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. 

By Hugh Winig, M.D.Dr. Winig is a retired psychiatrist and longtime OLLI @Berkeley member and volunteer.None of us will likely return to our lives as we knew them prior to the pandemic. In addition to whatever normal aging or health challenges that arose regardless of the pandemic, the fragility of...
So you want to investigate your own past. How to begin?First you should access and organize your own personal records. These are going to be extremely valuable assets in your research. And it's here that packrats have an inherent advantage, although many of them may need help organizing their...
Photo by Jim WatkinsEvan Johnson is an actor/creator, teaching artist, and community builder with over 15 years of experience. He’s the director of the Cosmic Elders Theatre Ensemble, and he hosts regular gatherings, events, and workshops. Evan’s background is in physical theatre, improv, solo...
July 2021Chances are, you know Bruce Brown. Or at least have seen Bruce in his current iteration as a postage-stamp-sized head on Zoom. Whether you’ve attended an OLLI @Berkeley opera course, a history course, a rock ‘n’ roll course, a course on how the brain works, on whether extraterrestrial life...
Photo by Maia Sawi California “reopened” last week, and many of us are slowly easing back into public life cautiously optimistic about the months ahead. Masks? Restaurants? Airplanes? Big group gatherings? While we all know what the guidance says, each of us is determining our own comfort level....
Amy with her father BuckOLLI @Berkeley is a community of lifelong learners, ages 50 and above, insatiably curious about the world. Our members are readers, writers, justice-fighters, performing-arts-goers, hikers, builders, travelers, gardeners, volunteers, sports fans, film buffs, and (as a...
It should come as no surprise that when we asked faculty if they'd like to contribute to a possible summer reading list, our inbox runneth over. In most instances, the titles link to Oakland's Marcus Books, the nation’s oldest Black-owned independent bookstore. Enjoy!Michael BakerIn The...
On May 12, 2021, Bill Sokol, a Bay Area labor lawyer, OLLI faculty member and lecturer at San Francisco State University joined us to discuss the ambitious $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act signed into law by President Biden. He detailed the ways the act builds a bridge towards economic...
The Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley holds one of the largest collections of Native American human remains and sacred artifacts in the country, on a scale approaching that of the Field Museum in Chicago or the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. By far the majority of the...
Sarah Levin, Ph.D. is a Lecturer at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on Jewish-Muslim relations in the Middle East and North Africa. Her current book project is Poetic Dueling, Storytelling, and Joking: Moroccan Atlas Mountain Jews and Muslims Remember Each Other. She is teaching “Jewish-Muslim...

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