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Tuesday, Starts June 6

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

The Art of the Short Story

Daniel Herman

Short stories are perhaps the perfect literary form for our times. Almost every other medium has grown continually shorter in the 21st-century: 28-minute sitcoms on CBS have become five-minute videos on YouTube; 100-word emails are now 100-character texts.

0 slots available
$110.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Fake News or Real News: What's the Difference and How to Know?

Beverly Crawford

"Fake News" is not a fight over Truth but rather a fight over Power.  2016 was the "Year of the Hoax" disguised as truth.

0 slots available
$110.00

Wednesday, Starts June 7

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

Summer Operas

Alexandra Amati-Camperi

This course will introduce, contextualize, and explore the three operas presented in the summer season of the San Francisco Opera: Mozart's Don Giovanni and its lovable philanderer, Verdi's tragic Rigoletto, and Puccini's tale of love and death, La bohème.

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

Willa Cather, Cormac McCarthy and the Historical Novel

Enrique Lima

In this course we will consider Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop and Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West.

0 slots available
$110.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Motown, Part 2

Peter Elman

Through lectures, photographs, CDs, film clips, Q&A sessions, and the use of live music, this course will concentrate on the people who started, nurtured and established the label as the driving force behind American popular music at that time.

91 slots available
$110.00

Thursday, Starts June 8

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

Space and Place in Asian American Literature

Gregory Choy

This course analyzes metaphors of space and place in selected works of Asian American literature and cultural production. We will discuss the ways authors work with space as racially bordered, legislated history, lived experience, internalized existential panic, and literary tropes.

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

The Authoritarian Personality

Richard Lichtman

Every society depends on established authority of some sort; the crucial difference among these various forms of authority lies in the manner in which the authority governing the group is constituted, whether it is benign or destructive, and how the reigning authority can be removed if that be the will of the group.

24 slots available
$110.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

California’s Response

Joseph Grodin

Federalism, long a favorite theme of conservatives in support of "states' rights", has lately become of interest to those who seek to resist or avoid the exercise of federal power by the new Administration.

154 slots available
$110.00

Monday, Starts March 27

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

Joy of Singing

Lauren Carley

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

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

Short Stories of Jorge Luis Borges

John Campion

Jorge Luis Borges was an Argentinian poet, essayist, and short-story writer whose philosophical and fantasy works broke new ground and opened doors for Spanish language writers.

2 slots available
$185.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

All Kinds of Writing for All Kinds of People

Dashka Slater

Are you a memoirist? Fiction writer? Essayist? Poet? How will you know until you’ve tried? Whether you’re an experienced writer who wants to branch out, or a novice searching for your favored form, this class is a chance to experiment.

-2 slots available
$225.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Immigration Past and Present

Admir Skodo

Immigration is often framed as a “crisis” or “problem,” while the words “immigrant,” “refugee,” and “asylum seeker” have taken on negative and monolithic meanings. We will critically examine immigration through social, political, legal, and scientific lenses using a variety of case studies.

9 slots available
$185.00

Tuesday, Starts March 28

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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 and a supplement to help you get started. Do in-class exercises and work with peers.

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

Myths of Modern Life

Edwin Bernbaum

A study of the different functions of myth and ritual in traditional cultures can give us surprising new insights into similar mythic roles that influential stories, ideas and practices play in modern life, often outside our usual awareness.

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

Rock 'n' Roll Road Trip, Part 2

Peter Elman

The sequel to Rock and Roll Road trip Part One, Part Two continues the journey: Rock ‘n’ roll moves West and grows up, 1965-1975.

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

The First 100 Days: Foreign Policy

Darren Zook

Engage in informative, critical discussions of six major foreign policy challenges the 45th president will have to confront in the first 100 days of office.

36 slots available
$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Berkeley
Cancelled

Artful Essays for Pleasure and Publication

Elizabeth Fishel

An artful personal essay showcases your wisdom, wit, and window on the world. Learn how to turn your ideas into short, shapely works. Examine the best of today’s essays and be inspired by Joan Didion, Anne Lamott, Oliver Sacks, and Nora Ephron, among others.

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

Myth, Music and Philosophy

Kayleen Asbo

Explore the history of Western classical music using Nietzsche’s philosophical template. Trace the aesthetic swings between Apollo’s realm of order, balance, moderation, logic, and clarity, and the wild, raw, emotional passion of Dionysus.

129 slots available
$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley
Cancelled

Science and Knowledge

Martin Pollard

While science helps us understand problems and improve our lives and our society, there is so much misunderstanding and controversy, particularly around issues such as medicine, climate change, evolution, and energy. Why does it seem that scientists and the public are talking past each other?

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

The United States as a Pacific Power

Dayna Barnes

The United States is often thought of as an Atlantic-facing power because of its close linguistic, cultural, economic and historical ties to Europe. But the United States is also a major regional power in the Asia Pacific.

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

Writing, Publishing and Bookselling in the Bay Area

Malcolm Margolin

The Bay Area is home to thousands of writers, including some of the world’s most prominent novelists, poets, and nonfiction writers, as well as scores of presses. Independent booksellers have withstood the assault of chain stores and electronic ordering, and their numbers are expanding.

96 slots available
$145.00

Wednesday, Starts March 29

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

Perception and Misperception Across Cultures

Joseph Lurie

How can the very same concept, word, sound, gesture, touch, image, or even color differ dramatically in meaning across cultures? Examine how this plays out in news stories, the experience of newly arrived immigrants and Americans abroad, and at UC Berkeley’s International House.

48 slots available
$145.00
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Conversations about Race

Marjorie Shultz

Focus on information, attitudes, and arguments about race, particularly black-white relations, in the United States today. Lectures on facts and research data will be coupled with discussions about recent works by nonwhite authors covering their perspectives and experiences.

39 slots available
$145.00
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Great Works of Sacred Literature

Barbara Claire Freeman

Read classics from Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Islamic, and Taoist religious traditions, and consider how these great works respond to the problem of life’s meaning: where to find it, and how to seek it. Does suffering have a purpose, and if so, what can it teach us?

16 slots available
$185.00
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Master Narratives of World History

Tamim Ansary

Explore the origins of the Chinese, Indian, Persian, Mesopotamian/Egyptian, and Greco- Roman civilizations. Focus on what made each of these a coherent gestalt bound together by its own world-historical narrative.

129 slots available
$145.00

Thursday, Starts March 30

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

How your Brain Works and When It Doesn't, Part 3

Peter Ralston

This course is the third in a series about normal functions of the brain and changes related to disease or injury. Each lecture will introduce you to a basic neuroscience topic, followed by a discussion of related clinical concepts.

116 slots available
$145.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lafayette
Cancelled

International Sport and Globalization

George Wright

Discuss the influence that globalization has had on sports, with an emphasis on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

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

Modern Cosmology: How Can Scientists Be Sure?

Marc Davis

Cosmology is the study of the origins and large-scale nature of our universe. Examine the history and current theory of creation, and what observational tests can teach us. While recent theoretical developments can seem outrageous at first, they are probably correct.

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

The New Family

Doris Hanappi

This course is devoted to exploring the changing nature of jobs, gender relations in the labor market, the influence of the marketplace on the family, and work-family balance.

13 slots available
$185.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Berkeley
Cancelled

Core Strengths

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.

-1 slots available
$225.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Lafayette

Goya: the Birth of a Modern Artist

Isidra Mencos

Goya lived in a period of political upheaval, civil wars, and a discredited monarchy. His art evolved from the critical but hopeful viewpoint of the Enlightenment, to a personal reflection on the lack of meaning in a modern society.

105 slots available
$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

The Silk Road: Asian Art Then and Now

Hossein Khosrowjah

For more than 2,000 years, the Silk Road carried more than commercial goods through Asia: it was an instrument of globalization before the term was coined. Understand the role that the Silk Road played in transporting commercial goods, religions, cultures, and the arts across the continent.

92 slots available
$145.00

Monday, Starts April 3

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley
Note change in time and location

The Concerto, Part 2

Alexandra Amati-Camperi

Explore the concerto during the romantic and post-romantic periods, with a brief excursion into hybrid forms at the turn of the 20th century. Focus on the concerto’s evolution, expansion, and changed role in society, including its use as a political tool.

57 slots available
$145.00

Wednesday, Starts April 5

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Berkeley

An Introduction to Metafiction

Stephanie Wells

In postmodern literature, every convention—and every reader—gets challenged. Metafiction calls attention, often jarringly, to the very fact that it’s fiction. Explore the boundaries of narrative in texts with shifting perspectives, unreliable narrators, and contradictory plotlines.

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

The Moral Turn in Scandinavian Arts

Linda Rugg

Literature and visual arts offer a platform to consider deeply how ethical or moral decisions are made, either in the recesses of an individual human heart or the stage of national politics. Consider some difficult moral questions posed in Scandinavian culture.

150 slots available
$145.00
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley
Cancelled

Five Personal Pieces

Deborah Lichtman

Gain tools to depict a few memorable events from your life. Try your hand at sketches of people and places, scenes with action and dialogue, and passages of description and reflection. Read published excerpts to learn about literary technique, then practice through writing exercises.

1 slots available
$225.00

Thursday, Starts April 6

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

Global Lens: The International Documentary

Michael Fox

The view from abroad is revealing, refreshing, and occasionally jarring. View six films — most of which have never been screened in the United States — and discuss their aims, strategies, choices, and ethics.

151 slots available
$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Motown (1960–72)

Peter Elman

Through lectures, slide shows, CDs, videos, and live music, this course will concentrate on the people who started, nurtured, and established the Motown label as the driving force behind American popular music at that time.

41 slots available
$145.00

Friday, Starts April 7

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Berkeley

Memory Book

David Casuto

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

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

Watercolor

Danny Neece

Explore the world of nature through watercolor painting. 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 — open to all levels.

0 slots available
$225.00