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April 2017 
Message from the Director
susan hoffman Thank you! When we conducted our annual Member Survey last month, we learned that 97% of respondents were satisfied with their experience at OLLI. We are truly honored by this vote of confidence.

We also saw that 75% of you would recommend OLLI to a friend... and 62% of our new members first heard about OLLI from a friend. So thank you, also, for these recommendations. We are grateful for everything you do to help build our community of learners.

Susan Hoffman 

Summer Registration Now Open

Summer courses run from June 6 through June 29 in Berkeley. You can view course descriptions by clicking on the links below, and sign up online or by phone (510.642.9934).

Alexandra Amati-Camperi: Summer Operas
Greg Choy: Space and Place in Asian American Literature
Beverly Crawford: Fake News or Real News: How to Tell the Difference?

Faculty Profile: Joseph Grodin

Jennifer Monahan, OLLI Staff

Joseph Grodin, former California Supreme Court justice and professor emeritus at UC Hastings College of the Law, will be teaching a course this summer on "California's Response."  It's simply not possible to summarize a 60-year legal career in a short interview, but you can learn more in a video created by UC Hastings to celebrate his career.
You have had a very impressive career. Could you share a few highlights with us?
I earned my law degree at Yale, then did a stint at the London School of Economics, where I earned a Ph.D. I practiced law for 17 years -mostly labor law, representing various unions - then began to teach at UC Hastings College of the Law. While I was teaching, I was appointed by Jerry Brown to the newly-formed California Agricultural Labor Relations Board. In 1979, I was appointed to the California Court of Appeal. I later served on the California Supreme Court until 1987, when I lost my seat along with Rose Bird and Cruz Reynoso during a retention election in which we were accused of being insufficiently enthusiastic about the death penalty. I went back to teaching at Hastings -primarily constitutional law and labor law - and became interested in writing about the California Constitution.  I published a book on the California Constitution, now in its second edition, and I also wrote a number of articles, in particular on the notion of independent state grounds, which is the independent role that state constitutions may play in the protection of individual rights.
I retired from UC Hastings and became emeritus eight or nine years ago, but I continue to teach a course on constitutional law with Marsha Berzon of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
How has the conversation around "states' rights" and the limits of federal power shifted since the November election?
With the election, the ground has shifted in terms of federal-state relations. In the past, the liberal position tended to favor federal power over state power. There were exceptions to that trend, such as a favorable view towards states enacting stricter environmental standards. But when it comes to things like discrimination law, liberals have tended to favor federal power over state. Arguments about states' rights tend to come from conservatives defending against federal authority. But now that ground has shifted, and liberals are arguing in favor of states' rights on issues like protecting immigrants against federal authority. We're currently exploring new territory: how California law might protect citizens against what the federal government might want to do.
Given the policies of the Trump administration, what is the most pressing issue facing California? What steps, if any, can be taken?
Immigration policy is one area of concern, with the question of whether California cities and counties can protect themselves with sanctuary city statutes. This is one of a host of areas in which the Trump administration can use the power of the purse against states or other localities that don't toe the line, but there are legal arguments to be made about the limits of their authority to do so.
There are also going to be battles over alternative schools: areas where California policies around public education and alternative education may not align with federal policies.
There will be battles fought over environmental policies, for instance California's EPA waiver which allows us to establish higher emissions standards.
In the end the federal government holds most of the cards and can tear down a lot of what the state has put up. But meanwhile we're going to man the barricades.
And if the US Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade tomorrow, we still have precedent under the California constitution to protect the right to choose. If the SCOTUS were to dilute protections for same-sex marriage or gender equality, the California Constitution is available to fill in the gap.

Faculty News

Dayna Barnes has recently published a book, Architects of Occupation: American Experts and Planning for Postwar Japan. Join her for a book launch and lecture at the University of San Francisco on Tuesday, May 2. More information

Pierluigi Serraino was recently interviewed by KQED for an episode of their "Bay Curious" series featuring the eye-catching "Flintstone House" visible from Highway 280.  https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/03/16/whats-that-thing-off-280-the-flintstone-house/

Professor Alex Saragoza 
will be this year's recipient of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's Excellence in Teaching and Learning award.  The recognition event will be on Wednesday, May 3, from 12:30-1:30 at Freight and Salvage.  All are welcome.  The OLLI Award is given to UC Berkeley faculty who teach at OLLI and  who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to engaged learning in their classroom and in the world outside the University.  As an emeriti professor in Chicano/Latino Studies, Alex Saragoza has exemplified this commitment in his teaching, leading international travel programs, research on cultural tourism, and involveme nt in film projects on Mexican history.
Last year's recipient was Professor Daniel Kammen who is professor of Energy and Resources and shares a joint appointment in the Goldman School of Public Policy and serves as an energy expert in the US State Department.

New Faces at OLLI: Jessica Lopez

Jessica Lopez Jessica Lopez, Classroom Coordinator, comes to OLLI @Berkeley with event management and audio-visual experience from her role as a Facility Services Operator at UC Santa Barbara. Her experience in hospitality and full-service event management is only paralleled by the excitement, passion, and high level of customer service she extends to both colleagues and OLLI members. Jessica is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara where she received her BA in Sociology and Political Science. Jessica enjoys traveling, stop motion video production and live music.

Spring Speaker Series: Learning from Legends

Celebrate local legends of the Fourth Age (80 and above) who continue to lead their diverse disciplines. In conversation with Margaret Jenkins of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company.

April 12
Bill Somerville, philanthropist

April 19
Bella Feldman, artist and sculptor

April 26
Narsai David, food and wine critic

All talks are held from 12;30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison Street in Berkeley. $10 for the general public; free for OLLI Berkeley members and UC Berkeley faculty, staff and students. 

Lafayette Library and Learning Center:
Distinguished Speaker Series

Erik Larson
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

May 4, 2017  7:00 p.m.

Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction, chronicles the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. Full of glamour and suspense,  Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters including pioneering female architect Theodate Pope and President Woodrow Wilson.  Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.
Books by Erik Larson include  ThunderstruckIn the Garden of Beasts, and his critically-acclaimed book  The Devil in the White City, which remained on the NY Times bestsellers list for a combined total of over six years.

$45 General Admission      $65 Reserved Seating
$100 Reserved Seating & Reception with Erik Larson (5:00 - 6:00 p.m.)
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Proceeds benefit the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.

Community Events

Through April 9
Free admission to Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Visit the newly reopened Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology for free through Sunday, April 9. The inaugural exhibit explores the relationship between objects and the people who created them. 
More information

April 11
100 Years Later: The Lynching of (Grandpa) Anthony Crawford
Has racial difference ended or simply evolved?  A lecture by public historian and activist Doria Dee Johnson.
Doria Johnson's great-grandfather was lynched in South Carolina in 1916. Using her family's painful story as a lens through which we can examine our nation's history, Johnson will describe how past injustices propelled her from the role of daughter to genealogist to activist to scholar, and now international human rights and restorative justice agent.
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Hearst Field Annex, Room D-37
Reception to follow at the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center
More information

April 11
A Dream Denied? The Immigrant Experience in the Campus Community
The United States government is promising massive immigration reform. What shape it will take is still unclear, but if the Trump administration makes good on its campaign promises, comprehensive immigration reform could include everything from a wall along the Mexican border to the deportation of thousands of immigrants, particularly those who are undocumented-even those who have been born and raised in the United States and who attend public universities such as UC Berkeley.
Panel discussion featuring:
  • Moderator: Diane Dwyer '87, veteran Bay Area journalist
  • Robert D. Haas '64, Chairman-Emeritus, Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Saira Hussain '09, J.D. '13, Staff Attorney, Asian Law Caucus
  • Meng So '10, M.A., Director, Undocumented Student Program, UC Berkeley
  • Seth Grossman, Chief of Staff to University of California President Janet Napolitano
  • Valeska Castaneda-Puerto '16, Program Manager, Student Support, Cal Alumni Association
7:00 p.m.
Alumni House
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April 18-20
The Tanner Lectures on Human Values at UC Berkeley
"Speaking Amongst Ourselves: Democracy and Law" 
These lectures offer an account of democracy's intrinsic communicative value and law's special role in realizing that value. Featuring Seana Valentine Shiffrin, Professor of Philosophy and Pete Kameron, Professor of Law and Social Justice, UCLA.
4:10 - 6:15 p.m., Toll Room
Alumni House
Free, open to the public, no registration required.
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Saturday, April 22
More Students, Less Funding: Supporting Public Higher Education
1 - 2 p.m.
Alumni House, UC Berkeley
In 2000, California contributed over $16,000 per UC student education - today, the state spends less than half that amount even as UC Berkeley educates more students than before. Join us for a panel to discuss the history behind state disinvestment in public higher education and what you can do to advocate for Cal.

UC Students Need Your Voices

UC enrollment is growing fast, but state support is not. In 2016, UC Berkeley enrolled 1,380 more California undergraduates than the year prior. But state funding for Cal is down 34 percent from pre-recession levels, and currently, only covers about 13 percent of the campus budget.  Join the Cal Alumni Association (CAA)  and thousands of Cal advocates who are sharing their stories with legislators about the importance of support public higher education.

Lunch Bunch

Lucia's Pizzeria
2016 Shattuck Avenue, between University and Addison

This is a newly opened place very close to the OLLI classrooms, open for lunch Tuesday-Friday and for dinner Tuesday-Sunday. There are a large variety of East Coast style pizzas, both red and white, as well as vegan and gluten free options.
The pizzas are good but if you like your crust to be very crispy you will be disappointed. The salads and sides are all really good, and the lunchtime panini are big enough to share.

At present it is quiet at lunchtime (crowded at dinner, though)-it's definitely worth a try.

Lucille Poskanzer
April 2017