The OLLI @Berkeley Blog showcases the voices and perspectives of our community (members, faculty and staff) as well as news from and about OLLI. It's a place to share and reflect, contribute and engage. We welcome submissions from current members, new and returning faculty, and staff. Personal observations of life in this moment, of growing older, of self-discoveries large and small are just a handful of possible areas to explore. Please send your questions or article (ideally 800 words or less) to berkeley_olli@berkeley.edu and we'll get back to you. You must log into your OLLI account to comment on a post. 

In early April, OLLI @Berkeley hosted its third Town Hall of the acadmic year "A Path to Unity? American Democracy, Social Trust, and Civil Society in the Biden Era" with a panel four esteemed campus colleagues who explored the topic from their unique vantage points:Geeta Anand, Dean, Berkeley...
91-year-old Lillie Braudy has been an orphan (at 15), a realtor, dress designer, corporate employee, deli owner, agent for artists, and much more. And now she’s a writer. She developed this reflection in an OLLI course, “Writing in Place,” taught by Cecilia O’Leary and Tony Platt in the winter of...
Dear OLLI Community,All of us have been shocked and appalled by the recent shootings in Atlanta, and by the toxic mix of racism and misogyny that appears to have prompted it. More broadly, we need to acknowledge and condemn the upsurge in anti-Asian American violence that has wracked the country...
Vincent Resh has been a professor at UC Berkeley since 1975, has taught over 20,000 students, and is the recipient of the campus Distinguished Teaching Award. His research includes water-borne disease vectors, water-pollution assessment, and water policy. He has discussed science in the movies for...
The mythology of E. Pluribus Unum that most people in our age group were taught while growing up turns out to have been just that — mythology. We were taught that “George Washington never told a lie”, that the sin of slavery was resolved by the Civil War, and the horrific efforts to try to...
OLLI member Audrey Webb reflects on the passing of her wife Karen from COVID. Karen had Alzheimer's Disease that had progressed to the point where she could no longer speak or move. Audrey wrote her rememberance in our "Illuminating Your Life Through Story" course taught by Rachel Richardson. ...
Enrique Lima teaches history and culture in the Departments of Native American Studies and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. We recently interviewed him about his upcoming OLLI course, "Native History 1900-Present."Your course covers a big sweep of history. Can you walk us through the defining periods...
Last October, Charles Henry, Professor Emeritus of African American Studies at UC Berkeley, frequent OLLI faculty member, and author of Long Overdue: The Politics of Racial Reparations, provided a history of the racial reparations movement and explained why it is more relevant now than ever. He...
As I reviewed our spring courses, I discovered a thread weaving through many of them: the focus on discovering not only what we know but how we know it. For example: Berkeley scientists and professors Gibor Basri and Vincent Resh offer courses that delve into cultural depictions of science and...
For those of us who grew up in the 1950s, a book from that era that stands out is John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage about people in government who publicly stood for causes because they strongly believed in them, not because they stood to gain from their political position. The book featured...

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