Tuesday, Starts January 22

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.

3 slots available
$225.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley

Global Lens

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. Examine perennial issues of nonfiction filmmaking, such as point of view, journalism versus activism, truth versus representation, the imperatives and conventions of narrative (i.e., storytelling), and aesthetic choices.

278 slots available
$145.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

Internment: Lessons in Democracy

John Tateishi

Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order that resulted in the exclusion and imprisonment of Japanese Americans as “enemy aliens.” Thirty years later, Japanese Americans demanded redress for their imprisonment. Examine this history, the constitutional issues, and the impact of this period on the treatment of U.S. Arab and Muslim communities since 9/11 and in current immigration deba

29 slots available
$185.00

The Genius of Bach

Stephen Schultz

Cover major aspects of Bach’s instrumental and vocal music. Discuss the principles of historically informed performance practice in relation to modern and period instrument performances. Discover his musical influences as we work our way through the cantatas and Passions, instrumental music, and final masterpieces — B Minor Mass, Goldberg Variations, and the Art of the Fugue.

150 slots available
$145.00

Our Brains: Molecules to Memory. Part 2

Peter Ralston

Learn about 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. We will also cover the use of modern technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), that reveal both functioning of the normal brain and changes due to disease or injury. There is no prerequisite.

155 slots available
$145.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley

Rock 'n' Roll Road Trip

Peter Elman

Take a chronological and geographic road trip across several American regions where key musical movements sprung up between 1955 and 1970. We’ll also explore Bob Dylan’s 1965 masterworks. Presented as a cultural and musical journey, this course will weave together lectures, photographs, recorded music, film clips, Q&A sessions, and live music.

265 slots available
$145.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Magnes Collection, Berkeley

The Living New Deal: Remarkable Past, Possible Future

Richard Walker

A wealth of public works was created under President Franklin Roosevelt from 1933 to 1942. We will look at the remarkable legacy of the New Deal; its relevance to the politics of national unity and reconstruction today; and the Living New Deal Project, which has amassed a huge collection of photographs, documents, and other supportinginformation. Leading project members will teach the class through lectures, discussion, and research.

140 slots available
$145.00
1:00pm - 3:30pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

The Wisdom of Grief

Lauren Vanett

There is transformative potential inherent in grieving. We will explore myths and models of grief, obstacles to it, and how personal strengths can support it. Cultivate skills to support others who are grieving by increasing your self-awareness and self-care.

23 slots available
$185.00
1:00pm - 3:30pm
University Hall Room 41C, Berkeley

Writing Children's Picture Books

Dashka Slater

Illustrated children’s books are an enduring and unique form, but how do you go about writing one? Walk through the process from the idea to the finished manuscript. We will do weekly writing assignments and workshop them in class. This class — for experienced and beginning writers alike — will offer a minimum of fear and a maximum of fun. No illustration skills required.

12 slots available
$225.00

Wednesday, Starts January 23

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

Relativity and Avant-Garde

Stephanie Wells

The implications of Einstein’s theory of relativity ripple across all areas of thought. Taught concurrently with BAMPFA’s exhibit “Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein,” this literature course will present author philosophies, artist manifestos, cultural essays, poetry, and a novel. We will focus primarily on the dimension of time and how artists and writers of Einstein’s era responded to changing perceptions. We will also visit the exhibit.

48 slots available
$145.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

Sacred Mountains of the World

Edwin Bernbaum

From the Sierra Nevada to the Himalayas, mountains have an extraordinary power to evoke wonder, awe, and a sense of the sacred. Drawing on his own research and work with national parks and World Heritage sites, the instructor will take us on a journey to explore the importance and symbolism of mountains in different mythologies, religions, history, literature, and art. We will focus on the key role that mountains play in inspiring environmental conservation and spiritual growth.

32 slots available
$185.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley

The Jazz Piano Trio, Part 1

Jeff Denson

Examine selected works by the influential jazz piano trios led by Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, and Bill Evans. We will emphasize key musical concepts that distinguished their personal styles. The instructor will utilize slides, audio and video recordings, and live demonstrations by renowned jazz artists. While elements of
basic music theory will be discussed, musical training is not a prerequisite.

272 slots available
$145.00
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley

Columbus and the Pivot of History

Tamim Ansary

Between the 14th and 16th centuries, the world’s center of cultural gravity shifted from societies east of the Mediterranean Sea — the Islamic World, India, China, and the Silk Road civilizations of Central Asia — to Europe, which began its ascent until “Western Civilization” dominated a globalized Earth. The voyages of Christopher Columbus mark the turning point. We will look at the world before and after his voyages and explore how cultural power shifted then — and why it may now be shifting back.

260 slots available
$145.00
2:00pm - 4:00pm
University Hall Room 150, Berkeley

Media Revolutions

David Porush

Expand your understanding of today’s information revolution by looking at how past media revolutions transformed culture, power, morality, intimacy, and views of the cosmos. Our studies will include Paleolithic cave paintings, the birth of writing in the 4th millennium BCE, the advent of the first alphabet, the first books, and the printing press. We will learn how to read ancient scripts, delight in exemplary works of literature, art, and expression, create our own media, and look at how new media are transforming us.

74 slots available
$145.00
2:00pm - 4:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

The Great Ballad Tradition

Jannie Dresser

From “Sir Patrick Spens” to “Tangled Up in Blue,” ballads tell stories of sunken ships, ghostly lovers, highwaymen, and murderers. Some ballads are set to music, while others, such as “Casey at the Bat,” are part of literature. Trace the Anglo-Celtic ballad tradition with its roots in medieval Britain. Explore its evolution in America as ballads moved west with cowboys and settlers and south to become part of African-American folk culture. End with modern balladeers such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

32 slots available
$185.00
2:00pm - 4:00pm
University Hall Room 41C, Berkeley

Writing Between the Lines

Deborah Lichtman

What is the relationship between form and content? How do novelists create suspense with syntax? How can an effective sentence become a brilliant one? Explore these questions by studying the work and techniques of some great prose stylists. Apply what you’ve learned to in-class writing exercises. Lectures will cover topics such as diction, imagery, and cadence, heightening our attention to language, and expanding our repertoire of imaginative prose.

10 slots available
$225.00

Thursday, Starts January 24

10:00am - 12:00pm
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley

Food, Drink, Culture, Politics

Darren Zook

Aside from making human life possible, food and drink have generated multiple waves of cultural and political activity throughout human history — some of it celebratory, some of it contentious, and all of it interesting. Explore the many ways that food and drink are intertwined with culture and politics, in the past and present. You’ll never look at what’s on your plate or in your glass the same way again.

239 slots available
$145.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 41C, Berkeley

iPhoneography

Laura (Yoni) Mayeri

Discover how to turn your snapshots into extraordinary photographs using your iPhone. Learn how to expertly capture images, edit and create photographs with 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
$225.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

Mindfulness: A Way of Living

Sara Orem

Some people find that mindfulness equals meditation, but others find it difficult to sustain a meditation practice. Explore the concept of mindfulness. Learn how to maintain it in order to deepen awareness of our relationships with each other and our environment, and to cultivate happiness within ourselves. (Note: This course blends online and in-person learning.)

30 slots available
$185.00

The Silver Age of Russian Culture

Elena Sheygal-Placzek

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

156 slots available
$145.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley

Cities of Intrigue, Capitals of Culture

Bruce Elliott

The most fascinating cities are not always at the center of power, but rather serve as beacons of civilization. Each session will hi ghlight the history, art, and architecture of a distinctive city. We will begin with Florence, which gave rise to the Renaissance, then move to Prague, a key center for the Scientific Revolution. Proceeding to the Enlightenment, we’ll experience Edinburgh and St. Petersburg, then end our journey in Vienna in the Waltz Age and Art Nouveau Barcelona, home ground of Picasso andAntonio Gaudí.

269 slots available
$145.00

Country Music

Peter Elman

Focusing on Nashville, California, and Texas, this course will take us on a regional, chronological, and musical journey through the eras and places that have made country music a huge part of 20th-century American culture. The final class will feature an overview of the country song and an in-depth musical analysis of why country music is so emotional.

151 slots available
$145.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Magnes Collection, Berkeley

Essential Films for Our Times

Richard Saiz

Can we learn new insights into American society — and our current political and social climate — by watching certain films? Do movies influence public opinion or simply reflect it? Examine 10 iconic films to chart the evolution of American society from the 1930s to the 2000s and gain clues about the current zeitgeist. This class will concentrate on five major themes represented in film: class, populism, race, gender, and militarism.

130 slots available
$145.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

Staging Science: Faustian Experiments

Anthony Clarvoe

The fascinating and troubling figure of the scientist, experiments with the stuff of life, and the desire to go beyond common experience and ethics in search of the unknown all make for groundbreaking theater. We will read and discuss five bold plays, all available on film. From Christopher Marlowe’s legendary seeker Dr. Faustus, to Susan Glaspell’s revolutionary feminist The Verge, to A Disappearing Number, Théâtre de Complicité’s beautiful meditation on mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, we will grapple with the costs and triumphs of pioneering, blasphemous thought.

23 slots available
$185.00

Friday, Starts January 25

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

Watercolor Fundamentals

Danny Neece

Learn the basics of watercolor. We will cover the principles of color theory, color mixing, paint layering, and texture through still life, landscapes, wildlife, and more. Whether you are new to watercolor or are familiar with the medium, this class is open to all levels. Basic drawing skills are helpful but not required. Course fee does not include materials (approximately $70).

0 slots available
$225.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
UC Berkeley Art Studio, Berkeley

Beginning Digital Photography

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
$225.00

Monday, Starts January 28

10:00am - 12:00pm
California Jazz Conservatory - Rendon Hall, Berkeley

Global Ethnobotany: Plants, People, and Culture

Deepa Natarajan,Thomas Carlson

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 through five geographic regions. Topics will include ethnolinguistics, ethnopharmacology, conservation, and biocultural diversity. We will also tour the UC Botanical Garden, which has a globally diverse collection of over 10,000 plants.

60 slots available
$145.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

History of Jazz Violin

Kit Eakle

Though sometimes considered an anomaly in jazz, violinists have been central to creating some of its most exciting, innovative music. Discover the reasons for this disconnect, the influential jazz violinists of the past century, and how their music reflects the social, racial, technological, and musical influences of their times. Trace the violin’s influence from the eras of African prehistory, slavery, and “pre-jazz,” to the birth of the blues, swing, be-bop, and beyond. Enjoy vintage recordings and live demonstrations.

30 slots available
$185.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 150, Berkeley

Joy of Singing

Lauren Carley

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.

79 slots available
$145.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
California Jazz Conservatory - Rendon Hall, Berkeley

Creative Voices in China: From the Underground to the Internet

Anna Loewenberg

Whether they are belting out rock tunes or painting portraits, Chinese artists are bold and innovative. Explore the development and significance of China’s arts and culture scene from 1989 through the Internet era. We will also examine the relationship between popular culture and censorship and the impact of creative thinkers and artists on China’s cultural consciousness.

68 slots available
$145.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

French Thinkers

Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite

This course will be devoted to the French thinkers who have exercised a decisive influence on world literature and societies because of the quality or originality of their literary works. Writers and topics covered may include Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s theories on the origins of civil society, Simone de Beauvoir’s exploration of gender, Frantz Fanon’s critique of colonialism from the perspective of the colonized, and the works of more recent writers such as Pierre Bourdieu and Michel Foucault.

28 slots available
$185.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
University Hall Room 150, Berkeley

Landscape Architecture Yesterday and Today

Pierluigi Serraino

As a discipline, architecture is hyper-focused on the appearance, details, and civic presence of individual buildings. Yet architecture and landscape architecture are inseparable parts of the spaces we live in. Increase your awareness of the impact of landscape architecture on the experience of space, whether a backyard garden, park, piazza, or open area.

75 slots available
$145.00

Monday, Starts September 24

10:00am - 12:00pm
California Jazz Conservatory - Rendon Hall, Berkeley
Note change in location

Iranian Cinema

Hossein Khosrowjah

Gain an overview of post-revolutionary Iranian national cinema, which has garnered international popularity and critical acclaim since the late 1980s for being innovative, ethical, and compassionate. Look at the work of contemporary filmmakers such as Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Bahram Beyzaii, and Asghar Farhadi. Discuss the role of censorship and the strong feminist tendencies of many contemporary Iranian films.

33 slots available
$145.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 150, Berkeley

Joy of Singing

Lauren Carley

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.

33 slots available
$145.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

Shoguns, Samurai, and Survivors: Feudal Japan

Douglas Lee

Explore the cultural history of feudal Japan (1100–1800 CE), when “the Japanese became Japanese” by way of political, socioeconomic, and cultural changes that redirected the course of their civilization.

0 slots available
$185.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
California Jazz Conservatory - Rendon Hall, Berkeley
Note change in location

1968 and Its Contested Legacy

Steve Wasserman

Reexamine common perspectives about an unruly year that remains politically and socially radioactive. We will aim to understand what Greil Marcus once called the “moods of rage, excitement, loneliness, fatalism, desire” that buffeted Berkeley and the world in 1968. A half-century later, we still don’t understand its legacy and need a more subtle comprehension of what a historical moment contains, as well as its unacknowledged victories and hidden defeats. 

0 slots available
$145.00
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. 

1 slots available
$225.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
University Hall Room 150, Berkeley

Global Warming: More Than an Inconvenient Truth

Warren Wiscombe

Cover the most salient issues in global warming, including: the history of its research; why the subject exploded in the 1980s; the relationship between the global carbon cycle and the burning of fossil fuels; the campaign against climate science; technological methods for stopping global warming; and changes to greenhouse gases over time. We will finish with speculations about the future of climate and of life on Earth. 

8 slots available
$145.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

Zen Buddhism and Temple Arts

Marcia Lieberman

Devotion in Buddhist spiritual life is expressed in an array of physical and artistic ways. Through lectures, visual materials, and hands-on practice, we will examine the beauty and creativity of practices such as the enso, zengo work, Japanese landscape gardening, altar care, and the way of tea. What are the aesthetic concerns around these rituals, and how do they impact social interactions? 

16 slots available
$185.00

Tuesday, Starts September 25

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

Chekhov’s Stories

Elena Sheygal-Placzek

While famous worldwide as a playwright, Anton Chekhov is better known and more loved in Russia for his short stories, many of which are considered masterpieces of the genre. Gain insight into some of his best stories and novellas. Discussing a wide spectrum of themes, plots, and characters, we will pay close attention to Chekhovian style and the language resources he employed to render his ideas and attitudes. 

0 slots available
$185.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley

Is Liberalism Ending?

Beverly Crawford

What is the liberal order, and what are its alternatives? Discuss the history of liberalism, its weaknesses, and the arguments made about its end. We will examine the role of economic inequality, globalization, the retreat of Western liberalism, and the post-truth environment in weakening it further. We will also explore the remedies to save it. 

197 slots available
$145.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
Lafayette Library and Learning Center - Community Hall, Lafayette
Cancelled

Southern Gothic: Flannery O’Connor

John Campion

Closely review some of Flannery O’ Connor’s disturbing and comic short stories, which embody a critique of Southern society and the flawed vessels who live in it. We’ll follow the pathetic ways her archetypal characters avoid individual pain and responsibility for their actions. We might also discover O’Connor’s greatness — her conveyance that spirit can open up even in the experiences that seem most alien to it.

155 slots available
$145.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
Lafayette Library and Learning Center - Community Hall, Lafayette
Note change in location

The Book of Genesis: A Good Place to Start

Mark McVann

Compare ancient Israel’s great classic of Genesis to other ancient creation myths. Examine the notion of divine promise in ancestral narratives. Address rituals such as covenant making, circumcision, and animal and human sacrifice. We will also examine the scribal schools that produced the text.

94 slots available
$145.00
1:00pm - 3:30pm
University Hall Room 41C, Berkeley

Artful Essays for Pleasure and Publication

Elizabeth Fishel

Learn how to turn your opinions, memories, and ideas into short, shapely works for pleasure or publication. Examine excellent essays by Joan Didion, Anne Lamott, Oliver Sacks, and Nora Ephron, among others. Gain practical tips on style, structure, scene setting, and creating a narrative arc. In-class prompts will kickstart opinion pieces, first-person and travel essays, and blog posts. Receive thoughtful feedback on your work and guidance on where to publish your work in print and online. 

0 slots available
$225.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
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 post-production to distribution.

118 slots available
$145.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

Local Government from the Ground Up

Daren Fields

Have you ever wondered what a mayor really does or where your local tax dollars actually go? Examine how cities, counties, school districts, and special districts are organized. Explore what services they provide and how they impact our daily lives. Discuss local and state ballot measures in the November election. Find out what local government is all about, and learn how you can make a difference in your community. 

0 slots available
$145.00

Our Brains: Molecules to Memory, Part 1

Peter Ralston

Learn about nerve cells and how drugs or disease alter their functioning. We will discuss the organization of neuronal networks that serve major mechanisms, such as hearing and memory. Each lecture will be introduced by a basic neuroscience topic, followed by a discussion of related clinical concepts. This course will contain a mix of new and familiar topics covered in Ralston’s previous classes.

75 slots available
$145.00

Wednesday, Starts September 26

10:00am - 12:00pm
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley

Folk Music: The Golden Age 1950–75

Peter Elman

The confluence of people, politics, philosophies, and growing social awareness that came out of the post-WWII era ushered in a new age of enlightenment. Examine the rise of folk music through some of the stars of that period, including Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, The Kingston Trio, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter Paul and Mary, Judy Collins, the Newport Folk Festival, and the Greenwich Village and North Beach scenes. 

21 slots available
$145.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

Murder: An Investigation

Like Season One of the popular NPR podcast “Serial,” this course will focus on one murder case. Review original police reports, watch surveillance videos, and hear how a defense investigator examined the physical evidence, found witnesses, and prepared a social history of the defendant’s life. 

1 slots available
$185.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 150, Berkeley

Robert Frost’s Poetry of Motion

David Alpaugh

Robert Frost so energized his poems with physical, mental, rhythmical, and figurative motion (and emotion) that they are as powerful today as when his first book debuted in 1913. Join poet David Alpaugh as he performs, savors, and explores “The Road Not Taken,” “Mending Wall,” “Design,” “Home Burial,” and other works. Frost’s legendary public image, troubled personal life, and brilliant comments on the art of poetry will come into play.

30 slots available
$145.00
2:00pm - 4:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

Neuroplasticity, Meditation, and Volunteering

Amelia Barili

Meditation and volunteering are good for your heart, brain, and whole being. Combined, they foster positive neuroplasticity. Study the science of neuroplasticity, and meditate to expand your mind and heart. You will also volunteer for one to two hours extra each week at English-in-Action, International House, or Refugee Transitions. This experiential learning will deepen our knowledge of other cultures and help international students, refugees, and immigrants in the often-challenging transition to American life. 

0 slots available
$225.00
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley

The Romantic Symphony

Alexandra Amati

This course will continue the journey of “The Symphony, Part 1.” Examine how the symphony became the central place for the evolution of musical language from classical clarity and structure to romantic passion and affect. We will also briefly witness the new paths composers delineate, such as the programmatic symphony or the tone poem. 

205 slots available
$145.00
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Berkeley City College Auditorium, Berkeley
Note change in location

Understanding Russia

Anastasia Edel

Russia continues to dominate the news cycle — but how much do you actually know about it? Gain an inside view of Russian history, politics, and culture. What is behind its current slide into autocracy? Which national myths, beliefs, and historic developments feed Putin’s anti-democratic ideology? This course will intertwine the country’s latest political and cultural developments with historical perspectives expressed in film, music, and literature. 

0 slots available
$145.00
2:00pm - 4:00pm
University Hall Room 41C, Berkeley

Writing Between the Lines

Deborah Lichtman

What is the relationship between form and content? How do novelists create suspense with syntax? How can an effective sentence become a brilliant one? Study the work and techniques of some great prose stylists. Apply what you’ve learned to in-class writing exercises. Lectures will cover diction, imagery, and cadence, heightening our attention to language, and expanding our repertoire of imaginative prose. 

1 slots available
$225.00

Thursday, Starts September 27

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

European Short Stories

Caroline Smadja

Each week will focus on one short story by a master of the genre. Our selection includes “A Misfortune” by Russian Anton Chekhov; “Babette’s Feast,” made into a movie in 1987, by Danish author Karen Blixen; “A Little Cloud” by Irish writer James Joyce; “The Mouse” by Anaïs Nin; a story by Italian author Italo Calvino; and “Armande” by French writer Colette, the first woman of letters to be given a state funeral. 

0 slots available
$185.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley

Human Rights in Global Politics

Darren Zook

Human rights are often associated with justice, but many people would argue that justice has been scant at best. This course will suggest a different perspective, showing examples where human rights have been most effective and where they are under attack. The biggest obstacle to effectively implementing human rights is the political opportunism that persistently rears its head all over the globe. Explore how that happens, and what can be done about it. 

24 slots available
$145.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 41C, Berkeley

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
$225.00

U.S. Supreme Court: Landmark Cases, Great Justices

Curtis Caton

Explore several momentous U.S. Supreme Court decisions, from Marbury v. Madison and Dred Scott through Roe v. Wade, Bush v. Gore, and Citizens United. We will also focus on some remarkable justices, including John Marshall and Earl Warren, and highlight the challenge of applying the constitution’s general words to very specific, controversial issues. We will also emphasize how the court has reacted to rapidly changing social and political realities as the country has grown. 

21 slots available
$145.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley

Ingmar Bergman's Films

Linda Rugg

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Swedish filmmaker, author, and film director Ingmar Bergman, one of the “auteurs” (authors) hailed in the 1960s by French and American film critics. Bergman’s work was part of a wave of “art cinema,” a form that elevated “movies” to “films.” Analyze six Bergman films and read short pieces by him and by scholars. Discuss the concept of film authorship and Bergman’s life and work.

112 slots available
$145.00

Philosophy for Everyday Life

Rob Merker

We all face big questions every day, from the metaphysical — “What is the purpose of life?” — to the mundane, such as, “Should I give a dollar to that homeless person?” Philosophers have been thinking about these types of questions for thousands of years. We will apply the ideas of philosophers from the ancient past to the lives we lead and questions we ponder today.

98 slots available
$145.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

The 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. Note: this class does not meet on October 18, and the final class meeting on October 25 will take place in 41C University Hall.

4 slots available
$145.00

Friday, Starts September 28

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

Drawing Fundamentals (morning)

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
$225.00
10:00am - 12:30pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

Memory Book

David Casuto

http://senior-surf.orgCreate 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. You may create your books as gifts, personal memoirs, travel journals, or family heirlooms. Bring your own laptops to class. No iPads or tablets, please.

9 slots available
$185.00
2:00pm - 4:00pm
UC Berkeley Art Studio, Berkeley

Drawing Fundamentals (afternoon)

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
$225.00

Wednesday, Starts October 3

2:00pm - 4:00pm
University Hall Room 150, Berkeley

Life at Home and Aging in Community

Susanne Stadler

A home for growing old gives us the opportunity to stay engaged and useful, remain part of our community, and build confidence when our abilities and strengths decline. Exploring how to live longer and better in one’s home, this course will cover design criteria; adapting your environment to your needs; “smart homes” and personal technology; health care and home-care givers; transitions and downsizing; and community resources. 

38 slots available
$145.00

Thursday, Starts October 25

1:00pm - 3:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

Art and Upheaval

Bill Cleveland

The activities of artists tackling tough community issues in places such as Northern Ireland, Eritrea, Cambodia, and Bosnia are largely unknown. Considered separately, their stories from the world’s frontlines are compelling and inspiring. Taken together, they constitute an important and growing body of work that reveals a lot about how human creativity can help us heal the deepest and most destructive of our self-inflicted wounds.

26 slots available
$145.00