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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

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

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
4:20 p.m. - 4:20 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.

No slots available
$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
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 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

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

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

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
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Berkeley

The Expanded Self: Taking Compassionate Action in Your Life

Lauren Vanett

Appreciate who you have become over yourlifetime. 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.

No slots available
$225.00

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

Monday, Starts January 25

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

Brecht

Marion Gerlind

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) was a prominent figure in 20th-century theater. Explore a selection of his most famous plays, such as Mother Courage and The Life of Galileo.

$185.00
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
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Dante's Divine Comedy Through Music and Art

Kayleen Asbo

Dante’s Divine Comedy weaves together European history, Greek and Roman mythology, and a heretical view of Christianity to create a moving story of transformation and hope.

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

Magazine Writing

Cary Pepper

Examine the craft and business of writing for magazines. We’ll cover finding ideas; determining your market; the importance of the query letter; the rules of the game; how to handle rejections and acceptances; working with editors; and putting yourself out there as a freelance writer.

$225.00

Tuesday, Starts January 26

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

American Plays: 1960 - 2015

Eileen Herrmann

Contemporary American theater is open to diverse voices that were formerly unheard or marginalized. This course will pair plays from the 1950s–80s with recent plays and explore issues of class, gender, family, and border crossings.

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

Bay Area Documentary Filmmakers

Michael Fox

For nearly half a century, film festival and television programmers around the world have recognized the breadth and quality of the Bay Area documentary filmmaking community.

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

Master Short Stories of Franz Kafka

John Campion

Develop your ability to analyze and interpret the short stories of Franz Kafka, one of the most enigmatic writers of his time. His works are both horrific and comic — a strange duality that embodies his critique of modern society and exposes the difficulty we face living in it.

$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Berkeley

Artful Essays for Pleasure and Publication

Elizabeth Fishel

 (5 courses, 1/26–2/23)

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

Legends of European History

Bruce Elliott

At critical junctures throughout history, individuals have risen up, larger than life, to meet immense challenges.

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

Scientific Revolution and Evolution

Yan Linhart,Didier de Fontaine

The cosmology of Galileo and the physics of Newton ushered in the Scientific Revolution — one of the greatest revolutions in human history. In the 19th century, Darwin completed the view of humanity's place in the cosmos with his theory of evolution.

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

The First Modern: John Milton in the Digital Age

Hugh Richmond

John Milton’s work continues to echo through our culture in complex ways, providing a touchstone for an array of artists, from writers such as C.S. Lewis and Philip Pullman to dance legend Mark Morris, and from the New Orleans Carnival to acoustic bands to video games.

$185.00
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Berkeley

Digital Photography the Easy Way

David Casuto

Want to organize your photos better? Enhance them to make them look great? Whether you are a seasoned or new photographer, this class will cover Picasa, a free, easy, and powerful tool to create and edit beautiful photo projects.

$225.00

Wednesday, Starts January 27

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

Play Around with Shakespeare

Jane Courant

This playful, participatory workshop welcomes Shakespeare fans of all levels. Our aim is to delight in the sound and imagery of the language, bring the text alive, and learn how actors approach his drama.

$225.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

The Fab Four and the Stones, 1962–70: A Study in Contrasts

Peter Elman

In 1964, the Beatles and Rolling Stones played for and conquered the United States. What we tend to forget is that they took an American art form — rock and roll — and showed us how it could be done.

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

Watergate: Secret History and Legacy

Jonathan Marshall

Watergate was the worst political scandal in U.S. history, but why it happened remains a mystery.

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

Marjorie Shultz

Biomedical ethics has emerged over the past half century and incorporates medicine, philosophy, law, and social science perspectives.

$145.00
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley
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Five Personal Pieces

Deborah Lichtman

The best autobiographical writing is sometimes the shortest. This course will give you the tools to depict a few memorable events from your life. You’ll try your hand at sketches of people and places, scenes with action and dialogue, and passages of description and reflection.

$225.00
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley
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International Law and Politics

Eric Sinrod

With mass communications and global travel, our world is becoming a much smaller place. As a result, friction, tensions, and warfare are heightened at the international level.

$145.00

Thursday, Starts January 28

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

How Your Brain Works and When It Doesn't, Part 2

Peter Ralston

This course will describe neuronal networks and how they are organized in the human brain. Each lecture will begin with an introduction to a basic neuroscience topic, followed by a discussion of related clinical concepts.

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

Latinos and American Politics

Alex Saragoza

Latinos, who represent over 50 percent of U.S. population growth between 2000 and 2010, are concentrated in areas with political clout.

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

Proust's World

Larry Bensky

Marcel Proust, one of the 20th century’s most widely read and quoted authors, lived in a time of extraordinary artistic, social, and political ferment and creativity.

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

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

Creativity in Architecture

Pierluigi Serraino

As a momentous manifestation of human creativity, architecture is much revered and selectively understood.

$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Berkeley

Cultivating Core Strengths and Increasing Positive Emotions

Lauren Vanett

Research shows that it's easier to change behavior by developing new pathways in the brain versus trying to fix habits that no longer serve us. Take a fresh look at how to use your core strengths differently in order to engage your brain and create greater life satisfaction.

$185.00
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Writing 10-Minute Plays

Anthony Clarvoe

Deepen your appreciation of any dramatic writing you see: theater, film, and television. Discover your dramatic voice. Through a progressive series of at-home writing exercises and in-class readings of those exercises, students will create short plays and scenes.

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

Italy and Ideas

Beverly Allen

Travelers to Italy often know something about its art and cuisine, but few have experienced its literature.

$145.00

Friday, Starts January 29

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

Drawing Fundamentals

Julien Shields

Explore the key elements of drawing, including line, shape, tone, compositional design, and the drawing field. Learn how to creatively establish relationships, proportion, and the illusory third dimension, and touch on different modes of abstraction.

$225.00
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