OLLI OUTLOOK October 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
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Fourth Age Salon

The next Fourth Age Salon will be held on Monday, October 20th, from 1:30-3pm in Room 41C of University Hall.


David Lindeman will present on technology and aging.


He is the director of the Center for Technology and Aging and director of The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). You can find out more at:  http://www.techandaging.org/staff.html and http://citris-uc.org/person/david-lindeman/ 


While our Fourth Age Salon is for our members over 80, we are opening up this Salon to any interested members on a first come first basis. Light refreshments will be served.


Please RSVP to chelseacrown@berkeley.edu, as space is limited.

Farewell, Satya!
We wish a fond farewell to Satya Levine, OLLI's Communications Coordinator since 2009, as she goes on to her next adventures. Satya's contributions have extended well beyond communications and she has played an important role in the growth and development of OLLI over the last five years. We will miss her focus, dedication, and team spirit.
Volunteer Profile: Gerry and Jerry Kaminski 

by Gale Lederer, OLLI member


Gerry and Jerry Kaminski, finding that "grandchildren are magnets," migrated recently from Cincinnati to the Bay Area. The "magnets" were located in both San Diego and Berkeley, but after careful consideration, the Kaminskis opted for the Bay Area because they felt it had superior political, cultural, and environmental riches. "We're mountain and forest people," Gerry explains, "not beach people."

Jerry, a retired lawyer, worked for forty years for the Department of Justice in both Washington, DC and Cincinnati.  For the first five years of his career, he prosecuted school desegregation cases in the South for the Civil Rights Division. At that time, he had to call headquarters every four hours to give his location and let his coworkers know he was still okay. "I was working with all young people," he says, "It was exciting work. It was good to be part of that." Jerry's wife Gerry is not yet fully retired; after pursuing a varied career in the clinical quality improvement and medical education fields, she still returns once a month to Cincinnati to teach at Children's Hospital.

The Kaminskis have been "blown away" by OLLI @Berkeley's intellectual rigor. Their first OLLI course here-taught by Dr. Michael Thaler, a UCSF emeritus professor who as a student worked with James Watson and who in his eighties is still on the cutting edge of his profession-got them hooked, and now they are all-inclusive members and "huge supporters of OLLI." They love it all, including the lunchtime lectures and their New Yorker interest group, but they especially value the opportunity to meet like-minded people and develop friendships. "Everybody is so interesting," they say, "everyone has a story to tell." They enjoy volunteering as class assistants and encourage others to do likewise. "It's important to give back," they remind us. We in the OLLI community are very pleased the Kaminskis feel this way.

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 Turner
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, 
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.)
The Lunch Bunch

by Lucille Poskanzer, OLLI member 


Kaze Ramen

1956 Shattuck Ave., near Berkeley Way

Berkeley, CA 94704



This is a new place, clean and bright, with swift and friendly service. It features large filling bowls of Japanese ramen noodles with your choice of additions and a variety of broths. The prices are modest. There are other choices on the menu, such as sushi rolls, fried chicken nuggets, tempura, and teriyaki chicken, but most people order the ramen. Open for lunch and dinner, it is a good choice for something different in a quiet atmosphere where you can talk.
Faculty News

Reese Erlich has published a new book: Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect, with a forward by Noam Chomsky. Inside Syria will be available beginning October 7 and has received widespread critical acclaim.

Cal Performances presents Paul Dresher, Electro-Acoustic Band, and Amy X Neuburg in They Will Have Been So Beautiful: Songs and Images of Now on December 5 and 6, 2014. Neuburg and Dresher commissioned 10 composers to create songs inspired by Diane Arbus's Guggenheim grant application, American Rites, Manners and Customs. 

Details and tickets.  


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  



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.

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.


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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