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Monday, Starts September 26

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

Joy of Singing

Lauren Carley

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

50 slots available
$145.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Life/Story: a Memoir Workshop

Tamim Ansary

This workshop is for anyone interested in writing a memoir or short memoir-based pieces. We’ll discuss how to get started, keep the words flowing, zero in on a story, and rediscover the forgotten.

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

Murder? an Investigation

Judith Coburn

Like Season One of the popular NPR podcast “Serial,” this course will focus on one murder case.

0 slots available
$185.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Last Quartets

Kayleen Asbo

For many music lovers, Beethoven’s late quartets stand as the pinnacle of profundity,stretching the boundaries of music to a soul-shattering series of climaxes that ultimately yield to a state of sublime transcendence. Transfixed by Op. 132, T.S.

0 slots available
$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Mystical Poets of Britain

Roger Housden

Poetry is the universal language of the spirit. We will read and discuss that language in the words of some of the greatest mystical poets of Britain, spanning from the 17th century, through the Romantic and Victorian periods, all the way to the modern era.

16 slots available
$185.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Performing Arts of Bali

Lisa Gold

This course explores the relationship between music, dance, theater, and ritual in Bali, Indonesia. The last remaining Hindu culture in Indonesia, Bali has a vibrant performing arts scene that encompasses tradition while fostering individual creativity and innovation.

8 slots available
$185.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Berkeley

Standing on Sacred Ground

Christopher "Toby" McLeod

Why are sacred places important to indigenous people, and what can their values and worldviews teach Western society?

114 slots available
$145.00

Tuesday, Starts September 27

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Berkeley

Cultivating Neuroplasticity through Volunteering

Amelia Barili

What does helping others have to do with the healthy, progressive functioning of our brains? We will study how volunteering can cultivate neuroplasticity and participate in discussions and practices to expand our minds and hearts.

4 slots available
$225.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley
Cancelled

Global Education

Zehlia Babaci-Wilhite

Explore current human rights debates in global education and sustainability, considering the impact of this new global village on the expression and preservation of cultures, arts, and languages in the developing world.

0 slots available
$185.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lafayette

Marx and Freud

Richard Lichtman

Is it impossible to understand our time and ourselves if we don’t understand the towering intellects of Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud? At first sight, their areas of interest seem totally distinct.

134 slots available
$185.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Scandinavian Crime Fiction: Novels, TV, and Film

Linda Rugg

In this edition of the “Scandinavian Crime Fiction” course, we will discuss the representation of northern culture, landscape, and social norms and how various forms of telling crime stories work and to what effect.

112 slots available
$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Lafayette

California Modernism

Pierluigi Serraino

Much is being discovered about modern architecture in California. New archival sources and an expanded understanding of the conditions that fostered the making of the 20th century built-environment in the Golden State are prompting a full reassessment of its institutional history.

147 slots available
$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Berkeley

Holding On and Letting Go

Lauren Vanett

As we age, how can we uncover and integrate the wisdom we have gained while continuing to grow and change? In this experiential class, we will use mindfulness and grounding practices to cultivate presence.

0 slots available
$185.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Nationalist China (1927 - 1949)

Douglas Lee

Survey the history of Nationalist China as a means of understanding the complex interplay between human will and the forces of historical change, specifically failed regimes.

114 slots available
$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

The Many Faces of Abraham Lincoln

Mick Chantler

This course will examine different visions Americans have held about Abraham Lincoln from his own time to the present.

153 slots available
$145.00
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Berkeley
Cancelled

Your Tech Questions Answered

David Casuto

The world of technology moves so fast that our skills and knowledge can’t always keep up! If you want to stay in the know and get all of those nagging tech questions answered, this is the class for you. No topic is taboo, and no level is disqualified.

0 slots available
$225.00

Wednesday, Starts September 28

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

Elements of Murder: A History of Poison

Gordon Wozniak,Martin Lorber

Many naturally occurring elements are vital for normal human functions, but some exert their toxic effects upon unsuspecting individuals — and become ideal agents for murder.

46 slots available
$110.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Presidential Campaign 2016

Alex Saragoza

This course will examine the presidential race from both domestic and international perspectives.

188 slots available
$145.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Southern Gothic: Flannery O'Connor

John Campion

Through lectures, discussion, and close reading, we will look at some of Flannery O’Connor’s disturbing and comic short stories, which embodied a critique of Southern society and the flawed vessels who live in it.

0 slots available
$185.00
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Five Personal Pieces, Part II

Deborah Lichtman

Delve deeper into techniques you can use to write memoir. Discover and dramatize the themes in your life story. Learn more about structure, suspense, and point of view. Consider the challenge of characterizing yourself on paper.

0 slots available
$225.00
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Folk Music: The Golden Age (1950–75)

Peter Elman

Folk music that emerged in the 1950s continues to remain of vast importance. Why? Because the confluence of people, politics, philosophies, and growing social awareness that came out of the post-war era ushered in a new age of enlightenment.

76 slots available
$145.00
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Berkeley

Independent Film Before Sundance

Richard Saiz

In the 1960s and 70s, a vibrant independent film scene flourished in Southern California and New York. The L.A. Rebellion represented mostly unheralded artists who created the first major films to portray radical views of communities of color.

53 slots available
$145.00
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley
Cancelled

Multiracial Asian Americans

Darby Price

Examine the complex experiences of Asian Americans who identify with more than one racial group. We will consider how people of mixed Asian-white, -black, -Native American, and -Latino descent are both marginalized and privileged in popular culture.

0 slots available
$185.00

Thursday, Starts September 29

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Berkeley

From Charlotte Bronte to Virginia Woolf

Stephanie Wells

Examine major texts from two critically important British novelists and the ways in which their work influenced their successors. Discuss how Charlotte Bronte’s and Virginia Woolf’s personal experiences and social statuses, as well as the climates of their times, informed their writing.

3 slots available
$185.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lafayette

Documentary Touchstones

Michael Fox

The pioneering and innovative films that opened the way for the contemporary documentary are well known yet rarely shown.

102 slots available
$145.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

How Your Brain Works and When It Doesn’t, Part III

Peter Ralston

This is Part III of a course that describes nerve cell functions and how injury and disease disrupt neuronal networks. Each lecture will cover a basic neuroscience topic and related clinical concepts.

237 slots available
$145.00
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Word Problems: Literature and the Metaphors of Math

Mary Vasudeva

Both math and literature have a fundamental role in philosophic, artistic, and cultural questions.

12 slots available
$185.00
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Writing 10-Minute Plays

Anthony Clarvoe

Deepen your appreciation of any dramatic writing you see in theater, film, and television. Discover your dramatic voice. Students will create short plays and scenes through a progressive series of at-home writing exercises and in-class readings.

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

Zaha Hadid: an Architect of Consequence

Pierluigi Serraino

The sudden passing of Iraqi-born London-based architect Zaha Hadid (1950-2016) sent shock waves through the global architecture community and beyond. Her work, mesmerizing and awe-inspiring, expanded exponentially the formal vocabulary of the contemporary built-environment.

266 slots available
$145.00
1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Lafayette

Contemporary Cuba

Alex Saragoza

This course will focus on Cuba since 1991, when its major source of economic support, the Soviet Union, collapsed.

105 slots available
$145.00

Friday, Starts September 30

10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Berkeley

Moving Pictures: Dance and Film

Kathryn Roszak

Dance and film make thrilling partners. View films by Broadway legends Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse, as well as contemporary works from the 2016 San Francisco Dance Film Festival.

0 slots available
$185.00
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Berkeley

Watercolor and Nature

Danny Neece

Explore the world of nature through watercolor painting. We will discuss watercolor theory, paint application, pen techniques, and draftsmanship. You will learn how to paint trees, plants, landscapes, and mammals. Basic drawing skills are helpful but not required; everyone welcome.

0 slots available
$225.00