Who Names the Public Space?

From Confederate memorials to Berkeley's Boalt Hall, culture wars are being fought. We need to take a stand, but what stand? 

Tony Platt has taught for OLLI,  the University of Chicago, Cal state universities, and UC Berkeley. He is at work on his twelfth book, Beyond These Walls: A Genealogy of American Injustice, for St. Martin's Press. Currently he is a Distinguished Affiliated Scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for the Study of Law & Society. 

$10 for the general public. Free for OLLI members and UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.

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. intelligence agencies, and unscrupulous businesses have all been blamed for polluting our information sources with fake news and deceptive information. Anyone can publish anything — sometimes influencing elections, entrapping minors, setting off international crises — and often making money on the side (through advertising).

Last Stands? Art, Memory, and Public Space 

For decades, a painting of Custer’s defeat at Little Big Horn has been on display at the Veterans’ Memorial Building in downtown Oakland. Does the painting glorify genocidal 19-century domestic policies, depict the comeuppance of an arrogant US general at the hands of Lakota warriors... or both? Can we broaden the public sphere to include a contextual read from many vantage points of the painting? How can we continue to learn from local examples about how our different cultures are represented and perceived?

Panel discussion with:

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?  

Mark Gomez is the founder of the Leap Forward Project at the Haas Institute for a Inclusive Society. He was the chief strategist for the unprecedented gains of Silicon Valley janitors and an innovative communicator with SOL, California Latino civic engagement group.


Standing on Sacred Ground

Why are sacred places important to indigenous people? What do the values and worldviews of aboriginal cultures hold as lessons for Western society in times of ecological collapse? How can each of us deepen our connection to nature in an authentic way? Filmmaker Christopher McLeod has spent 40 years collaborating with native people to document conflicts over sacred places. His films explore the relationship between nature and culture, how individuals of all cultures yearn for spiritual connection to nature, how mining, dams, climate change, New Age appropriation and Christian evangelism conflict with native spiritual practices. We will view McLeod’s films In the Light of Reverence (2001), the four-part Standing on Sacred Ground series (2013), and his new film Guardians of the Sacred (2017) in six sessions with Native American guests. http://sacredland.org

David Brower Center

Lafayette Info Session

Meet Lafayette faculty and OLLI members and learn about the courses and workshops offered in Lafayette! 

Includes a free talk by Dr. Margaret Race of SETI "Astrobiology and our Place in the Universe (It's NOT What You Learned in Textbooks!)"

Berkeley Info Session

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

Doors open at 9:30 a.m., program begins at 10:00 a.m. No need to RSVP!

The following faculty members are scheduled to present:
George Breslauer
John Campion
Pete Elman
Michael Fox
Dorothy Gilbert
Chuck McFadden
Toby McLeod
Margaret Race
Peter Ralston
Caroline Smadja
Warren Wiscombe
Darren Zook

Pen and Ink Fundamentals

This session will rely on drawing and sketching as you provide the unique creative approach to the medium. Learn techniques for effectively working with pen, brush, and inks. Subjects will range from still life to working from photos. Topics will include loose sketching, contrast, texturing, hatching techniques, composition, and illustration. All skill levels welcome.

UC Berkeley Art Studio

The Rise and Fall of World Communism in the 20th Century

The rise and fall of world communism was one of the great dramas of the 20th century---born in wars (World War I, World II, Cold War), offering an alternative modernity to that of the capitalist world, and ultimately succumbing to the pressures of Cold War, capitalist globalization, over-bureaucratization, and popular disaffection. The result was either systemic collapse (the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe) or a fundamental alteration of key features of the communist system (China, Vietnam). Beyond that, a few hangers-on remain: North Korea, Laos, and Cuba, while many non-ruling communist parties have transformed themselves in either a more-radical or more social-democratic direction.

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse


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