OLLI @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 surprise to approximately no...
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...
devorah major is San Francisco’s third Poet Laureate, an award-winning poet and fiction writer, creative non-fiction writer, performer, editor, and part-time senior adjunct professor at California College of the Arts as well as the former poet-in-residence of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco...
Thank you to everyone who attended our Summer Showcase on Friday. We recorded all of the faculty presentations and are delighted to share them with you here, on individual summer course pages, and on our YouTube channel.We knew we had a great summer term planned, but hearing the faculty discuss...
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...

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