OLLI Courses


Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence

with Paul Clermont

  9:30 am-11:30 am


Robots and artificial intelligence (AI) are all over the news. Some pundits wring their hands about massive unemployment and its effects on society. Others wave their hands, pointing out how many “revolutions” in the nature of work we’ve survived without that happening and how much they’ve improved our everyday lives. But is this revolution different?

Paul Clermont has consulted in and taught about direction and management of Information Technology (IT) and is a frequent contributor and guest editor for the Cutter Buginese Technology Journal.

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More French Short Story Writers

with Caroline Smadja

  12:00 pm-2:00 pm


Discover seven French authors, many with recognizable names; but whom many may have never read. A wide range of voices and both men and women writers will be presented.

Caroline Smadja has been a teacher/trainer for over 25 years, including 10 years as a lecturer at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. she has specialized in adult education, working with learners of all backgrounds and nationalities.

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Mid-Term Elections 2018

with Gerard Heather

  10:00 am-12:00 pm


Historically, mid-term elections favor the party out of power. With the Republican Party Controlling all branches the national government as well as a majority of state legislatures, the prospects of a significant Democratic Party return to political power is very much in play.

Professor Heather is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at SF State and former Chair of the Department. He has taught in the UK and the University of Amsterdam.



Aliens in Outer Space: The Science and the Fiction

with Andrew Fraknoi

  3:00 pm-5:00 pm


Take a look at why astronomers are more optimistic than ever that there must be life beyond the Earth, what experiments we are undertaking to find or communicate with such life, and what we propose to do if we find “them.”

Andrew Fraknoi retired in July 2017 as the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College, having taught introductory astronomy and physics at three different colleges (including SF State).



Culture Clash In The Era Of Globalization

with Joe Lurie

  12:30 pm-2:30 pm


Examine cultural disconnects with refugees and other immigrants and study the nature and implications of culture clash in the news of the day: in the worlds of diplomacy, politics, business, religion, health care and technology.

Joe Lurie is Emeritus Executive Director of UC Berkeley's International House and currently a Cross-Cultural Communications trainer and speaker for corporate and non profit organizations.

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The Beatles: The Rock Group That Changed The World

with Richie Unterberger

  3:00 pm-5:00 pm


to trace their artistic evolution from the dawn of their career in the early 1960s through their breakup about a decade later using common and rare recordings and video clips. 

Richie Unterberger is the author of a dozen rock history books, including volumes on the Beatles, the Who and many others.

This class will be held on Thursdays from 3-5pm for 7 weeks at the SF State Downtown Campus starting Sep 27, 2018.*

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