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Fall 2014

Fall term courses meet for six weeks, unless otherwise noted. If a course is full, call 510-642-9934 or email berkeley_olli@berkeley.edu to be added to a waitlist.

Wednesday, Starts September 24

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley

The Art of Dramaturgy (Special Program)

Philippa Kelly

This course will begin with a two-hour lecture on the nature and purpose of dramaturgy. Where does the term originate? ... Note: Price includes performances. All-inclusive and fee assistance members pay the full fee. No refunds.

$185.00

Monday, Starts September 29

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

Joy of Singing

Lauren Carley

Would you like to strengthen your singing and speaking voice, increase your range and projection, and grow in confidence? ...

$145.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Life/Story: A Memoir Workshop

Tamim Ansary

In writing a good memoir, how do you zero in on a subject? How do you break it open and draft productively? ...

$225.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Shakespeare’s Prologues as Inspiration for Life-Writing

Philippa Kelly

Use prologues from various Shakespeare plays across different genres to inspire your own life-writing. ...

$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Drawing as a Visual Journal

Jan Wurm

From Dürer’s travel sketchbook of local dress and hospitality to Delacroix’s exotic Moroccan sketchbooks, ...

$225.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Influential American Plays: 1930–2014

Eileen Herrmann

The United States produced some of the world's greatest drama during the 20th century. We will analyze influential plays ...

$145.00
1:10 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
Berkeley

Spotlight on Georgian Cinema

Susan Oxtoby

Explore Soviet silent films, presented with live musical accompaniment, as well as classics from the 1960s and 70s. ...

$145.00

Tuesday, Starts September 30

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

Engaging with Life: Volunteering and Neuroplasticity

Amelia Barili

What does helping others have to do with the healthy, progressive functioning of our brains? ...

$225.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

First Amendment “Good Reads”

William Turner

Read and discuss a selection of great First Amendment opinions, getting them “from the horse’s mouth” ...

$185.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

From the Japanese American Internment to 9/11

John Tateishi

Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt issued an order that resulted in the exclusion ...

$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Football: Our American War Game

David Meggyesy

Explore the National Football League and big-time college football from the instructor’s personal perspectives ...

$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Lafayette

History of the Symphony, Part 2

John Prescott

For over two centuries, the symphony has been the predominant form of instrumental music in western classical music. ...

$145.00
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Berkeley

Digital Photography

David Casuto

There’s no need to let all of those mysterious buttons keep you from taking great pictures! ...

$225.00

Wednesday, Starts October 1

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

Ripple Effects: An Alternative View of World History

Tamim Ansary

World history tells a story of the relentless merging of cultures and societies that transformed countless disparate bands ...

$145.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

The Well-Made Story: A Writing Workshop

Lynne Kaufman

Just as houses are built from blueprints, stories are built from outlines, whether they are fiction or non-fiction, ...

$225.00
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Great Vocal Alchemy

This course has been cancelled.

$0.00
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley

No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead

Peter Richardson

The Grateful Dead, along with a supportive community and plenty of psychoactive drugs, pioneered a new and ecstatic form ...

$145.00

Thursday, Starts October 2

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

An Introduction to Chamber Music

John Prescott

This course will trace the history of classical music for small groups of instruments and singers. From medieval troubadour songs ...

$145.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cultivating Core Strengths and Increasing Positive Emotions

Lauren Vanett

Research shows that it’s easier to change behavior by developing new pathways in the brain versus trying to fix habits that no ...

$225.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

The Art of Public History

Tony Platt, Cecilia O'Leary

Why don’t survivors and witnesses of human-made tragedies typically share their history of suffering, and why do ...

$145.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lafayette

The Good Fight: The Spanish Civil War

Alex Saragoza

Examine the international and domestic context of the Spanish Civil War (1936–39), the ensuing long dictatorship of ...

$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Case Studies on the Art of Producing Art

Julie Lazar

Gain a behind-the-scenes perspective on how artists and arts organizations collaborate. Explore a diverse range of projects, ...

$185.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Five Personal Pieces: Experimenting with Autobiography

Deborah Lichtman

Many writers get lost in the story of their lives, but the best autobiographical writing is sometimes the shortest. Gain new tools ...

$225.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Six Key Players of the Civil War

Mick Chantler

Scarcely a month goes by without another article, television show, reenactment, or new book commemorating the 150th anniversary ...

$145.00
1:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Lafayette

Top Docs: The 2014 Oscar Nominees

Michael Fox

The Academy Award nominees for Documentary Feature are hailed as the best theatrically released nonfiction films of the year. ...

$145.00

Friday, Starts October 3

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

Moving Images: Dance and Film

Kathryn Roszak

Dance and film make thrilling partners. Experience the genius of Bob Fosse (All That Jazz), Jerome Robbins (West Side Story), ...

$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, Part 2

Richard Saiz

Explore five key films that represent the most significant period of Mexican classical cinema during the 1940s and 1950s. ...

$145.00