Tuesday, September 3

10:00am - 12:00pm

Berkeley Info Session

Learn more about OLLI's courses, lectures, and social programming and hear directly from many faculty about the courses and workshops they will be teaching.


Thursday, September 5

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Lafayette Info Session

Learn more about OLLI's courses, lectures, and social programming and hear directly from faculty about the courses and workshops they will be teaching in Lafayette.

Tuesday, September 17

8:30am - 6:30pm

2019 Aging Research and Technology Summit: Disrupting Neurodegenerative Diseases

The ART Summit will present innovative research, interventions and technology solutions that are emerging to address the challenges of a wide array of neurodegenerative diseases. The goal of the Summit is to promote and present cutting edge research and technology innovation from across UC Berkeley and our sister UC campuses, showcasing advances that will disrupt the way individuals, clinicians, providers, and society addresses the impact of diverse neurodegenerative diseases. At the same time, the Summit will expose students and key stakeholders alike to innovative, scientific, evidenced-based research into lifestyle factors that have been shown to be effective in postponing the onset of dementia.

Wednesday, September 25

12:30pm - 1:30pm

The Economic Damage of Future and Past Climate Change

Max Auffhammer

We know the climate has changed. Berkeley's average temperature has increased by 2.8 degrees Fahrenheit since 1960. And temperatures are projected to increase significantly by the end of this century. But the big question is what does this mean to humans and the natural systems they depend on? Economists over the past decade have worked hard at calculating how big the damages from climate change will be and what it will cost to avoid the worst consequences. This talk will provide an animated overview of what we know and what we don't know.

Wednesday, October 2

12:30pm - 1:30pm

The Populist Temptation: Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era

Barry Eichengreen

Populism of the right and left is on the rise in the United States and Europe. The impulse reached its height in the United States with the election of Trump and has been a force in Europe ever since the Great Recession sent the European economy into a prolonged tailspin. Professor Eichengreen will discuss the global resurgence of populism today. He will address questions such as: How do downturns give rise to populist movements? Why does populism degenerate into demagoguery and xenophobia? Professor Eichengreen will also share his proposals on ways to control the corrosive political and economic impacts of populism.

Friday, October 11

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Words Over Time: An Intergenerational Dialog Event about Climate Change

Darren Zook

Facilitated by Darren Zook, the dialog will bring multiple generations together to discuss the critical topic of climate change. Often described as an issue of intergenerational justice, climate change is frequently framed by the idea that present generations have duties toward those in the future. This makes it a perfect topic for intergenerational dialog about the impact of mitigation vs. adaptation for people at all levels of the socioeconomic spectrum and the balance of current and future resource needs. This event offers a platform to initiate civil, reflective, and meaningful conversation across the chronological divide and across the social and political landscape.

Wednesday, October 16

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Lies about Migrants: Immigration Policy in a Time of Post-Truth Politics,

Beverly Crawford

Many authoritative opinion polls in both the U.S. and Europe show a grossly misinformed public on the issue of immigration. Numerous studies demonstrate that anti-immigrant voter attitudes and economic and security concerns about immigration are not based on personal experience and are not driven by facts.  I argue that misinformation, exaggeration, distortion of facts, and fabricated content—all bolstering false narratives about migrants—are important factors explaining  the politics surrounding immigration policy in both Europe and in the U.S.

Wednesday, October 23

12:30pm - 1:30pm

A Transitional Time in the Supreme Court

Erwin Chemerinsky

It is a new Supreme Court with Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.   What have we seen so far?  What should we expect in what looks to be a blockbuster October 2019 term?

Wednesday, October 30

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Fuel for Thought: Deconstructing Alzheimer’s to Find the Road to Remember

Ed Blonz

Cognitive decline, such as with Alzheimer’s disease, is among the most-feared aspects of aging.  Researchers tend to echo the sentiment that we have yet to understand its cause or how to treat this condition effectively.   This informative and optimistic presentation reviews the statistics and the science, then deconstructs the evidence-based origins of the Alzheimer’s disease process.  What’s revealed is how the coveted “road to remember” is within our grasp, and the considerations to help us understand how to resist that ominous decline.

Wednesday, April 10

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Curing Cancer by Mobilizing Your Natural Immune Defenses: The Revolution in Cancer Immunotherapy

David Raulet

The last 8 years have seen a revolution in approved cancer treatments, based on the development of medicines that arouse our immune systems to attack and eliminate our own cancer cells. These breakthroughs in immunotherapy of cancer were based on a deep understanding of the immune system itself, coupled with the first direct evidence that immune responses that attack human cancers occur naturally, albeit weakly. The treatments amplify natural immune responses against cancer, and are effective in some types of cancer, leading effectively to cures in many patients. They are less effective or not effective in many other types of cancer. The success has galvanized major new efforts by researchers and drug companies alike to develop complementary and more broadly effective medications to treat other types of cancer. The talk will describe how these medicines work, their current limitations, and the prospects for novel and more effective immunotherapy approaches, including those based on research in the speaker’s laboratory.

OLLI @Berkeley Speaker Series events are free to current OLLI members and UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students; $10 general admission.  Registration is not required.

Wednesday, April 17

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Weaving a Dialogue Between Science and Religion and Spirituality

David Presti

Weaving a Dialogue Between Science and Spirituality
There is widespread agreement that the nature of mind is among the greatest mysteries in contemporary science: who are we as conscious beings and how do we relate to the physical world we find ourselves in? How does our mind / consciousness relate to our brain and body? Questions concerning the nature of mind can easily evoke associations to spirit and soul, and the many emotional reactions people may have in response to these notions. This can bring us close to what is often considered the domain of religion (and apparently outside the domain of science), a proximity that can be disturbing to some. I argue that the science of mind is poised at a revolutionary turning point, with profound implications for an evolving dialogue between science and spiritual / religious traditions. Indeed, I view this evolving dialogue as perhaps the major challenge of our present era.


OLLI @Berkeley Speaker Series events are free to current OLLI members and UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students; $10 general admission.  Registration is not required.

Wednesday, April 24

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States

Tony Platt

The injustices of the American criminal justice system are blatant, confirming the common sense prejudice that poor people are the most criminal, the most dangerous, the most deserving of social exclusion and persistent distrust. Under the Trump administration, law and order policies have intensified, but they have a long, bipartisan history. Drawing upon his latest book, Beyond These Walls: Rethinking Crime and Punishment in the United States, Tony Platt also explores the long history of efforts by reformers and activists to change the inequities that permeate policing, courts, and prisons. They have mostly failed, and in some cases resulted in the expansion of the net of social control. We need bold new ideas and a strategic vision of what it will take to achieve justice for all in this era of authoritarian disorder.

OLLI @Berkeley Speaker Series events are free to current OLLI members and UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students; $10 general admission.  Registration is not required.

Wednesday, May 1

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Berkeley 2050

Kira Stoll,David Wooley

Climate change is a pressing and urgent global issue and a challenge that needs planet and human focused solutions. Join UC Berkeley’s Director of Sustainability and UC Berkeley’s Executive Director, Center for Environmental Public Policy, for a lively discussion highlighting policy and implementation action happening in the state, bay area cities, and the UC system to reduce carbon emissions.

The state has signed into law numerous policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emission from buildings, industrial processes, vehicles, agricultural and solid waste management, electric power and fossil fuel production and freight transport.  Those policies are continuously evolving to reflect change in technology, markets and public opinion In similar suit, UC Berkeley and the UC system have pledged to be carbon neutral from building and fleet energy use by 2025 and from transportation and other sources by 2050. The presenters will cover what is underway in green building, energy efficiency, clean electricity, resource management, and behavior-based programs, and how these can help meet these ambitious but achievable goals.

OLLI @Berkeley Speaker Series events are free to current OLLI members and UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students; $10 general admission.  Registration is not required.

Wednesday, May 8

12:30pm - 1:30pm

2019 Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award Honoring Linda Rugg

Linda Rugg will be this year's recipient of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's Excellence in Teaching and Learning award. This award is given annually to a UC Berkeley faculty member who teaches at OLLI and who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to engaged learning, both in the classroom and in the world outside the university.

Wednesday, May 15

10:30am - 12:00pm

Fourth Age Salon- Remembering, Aging and the Brain

Don McKay

This talk will discuss REMEMBERING, my recently published book, and answer questions about memory and the aging brain. Central to REMEMBERING is H.M., an ordinary man who devoted his life to helping scientists understand his amnesia, trusting in their promise that what they learned about him would “help others.” REMEMBERING fulfills that promise for readers wishing to maintain the everyday functioning of memory, mind and brain (their own or others’). It also reveals the profound importance of memory for all that makes a normal human mind and brain worth having: creative expression, artistic endeavors, awareness, the ability to plan, comprehend sentences, appreciate humor, imagine hypothetical situations, and perceive novelty in the world.