Upcoming Events

Thu
Jan 04
2018

Lafayette Info Session

Meet Lafayette faculty and OLLI members and learn about the courses and workshops offered in Lafayette! 

Includes a free talk by Dr. Margaret Race of SETI "Astrobiology and our Place in the Universe (It's NOT What You Learned in Textbooks!)"

Tue
Jan 09
2018

Berkeley Info Session

Learn more about OLLI's courses, lectures, and social programming and hear directly from the faculty about the courses and workshops they will be teaching.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m., program begins at 10:00 a.m. No need to RSVP!

Wed
Jan 17
2018

Last Stands? Art, Memory, and Public Space 

For decades, a painting of Custer’s defeat at Little Big Horn has been on display at the Veterans’ Memorial Building in downtown Oakland. Does the painting glorify genocidal 19-century domestic policies, depict the comeuppance of an arrogant US general at the hands of Lakota warriors... or both?

Highlighted Courses

Thu
Jan 25
2018

Understanding Astrobiology

This course will provide an accessible overview of current space research and astrobiology missions searching for evidence of life beyond Earth. In addition to putting astrobiology science and technology in context, we’ll also discuss challenging real-world issues involving policy, ethical, theological, and societal implications of a possible discovery of ET. Far-out thinkers welcome!

Thu
Jan 25
2018

Mexico: A Nation’s History, Culture, and Prospects, Part 1

This two-part course will encompass political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of Mexico’s past and present. Part 1 (Winter 2018) will cover the period from the defeat of the Aztecs to the mass protests of 1968. Part 2 (Spring 2018) will cover 1968 to the present, including the prospects for the presidential election of July 2018. We will discuss the interface between the United States and Mexico throughout.

Thu
Jan 25
2018

The Fab Four and Rolling Stones, 1962–70

In 1964, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones came, saw, and conquered the United States. We often forget that they took an American art form — rock and roll — and showed us how it could be done. Examine six phases in the history of each band, exploring how these young Brits parlayed their obsession with American music into untold fame and fortune. Look closely at why one band lasted seven years, while the other has lasted 54 years.