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Speaker Series events are held at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St. Berkeley. 

General admission is $10; free to OLLI @Berkeley members and UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students.

Wednesday, February 14

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Beyond Crisis Liberalism: How We Can Tackle Extreme Inequality

California is remarkably prosperous. Yet most of us are stuck. How can we inspire the change we need to ensure renewed economic progress? How can we finally end racial economic exclusion? Who will lead us forward?  

Wednesday, February 21

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Why Is the Information Revolution So Scary?

Does the truth matter anymore? For the past several years — but especially since the 2016 US presidential election — Russian hackers, the mainstream media, social media platforms, conspiracy theorists, Twitter bots, U.S.

Wednesday, February 28

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Who Names the Public Space?

Tony Platt, Distinguished Affiliated Scholar with Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC Berkeley

Wednesday, October 4

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Supreme Court 2017

Marshall Krause and Roy Ulrich will discuss the Supreme Court's 2017 term, including the ramifications of Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the court.

Wednesday, October 11

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Litquake with OLLI faculty writers:

Louise Nayer
Elizabeth Fishel
Jannie Dresser
Tamim Ansary
Darren Zook

Wednesday, October 18

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

President Putin and President Trump

How did the US-Russian relationship come to such a low point? What can we expect from the relationship between presidents Putin and Trump?

Wednesday, October 25

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The Energy Grid of the Future

Dan Kammen is a Professor and Chair of of the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley and is a professor in the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. Dr.