Wednesday, December 15

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Dr. Deborah Gold on COVID: Your Questions Answered

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Please join us on Wednesday, December 15, from 2-3 PM (PT), for a Q&A with Dr. Deborah Gold, a retired infectious disease specialist, who will answer your questions about the current state of the pandemic in light of what we know — and have yet to learn — about the Omicron variant. Dr. Gold most recently served as Chief of Service for Infectious Disease at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco and currently briefs medical providers across the country on the latest insights into the pandemic. She has been an invaluable resource for the OLLI community as well. RSVP here to attend. We encourage you to submit your questions in advance here.

Tuesday, January 18

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Winter Term Begins

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We're delighted to offer a roster of nearly 20 in-person and online weekly courses starting January 18, including explorations of climate change, race and European art, American opera, the Kennedy dynasty, high modernist poetry, China and India, the Fab Four and the Stones, and much (much) more. No grades. No tests. No prerequisites (aside from an OLLI @Berkeley membership.) Just learning for the love of learning. View all of our courses and register. 

Friday, January 28

10:30am - 11:30am

Town Hall on Understanding Others: Charting a Better Path to Diversity and Social Justice

OLLI members and campus colleagues are invited to join us on Friday, January 28, at 10:30 AM (PT), for important conversation about how we as individuals, as communities and as a society can chart a better path to diversity and social justice. The panel discussion will be moderated by Berkeley professor Darren Zook. RSVP to attend.

Friday, February 4

10:30am - 11:30am

Zach Norris on Defund Fear: Safety without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment

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Join us on Friday, February 4, at 10:30 AM (PT) for a conversation with community leader and lawyer Zach Norris, who will lay out a radical way to shift the conversation about public safety away from fear and punishment toward growth and support systems for our families and communities. Norris is the Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which creates campaigns related to civic engagement, juvenile justice, and police brutality, shifting economic resources away from prisons and punishment and towards economic opportunity. This online event is free and open to all. RSVP to attend.

Friday, February 11

10:30am - 11:30am

Robert Full on Bio-Inspired Design: Compressed Cockroaches, Gliding Geckos, and Smart Squirrels

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As human technologies take on more of the characteristics of nature, nature becomes a better teacher. The field of Biologically Inspired Design is becoming a leading paradigm for the development of new technologies. Geckos climbing with hairy toes has resulted in new adhesives. Insects running and squishing through cracks led to new search-and-rescue robots, as well as inspiration for children’s movies such as Pixar's A Bug’s Life. Join us on Friday, February 11, at 10:30 AM (PT) for a fascinating presentation by Berkeley professor Robert Full, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Integrative Biology, who will reveal how a diverse set of minds is required to invent the future. This online event is free and open to all. RSVP to attend.

Friday, February 18

10:30am - 11:30am

Abdi Sultani on Voter Suppression

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Please join us on Friday, February 18, at 10:30 AM (PT) for a presentation by Abdi Soltani, Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California, who will discuss the attacks on voting rights nationwide as states pass voter suppression laws. These laws lead to significant burdens for eligible voters trying to exercise their most fundamental constitutional right. Soltani is a nationally-recognized civil rights leader who has dedicated his adult life to social justice and equal treatment for all. This online event is free and open to all. RSVP to attend.

Friday, February 25

10:30am - 11:30am

Emerson Sykes on Bans on Inclusive Education and How to Fight Them: A First Amendment Litigator's Perspective

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The ACLU is actively considering litigation challenging bans on inclusive education that have been introduced or adopted in dozens of states and localities. These laws and policies claim to target "critical race theory," but their implications are far broader than any particular scholarly discipline or school of thought. On their face, and as applied by local officials, many bans on inclusive education violate the First Amendment. Join us on Friday, February 25, at 10:30 AM (PT) for a presentation by Emerson Skyes, attorney with the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, who will discuss how to fight bans on inclusive education. This online event is free and open to all. RSVP to attend.