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Fall 2014

Fall term courses meet for six weeks, unless otherwise noted. If a course is full, call 510-642-9934 or email berkeley_olli@berkeley.edu to be added to a waitlist.

Wednesday, Starts September 24

2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Berkeley
Note change in time and location

The Art of Dramaturgy (Special Program)

This course will begin with a two-hour lecture on the nature and purpose of dramaturgy. Where does the term originate? ... Note: Price includes performances. All-inclusive and fee assistance members pay the full fee. No refunds.

0 spaces available
$185.00

Monday, Starts September 29

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Joy of Singing

Would you like to strengthen your singing and speaking voice, increase your range and projection, and grow in confidence? ...

15 spaces available
$145.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Life/Story: A Memoir Workshop

In writing a good memoir, how do you zero in on a subject? How do you break it open and draft productively? ...

1 space available
$225.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Shakespeare’s Prologues as Inspiration for Life-Writing

Use prologues from various Shakespeare plays across different genres to inspire your own life-writing. ...

5 spaces available
$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Berkeley

Drawing as a Visual Journal

From Dürer’s travel sketchbook of local dress and hospitality to Delacroix’s exotic Moroccan sketchbooks, ...

1 space available
$225.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Influential American Plays: 1930–2014

The United States produced some of the world's greatest drama during the 20th century. We will analyze influential plays ...

0 spaces available
$145.00
1:10 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
Berkeley

Spotlight on Georgian Cinema

Explore Soviet silent films, presented with live musical accompaniment, as well as classics from the 1960s and 70s. ...

143 spaces available
$145.00

Tuesday, Starts September 30

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Engaging with Life: Volunteering and Neuroplasticity

What does helping others have to do with the healthy, progressive functioning of our brains? ...

5 spaces available
$225.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

First Amendment “Good Reads”

Read and discuss a selection of great First Amendment opinions, getting them “from the horse’s mouth” ...

1 space available
$185.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

From the Japanese American Internment to 9/11

Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt issued an order that resulted in the exclusion ...

222 spaces available
$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Football: Our American War Game

Explore the National Football League and big-time college football from the instructor’s personal perspectives ...

251 spaces available
$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Lafayette

History of the Symphony, Part 2

For over two centuries, the symphony has been the predominant form of instrumental music in western classical music. ...

77 spaces available
$145.00
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Berkeley

Digital Photography

There’s no need to let all of those mysterious buttons keep you from taking great pictures! ...

1 space available
$225.00

Wednesday, Starts October 1

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Ripple Effects: An Alternative View of World History

World history tells a story of the relentless merging of cultures and societies that transformed countless disparate bands ...

0 spaces available
$145.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Berkeley

The Well-Made Story: A Writing Workshop

Just as houses are built from blueprints, stories are built from outlines, whether they are fiction or non-fiction, ...

1 space available
$225.00
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley

No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead, along with a supportive community and plenty of psychoactive drugs, pioneered a new and ecstatic form ...

231 spaces available
$145.00

Thursday, Starts October 2

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

An Introduction to Chamber Music

This course will trace the history of classical music for small groups of instruments and singers. From medieval troubadour songs ...

213 spaces available
$145.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Berkeley

Cultivating Core Strengths and Increasing Positive Emotions

Research shows that it’s easier to change behavior by developing new pathways in the brain versus trying to fix habits that no ...

0 spaces available
$225.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

The Art of Public History

Why don’t survivors and witnesses of human-made tragedies typically share their history of suffering, and why do ...

2 spaces available
$145.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lafayette

The Good Fight: The Spanish Civil War

Examine the international and domestic context of the Spanish Civil War (1936–39), the ensuing long dictatorship of ...

31 spaces available
$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Case Studies on the Art of Producing Art

Gain a behind-the-scenes perspective on how artists and arts organizations collaborate. Explore a diverse range of projects, ...

25 spaces available
$185.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Five Personal Pieces: Experimenting with Autobiography

Many writers get lost in the story of their lives, but the best autobiographical writing is sometimes the shortest. Gain new tools ...

0 spaces available
$225.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Six Key Players of the Civil War

Scarcely a month goes by without another article, television show, reenactment, or new book commemorating the 150th anniversary ...

206 spaces available
$145.00
1:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Lafayette

Top Docs: The 2014 Oscar Nominees

The Academy Award nominees for Documentary Feature are hailed as the best theatrically released nonfiction films of the year. ...

55 spaces available
$145.00

Friday, Starts October 3

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Moving Images: Dance and Film

Dance and film make thrilling partners. Experience the genius of Bob Fosse (All That Jazz), Jerome Robbins (West Side Story), ...

69 spaces available
$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Berkeley
Note change in location

The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema, Part 2

Explore five key films that represent the most significant period of Mexican classical cinema during the 1940s and 1950s. ...

8 spaces available
$145.00