @Berkeley have access to the full range of OLLI programming and receive a Student ID card that is honored for discounts at a variety of campus and community locations. See offer details on OLLI's website and be sure to show your OLLI student ID.

OLLI members age 50 and over will receive a $10 discount on a $50 Senior Citizen annual membership at CAA.
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OLLI members can join the UC Botanical Garden as Cal Affiliates (see Cal Affiliate Membership) and save $15 on an $55 annual membership.

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Show your OLLI student card and get 10% off on food and non-alcoholic beverages (when ordered with food).
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10% off on food and beverages from the "a la carte" menu. Valid weekdays only.
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10% off on  food and beverages purchased in-store, or on take-out orders of $20 or more. 1984 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley.
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Berkeley Arts and Letters offers a 50% student discount to OLLI members on advance tickets purchased through their website.
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Berkeley Symphony is offering a 10% discount on single tickets to OLLI members for the 2014-15 Season at Zellerbach Hall.
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San Francisco Opera is pleased to offer OLLI members a special 30% discount on select dates of their seven fall operas.

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