Tuesday, February 7

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Vital Aging Salon with Artist Rita Blitt

Led by Sara Orem, PhD, OLLI @Berkeley's Vital Aging program offers two monthly gatherings — an online discussion group and an in-person Salon — that bring members together in community to discuss issues of particular significance to older adults. This month's Tuesday Salon features a conversation with renowned painter, sculptor and film collaborator Rita Blitt. International cellist and professor Yehuda Hanani said, "Rita Blitt's art and life are inseparable. Every gesture, in both, is borne on the wings of spontaneous responses unfettered by self-consciousness and guided by childlike purity and trust, immediacy, and an unshakable belief in ultimate goodness." Vital Aging is for OLLI @Berkeley members only. The links to join are posted in Member Dashboards and shared in member emails. 

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Your Story, Published? An OLLI @Berkeley Member Meetup

Meet three memorists whose OLLI @Berkeley writing classes led to successful book publications. Who are they? How’d they do it? What are their tips and strategies? Learn from — and be inspired by — Vivian Pisano, Anna Rabkin and Karen Grassle on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 3:30 PM (PT). This event is for OLLI @Berkeley members only. The link to RSVP is posted in Member Dashboards and digital communications.

Member Meetups bring OLLI members together to explore shared interests, meet new people and find community over an array of lively topics. Meetups are proposed and led by members.

Friday, February 10

10:30am - 11:30am

We the People: Law and Justice in Contemporary America

Sepia-toned image of a protest sign that reads, "No Justice. No Peace."

Over the past few years there has been a growing sense of concern about the US Constitution and its ability to withstand challenges from both lawmakers and the courts themselves. There is also a sense of crisis about everything from the rule of law to criminal justice reform. Join Berkeley professor Darren Zook for an OLLI @Berkeley Town Hall which will explore these issues at both the local and the national level. This event is for OLLI @Berkeley members only. The link to RSVP is posted in Member Dashboards and communications.

Monday, February 13

12:00am - 11:55pm

Spring Registration Opens

Spring registration opens on Monday, Feb. 13, which is when you'll be able to view our upcoming courses online and sign up. In the meantime, we encourage you to browse through our brochure and start making plans. A new season of discovery and exploration awaits! Spring classes start the week of April 3.


Friday, February 24

10:30am - 11:30am

Ebony Visions and Cowrie Shell Dreams: A Journey Through the World of Black Children's Literature with Daphne Muse

Please join us for a historical reflection on the classics in Black children's literature on Friday, Feb. 24, 10:30–11:30 AM (PT) with the incomparable Daphne Muse, a writer, activist, educator, social commentator, cultural broker and the Inaugural Elder in Residence at the Black Studies Collaboratory in Abolitionist Democracy in the Department of African American Studies at Berkeley. Muse will be introduced by devorah major, a writer, poet, and spoken word artist. Muse's talk is part of our America's Unfinished Work series, featuring influential figures engaged in the examination and eradication of systemic racism to create a more humane, just and equal society. This online event is free and open to all. 


Friday, February 24

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Curator-Led Tour of BAMPFA Exhibit "Endless Knot: Struggle and Healing in the Buddhist World"

Image of work shown in Endless Knot

Explore how artists and practitioners across two millennia have understood and utilized one of the core tenets of Buddhism on a curator-led tour of BAMPFA's exhibit, "Endless Knot: Struggle and Healing in the Buddhist World" on Friday, Feb. 24, 2:30–3:30 PM. The tour is organized by OLLI @Berkeley's Member Services Committee and will be led by guest-curator Dr. Rosaline Kyo. Space is limited to the first 20 OLLI members who RSVP. The museum admission is $8 per person, payable at the door. However, there is no charge if you are a current BAMPFA member. Sign-up information will be shared in member-only emails.