Monday, Starts March 30

10:00am - 12:00pm

ONLINE ONLY - Now Eat This: Food, Culture, and the Environment

Kristen Rasmussen

Food plays a pivotal role in connecting us as a species and distinguishing between cultures and groups. But why do we eat what we eat? In this unique hybrid course — part in-class and part online — you’ll explore the historical, ecological, socioeconomic, biological, political, and cultural environments impacting the human diet and, in turn, how the human diet plays a role in factors such as climate change. Through exposure to these concepts, you’ll become more aware, informed, and intentional about your role and participation in the food system.

Note: An additional online version of this course is also available to UC Berkeley alumni through the California Alumni Association.

0 slots available
$120.00
Live Stream Only

Monday, Starts March 30

1:00pm - 3:00pm

ONLINE ONLY - Two British Novelists and the Evolution of the Modern Woman : from Charlotte Brontë to Virginia Woolf

Stephanie Wells

This course will stream LIVE at the scheduled time and will NOT be recorded at the request of the faculty. Scroll down for the link, available in both PDF and word.doc. 

This course will examine a few major texts of two critically important British novelists and the ways in which their work influenced their successors. We’ll also briefly discuss how their personal experiences, social status, and climate of their time informed each of their writing, with special attention to issues of gender, creativity, and socioeconomics. Through their works, we’ll explore the ways in which they helped to not only document but also shape the idea of the modern woman.

Please allow yourself ample time to do the course reading, which is quite extensive! Woolf in particular requires the readerly leisure to follow her sentences; she is not an author who can be “crammed” or skimmed for plot all in one sitting, so you’ll enjoy and engage with the texts much more fully if you reserve plenty of time to read them more slowly and in increments.

The course’s primary focus will be on the three course novels listed below. For the shorter articles and stories we’ll read in Week Four, the texts will be posted on the OLLI course website. If at all possible, please have a copy of the text handy each time, as we will be examining the language of specific passages quite closely; you’ll get more out of the discussion if you have access to the complex language of the text rather than trying to recall just the general gist of it from memory.

37 slots available
$155.00

Tuesday, Starts March 31

1:00pm - 3:00pm

ONLINE ONLY - Bruce Springsteen: An In-depth Appreciation of America’s Poet Laureate

Peter Elman

This course will stream LIVE at the scheduled time and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. Zoom links are found in course materials. Scroll down for the link, available in both PDF and word.doc.  

Delve into the career and music of “The Boss,” Bruce Springsteen. Travel from the juke joints of the Jersey Shore to his discovery at Columbia studios; from the covers of Time and Newsweek to his three-year legal limbo; and from sold-out stadiums for Born in the USA to the acoustic elegance of Nebraska. At 70, Springsteen continues to be America’s greatest rocker and working-class hero, whose brilliant records and performances are the stuff of legend.

178 slots available
$155.00

Wednesday, Starts April 1

10:00am - 12:00pm

ONLINE ONLY - Motown: The Sound of Young America in the 1960s

Peter Elman

This course will stream LIVE at the scheduled time and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. Zoom links are found in course materials. Scroll down for the link, available in both PDF and word.doc.

This course covers the golden age of Motown 1960–72, concentrating on the people who established the label as the driving force behind American popular music in that period: Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, the Marvelettes, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Tami Terrell, the Funk Brothers, Holland- Dozier-Holland, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder. The course will include lectures, slide shows, CDs, video clips and live music. 

155 slots available
$155.00
Live Stream and Recorded Video

Tuesday, Starts March 31

10:00am - 12:00pm

ONLINE ONLY - Cutting Edge Issues in Law

William Sokol

This course will stream LIVE at the scheduled time. Zoom links are found in course materials. Scroll down for the link, available in both PDF and word.doc. YouTube video links of the recording will post weekly on Fridays by 5:00pm, begining April 10. 

 It seems that each vital social and political issue of our times finds its way to our court, and Berkeley School of Law’s renowned professors are engaged in all of them. OLLI has the honor to present six professors in six weeks who will discuss some of the most critical legal issues being addressed by our courts and legislatures. From religion and the Supreme Court and building a just economy through labor-law reform, to cybersecurity, the death penalty, and the use of lethal force by American police. Join us for what will be intellectually invigorating deep dives into these fraught issues.

249 slots available
$155.00

Wednesday, Starts April 1

2:00pm - 4:00pm

ONLINE ONLY - Planets!

Gibor Basri

This course will stream LIVE at the scheduled time. Zoom links are found in course materials. Scroll down for the link, available in both PDF and word.doc. YouTube video links of the recording will post weekly on Fridays by 5:00pm, begining April 10. 

The Earth wasn’t always called a planet. Now Pluto is having problems. What defines a planet? How do they appear, live, and die? Planetary exploration started 50 years ago, exoplanets (around other stars) were first discovered 25 years ago (garnering the latest Nobel Prize), and it has been less than a decade since we have understood that most stars have planetary systems. Many of those turn out to be quite different from ours. Explore the progress we have made, how we have made it, and what we have learned about planets, ending with the question of whether there is life on other planets. 

171 slots available
$155.00

Thursday, Starts April 2

1:00pm - 3:00pm

ONLINE ONLY - Great Cities: Capitals of Western History

Bruce Elliott

This course will stream LIVE at the scheduled time. Zoom links are found in course materials. Scroll down for the link, available in both PDF and word.doc. YouTube video links of the recording will post weekly on Fridays by 5:00pm, begining April 10. 

It can be said that for each stage of Western history there was a capital city, a prime center from which power and culture radiated. This course highlights six magnificent cities that dominated their respective historical epochs: Venice in the High Renaissance; Madrid in the Age of Exploration; Amsterdam, Europe’s 17th century commercial wonder; Imperial Vienna in the Romantic era; and Victorian London in Britain’s Age of Empire. This sweeping historical journey culminates by chronicling the evolution of New York City, history’s first modern metropolis. 

38 slots available
$155.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm

ONLINE ONLY - Hot Topics in Global Health

Stella Ling,Steven Black

This course will stream LIVE at the scheduled time. Zoom links are found in course materials. Scroll down for the link, available in both PDF and word.doc. YouTube video links of the recording will post weekly on Fridays by 5:00pm, begining April 10. 

Explore global health from various different aspects: viruses that stay with you and cause disease later on, such as chicken pox and shingles; malaria, a disease that still hasn’t been wiped out and may get worse with global warming; new vaccines on the horizon and controversies in vaccine usage and rejection; HPV and the associated cancers around the world; the newly emerging field of microbiome studies; and cancer in Africa, a phenomenon which illustrates the gap in health care between socio-economic classes.

54 slots available
$155.00
Pre-recorded Video Only

Friday, Starts April 3


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ONLINE ONLY - Architecture in an Era of Change

Pierluigi Serraino

This course will be PRE-RECORDED and unavailable for live streaming. YouTube video links will post in "Course Materials" weekly on Fridays by 5:00pm, begining April 3.

Change is an accepted condition of the practice and consumption of architecture. Climate change is perhaps the most visible one, but it not the only one. Technological revolutions, novel social routines, new models of politics, alternative approaches to land ownership, and unforeseen role of the public space are all considerations. How do architects deal with change? What can architecture do to meet unprecedented challenges using design at its most powerful tool to give actual responses? 

13 slots available
$155.00

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ONLINE ONLY - Conspiracy Theory in Modern History

Tamim Ansary

This course will be PRE-RECORDED and unavailable for live streaming. Videos will post weekly on Fridays by 5:00pm, begining April 3. 

We often speak of “conspiracy theory” as an ominous, metastasizing force in modern history, but what exactly does this term mean? This class defines the phenomenon, sets it apart from mere theorizing, and follows it through four distinct historical eras — from the Crusades to the present — showing how particular conspiracy theories reflect the history of their times. In the process, we’ll explore the social and psychological roots of this idea system, the sources of its power, and the underlying mythic structure common to all conspiracy theory. 

125 slots available
$155.00

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ONLINE ONLY - Election 2020: What Everyone Needs to Know

Darren Zook

This course will be PRE-RECORDED and unavailable for live streaming. YouTube video links will post in "Course Materials" weekly on Fridays by 5:00pm, begining April 3.

The elections of November 2020 will be of crucial importance in defining the future of the United States. So much is at stake, not only with the presidential race but also with the resulting composition of Congress, that it is imperative we understand all the issues so we can make the best possible choices. This course will cover both current campaign-related issues as well as possible post-election scenarios. 

7 slots available
$155.00

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ONLINE ONLY - Our Brains: Molecules to Memory, Part 3

Peter Ralston

This course will be PRE-RECORDED and unavailable for live streaming. YouTube video links will post in "Course Materials" weekly on Fridays by 5:00pm, begining April 3.

This course describes the activities of nerve cells and how their functioning is altered by drugs or disease. We will discuss the organization of neuronal networks in the brain that serve major processes, such as hearing, epilepsy, and mental illness. Each lecture will begin with an introduction to a basic neuroscience topic, followed by a discussion of related clinical concepts. Lecture notes will be distributed prior to each session, and the lecture slides will be available for review after each lecture. The goal of the course is to enable students to better understand the functions of their own brains. Note: There is no prerequisite for this course.

89 slots available
$155.00

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ONLINE ONLY - The Rise and Fall of World Communism

George Breslauer

This course will be PRE-RECORDED and unavailable for live streaming. Videos will post weekly on Fridays by 5:00pm, begining April 3. 

What did communist revolutions, states, and non-ruling communist parties have in common, in both their domestic and international orientations? How did they differ from each other? What were the appeals of communism that allowed them to come to power? Why did international communism fracture into competing models of domestic and foreign relations? Why did the Soviet Union and, with it, the world communist system ultimately collapse? Is there a future for current (China, Vietnam, North Korea, Laos, Cuba) and new communist states?

64 slots available
$155.00