Tuesday, Starts January 21

10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 41C, Berkeley

Building a Great Memoir

Louise Nayer

Uncover potent moments from your past through the basic elements of memoir: sensory detail, scene versus summary, dialogue, time shifts, tension, and voice. Read great memoirists to get started. Do in-class exercises and work with peers. Hand in weekly pages for comprehensive instructor feedback. Leave the class with a body of writing.

0 slots available
$235.00

History of Baroque Music

Stephen Schultz

This class will be a chronological retrospective of music from the Baroque era, covering the years 1600-1750. All major composers of instrumental and vocal music will be discussed including Monteverdi, Corelli, Vivaldi, Couperin, Handel, Telemann, Rameau, and Bach. From the birth of opera through the major works of J.S. Bach, we will analyze the styles of the three main musical centers of composition: Italy, France, and Germany.

82 slots available
$155.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

Infectious Diseases in the News

Deborah Gold

In this course we will consider infectious diseases that made history, those that are currently in the public eye, or both. We will discuss the plague, then and now; influenza from 1918 to recent strains; foodborne and healthcare related infections; and the resurgence of childhood related illnesses and the anti-vaccine movement.

5 slots available
$195.00

iPhoneography

Laura (Yoni) Mayeri

Learn how to expertly capture images, edit, and create extraordinary photographs using solely your iPhone. Gain inspiration to find your creative vision and expand your technical knowledge. By the end of this workshop, you will understand the ins and outs of iPhone photography.

0 slots available
$235.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley

The Nordic Lands: Politics, Society, and Culture

Darren Zook

The Nordic lands have always followed something of a separate path from the rest of Europe, but aside from a few general reference points — the Vikings, Abba, and the much-vaunted but largely misunderstood “Nordic model” welfare state — much of what makes the Nordic lands what they are remains largely unknown. This course will explore what links all of the Nordic lands — Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland — and what makes each its own unique thing.

41 slots available
$155.00

Country Rock, 1965 – Present

Peter Elman

This class will cover the historically significant country-rock movement which started in LA in 1965 and spread across the country, changing the musical landscape of popular music. We will explore how two roots-oriented genres — country music and rock and roll — borrowed from each other and merged to create a new genre which has since spawned many sub-genres, each with its own unique approach to country-rock.

36 slots available
$155.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Magnes Collection, Berkeley

Plants, People, and Culture

Deepa Natarajan

Humans have utilized plants over millennia for food, fiber, shelter, medicine, art, ritual, scent, dyes, and more. Explore ethnobotany, the study of the complex relationships between people and plants, as we journey around the world looking at biocultural diversity and the ways in which people use plants in their daily lives and how this impacts current issues of conservation and transnational identity. We will also tour the UC Botanical Garden, which has a globally diverse collection of over 10,000 plants.

103 slots available
$155.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

The Genocide in California’s Closet

Robert McNally

Most Californians are unaware that their state sponsored and funded a campaign to exterminate the Indigenous population — a mass atrocity known under contemporary international law as genocide. This course explores what happened in California between 1846 and 1900 and looks at how a democracy orchestrated a crime typically associated with dictatorship. It also connects California’s story with the larger United States narrative of conquest, and considers the effects upon California society, culture, and politics today.

0 slots available
$195.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley

Viva Verdi! Opera and the Birth of Modern Italy

Clifford "Kip" Cranna

The leading artist of Italy’s reunification in the 19th Century was the great composer Giuseppe Verdi. His operas brought to the stage the values and issues of the “Risorgimento,” giving vivid creative expression to the ideals of his time. His stirring and melodious music provided a common bond for peoples divided by political boundaries, customs, and his personal life became symbolic of an emerging nation’s vital spirit.

146 slots available
$155.00

Wednesday, Starts January 22

10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 41C, Berkeley

My Life is a Poem

Devorah Major

Memories are lovely mosaics pieced together by time and circumstance. Poetry is a wonderful way to reclaim our lives in ways that ask for truth over facts, and moments over monuments. This course will provide fresh lessons for new and returning students to consider our lives through poetry. We will look at memoir poems of others, become aware of new established poets, invite you to create your own poems, and discuss and write poems in class. In session six, we will have a class poetry reading and bring in two poems for a workshop anthology.

0 slots available
$235.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley
Cancelled

The End of Nuclear Arms Control

Paul Rockett

The threat of nuclear war has returned, both because of Russian actions on INF and US actions with Iran and North Korea. We will examine possible global futures by studying the practice of Nuclear Arms Control, its history, organization, and uses. No prior political or scientific knowledge is required.

$195.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 150, Berkeley

The Germans in France in World War II: Occupation and Memory

Bert Gordon

We examine France’s path from victory in World War I through defeat and occupation by Nazi Germany in 1940, followed by the establishment of an authoritarian regime under World War I hero Marshal Philippe Pétain in the spa town of Vichy. We will address the experiences of collaborators and resistors, as well as Jews and others targeted by the Germans and their French supporters. Finally, we will turn to the Liberation, its aftermath and postwar purges, and consider how the Occupation has been remembered in France and elsewhere.

0 slots available
$155.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
California Jazz Conservatory - Rendon Hall, Berkeley

The Silver Age of Russian Culture

Elena Sheygal-Placzek

Russian culture at the turn of the 20th century was in a dynamic period of experimentation and outstanding discoveries in the visual, literary, and performing arts. The Silver Age produced a galaxy of brilliant artistic talents: explore the poetry of Blok and Akhmatova; the music of Stravinsky and Scriabin; the paintings of Bakst and Malevich; Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes” enterprise. We will also discuss how the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 impacted the arts and the lives of writers, musicians, and artists.

8 slots available
$155.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley

What Economists Know About Important Policy Issues

John Haveman

Economics plays a central role in the functioning of every aspect of society, and is expressed through the actions of governments at all levels. This course will address a set of prominent policy issues in which economics is at the core, their origins as policy matters, underlying data and evidence, and policy levers. The focus will be on what the economics profession collectively understands to be true about the issue, not specific policy solutions.

172 slots available
$155.00
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley

Bay Area Documentary Filmmakers

Michael Fox

Nonfiction films are more essential than ever, but the subject matter typically overshadows the process for making them. In fact, the filmmaker’s narrative, thematic, and aesthetic choices are as important as the material itself. Each session will feature a recent or in-progress film followed by a candid discussion with the director. We’ll focus on the practical and ethical challenges of making documentaries, from conception through production and postproduction to distribution.

122 slots available
$155.00
2:00pm - 4:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

Gender Spectrum

Erica Anderson

The Bay Area has been ground zero for social change in the areas of civil rights, free speech, resistance to oppression, sexual revolution, waves of feminism, and gay liberation. Now we face another dramatic revolution in understanding gender and learning how to live in a society in which gender is expressed on a spectrum. New knowledge, healthcare practices, and cultural challenges bring us into a time to learn who we are and how to build an inclusive and accepting society.

17 slots available
$195.00
2:00pm - 4:00pm
University Hall Room 150, Berkeley

Why Shakespeare Matters in Today’s World

Michael Moran

This course will focus on how Shakespeare’s greatest works remain relevant in today’s socio-political context and why. Beginning with an in-depth look at Hamlet, the course will illuminate why it has inspired and vexed artists for centuries and the mysteries inherent in it that reveal the mysteries of our own nature. After Hamlet, we will focus on Othello and Macbeth in the same fashion - unearthing the paradoxes of the human condition that continue to play out in our lives today.  Lectures will include live performances.

0 slots available
$155.00

Thursday, Starts January 23

10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

Local Government from the Ground Up

Daren Fields

Have you ever wondered what a mayor really does? Have you ever thought about where your local tax dollars actually go? This course provides an introduction to cities, counties, school districts, and special districts. Examine how they are organized, what services they provide, and how they impact our daily lives. Discuss local and state ballot measures in the November election and their impact on local government. Learn how you can make a difference in your community.

18 slots available
$195.00

Understanding Film Through the Eyes of Immigrants

Joseph Lurie

Using selected films, we’ll explore cultural realities, clashes and misunderstandings through the eyes of Chinese, Japanese, Iranian, Sudanese and Latino Immigrants. Background readings and intercultural tools will be offered to facilitate understanding of cultures to be featured, and where possible, film makers and cultural informants will be invited as resources. We’ll conclude by highlighting attitudes about the elderly across cultures and break some stereotypes with Lives Well Lived, a film featuring inspirational stories about seniors in the United States.

91 slots available
$155.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley

Van Morrison: Musical Mysticism of the Belfast Cowboy

Peter Elman

Over the past 55 years, Van Morrison has produced 40 albums. His eclectic career has ranged from the early blues-influenced days of his Irish band Them, to his acclaimed twin masterpieces, Astral Weeks and Moondance, into the 1970s, when he parlayed R&B-based rock into superstardom. Morrison has eloquently displayed an ability to move between genres, yet staying true to the twin themes of jazzy rhythm and blues and the Celtic folk of his ancestors.

166 slots available
$155.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

Bay Area Living Masters of the Short Story

Hilary Roberts

In this discussion-centered class we’ll delve into stirring creations from our rich roster of living Bay Area story writers, both known and lesser known: Joyce Carol Oates, Tommy Orange, Tobias Wolff, Molly Giles, Amy Tan, Namwali Serpell, Olga Zilberbourg, Kim Addonizio, Kara Vernor, Peter Orner, Ethel Rohan, Adam Johnson.

0 slots available
$195.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Magnes Collection, Berkeley

Election 2020: Will Voters of Color Make a Difference?

Alex Saragoza

This course will examine voter turnout in light of recent patterns among three major minority groups — Latinos, Asians and African Americans — considering such things as regional variations, differences of age, class, and gender, and urban/rural permutations. We will discuss how the two major parties have addressed the role of minority voters in party platforms, campaign spending, and strategies, and will take up the debate over “voter suppression” laws and gerrymandering and their implications for communities of color.

101 slots available
$155.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
University Hall Room 41C, Berkeley

Exploring Your Identity Through Writing

Anita Amirrezvani

Your unique family, heritage, culture, and traditions offer a rich source of material. Learn how to draw on your own background to generate stories that are deeply meaningful to you, the people you love, and even to complete strangers. Writing assignments will include nonfiction and fiction. Sharing work will be encouraged but not required. Leave class with a roadmap for expanding your material.

0 slots available
$235.00

Strategy and Foreign Policy: The Use (and Misuse) of the American Military

Michael Baker

The U.S. military has been used (and misused) for the last 75 years as a foreign policy cudgel in an uneven and often inexplicable fashion. The results are embarrassing – the world’s most powerful military has not won a war in 75 years, has destroyed numerous societal systems, created millions of displaced refugees, and spawned disdain for our policies along with creating numerous enemies. We will look at case studies of American foreign policy fiascos which have eroded the image and reputation of America around the world.

34 slots available
$155.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley

The Jazz Piano Trio, Part 2

Jeff Denson

The piano trio is a powerful ensemble with a rich history. We will examine six groundbreaking performers that helped to establish the piano trio as a permanent fixture in jazz: swinging pianists Erol Garner and Wynton Kelly, members of the first Miles Davis Quartet in the 1950’s; McCoy Tyner, a member of the John Coltrane Quartet; the ever ever-adventurous Herbie Hancock; and the passionate virtuosity of Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.  Students need not have taken the Jazz Piano, Part 1 to fully engage with this class.  

166 slots available
$155.00

Friday, Starts January 24

10:00am - 12:00pm
UC Berkeley Art Studio, Berkeley

Drawing Fundamentals

Danny Neece

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. We will address the role of drawing in imagination, invention, and image development. Whether you are a beginner or experienced, you can develop a free and fluent command of the drawing process and a conceptual understanding of key principles.

0 slots available
$235.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
UC Berkeley Art Studio, Berkeley

Digital Photography

Berkeley Art Studio

Move beyond the automatic settings of your digital SLR camera and start creating works of art. Learn about the photographic process, including exposure, composition, lighting, and subject matter, and share your work with the class. Participants should have a basic understanding of how their camera works and how to retrieve photos from it. A digital SLR or digital point-and-shoot camera that changes shutter speed and aperture is required.

0 slots available
$235.00

Monday, Starts January 27

10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

Approaches to Nature, Landscape, and Gardens

Achva Stein

Our assumptions about nature, landscape and gardens have consequences that affect the health of our physical environment and contribute to the decline of ecosystems. Design forms seen in landscapes and gardens reflect our attitudes regarding the exploitation of natural resources and the socio-economic systems of the societies inhabiting the land. By reframing the way in which we observe what we see, we can infuse more coherent and appropriate meanings into the actions we take working on and with the land.

24 slots available
$195.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
California Jazz Conservatory - Rendon Hall, Berkeley

Modern China in Global Context

Lanchih Po

This course emphasizes China’s national history as a part of the global process from the 19th century to the present. Particular attention will be paid to China’s links to transnational migration, trade, and investment throughout the history of Western colonization, the Pacific War and the Cold War, and socialism and post-socialism. China has experienced complex metamorphoses in both its internal economy and governance, as well as with its relations within the region and the world.

0 slots available
$155.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

History of San Francisco Bay Area Buildings

Linda Day

The course is divided into three periods and examines commercial and industrial buildings as well as residential buildings: 1846-1906, The Age of Mineral Extraction; 1906-1946, The San Francisco Earthquake to World War II; 1947-present: Skyscrapers and Track Homes. We will examine the materials used in each of these periods, the buildings that arose from them and the cultural shifts they reflected and reinforced.

0 slots available
$195.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
University Hall Room 150, Berkeley

Toni Morrison, American Treasure

Stephanie Wells

Toni Morrison was one of our greatest novelists. Her treatments of race, gender, and above all, humanity and love in America, were matched only by her ability to craft a sentence stunning enough to knock you to the ground. This course will focus on a small selection of Morrison’s most important novels, as well as some of her critical writings.

0 slots available
$155.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
California Jazz Conservatory - Rendon Hall, Berkeley

When Italy Meets America

Margherita Ghetti

At the turn of the 20th century, Italian people came in waves to North American shores, carrying along their families, goods, and language. Cinema lent itself to the representation of this encounter: exploring the imagery of the “American Dream” as well as challenging it. This course will also give us a chance to investigate the stereotype of Italian-Americans as gangsters, tracing a historical arc up to big, award-winning Italian films packaged for the viewing pleasure of U.S. audiences.

0 slots available
$155.00

Friday, Starts January 31

(All day) - (All day)
ONLINE COURSE, Course Materials

The Nordic Lands: Politics, Society, and Culture - ONLINE ONLY

Darren Zook

This course can be viewed each week via ZOOM beginning January 31. The links to the video will post in Course Materials on Fridays at 5:00pm and will remain available until 03/13/2020.   The Nordic lands have always followed something of a separate path from the rest of Europe, but aside from a few general reference points — the Vikings, Abba, and the much-vaunted but largely misunderstood “Nordic model” welfare state — much of what makes the Nordic lands what they are remains largely unknown. This course will explore what links all of the Nordic lands — Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland — and what makes each its own unique thing.

317 slots available
$120.00
(All day) - (All day)
ONLINE COURSE, Course Materials

What Economists Know About Important Policy Issues - ONLINE ONLY

John Haveman

This course can be viewed each week via ZOOM beginning January 31. The links to the video will post in Course Materials on Fridays at 5:00pm and will remain available until 03/13/2020.   Economics plays a central role in the functioning of every aspect of society, and is expressed through the actions of governments at all levels. This course will address a set of prominent policy issues in which economics is at the core, their origins as policy matters, underlying data and evidence, and policy levers. The focus will be on what the economics profession collectively understands to be true about the issue, not specific policy solutions.

343 slots available
$120.00

Monday, Starts February 3

10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 150, Berkeley

Joy of Singing

Lauren Carley

First class meets February 3, 2020. Class is 5 Weeks. Final class meets March 9, 2020.

Prepare your body, brain, and voice to sing with ease, expressiveness, and projection. Learn four traditional rounds and five-part songs by ear, plus choral skills such as legato, staccato, fermata, ritard, timbre, and head and chest voice. More experienced participants may sing in trios or anchor their sections. We will perform for invited guests during the last class. Open to all levels.

44 slots available
$155.00