Tuesday, Starts June 5

10:00am - 12:00pm
Berkeley City College Auditorium, Berkeley
Note change in location

Consciousness

David Presti

Who we are as conscious living beings and how we relate to the rest of what we call reality is the greatest mystery in science. And how we frame our approaches to and hypotheses about this mystery profoundly impacts our behavior in the world. This course will address the known and the unknown in the evolving science of consciousness, surveying material from biophysical neuroscience, history and philosophy of science, the ongoing dialogue between Buddhism and science, and conversation between science and humanities more generally.

0 slots available
$110.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley

The Beatles: From Rubber Soul to Magical Mystery Tour

Stephen Schultz

The Beatles are the most famous rock group in history. The reasons for this are musical as well as cultural and we will look at the two elements simultaneously. Their middle period songs from 1965-67 will be studied, with analysis of the musical and lyrical content and structural elements. What musical styles do the songs address? What were their musical influences? In what ways did their music change over the years? Why were the Beatles so popular and influential?

173 slots available
$110.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
University Hall Room 150, Berkeley

Going to Mars

Lawrence Kuznetz

From Earth to the stars: take a wild ride from mission control through the stratosphere on the space shuttle, with a quick stop at the International Space Station on the way to Mars and beyond.

27 slots available
$110.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley

Women and Opera

Alexandra Amati

In this class we will discuss issues surrounding women in society through the lens of four operas: Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Verdi’s Aïda, and Bizet’s Carmen.

221 slots available
$110.00

Wednesday, Starts June 6

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

1959: The Greatest Year in Jazz

Jeff Denson

Some argue that 1959 was the “greatest year in jazz” due to the number of groundbreaking albums made that year. This four-week course will discuss six of the most significant albums of 1959: Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue,” Dave Brubeck’s “Time Out,” Charles Mingus’ “Ah Um,” John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps,” Ornette Coleman’s “Shape of Jazz to Come” and Bill Evans’ “Portrait in Jazz.” We will examine what makes each of these recordings so unique in their sound, style and contributions to the music world.

117 slots available
$110.00
10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, Berkeley

Black, White, and Woman

Enrique Lima

Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth depict rich visions of womanhood at the beginning of the twentieth century. Set in radically different places—one in the black deep south and the other in New York society—and portraying fictional lives that would seem to have very little in common, these two novels nonetheless function as a kind of dialogue on the limits and possibilities available to women in this historical period. Hurston’s Janie Starks and Wharton’s Lily Bart, two of the most extraordinary women in American fiction, face their own kinds of oppression, yet both desire meaning and expression beyond the restrictions placed on them as women.

0 slots available
$110.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley

From the Tea Party to the Alt-Right

Lawrence Rosenthal

Fundamental to Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 election was the migration of the Republican Party’s right-wing populist base from the Tea Party to Trump’s anti-immigrant nationalism. This course analyzes the Tea Party’s strengths and its internal tensions. Trump’s presidential campaign and his administration successfully mined those tensions. Understanding the Trump movement and the alt-right will involve looking at the nature and varieties of populism and the circumstances—economic and cultural—that galvanized his base of support. We will also consider the Republican establishment’s movement from opposition to accommodation to Trump, his politics, and his style.

153 slots available
$110.00

Thursday, Starts June 7

10:00am - 12:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, 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 using solely your iPhone, gain inspiration to find your creative vision, and expand your technical knowledge. By the end of this workshop, you will have answers to your questions about the ins and outs of photography with your iPhone.

0 slots available
$110.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
University Hall Room 150, Berkeley

International History of Animation

Russell Merritt

When most of us were growing up, animation meant Disney, or Saturday mornings and super heroes. What swirled around us, barely noticed, were the brilliant international studios, and our own rich history of silent and avant-garde cartoons. In this course, we will be making up for lost time. We re-visit our best-known animation studios during their golden age: Disney, Fleischer, Warner Brothers, and UPA. But we'll be particularly interested in the alternatives to the American juggernaut, analyzing animation from Canada, Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Japan, and look at how new forms of animation – including digital – have responded to both political and artistic demands of avant-garde movements.

16 slots available
$110.00
1:00pm - 3:00pm
University Hall Room 41B, 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 using solely your iPhone, gain inspiration to find your creative vision, and expand your technical knowledge. By the end of this workshop, you will have answers to your questions about the ins and outs of photography with your iPhone.

0 slots available
$110.00