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Fall Speaker Series

Faculty Profile: Bill Turner

Volunteer Profile: Susan Chamberlain

Travel Study 2016

Trumer Pils Tour 10/16

Joe Lurie at Commonwealth Club 12/8

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Back to School


Fall courses started this week, and it was wonderful to welcome everyone back to the classroom. 


The year is off to a strong start with 1,401 members for the Fall term -- including 324 new members! -- enrolled in 31 courses.


Winter Term 2016

Our course catalogue for Winter 2016 will go to press next week. We anticipate opening enrollment in early November; we will announce the exact date as it approaches.

We will offer a broad variety of courses for Winter, with the mix of science, literature, history, politics, and hands-on classes that our members request term after term. 

We are particularly excited with the number of courses that focus on creativity, performance, and the stage, including a special series in collaboration with Cal Performances about the poetics of performance. Our  Wednesday speaker series will feature four UC Berkeley leaders who will speak about  the university's revitalized commitment to the  arts and design.

Look for more information about these offerings in early November!

Fall Speaker Series

All Speaker Series events take place at the Freight and Salvage from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. OLLI @Berkeley members and UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students (with OLLI @Berkeley or UC Berkeley ID) attend for free. General admission tickets are $10, payable at the door.

Wednesday, October 7
Review of the Supreme Court 2015 Decisions
Marshall Krause, Larry Bensky

Wednesday, October 14  (free to the public)
Litquake: Playing with Words with OLLI Faculty Writers
Tamim Ansary, Lynn Kaufman, Philippa Kelly, Cary Pepper, Hugh Richmond
Wednesday, October 28 (note date change)                  
Love, Anarchy, and Emma Goldman
Candace Falk
Wednesday, November 4 (note date change)                  
ISIS, the Middle East and US Policy: A Reporter's First-Hand Look
Reese Erlich

Faculty Profile: Bill Turner

by Franette Armstrong; originally printed in the Lamorinda Weekly
"Mr.Chief Justice and may it please the court..." The first time William Bennett Turner uttered these words before the highest court in our country, he was in his 30s.This September, after a 45-year legal career, he will be arguing recent first amendment cases with students in Lafayette.

His new six-week course for UC Berkeley's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute looks back on a decade of first amendment decisions by the Roberts Court that have changed the way our elections are decided, what we can and cannot see and say, and who can protest where and why. Analyzing court opinions, students will discuss where the court has fumbled and how first amendment rights have fared under it.
Turner, who graduated from Harvard Law School and received a Fulbright fellowship, says he came to specialize in first amendment law by accident. "I was working for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in the '60s and '70s and assigned to represent prisoners who had no civil rights -- our government censored what they could write and what they could read. So I educated myself on the first amendment and that led to my first two cases before the Supreme Court."
After those cases, his path was set and he left the Legal Defense Fund to start a firm in San Francisco dedicated to "unusual litigation." What's unusual? "Cases that nobody else could afford to take. My partners and I decided we would scrape together the resources and find a way to make them happen." One example: the famous 1991 KQED v. Vasquez trial in which the court was asked to allow the press and television cameras at San Quentin during executions.
Turner's work with KQED led to numerous awards as its legal affairs correspondent including for the PBS series "We The People," which Turner co-wrote. He has since written dozens of articles for outlets such as the New York Times, Politico, Wired, the San Francisco Chronicle, Harvard Magazine and various law reviews. His 2011 book, "Figures of Speech: First Amendment Heroes and Villains" inspired a reviewer for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers to write, "At the center of the book is its author, lawyer William Bennett Turner, who is personally involved in nearly half the stories, but who is too modest to anoint himself one of the First Amendment heroes. He does not have to; his advocacy speaks for itself."
In addition to continuing to teach first amendment law at UC Berkeley, Turner tries to keep up with his two children, a son in London and a daughter who trots the globe for Airbnb. At home his favorite venue is El Cerrito's Mira Vista golf course. He lives in Berkeley with his wife.

Volunteer Profile: Susan Chamberlain

Susan Chamberlainby Gale Lederer, OLLI volunteer

"I have a hard time calling what I'm doing now retired," says Susan Chamberlain. "I like to think of it as moving on." After a career in human resources, conflict management, and organizational design, Susan has indeed moved on. Among other activities, she volunteers for SEEDS, a non-profit mediation group which seeks to resolve conflicts among underserved communities in the East Bay in areas such as landlord/tenant relations, personal and business relations, and even conflicts concerning trees. Additionally, she works out regularly, visits grandchildren and family in Minnesota four times a year, enjoys time with local friends and family, and travels extensively. She and her husband are currently planning a three-week small ship trip to Antarctica. "Eight years ago, these trips went in February," she tells us. "But now, thanks to global warming, we prefer going in November."

Susan also volunteers for OLLI's strategic planning and curriculum committees. "Potential instructors come to our committee to present their ideas for courses," she explains, "and we try to see if their plans seem a good match for the OLLI audience." Additionally, she and Nancy Spaeth create summaries of class evaluations that help in future course planning. "OLLI's a very discerning crowd," she tells us.

Like many people, Susan came to OLLI serendipitously, thanks to a chance conversation in an exercise class. "I try to take classes I don't know much about," she explains, "and it's opened my world." This summer, she loved both Peter Elman's rock and roll extravaganza and Steven Fish's unraveling of the mysteries of Putin's Russia. She and her friends were also fascinated by UCSF neuroscientist Peter Ralston's recent classes on how the brain works and Marjorie Schultz's course on medical bio-ethics. "These two classes have helped us think creatively about what lies ahead," she explains. Furthermore, Susan happily remembers Katherine Rinne's multifaceted "The Waters of Rome," which integrated history, geology, landscape architecture, and art. "OLLI's wonderful," says Susan. "It expands people's horizons not just intellectually but in all aspects -- the arts, the quality of life, the creation of a sense of community. It's truly foundational."

OLLI Travel Study 2016: Portrait of Italy

Join fellow OLLI @Berkeley members for a literary, historical, and cultural to ur of Italy led by OLLI instructor Beverly Allen. From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to timeless Venice, this leisurely tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and beautiful natural scenery. You'll appreciate the small size of your group as you stay in unique accommodations in the Tuscan countryside and a medieval village.  
May 14 - 30, 2016
Limited to 24 people

Trumer Pils Brauerai Tour Update

The Trumer Pils Brewery Tour for OLLI members that was announced on Wednesday filled very quickly! There are already more than 40 requests for the 30 available spots. A wait list has been established based on the time requests were received, and any cancellations will be filled from the wait list.

Thanks to the Member Services Committee for organizing such a popular event!

Commonwealth Club Event December 8

OLLI @Berkeley is proud to co-sponsor a talk, reception and book signing with Joe Lurie, Executive Director Emeritus at UC Berkeley's International House (and OLLI instructor)

"Perception and Deception: Understanding Misunderstandings Across Cultures"
Tuesday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m. 
Commonwealth Club of California
555 Post Street, San Francisco
Reception begins at 5:30

Inspired by a West African proverb that says, "The stranger sees only what he knows," Lurie shares a feast of cross-cultural stories and misadventures, exploring the deeper cultural messages that escape people who hear largely what they're used to hearing and see mostly what they're used to seeing. Gleaned from his years of research, travel and managing Berkeley's International House, Lurie's cross-cultural experiences reveal how perceptions and cultural filters affect the way people understand others. 

OLLI @Berkeley members are eligible for discounted tickets ($8.00 instead of $20.00). When registering online, enter the promotional code "SpecialForLurie";  the promotional code button is on the lower right side of the online registration form. OLLI members may also register by phone using the same promo code; call the Commonwealth Club at 415 597-6700. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Faculty Announcements
Beverly Allen has two upcoming lectures: 
  • "Dante in Love," Friday, October 23, 7:00 p.m., Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, 10060 Bubb Road in Cupertino
  • "Beyond Capitalism:  Dance, Anyone?" Saturday, November 7, 7:00 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of San Francisco
Amelia Barili will appear on KPFA (94.1FM) tomorrow, October 3 at 9:00 a.m. She also appeared on KPFA on September 14 to talk about "The Power of Yoga and Qigong for Self-Healing"; you can listen to the archived broadcast here. She was recently a panelist in a recent Berkeley Language Center symposium on "Forming Global Citizens," where she gave a talk entitled "Volunteering Locally and Abroad: A Continuum of Learning" about the integration of service learning in Education Abroad programs. In August, the UC Berkeley news center highlighted her work with UC Berkeley undergrads to compile a bilingual anthology entitled Historias de Indocumentados (Stories of the Undocumented); read the article here.

UC Berkeley sociologist Irene Bloemraad was interviewed recently for her role in a report on immigration and integration commissioned by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Among the report's findings: although one person in four in the United States is a first- or second-generation immigrant, integration into American culture is happening faster than with previous waves of immigration. Read the full article.

Kathryn Roszak will be teaching an independent class "The Next Step:  Movement to Music" on Tuesdays from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. from 10/6 to 10/27 at 2288 Fulton at Bancroft in Berkeley 
Cost $80.00 for series; new students may drop in for $20.00
Mindful movement/dance to beautiful music gives opportunity to gently stretch, warm up your body, build strength, and increase mobility/movement . More information at  www.dlkdance.com
Contact Ms Roszak before attending:  kdance@sonic.net or  510.233.5550

Member Benefits

Members of OLLI @Berkeley have access to the full range of OLLI programming and receive a Student ID card that is honored for discounts at a variety of campus and community locations. See offer details on OLLI's website and be sure to show your OLLI student ID.  

OLLI members receive a $10 discount on a $50 Senior Citizen annual membership at CAA.

OLLI members can join the UC Botanical Garden as Cal Affiliates and save $15 on a $55 annual membership.

Berkeley Arts and Letters offers OLLI members a student discount on tickets purchased through their website.
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