Who Are You?: Racial Classification and the Census

How are individuals and groups racially classified, what are the meanings attached to different racial categories, and what impact do these categories have on a range of policies and practices? Taking the U.S. Census as a site of racial classification, we'll examine shifting state definitions of race and how individuals and groups assert, embrace, reject, and negotiate different racial categories and identities.

Reimagining Labor Law

Transformation of work through the gig economy and through the decline of unions presents unprecedented challenges for regulating work for the common good. But it also presents opportunities for a fresh start. This lecture will examine some of the recent radical changes in the law of the workplace in California and nationwide.

The Color of Law

A forgotten history of how our government segregated America.

Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He lives in California, where is a Fellow of the Haas Institute at the University of California–Berkeley.

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

Lafayette Info Session

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

Featured speaker: Richard Walker, professor emeritus of geography at UC Berkeley and Director of the Living New Deal project, on "California Water Wars in the Age of Climate Change."

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!


Please note that instructors whose courses are fully enrolled will not present, and some faculty members may have schedule conflicts.

Country Music

Focusing on Nashville, California, and Texas, this course will take us on a regional, chronological, and musical journey through the eras and places that have made country music a huge part of 20th-century American culture. The final class will feature an overview of the country song and an in-depth musical analysis of why country music is so emotional.


The Silver Age of Russian Culture

Russian culture at the turn of the 20th century was a dynamic period of experimentation and discoveries in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Explore such brilliant artistic talents as the poetry of Blok, Akhmatova, and Mayakovsky; the music of Stravinsky and Scriabin; Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes;” and the paintings of Bakst, Roerich, and Malevich. We will also discuss how the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 impacted the arts and the lives of writers, musicians, and artists.


Our Brains: Molecules to Memory. Part 2

Learn about neuronal networks and how they are organized in the human brain. Each lecture will begin with an introduction to a basic neuroscience topic, followed by a discussion of related clinical concepts. We will also cover the use of modern technologies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), that reveal both functioning of the normal brain and changes due to disease or injury. There is no prerequisite.


Building A Great Memoir

Uncover potent moments from your past through the basic elements of memoir: sensory detail, scene versus summary, dialogue, time shifts, tension, and voice. Read great memoirists to get started. Do in-class exercises and work with peers. Hand in weekly pages for comprehensive instructor feedback. Leave the class with a body of writing.



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