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October 2016 
Fall Speaker Series

October 12 Litquake
OLLI faculty writers: Barbara Claire Freeman, Anthony Clarvoe, Judith Coburn,  Dashka Slater, and Matt Shears

Ericka Huggins October 19
A Sense of Justice
Ericka Huggins: educator, former Black Panther Party member, political prisoner, human rights activist and poet

October 26
Looking Back on the Spanish Civil War
Adam Hochschild: author of King Leopold's Ghost, Bury the Chains, Spain in our Hearts, and other works.

All lectures are held from  12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St. in Berkeley. Please allow extra time for parking due to the closure of the Center Street Garage.
These lectures are free for OLLI @Berkeley members as well as UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff. $10 for the general public.
Hearing loop and assistive listening devices available. 

Faculty Profile: Douglas Lee

Douglas Lee
Tell me about your teaching and research interests.
I have a M.A in East Asian Studies, consequently I have taught a range of courses in Modern China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. I taught for 45 years before retiring two years ago. I have taught at small liberal arts colleges (Lewis and Clark College, Linfield College, and Pacific Lutheran University) and large universities (University of Washington, University of Oregon, and Portland State University). My Ph.D. focus is in Modern China, with a specialization in Republican China (1912-1949). In recent years my research has focused on Chinese American History, as it mirrors both Modern Chinese and American History. I am currently in the midst of preparing two manuscripts for publication on nineteenth-century Cantonese society and culture.

You also have a law degree. Do you find that your training in law informs your teaching and research?
In my last two years of law school I specialized in international law, with a focus on business and trade law relative to high technology transfer, intellectual property law, and trade issues in China. I won the first international law essay competition in 1986, with my essay of the Chinese practice of public international law (the law of treaties). After law school I returned to teaching as a professor and chairman of the History Department, where I taught courses touching upon what I studied in law school, relative to modernization and reform in China in the period 1978-2000. Knowledge of the technicalities of China's legal system and practice of international law enriched my understanding and research in the political economy of contemporary China.

Of the thousands of years of Chinese history, your course covers just over 20 years (1927-1949). What made the Nationalist period so pivotal?
The Nationalist Era may have been a very short period of time, but it remains a critical one for three reasons. First, it represented a key period of metamorphosis, where Chinese society and culture transitioned from "tradition" to "modernity" in both its domestic and foreign/international development. Second, this era witnessed the intense struggles between two rival political ideologies, the western inspired liberal-democratic capitalist versus the communist Marxist-Leninist. The defeat of the former and victory of the latter represented the triumph of human will power as it mirrored core Chinese historical imperatives and Chinese cultural traditions. Third, this era represents a classic model for the study of failed regimes, where the status quo, with its power, wealth, and leverage implodes and leads to ultimate defeat and loss. This tragedy is both personal, for the lead actors involved; and also collective for society and the nation. In this context, what happened to Nationalist China mirrors the challenge of how to avoid "folly" (following a course of action that is contrary to one's own self-interest) as it mirrors the universal human condition.
Faculty News

Pierluigi Serraino will be at the Commonwealth Club  Monday, October 10  to speak about his new book, The Creative Architect. Reception at  5:30 ; program at  6:00 More information .

Local author and journalist Dashka Slater, who will be teaching a course this coming term on writing children's books, recently published an article in Mother Jones magazine on the importance of diversity in children's literature: " The Uncomfortable Truth about Children's Books ."

Kathryn Roszak offers The Next Step, Movement and Dance for Seniors, from  8.30 to 9.30 a.m.  at 1201 University Avenue in Berkeley. There will also be an event on  October 22  from  4.30 to 6.30 p.m.  in support of The Women Ballet Choreographers Residency, directed by Kathryn. Refreshments will be served and Kathryn will screen a short film she made on the 2016 choreography residency. For more information contact  kdance@sonic.net  or  510.233.5550 www.dlkdance.com

Travel Study

San Sebastian, Spain Culture and Culinary Traditions of Northern Spain
June 1-10, 2017
In collaboration with Cal Discoveries 

Explore monuments, learn about regional history, and sample local cuisines and wines as you make your way from Madrid to San Sebastian. Led by UC Berkeley professor Alex Saragoza, this tour will be a perfect companion to Professor Saragoza's upcoming Winter course on Northern Spain. View the tour brochure.

Report from "Refugee Crisis" Interest Circle

by Susan Kinloch, OLLI member

"Global Conflict and the Refugee Crisis," a class taught by Bev Crawford in Spring 2016, became an OLLI Interest Circle on the Refugee Crisis. The group decided to divide meeting discussion into two areas: 1.current international refugee problems and 2.research into Bay Area groups providing help to refugees and asylum seekers. We met every other week (often with Bev Crawford) and sent information to each other via email between meetings. We have assembled a list of volunteer opportunities as well as background information. This list is far from complete but it does highlight some of the most active groups in this area.
Information on volunteering with refugee agencies:
International Rescue Committee
www.rescue.org. 440 Grand Ave., #500, Oakland. Information on volunteering: Kristen Borash, Volunteer & Language Support Coordinator,  510-452-8222
Jewish Family & Community Services of the East Bay
information@jfcs-eastbay.org - Refugee welcome video
contact Kathryn Winogura, Volunteer Services Manager,  925-927-2000, ext.529for an application to volunteer (most clients are in Concord or East Oakland)
Nueva Esperanza
dlee@im4humanintegrity.org Organized by Rev. Deborah Lee, Director for the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity. Groups of 4 or 5 members are given training to support a new refugee or asylum seeker (or an entire family) with appropriate forms of help (accompanying them to court hearings, assisting with paper work, providing transportations, etc.) A 6-month commitment is necessary.
Iglesia Presbyterian Hispana
www.piph.org  Spanish-speaking congregation at 1941 High St., Oakland. They have volunteer opportunities both in East Oakland and 545 Ashbury Ave, El Cerrito. Rev. Pablo Morataya. Contact: Irma Hernandez,  irmahernandez777@yahoo.com
Refugee Transitions
www.reftrans.org 1520 E. 15th St., Oakland.  415-989-2151. Orientation sessions for volunteers. Requires a 6 month commitment from volunteers. See their web site for "Steps to Volunteer at Refugee Transitions." Volunteers are assigned to a family to provide whatever help is appropriate. The meetings are usually held in the client's home.
General information:
List of 34 member organizations with information on volunteer opportunities plus lots of data/facts and community resources and services
www.refugeerights.org International Refugee Assistance Project
List of immigrant rights proposed by 35 faith groups at legislative visits in Sacramento on Immigration Day in May 2016.
Legal Resources            
  eastbaysanctuary.org East Bay Sanctuary Convenant, can use volunteers who are bilingual, mainly Spanish-speaking.

cgrs.uchastings.edu Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, Hastings Law School

www.lccr.com Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, San Francisco has a referral program to pro bono attorneys.
Coming Events
www.lehrhaus.org. Symposium on the "Refugee Fleeing Oppression from the Exodus to Modern Times,"  Sunday, Nov. 13, Jewish Community Library, San Francisco,  1 - 5pm, free, pre-registration encouraged
icir-clue.blogspot.com/p/action.html Monthly vigils to support immigrant detainees, West County Detention Facility, 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond. 

Lunch Bunch

2037 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley CA 94704

This is a new place, close to the OLLI classrooms, located next door to Saigon Express. The menu features Burmese "street food", very moderately priced soups, salads, and curries, along with noodles and snacks. There are many vegetarian options, too. You order at the counter and take a seat, and your food is brought to you. This place has not yet been discovered by the Berkeley High students, so it is not too crowded and noisy at lunchtime. It's worth checking out for something different.
Lucille Poskanzer
October 2016