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Tuesday, Starts June 7

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

The Birth of American Literature

Daniel Herman

In this course, we will explore the circumstances surrounding the birth of a uniquely American literature, and the people directly responsible for its creation. The 1840s were an unprecedentedly tumultuous decade: industry was flourishing; borders were expanding; immigration was booming.

$110.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Opera Sauce

John Prescott,Mark Streshinsky

This course will provide the extra sauce for your summer meal of operatic masterpieces: Verdi’s Don Carlo, Bizet’s Carmen and Janaček’s Jenufa. Musicologist John Prescott will explore the music of these operas in the musical context of its time.

$110.00

Wednesday, Starts June 8

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

50 Years of Country-Rock: an American Musical Genre

Peter Elman

This class will explore how country-rock emerged from the joining of rock and roll and country music in the 1960’s and the artists who created this timeless and uniquely American musical genre. Curriculum includes:

$110.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

History, Morality, Narration, and the Caribbean

Enrique Lima

This course examines the tortured history of the greater Caribbean as represented in William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! and Junot Díaz' The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. These two major works of fiction—one written by a white Southerner in the early 20th century and the o

$110.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Peace, War and the Media

Reese Erlich

Many people suspect the mainstream media distort the news. But how and why? Veteran foreign correspondent and author Reese Erlich draws on his first-hand experience to look at media coverage of war and peace.The US has engaged in a number of wars and military interventions since Sept. 11, 2001.

$110.00

Thursday, Starts June 9

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Charles Henry

This course will be based on three filmed interviews and an overview of King's life and legacy, with a focus on King's political philosophy and its influences as well as a discussion of charismatic leadership.

$110.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Elections 2016: Urgent Domestic and International Issues

David Peritz

As we lurch toward another national election, there is a deficit of serious political discourse despite a surfeit of serious issues.

No slots available
$110.00

Monday, Starts March 28

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Politics

Daniel Kammen

Experts largely agree that climate change is now firmly and scientifically established. It demands an immediate approach that transforms our energy system in ways that address socioeconomic, ethnic, and gender equity within the United States and beyond. Can this be done?

$145.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Joy of Singing

Lauren Carley

Would you like to strengthen your singing and speaking voice, increase your range and projection, and grow in confidence while learning five to eight songs in harmony?

$145.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Memoir Workshop

Tamim Ansary

This workshop is for anyone interested inwriting a memoir or short memoir-based pieces. We will discuss the features of good memoirs and the nuts and bolts of the writing process: how to get started, keep the words flowing, zero in on a story, and rediscover the forgotten.

$225.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley
Cancelled

Arts of Bali and Java

Lisa Gold

Delve into the rich world of gamelan, the traditional ensemble music of Bali and Java, and its significance to those who make and appreciate it. View this aesthetically complex and energetic music through its meaning and the ways it shapes and supports theater and other contexts.

$185.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley
Note change in location

Diminished Democracy: Contemporary Perspectives

David Peritz

American politics are deeply unsettled by partisan polarization, obscene sums of money spent on influencing outcomes, and shallow, distortive media coverage and advertising.

$145.00

Tuesday, Starts March 29

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

California Politics in 2016

Chuck McFadden

Analyze important California public policy questions, candidates, and controversies and the political environment within which policies and election results will be decided in 2016.

$185.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lafayette

Joseph Campbell’s World of Mythology

John Campion

Joseph Campbell was a masterful storyteller who wove tales from every corner of the world into spellbinding narratives. Examine several images — mostly from his major study that spans over five millennia, The Mythic Image — and critique some of his perspectives and interpretations.

$145.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

The Merchants of Venice

Michael Thaler

Who were the merchants of Venice? The answer is as astonishing as the facts behind the main characters in Shakespeare’s play.

$110.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Archetypes in Dream Work

Barry Friedman

In various spiritual and mythological traditions, and in personal psychological experiences, archetypes are the paradigms through which we see who we are and who we can become, as well as our relationship to the world and the divine.

$225.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Building a Great Memoir

Louise Nayer

There are many ways to uncover potent moments from our past — swinging through the trees at twilight as a child, or gazing out the window after the death of a loved one.

$225.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Country Music Road Trip (1950–80)

Peter Elman

Explore key movements that contributed to the explosive growth of country music as an industry and art form.

$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Lafayette

Nature and Culture in California History

Jeff Hart

Explore the connections between the humanities and the Golden State’s rich and varied nature.

$145.00
3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Berkeley

The Art of Dramaturgy

Philippa Kelly

Why stage this play, in this place, at this time, for this audience? How does a production’s form and texture address these questions? After an introductory lecture on the nature and purpose of dramaturgy, enjoy pre- and post-show discussions for two plays by Sarah Treem (writer for the U.S.

$145.00
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Berkeley

Memory Book

David Casuto

Create beautiful bound books that tell your stories and memories using content from your digital and printed images, photographs, and text. We will learn scanning, editing, enhancing, and touching up, with the ultimate goal of adding your content to a customized online photo book.

$225.00

Wednesday, Starts March 30

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Current Cases Before the U.S. Supreme Court (for first-time students)

Marshall Krause

Hear an introduction to how the U.S. Supreme Court works and its place in our constitutional system, then study 10 current cases on hot issues such as affirmative action, voter rights, the death penalty, and immigration.

$185.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Global Lens

Michael Fox

The view from abroad, courtesy of filmmakers and producers working in their own countries, is revealing, refreshing, and occasionally jarring. See six documentaries — only a few of which have been screened in U.S. venues — that encompass a range of approaches and techniques.

$145.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Race and Popular Culture

Patricia Penn Hilden

Examine films, children’s books, museum exhibits, magazine fiction, and other forms of U.S. popular culture to explore the ways in which race has been created.

$145.00
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley

America’s Founders

Mick Chantler

Bold military commanders, incisive political philosophers, and spellbinding orators, America’s founders provided the creative genius necessary to forge a new Republic.

$145.00
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Current Cases Before the U.S. Supreme Court (for returning students)

Marshall Krause

Hear an introduction to how the U.S. Supreme Court works and its place in our constitutional system, then study 10 current cases on hot issues such as affirmative action, voter rights, the death penalty, and immigration.

$185.00

Thursday, Starts March 31

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lafayette

Bill Clinton

Larry Bensky

A natural politician who excelled in the educational and electoral opportunities his era provided, Bill Clinton became the target of political and journalistic attacks once he was elected president.

$145.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Global Conflict and the Refugee Crisis

Beverly Crawford

Most of the world’s 60 million refugees are fleeing ethnic and religious conflicts. Explore what causes these conflicts and how xenophobia and intolerance shape them and the political difficulties of resettling refugees.

$145.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley
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My Life Is a Poem

Devorah Major

Memories are lovely mosaics pieced together by time and circumstance. Poetry invites us to reclaim our memories — and our lives — in ways that ask for truth over facts and moments over monuments. We will look at memoir poems and new and established poets.

$225.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley
Note change in location

Staging Science: How Science Plays in the Theater

Anthony Clarvoe

Science and scientists are enduringly fascinating subjects for drama, from Ben Jonson’s Alchemist to Brecht’s Galileo to the nuclear physicists in Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen.

$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Fantasy Film and Realms of Enchantment

Russell Merritt

Explore the connection between cinema and fairy tales. We will trace the psychic and social resonance of certain themes found in classic and not-so-classic tales, as well as Arabian Nights stories.

$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley
Note change in location

Joseph Campbell’s World of Mythology

John Campion

This Berkeley class is fully enrolled, but the Joseph Campbell class in Lafayette on Tuesdays still has seats available.

$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Berkeley
Note change in location

The Expanded Self: Taking Compassionate Action in Your Life

Lauren Vanett

Appreciate who you have become over your lifetime. Reflect on past successes, gain tools for cultivating self-compassion, and envision your best possible future.

$225.00
1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Lafayette

Perception and Misperception across Cultures

Joseph Lurie

How is it that the very same concept, word, sound, gesture, touch, image, or even color can differ dramatically in meaning across cultures?

$145.00

Friday, Starts April 1

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Watercolor and Nature

Explore nature through watercolor painting. We will discuss watercolor theory, paint application, pen techniques, and draftsmanship. Learn how to paint trees, plants, landscapes, and mammals. Basic drawing skills are suggested but not required. This class is open to all levels.

$225.00

Wednesday, Starts April 6

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Ecology and Culture in Scandinavia

Linda Rugg

The Scandinavian countries are known internationally for their concerted efforts to preserve their environments, which remain largely wild in Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

$145.00

Thursday, Starts April 7

3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Architecture of Life

Philippa Kelly,Pierluigi Serraino

(4 weeks, 4/7–4/28)

$145.00

Friday, Starts January 29

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Poetry and Performance/ Cal Performances

Serena Le

Price C — Does not include required performance tickets (about $200). Ticket information will be sent to class members.

$225.00