Transforming Elderhood

This talk is free and open to all current OLLI members.

The Fourth Age Salon is an ongoing program for OLLI members who are 75 years and older. Facilitated by OLLI Director Susan Hoffman, the Salon offers members a chance to hear a thought leader, meet each other and discuss their preferences for learning new ideas.

Remainders of Communism: China, Vietnam, North Korea, and Cuba in a Post-Communist World

The four surviving communist regimes are very different from each other, in both their domestic and foreign relations. Looking to the future,what are their prospects?  And what are the implications for US foreign policy?

George Breslauer is a Professor of Political Science, and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost emeritus, UC Berkeley. Author or editor of twelve books on Soviet, Russian, and communist politics and foreign relations. Award-winning instructor.

RSVP not Required!

The Seven Percent Solution: Costing and Financing Universal Health Coverage in California

As of 2017, California’s uninsured rate stands at just over 7 percent. Moving towards universal health coverage in California for the 3.72 million projected to be uninsured in 2020, of which about 1.5 million are undocumented, is a significant challenge but has considerable benefits. Universal coverage will allow all Californians to have improved access to care so they can prevent and treat illnesses that can be passed on to others. While most Californians support universal coverage, there remain reservations about the cost of doing so.

The New Global Politics of Waste

This lecture addresses how wastes have become globalized, but also how one decision - such as China's decision not to import paper and plastic scrap - can affect all of us right down to weekly decisions about taking out the trash.

Kate O"Neill is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley, teaching and working on global environmental politics and the global politics of waste.

Words Over Time: An Intergenerational Dialogue Event about Educational Funding and Student Debt

We rarely think of diversity in chronological terms, yet the phenomenon known as ageism involves stereotypes and misunderstandings that affect young and older adults. Words Over Time: An Intergenerational Dialogue seeks to address ageism through a dialogue between OLLI members and UC Berkeley undergraduates. 

What Economists Know About Important Policy Issues - ONLINE ONLY

This course can be viewed each week beginning January 31. The links to the video will post in Course Materials on Fridays at 5:00pm, the week after the in-person class meeting. The links will remain available until 03/13/2020.   

Economics plays a central role in the functioning of every aspect of society, and is expressed through the actions of governments at all levels. This course will address a set of prominent policy issues in which economics is at the core, their origins as policy matters, underlying data and evidence, and policy levers. The focus will be on what the economics profession collectively understands to be true about the issue, not specific policy solutions.

$120.00
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The Nordic Lands: Politics, Society, and Culture - ONLINE ONLY

This course can be viewed each week beginning January 31. The links to the video will post in Course Materials on Fridays at 5:00pm, the week after the in-person class meeting. The links will remain available until 03/13/2020.   

The Nordic lands have always followed something of a separate path from the rest of Europe, but aside from a few general reference points — the Vikings, Abba, and the much-vaunted but largely misunderstood “Nordic model” welfare state — much of what makes the Nordic lands what they are remains largely unknown. This course will explore what links all of the Nordic lands — Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland — and what makes each its own unique thing.

$120.00
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Strategy and Foreign Policy: The Use (and Misuse) of the American Military

The U.S. military has been used (and misused) for the last 75 years as a foreign policy cudgel in an uneven and often inexplicable fashion. The results are embarrassing – the world’s most powerful military has not won a war in 75 years, has destroyed numerous societal systems, created millions of displaced refugees, and spawned disdain for our policies along with creating numerous enemies. We will look at case studies of American foreign policy fiascos which have eroded the image and reputation of America around the world.

$155.00

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