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...
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...
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...

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