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 August 2015

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What We Did This Summer

Faculty Profile: Eric Sinrod

New Faces at OLLI

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Lisa Hardy

Classroom and Facilities Coordinator
Eric Anthony

Communications Coordinator
Jennifer Monahan

Curriculum Coordinator
Kate Hoshour

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Berkeley Open House

Tuesday, September 8

10:00 - noon

Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

2020 Addison St, Berkeley

Lafayette Info Session

Thursday, September 10

3:30 - 5:00

Includes a talk by Eric Sinrod on "Privacy Lost in the High-Tech World"

Lafayette Library and Learning Center

3941 Mount Diablo Boulevard

Fall Courses Start Sept. 28

Browse course listings. If your annual membership started in Fall 2014, you will need to log in and renew your membership before registering for classes.

Fall Speaker Series

All Speaker Series events take place at the Freight and Salvage from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for the general public and free for OLLI members.

October 7: Review of the Supreme Court 2015 Decisions with Marshall Krause and Larry Bensky

October 14: Litquake: Playing with Words with OLLI Faculty Writers

October 21: Love, Anarchy and Emma Goldman with Candace Falk

What We Did This Summer
Here are a few highlights from summer at OLLI:

The Travel Study trip to Catalonia -- led by Alex Saragoza, who had previously taught OLLI courses on Catalonia, the Spanish Civil War, and wine -- spent 10 days visiting museums, historical sites, and wineries in Spanish and French Catalonia.
Catalonia Palau del Musica

baseball group photo
Back in the Bay Area, OLLI volunteer Jerry Kaminski organized a "night at the ball game" for 30 OLLI members, many of whom were enrolled in Mick Chantler's "History of Baseball" course. Look for more social gatherings and outings this Fall.

OLLI member Sue Boyle, who recently became certified as a Qi Gong instructor, started a Dayan Qi Gong interest circle. Limited to 20 members (and currently full), the interest circle will meet until mid-September.

Faculty Profile: Eric Sinrod

by Hilary Kaiser, OLLI volunteer


In one of his recent blog entries, Eric Sinrod wrote: "Practically every aspect of life now takes place in cyberspace in addition to in the traditional world we know." However, according to Sinrod, there are not only rewards involved with cyberspace; there are also many risks. He plans to point out these risks and liabilities in his OLLI course this fall. "Let's face it, the Internet can be a scary place from a risk standpoint," he said.


In addition to lecturing on privacy, security, freedom of speech and other issues, Sinrod enjoys engaging his students in interactive learning. "We'll look at real cases and I'll ask the students to figure out what they think the results should be. Sometimes they're surprised at the decisions that were handed down," he told me recently. "Our legal system isn't always perfect," he added.


An attorney in the San Francisco office of Duane Morris LLP, an international law firm with offices around the world, Sinrod specializes in Cyber Law and Business Litigation. In addition to his practice, he has lectured and taught at various universities and published numerous articles. He started the first Cyberlaw blog and has posted some 900 entries. He is also one of the hosts of TechLaw10, a weekly 10-minute audio podcast update on fast-breaking technology law issues.


A graduate of Oberlin College, Sinrod obtained a law degree from the Law School of the University of Michigan. He also studied at the University of London. He has been practicing law for over 30 years and moved to California in 1984. He said his family and background were progressive and open-minded, and that may be one of the reasons he loves Berkeley! Sinrod grew up outside of Washington, D.C. during the turbulent 60s and 70s.  


He spent his high school summers in California, and decided long ago that he ultimately would move to the Bay Area. He fulfilled that goal in 1984, when he came to San Francisco to work for a federal judge. He has been here ever since.  


In 1986, he married his wife, Carin, also a lawyer. Their daughter Michaela was born in 1991. Michaela is a volleyball star, and played at the collegiate level. She attended Tufts University in Boston, USC's Business School, and the Copenhagen Business School. She currently works at Yelp in San Francisco. Their second daughter, Amanda, was born in 1994. She is majoring in chemistry at the College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley, which is why Sinrod is often in Berkeley. During the summers, Amanda has been working at the USDA in Albany and will be studying in the Netherlands in 2016. The Sinrods live in Marin.


Sinrod has lectured to OLLI students at Dominican University and is very much looking forward to teaching at OLLI Berkeley. He enjoys lecturing to OLLI students because they have "life experiences behind them and are mature, intelligent, and sophisticated." He said he tries to make his classes "organic, educational, stimulating, lively, interesting and fun." 


New Faces at OLLI: 
Kate Hoshour, Curriculum Coordinator and Department Administrator

Kate Hoshour We are delighted to welcome Kate Hoshour as the new Curriculum Coordinator. Kate comes to OLLI with a strong interdisciplinary background, having received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Harvard University and her BA in Social Sciences and Psychology (double major) from San Jose State University. Prior to joining the OLLI team, Kate worked with a US-based human rights organization for eight years, where she served as the Senior Research Fellow and the Coordinator of Frontline Support to communities threatened by destructive mega-projects, such as mines and dams. She has previously taught in the departments of Anthropology and South & Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley and UC Irvine.

Lunch Bunch


1901 University Avenue, at Martin Luther King Way

Berkeley, CA 94704



This is a new place, bright and clean, a short walk from the OLLI classrooms, offering a menu of Kurdish and Mediterranean specialties, moderately priced. The food is tasty and you order at the counter where the service is swift and friendly. It's open throughout the day, so if you are hungry at an odd hour, you can still find something delicious to eat. Across the street is a Trader Joe's, so you can combine a tasty meal with food shopping too!

Lucille Poskanzer

August 2015


Faculty News

OLLI instructor Joe Lurie was featured in the UC Berkeley news center recently: http://news.berkeley.edu/2015/08/04/former-i-house-director-explores-cross-cultural-encounters-in-new-book/

His new book, Perception and Deception, is an exploration of what's behind misperceptions across cultures. It's full of eyebrow-raising stories from around the world and at Berkeley's International House, where he was Director for two decades. For a peek inside the book, visit PerceptionandDeception.com


OLLI instructor Kathryn Roszak (teaching Moving Pictures: Dance and Film for the Fall term) will also be the Enrichment Lecturer for Cal Discoveries Paris Immersion trip in April 2016. The trip includes ticket offerings of Paris Opera and Paris Opera Ballet; book early for discounts.
Roszak also teaches The Next Step, Movement and Dance Workshops for ages 45 and up this fall in downtown Berkeley. See www.dlkdance.com for more information.


Member Announcements

Volunteers needed for UC Berkeley wellness research: BeFriend Study

Here is an opportunity for OLLI members to participate in a different type of educational experience and to contribute to psychological research in the area of wellness and health. One of the principal researchers for the UC Berkeley Friendship, Emotion and Wellness study (BeFriend) is professor Iris Mauss, who was a speaker for the Spring 2014 OLLI class "The Science of the Greater Good." Professor Mauss is looking for women volunteers between the ages of 25 and 80, along with a friend, to participate in the study. 

Free Computer Classes for Seniors

The Center for Accessible Technology in Berkeley offers free classes for seniors on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. They also offer staffed computer lab time for those who want to drop in with questions. The Center for Accessible Technology is located at the Ed Roberts Campus at 3075 Adeline Street.

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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 receive a $10 discount on a $50 Senior Citizen annual membership at CAA.

OLLI members can join the UC Botanical Garden as Cal Affiliates and save $15 on a $55 annual membership.

Berkeley Arts and Letters offers OLLI members a student discount on tickets purchased through their website.
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