Life/Story: A Memoir Workshop

This workshop is for anyone interested in writing a memoir or short memoir-based pieces. We will discuss how to get started, keep the words flowing, zero in on a story, and rediscover the forgotten. We will also explore ways to shape a narrative, invest a story with drama, humor, and suspense, and enhance the narrative with dialogue, descriptive details, and vivid language. Classes will include writing activities and discussion of your work.

$225.00
University Hall Room 41C
Berkeley

Animals in Literature

Gain a deeper awareness of how humans have made use of other animals — in thought and art, metaphor and satire — to understand ourselves. Increasingly science tells us that animals are far more like us than we thought, yet many species are disappearing. What is it to be human? What do we truly share with our fellow creatures? Why have we always been drawn to them and made them a part of our mental lives and creative expression.

$185.00
University Hall Room 41B
Berkeley

The Dangerous Media Landscape

Today’s media landscape is dangerous territory. Hoaxes, “clickbait” headlines, and opinion that passes for news are creating confusion, punching holes in the truth, and leading us to doubt everything branded as “news.” Hyper-partisan blogs generate more traffic on social media than real news sites. We will look at the phenomenal rise of fake news, who writes it, why people believe it, and its consequences.

$145.00
David Brower Center
Berkeley

The Search for Earth-like Planets

The number of likely exoplanets has grown from zero in 1990 to over 5,000 in 2017. Survey the types of exoplanets, from hot Jupiters to super-Earths; how they form; how we detect them and what we can observe; what their climates may be; what “habitable” means and which exoplanets are possibly habitable; and what the histories of Earth, Mars, and Venus tell us about possible Earthlike planets elsewhere.

$145.00
University Hall Room 150
Berkeley

Imperial China

This course will offer a comprehensive survey of Imperial Chinese history and culture, from the First Empire of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 BCE 220 CE), through the Late Imperial China of the Ming (1368– 1644 CE) and Qing (Ch’ing, 1644–1800 CE) Dynasties. We will compare government, foreign relations, economics, and society and culture across all these periods.

$185.00
University Hall Room 41B
Berkeley

Our Brains: Molecules to Memory

This course will describe the activities of nerve cells and how drugs or disease alter their functioning. We will discuss the organization of neuronal networks that serve major mechanisms, such as hearing and memory. We will introduce each lecture with a basic neuroscience topic, then discuss related clinical concepts. This course will contain a mix of new topics and topics covered in Ralston’s previous classes.

$145.00
David Brower Center
Berkeley

Joy of Singing

Prepare your body, brain, and voice to sing with ease, expressiveness, and projection. Learn four traditional rounds and five part-songs by ear, plus choral skills such as legato, staccato, fermata, ritard, timbre, and head and chest voice. More experienced participants may sing in trios or anchor their sections. We will perform for invited guests during the last class. Open to all levels.

$145.00
University Hall Room 150
Berkeley

The Fab Four and Rolling Stones, 1962–70

In 1964, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones came, saw, and conquered the United States. We often forget that they took an American art form — rock and roll — and showed us how it could be done. Examine six phases in the history of each band, exploring how these young Brits parlayed their obsession with American music into untold fame and fortune. Look closely at why one band lasted seven years, while the other has lasted 54 years.

$145.00
Lafayette Library and Learning Center - Community Hall
Lafayette

The Golden Age of Russian Culture

The Golden Age of Russian culture embraced most of the 19th century. Explore the intertwining of literature, music, art, and folklore within the context of historical and cultural factors, such as the quest for national identity, a peculiar amalgam of aristocratic and peasant culture, and the Russian value system and mentality. Meet the poet Pushkin, composer Glinka, painter Levitan, and other lesser-known artists.

$145.00
Lafayette Library and Learning Center - Community Hall
Lafayette

California Election 2018

Political campaigns use a variety of strategies to move voters in a desired direction, including direct mail, commercials, rallies, and social media. Explore what goes into designing a ballot measure or candidate campaign. Review California’s gubernatorial candidates and the challenges facing each hopeful. We will occasionally divide into opposing campaign staffs on specific issues so everyone will have a chance to be a political strategist.

$145.00
Lafayette Library and Learning Center - Community Hall
Lafayette

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