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. 

Given the storming and siege of the US Capitol on Jan. 6, we thought we'd share this important conversation we held with Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal, founder and chair of the UC Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, in June 2020. He is the author of Empire of Resentment: Populism’s Toxic Embrace...
Over 20 years ago, friends and I started a men’s book group which has met monthly ever since. We have jointly read nearly 250 books, both fiction and non-fiction. One lesser known book that stands out for me now in this era of societal divisiveness is Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of...
Great thanks to film journalists and critics, Harry Chotiner and Michael Fox, for a terrific conversation recently "What the hell happened to movies in 2020?" (Thank you, Harry, for the apt title). The chat was everything we knew it would be: Smart, jovial and insightful with lots of collegial...
We were delighted to host a superb conversation recently between Alexis Strauss Hacker, a former EPA acting regional administrator, and Michelle Roos, Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Network, who discussed what the Biden administration can do starting Day 1 to reset the course of...
 All of us at OLLI @Berkeley wish you a joyful, peaceful and safe holiday season, and a (much) happier new year.At our OLLIday Happy Hour on Dec. 18, member Rani Cochran shared (virtually) some favorite libations (courtesy of her son) and noshes — a tasty gift from her to us to you. Cheers!Classic...
I had just spent an hour whining to my friend Barbara about how blah I felt with each additional day of isolation in this pandemic. I am an extrovert. My husband is an introvert. Some days he doesn’t talk to me unless I beg him to.However, after a brisk walk through the campus of the University of...
One hundred years ago, following 70 years of demonstrations, hunger strikes, and imprisonments of women suffragettes, women gained the right to vote in the United States. But even so, that constitutional amendment passed by only a single vote in the Senate in 1919. However, America’s current...
Sagging shingles, cracked walls, cranky buzzers. We will miss them all. We are bidding farewell to our home of nearly 13 years and heading two blocks west to the Golden Bear building at 1995 University Ave. According to an interview Kyle Gibson, director of communications for capital strategies at...
If you are in my age group, born during WWII, you surely have vivid memories of the Civil Rights era of the 1960s which occurred during our young adulthood. Reading recently published biographies of three iconic figures from that era has been revelatory to me. These people each changed the course...
 At the end of my second appointment with the head of hematology at the University of California, San Francisco, the doctor asked me how I was handling my diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. I said I really didn’t think about it very much.He laughed and said, “In your case, denial is...

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