OLLI Courses

Monday

An Assortment of San Francisco Journeys

with Monika Trobits

  10:00 am-12:30 pm

Downtown

This course will consist of five more eclectic urban journeys during which students will explore various San Francisco localities. Students will learn more about the city's development while viewing a variety of architectural styles, historic landmarks and monuments, film and literary sites, and public art here and there.

Monika Trobits has been studying San Francisco/California history since the mid-1980s, evolving into a local historian, a long-time walking tour docent/guide (since 1989) and a published writer of non-fiction works about the city. 

Writing From The Senses

with Lynne Kaufman

  1:00 pm-3:30 pm

Downtown

Lynne Kaufman We all have important and engaging stories to tell. In this workshop we begin the first four sessions with simple sensory awareness exercises focusing sequentially on sight, sound, taste, and touch. Drawing upon these immediate experiences as inspiration, we summon a compelling event from our lives and write about it in 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.

Wednesday

The Concerto in the 19th & Early 20th Centuries: The Genre Morphs

with Alexandra Amati, PhD

  3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Downtown

We will explore the genre of the concerto during the romantic and post-romantic period, with a brief excursion into the beginning of the 20th century. The presentations will focus on the evolution of the concerto, its expansion in terms both of time and performing forces, as well as its changed role in society, including its use as a political tool. Composers include Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Shostakovich, and others.

Alexandra Amati is an Italian musicologist, who, after earning a degree in Slavic Studies from Italy, received her MA and PhD in Musicology from Harvard University. She teaches at the University of San Francisco, where she created the music program in 2000.

Thursday

The Origins and Evolution of Our Divisive Politics - David Peritz

  10:00 am-12:30 pm

Downtown

A Workshop with David Peritz

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The Long History of the Age of Fracture: On the Origins and Evolution of Our Divisive Politics

This is the first of two closely related but independent workshops focused on issues of identity, difference and commonality in current American civic and political culture. In this session the focus will be on the history of identity politics in the US over the last half century. Over that time, America has become a truly multi -racial and -cultural society, as a result of immigration and demographic shifts, as well as normative change, with diverse citizens less willing to ‘forget’ their many differences to melt into a dominant national culture.

At the same time, norms surrounding gender and sexuality have become less rigid and more contested and fluid. Perhaps at the start of this ‘age of fracture’, it seemed credible to believe that the “moral arc of the universe bends toward justice,” i.e. that the long-term trend of modern democratic political life moved in the direction of treating all members with equal concern and respect while repairing historical injustices like those rooted in race, gender, sexuality and class. Since the beginning of the current century, however, this claim has appeared far less credible, and instead politics has become increasingly less equal, inclusive, just and democratic, while culture has fractured along lines of identity and difference.

In this workshop, we take a mainly historical perspective, tracing the trajectory of a variety of movements for greater diversity, recognition and inclusion over their contentious, messy and transformative paths, including developments among dominant groups that vary from reparation through reconciliation to backlash.

David Peritz has a Doctor of Philosophy in Politics from Oxford University, where his studies were supported by a Marshall Scholarship. He is Co-Chair of the Politics Department at Sarah Lawrence College, and a regular visiting faculty member in the Master of Arts of Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth. He has also taught at UC Berkeley, Harvard, Cornell and Deep Springs, and was a visiting scholar at Erasmus University in Rotterdam and the London School of Economics. His research specialization is modern and contemporary political philosophy, especially contemporary theories of democracy and justice and their relations to issues of diversity and inequality.

Friday

Effects of Identity Politics on Democratic Citizenship

with David Peritz

  10:00 am-12:30 pm

Downtown

WORKSHOP MARCH 29 ONLY

1 to 3 hour Workshops meet one time

The Long History of the Age of Fracture: Has Identity Politics Undermined Democratic Citizenship?

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From ancient times through the major modern democratic revolutions, democracy’s advocates as well as its critics believed that democracy only works in fairly homogeneous societies. Only in such societies, they thought, can a people be sufficiently similar and equal to form shared political understandings and projects. Absent considerable commonality—religious, linguistic, ethnic, racial, and cultural—it is feared that democracy deteriorates into the tyranny of the majority or a war of all against all or a shallow contest of competing interests or populist disfigurement.

In this workshop we will examine these questions in a number of ways, exploring the recent history of the United States, starting with the new social movements of the middle of the twentieth century and moving forward and focusing especially on political and ethical questions surrounding the nature of individual and social identity.

David Peritz has a Doctor of Philosophy in Politics from Oxford University, where his studies were supported by a Marshall Scholarship. He is Co-Chair of the Politics Department at Sarah Lawrence College, and a regular visiting faculty member in the Master of Arts of Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth. He has also taught at UC Berkeley, Harvard, Cornell and Deep Springs, and was a visiting scholar at Erasmus University in Rotterdam and the London School of Economics. His research specialization is modern and contemporary political philosophy, especially contemporary theories of democracy and justice and their relations to issues of diversity and inequality.

Methods of Forensic Identification

with Mary Juno, MSc

  10:00 am-12:00 pm

Downtown

This course will introduce students to methods of human identification (forensic biometrics) such as fingerprints, DNA, and bite marks. Fun, hands-on exercises will re-enforce concepts discussed in lecture.

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. 

 

Memory Boxes: Mixed Media Studio Art

with Lola Fraknoi

  1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Downtown

Starting with a simple cardboard box, we will create artwork that depicts personal narratives -- using a variety of 2D and 3D materials. Students will use a range of materials, A presentation about the life and work of Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) and of Betye Saar, age 92, will inspire our own fine art creations.
 
Lola Fraknoi was born in Lima, Peru and educated in the U.S., she holds a BA from Rice University and an MFA from the California College of the Arts. Trained as a professional artist, she has always found ways to bring art, music, and creativity of all kinds into the programs she has led.