OLLI Courses

Sunday

Chamber Music Weekend Intensive

with Alexander String Quartet & Others

  9:00 am-5:00 pm

SF State

This course brings together string, woodwind and piano players to share the joy of playing chamber music. On each of the two days, participants work together on a particular piece of music in chamber ensembles, which range in size from trios through quartets and quintets to larger groups such as nonets. Participants who apply as individuals are given their music assignments; participants who apply as a member of a preformed group select their own music to work on. After practicing and receiving coaching throughout the day, they come together with several other groups in master classes, where each group presents the results of their day’s work to the others. A number of additional social and performance components are included.

This course is held in partnership with Chamber Musicians of Northern California (CMNC). The CMNC organizers use their expertise to create compatible chamber groups and to make music assignments from CMNC’s extensive music library. This OLLI registration is only part of the class registration. In order to attend the “Chamber Music Weekend Intensive” a separate application must be done at cmnc.org where more details are available. In addition, participants need to have a sufficient level of experience on piano or a string or woodwind instrument to be able to participate in a chamber ensemble.

The Alexander String Quartet was formed in New York City in 1981 and captured international attention as the first American quartet to win the London International String Quartet Competition in 1985. Its members have serving since 1989 as Ensemble in Residence for San Francisco Performances and Directors of the the Morrison Chamber Music Center in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts at San Francisco State University. Other excellent coaches will join them in teaching at this weekend Intensive.

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Monday

No Classes

  9:00 am-5:00 pm

Downtown

During this session, there are no courses on Mondays.

Tuesday

Infectious Diseases in the News

with Deborah Gold, M.D.

  9:30 am-11:30 am

Downtown

It’s hard to read the news these days without encountering reports of the threats of infectious diseases, from turkeys contaminated with Salmonella and romaine lettuce carrying E coli that occurred last Thanksgiving, to the tens of thousands of cases of cholera and diphtheria that are ongoing in the starving population in Yemen. Outbreaks of measles and mumps are now becoming commonplace, driven by the anti-vaccination movement. It might be time to panic, but stop by here first for the facts. We will discuss the pathogens that cause these and other infections, how and why they spread, how/if they can be treated or prevented, and the political and economic turmoil that they cause.

Deborah Gold practiced Infectious Diseases for 31 years, diagnosing and treating patients with all kinds of infections, including tuberculosis, leprosy, HIV, syphilis, Lyme, malaria, dengue, meningitis, and infections of heart valves and bone. She was a hospital epidemiologist for 15 years which involved surveillance of hospital infections, infection prevention, outbreak investigation and interfacing with county and state departments of health and the CDC. She was also active in teaching more than a generation of medical residents, a number of whom have gone on to become Infectious Diseases specialists themselves. During her 30 plus years in practice, Dr. Gold was a popular speaker and delivered over 50 lectures to her colleagues which were always standing room only!

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Great Composer & Director Collaborations in Film

with David Möschler

  12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Downtown

This course surveys the modern film score for motion pictures through at least six of the most fruitful director and composer collaborations from the 1950's up through today. Selected examples from each team throughout film history will be demonstrated in class through film clips, interviews with composers and film-makers, and optional selected follow-up readings. Students will also learn the context and importance of the film score and how it functions to support the aesthetic and narrative elements of the story. A background in music history or theory is not required.

David Möschler is an award-winning Bay Area conductor, musical director, and lecturer. He has worked on over 100 different theater productions throughout the country, and served on the faculty of Academy of Art University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He frequently guest lectures for many local organizations, specializing in musical theater and film music. In 2013 Möschler founded the Awesöme Orchestra Collective, which he conducts every month.

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A Story From Your Life: Writing & Presenting

with Lynne Kaufman

  2:30 pm-4:30 pm

Downtown

We are story telling creatures. It is through narrative that we understand and share our life experiences. The popularity of telling and listening to personal stories is attested to by such radio shows such as This American Life, The Moth, Snap Judgment and the performances at our local Marsh Theatre.

In this class you learn the principles of creating and performing an effective dramatic narrative. You'll outline, write a five minute monologue, and perform it with constructive feedback from the instructor and the class. 

Lynne Kaufman is an award winning, nationally recognized playwright whose twenty full length plays have been produced in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas etc. Her awards include NEA/Kennedy Center New Play Award, The Glickman Award for Best New Play in San Francisco, Theatreworks Prize for Best New Play in California, The William Inge Theatre Center Best New Play, The Neil Simon Festival Theatre Best New Comedy.

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Wednesday

Sicily, “The Clue to Everything.”

with Douglas Kenning, PhD (Edinburgh)

  10:00 am-12:00 pm

Downtown

"To have seen Italy without seeing Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything” (Goethe) Sicily calls itself the “Crossroads of the Mediterranean”, but a crossroads is a much-trampled place. Sicily sits like a cork strategically plugging the center of the Mediterranean, so no people have been as stepped upon; no people have as many different ancestors written in their faces, their language, their customs, their beliefs. Her history is Mediterranean history. Hers is an epic populated with heroes from Aeneas to Falcone, and monsters from Cyclops to Totò Riina, and it is on the wings of her stories that we will travel more than three thousand years through the history of Sicily.

Douglas Kenning (PhD, Edinburgh) has taught at universities in Tunisia, Japan, and Italy. Besides a university professor, he has been a biologist, actor, army officer, Manhattan taxi driver, academic administrator, and writer. He divides each year between the Bay Area, lecturing on Mediterranean histories and cultures, and Sicily, where he runs Sicily Tour, a small tour guide business.

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Einstein for Poets: Understanding the Theories of Relativity without Math

with Andrew Fraknoi

  3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Downtown

This non-technical, non-mathematical introduction to some of the most bizarre ideas from the work of Albert Einstein is designed for people with little or no science background. We use analogies, thought experiments, examples drawn from everyday life, and a bit of humor to describe Einstein’s revolutionary concepts, how scientists have confirmed them, and what they mean to the average person. You will come away from this course with a new appreciation of the physical world and its behavior under extreme conditions. You’ll also see why Einstein’s ideas continue to fascinate both scientists and science fiction fans.

Andrew Fraknoi is the recently retired as Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College, and a Senior Educator at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. He served as the Society’s Executive Director (1978-1992) and created several NSF-funded national astronomy education programs for them. He is lead author of “Astronomy,” a free on-line introductory college-level textbook, published by OpenStax. He has been teaching a non-technical course on “Einstein and Modern Physics” for more than 30 years at both Foothill and the University of California Extension.

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Thursday

Monet’s Life & Art: From Paris to Giverny

with Maureen O'Brien DeGeller

  10:00 am-12:00 pm

Downtown

The exhibit "Monet: The Late Years, at the de Young Museum, February 16-May 27, 2019, features 50 paintings from the final phase of Monet’s career to his death in 1926. Inspired by the diverse and changeable environment of the garden at his Giverny home, motifs such as the wisteria-covered Japanese footbridge, lily pond, weeping willow trees, irises, daylilies, and agapanthus growing at the water’s edge were among the subjects he painted with increasingly gestural brushstrokes. This course will examine works that balance representation and abstraction and study the artist whose unique way of perceiving nature led the way to twentieth-century modernism.

Maureen O’Brien De Geller received her B.A. and M.A. from Dominican University of California where she presently teaches courses in Western and Non-Western Art History. She has been a docent with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 2006.

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Writing: Flash Fiction & Short Short Stories

with Diane Frank

  12:30 pm-2:30 pm

Downtown

Flash fiction is a universe on one page – a journey that begins, travels and resolves in a brief moment of time. Short Short Stories present a glimpse into a door that opens, shines and closes. For writers of memoir, fiction and prose poems, this workshop introduces the cutting edge of a new genre – with minimal use of language for maximum impact. Each session includes a provocative writing exercise, the “Writer’s Toolbox” with techniques from poetry and fiction to help your writing become more expressive, and a reading/feedback circle. You will be given techniques to access your inner wisdom, vision and intuition, and express it with power and beauty.

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The British Invasion: British Rock of the 1960's

with Richie Unterberger

  12:30 pm-2:30 pm

Downtown

An in-depth view of British rock in the 1960s, particularly the years 1962-1970 in which the Beatles were the most popular band in the world, and changed popular music and culture forever. Dozens of transformative acts from Britain poured through the opened door, including the Rolling Stones, the Who, Pink Floyd, and the bands of stars like Van Morrison, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Using recordings and video clips, the course will trace the British Invasion from the simple Merseybeat of Liverpool through hard rock, psychedelia, and progressive art rock. The course will also examine their impact on American musicians and youth; on the way music was recorded and marketed; and on the 1960s youth counterculture.

Richie Unterberger is the author of a dozen rock history books, including volumes on the Beatles, the Who, the Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Fleetwood Mac, and a two-part history of 1960s folk-rock, Turn! Turn! Turn!/Eight Miles High. He teaches rock history courses at the Fromm Institute, OLLI at Dominican University, and the College of Marin.

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Film: Jean Renoir, Crimes of Passion

with Michael Fox

  2:30 pm-5:00 pm

Downtown

Thursdays from 2:45pm - 5:00pm

Orson Welles and Francois Truffaut called Jean Renoir the greatest filmmaker in the world, and Renoir maintains his place among cinema’s immortals 40 years after his death. The French director, writer and occasional actor began making movies in the silent era, and his vast body of work encompasses social realism, farce, melodrama, tragicomedy, historical epic and musical. This screening, lecture and discussion class explores the genius and contradictions of a humanist who combined effortless artistry with accessible social critique.

Michael Fox is a San Francisco journalist and critic who has written about movies for more than 40 publications since 1987. He hosted KQED's "Independent View" and wrote the "Reel World" column in SF Weekly for a decade. Fox has sat on juries, moderated panels and contributed program notes for the San Francisco International, Mill Valley, United Nations Association and Cinequest film festivals. Fox is a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

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Friday

Criminal Behavioral Profiling

with Mary Juno, MSc

  10:00 am-12:00 pm

Downtown

This course will provide a broad overview of the the use of psychological profiling, exploring its methodology, its history (from hunting medieval witches to modern serial offenders), and its scientific underpinnings. Practical application of theory and methods to case studies will teach students to reason logically and draw evidence-based conclusions about offenders.

Mary Juno earned her MSc in Forensic Science from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, and her BA in Biological Anthropology from San Francisco State University. Juno worked for many years as a CSI at the Oakland Police Department where she processed hundreds of major crime scenes. She has conducted research at the NYPD Latent Fingerprint Lab, and currently teaches forensic science and criminal justice courses at SFSU, SJSU, and CCSF.

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Writing: Flash Fiction & Short Short Stories

with Diane Frank

  1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Downtown

Flash fiction is a universe on one page – a journey that begins, travels and resolves in a brief moment of time. Short Short Stories present a glimpse into a door that opens, shines and closes. For writers of memoir, fiction and prose poems, this workshop introduces the cutting edge of a new genre – with minimal use of language for maximum impact. Each session includes a provocative writing exercise, the “Writer’s Toolbox” with techniques from poetry and fiction to help your writing become more expressive, and a reading/feedback circle. You will be given techniques to access your inner wisdom, vision and intuition, and express it with power and beauty.

Read more and Register Here!

Saturday

Chamber Music Weekend Intensive

with Alexander String Quartet & Others

  9:00 am-8:00 pm

SF State

This course brings together string, woodwind and piano players to share the joy of playing chamber music. On each of the two days, participants work together on a particular piece of music in chamber ensembles, which range in size from trios through quartets and quintets to larger groups such as nonets. Participants who apply as individuals are given their music assignments; participants who apply as a member of a preformed group select their own music to work on. After practicing and receiving coaching throughout the day, they come together with several other groups in master classes, where each group presents the results of their day’s work to the others. A number of additional social and performance components are included.

This course is held in partnership with Chamber Musicians of Northern California (CMNC). The CMNC organizers use their expertise to create compatible chamber groups and to make music assignments from CMNC’s extensive music library. This OLLI registration is only part of the class registration. In order to attend the “Chamber Music Weekend Intensive” a separate application must be done at cmnc.org where more details are available. In addition, participants need to have a sufficient level of experience on piano or a string or woodwind instrument to be able to participate in a chamber ensemble.

The Alexander String Quartet was formed in New York City in 1981 and captured international attention as the first American quartet to win the London International String Quartet Competition in 1985. Its members have serving since 1989 as Ensemble in Residence for San Francisco Performances and Directors of the the Morrison Chamber Music Center in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts at San Francisco State University. Other excellent coaches will join them in teaching at this weekend Intensive.

Read more and Register here!