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

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.


Learn how to expertly capture images, edit, and create extraordinary 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 understand the ins and outs of iPhone photography.


2019 Aging Research and Technology Summit: Disrupting Neurodegenerative Diseases

The theme of this year’s summit was “Disrupting Neurodegenerative Diseases.” Hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and several other UC Berkeley campus partners, it showcased emerging findings and novel innovations as well as fostered a robust cross-pollination of ideas and voices — interdisciplinary collaboration rarely seen at such conferences.

Words Over Time: An Intergenerational Dialog Event about Climate Change**FULL**

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.

Great Dancers and Choreographers

**NOTE** Final class meeting on 11/07

Learn how great dancers and choreographers transform the arts and our view of the world. In this class, we will consider dancers such as Rudolf Nureyev; Broadway and film legends such as Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Agnes DeMille; and choreographers such as Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp. We will also consider leading dance artists of today, including Antonio Gades, Robert Battle, Michelle Dorrance, Cathy Marston, Suzanne Farrell, Wendy Whelan, and Misty Copeland.


Autobiography: De/constructing the Self

**NOTE** Final class meeting on 11/07

We all have stories to tell, but how do we tell them? In an age of selfies, do audiences assume there is such a thing as authenticity? What does or could autobiography mean in the post-modern world? These are some of the questions we will explore through readings and class discussions as we work towards writing our own autobiographies.


The Golden Age of San Francisco Rock

**NOTE** Final class meeting on 11/07

In the mid-to-late 1960s, the San Francisco Bay Area exploded with psychedelic rock that captured the imagination of the world, creating legendary music that endures and influences popular culture to this day. The San Francisco Sound will be explored in depth via common and rare audio recordings by greats like Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and Santana. We'll also investigate how the Bay Area's counterculture created a scene in which experimental and idiosyncratic rock music could flower.


The Book of Exodus: Up from Slavery

Exodus is the story of the emergence of Israel as a people with a history and law. We will examine this foundational epic with an eye to the historical, literary, and ritual concerns in the texts. We will explore the significance of Moses, the Passover, the desert trek, and the Ten Commandments; examine Exodus as a model for Israelite pilgrimages to the Jerusalem Temple, and analyze its influence on the stories of Jesus' last days in Jerusalem.  The course finishes with a reading of A Different Drummer, by William Melvin Kelley.


Social Media Risks

**NOTE** Final class meeting on 11/05 will be held in the Arts & Science Center and NOT in Community Hall.

Social media are compatible with authoritarianism, and indeed are proving to be among its most effective enablers. The “echo chamber” creates the perfect environment for the spread of fake news, conspiracy theories, and rumors. As troubling as the implications of social media's pathologies may be, there can be no hope of meaningful reform unless we address them squarely.



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