January Minis are open for Registration - Bring a Friend

Mini courses are a great way to introduce your friends and neighbors to the OLLI community, to get to know a professor you haven't had before, and to have a short "taste" of a topic.

Check out our January Mini Courses and invite a friend to join you.

OLLI In Dialogue - Television Journalism with Purpose: A Conversation with Doug McConnell and Rosemary Cameron.

Monday, January 6, 1:30-3:30

Doug McConnell will take us on the “Backroads” of his 50-year career in television and with nature, history and environmental issues.

Doug is perhaps best known as the host of “Bay Area Backroads”, the longest-running television series in Bay Area broadcast history.  Doug has been the creator, producer and host of many series, special programs, and news projects for local, national and international distribution. He has won multiple Emmys and the prestigious Harold Gilliam award for environmental reporting in Northern California.  He can currently be seen Sunday evenings on NBC Bay Area on “OpenRoad with Doug McConnell” which he created, produces and hosts.

Join OLLI member Rosemary Cameron, a friend and colleague of Doug’s, for the last 20 years, as they discuss the evolution of Doug’s media career and how he has adapted it to the changing television media landscape over the years. Learn what it takes to get a locally produced series on network television today, hear some of his favorite, comical and perhaps scary stories from filming segments for his shows and who and what inspires and motivates him today after broadcasting news and insights on the outdoor world for half a century. And, tap into Doug’s encyclopedic knowledge of great outdoor adventures in the Bay Area and the West as well as worldwide to learn his favorite places to visit and tips on travel near and far for yourself.


Creating an Outline: Turn Your Life into a Bestseller in Two and a half Hours with Barbara Rose Brooker

Tuesday, January 7, 10:00-12:30

TURN YOUR LIFE INTO A BESTSELLER IN 2.5 HOURS You have an idea for a book or a script or an essay but you don't know how to shape it into a beginning, middle, and an end. The instructor will guide you from developing a TITLE, PREMISE, and a TABLE OF CONTENTS. Follow the contents and you will have a draft. Come with a dream! Leave with an OUTLINE! It works! Join this class.

Barbara Rose Brooker, MA/Creative is a San Francisco native author. She has published thirteen books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with Morrow, Crossing, Simon & Schuster, and other presses. Her latest novel LOVE, SOMETIMES is to be released in 2020 by Simon, Schuster.


The Importance of Being Ernst with Joseph McBride

Tuesday, January 7, 1:30-4:00

Do you love romantic comedies? Musicals? Romantic comedies with music? Have you ever wondered how these types of films started?

Ernst Lubitsch (1892-1947) was the leading director in both Germany and Hollywood and was largely responsible for creating two popular genres, the romantic comedy and the musical.

He began directing in the silent period, and his classic films include THE MARRIAGE CIRCLE, TROUBLE IN PARADISE, DESIGN FOR LIVING, NINOTCHKA, THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, TO BE OR NOT TO BE, and HEAVEN CAN WAIT. Lubitsch’s subtle, obliquely witty style of dealing with sexuality and the serious subject of how men and women should treat each other — celebrated as “The Lubitsch Touch” — not only managed to circumvent the censors but also influenced generations of filmmakers. Although he is not as well-known today as he was in his time, he has many devoted followers among both filmmakers and cinephiles, and those who are new to his work invariably respond with delight.

Joseph McBride is an American film historian, biographer, screenwriter, author and educator in the Cinema Department of SF State.

They include the critically acclaimed biographies Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success, Steven Spielberg: A Biography, and Searching for John Ford; three books on Orson Welles; and the Howard Hawks interview book Hawks on Hawks. Many of his books have been published in foreign editions; the French edition of Searching for John Ford, A la recherche de John Ford, won an award in 2008 from the French film critics’ association as Best Foreign Film Book of the Year. The 2018 critical study HOW DID LUBITSCH DO IT? was published by Columbia University Press in 2018.

McBride was a reporter, reviewer, and columnist for Daily Variety in Hollywood for many years. His screenwriting credits include co-writing the cult classic punk rock musical Rock ’n’ Roll High School and five American Film Institute Life Achievement Award specials on CBS-TV. He has received a Writers Guild of America Award, four other WGA Award nominations, two Emmy Award nominations, and a Canadian Film Awards nomination. He spent six years acting for Welles as a film critic in the still-unfinished film The Other Side of the Wind, for which he wrote his part with the director.


What's Your Boomer EQ? with Claire Barnes

Wednesday, January 8, 10:00-12:30

Are you getting frustrated and irritated when dealing with others? Have you changed your store, your place of worship, your social circle because you just can’t deal with “those people?”

As Boomers age, the test of navigating relationships in everyday  life can become challenging.  These challenges come at a time when aging adults hope for a peaceful retirement or semi-retirement.  This mini course will teach the basics of Emotional Intelligence resulting in a skillset leading to healthy, peaceful emotions in a rapidly changing world.

Claire has a Master’s Degree in Education, and has taught every level of student, from pre-school to adults.  After a successful education career, she entered nonprofit administration where she held positions as Development Director and Executive Director.


West Side Story: Exploring America's Most Beloved Musical with Richard Harrell

Wednesday, January 8, 1:30-4:00


Emerging Dynamics of the Presidential Campaign with David Peritz

​Thursday, January 9, 10:00-12:30


Music in a Jugular Vein with Bebo White

Thursday, January 9, 1:30-4:00

Jug band music is one of the most original and distinctive of American musical genres. In the short period of its popularity (late 1920s to early 1930s), it bridged the gap between the traditional blues of the Mississippi delta and the early jazz and blues bands found in Chicago and St. Louis. In many aspects, the music reflects the social conditions of its time. It is most often identified with poor musicians who found their expressive outlets on homemade, makeshift instruments such as washboards, washtubs, and, of course, jugs. In hard times jug bands were frequent fixtures at "house rent" parties, ad-hoc fundraisers held at the beginning of the month. Learn More and Register!

Bebo White has been playing in jug bands and collecting jug band recordings and materials since the mid-1960s. His collection will ultimately be housed in The Southern Folklife Collection at The University of North Carolina. He was one of the founding members of The California Jug Band Association that has organized jug band music festivals in San Francisco and other locations in Northern California.


The Impeachment of Donald J. Trump: Background, Legal Issues, and Potential Political Ramifications with David Peritz

Friday, January 10, 10:00-12:30