OLLI at BCC Events & Programs Calendar

OLLI at BCC offers a wide variety of programs and events that combine fascinating learning opportunities with the opportunity to meet great people.  Some are for members only, others are open to the public, but OLLI members receive special discounts.

All of our events and programs are organized by our members. Interested in helping? Contact the OLLI Office about joining an OLLI committee.

Upcoming events

    • Monday, January 22, 2024
    • Monday, March 04, 2024
    • Online and In-Person

    OLLI at Berkshire Community College
    Winter 2024 Semester

    January 22 - March 4

    Online registration is closed. Please call 413-236-2190 to add or register for courses.


    Expand your mind with OLLI at BCC's fascinating courses offered online via Zoom and/or in-person in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. No tests, no grades, just learning for the love of learning.

    Our Winter Semester runs January 22 - March 4, 2024, and includes a mix of in-person, online, and hybrid (online and in-person) courses. All classes take place in Eastern Time.

    Course fees are $50 for one course, $95 for two or three, and $125 for four or more courses within a semester. Each Flexpass counts as one course.

    Call the OLLI at BCC Office at 413.236.2190 (Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Eastern) to register by phone with a credit card, or with any questions you may have.

    To sign up for courses, you need to be an OLLI at BCC member. (Not a member yet? Join here.) Not sure which classes you want to take? Sign up for one or more Flexpasses, which allow you to attend six individual class sessions of your choice within a semester, as long as the class is not full. Click here to learn more about Flexpasses.

    Note that our online courses are recorded, unless otherwise noted. If you cannot attend live, or if you miss a session or two, you can request a link to the recording and watch it at your convenience.

    Questions? Contact us at olli@berkshirecc.edu or 413.236.2190. We look forward to hearing from you!

    • Wednesday, February 21, 2024
    • Wednesday, November 20, 2024
    • 10 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    Register


    This OLLI Contemporary Gender Roles Shared Interest Group was started by Deborah Caine to study and explore cultural changes in the roles of men and women in the family and in the workplace and the multiple changes in gender presentation and identity exemplified in the growth of the LGBTQ+ communities; changes not always easily understood by many.


    The group has grown over the last several years from three members to two dozen women and men who enjoy the lively monthly discussions on topics of urgent and current interest.


    Members volunteer to lead a discussion on a topic of their choice and/or invite an outside speaker and circulate articles from major newspapers, magazines and journals that are relevant to group interests.  


    The Contemporary Gender Roles group sponsored an OLLI course on the Equal Rights Amendment in 2018 which was well attended.


    We meet on Zoom at 2 pm on the third Wednesday of the month. 


    Check out the Contemporary Gender Roles SIG Padlet, for articles, videos, and pictures here!


    For more information about this SIG, please contact Ellen Croibier.


    Topics for 2024 Contemporary Gender Roles SIG

    Helen Hailes: “Gaslighting in Intimate Partner Violence” on January 17

    Leyn Burrows on self-defense for women vs. men on February 21

    Michael Wilcox: Topic TBD on March 20

    Janis Broderick, Executive Director of the Elizabeth Freeman Center and staff, to present to the Gender SIG and Diversity Committee on April 17

    Chris Canning Wilson on the role of women in the Middle East on May 15

    Mal Wasserman with book review: Undaunted and/or The Exceptions on June 19

    More topics scheduled later in the year will be added as they are confirmed.

    • Monday, February 26, 2024
    • Monday, December 23, 2024
    • 11 sessions
    • Online via Zoom


    OLLI at BCC members are invited to join OLLI's Shared Interest Group

    Murder, Mystery & Mayhem: A Book Group

    for an online discussion 

    The Fourth Monday of Every Month

    from 1:30 to 3:00 pm Eastern

    Free and open to all OLLI at BCC members 

    OLLI's Murder, Mystery & Mayhem: A Book Group meets once a month, typically on the 4th Monday at 1:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. We typically meet for no more than 1.5 hours. Historically, the meetings were at someone’s house. Since the pandemic, however, the gatherings have been Zoom-based.

    Books are selected one year in advance… and are not your typically hot present-day offerings. At the meetings, we discuss the chosen book, of course, but often we talk about other books we are reading, movies we have seen, serials we’ve watched/are watching on TV, etc.

    Please contact Bruce Cohen for additional information and to receive the Zoom link. 

    Murder, Mystery & Mayhem Book List 2024

    January           Mystic River                                             Dennis Lehane

    February         Ordinary Grace                                       William Kent Krueger

    March              Shutter Island                                          Dennis Lehane

    April                 Slow Horses                                             Mick Herron

    May                  Smiler with a Knife                                Nicolas Blake

    June                 The Dry                                                     Jane Harper

    July                  The Killer Inside Me                              Jim Thompson

    August             The Last Days of Ptolomy Gray         Walter Mosley

    September      The Long Call                                          Ann Cleeves

    October           The Plot                                                    Jean Hanff Korelitz

    November      The Talented Mr. Ripley                       Patricia Highsmith

    December      When Justice Sleeps                               Stacey Abrams

    • Monday, February 26, 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Hybrid, BCC H-402 and Zoom
    Register

    Pilgrimage to Broken Mountain

    Nahua Sacred Journeys in Mexico’s Huasteca Veracruzana

    by Alan R. Sandstrom & Pamela Effrein Sandstrom


    Monday, February 26, 2024
    at 4 p.m. ET

    Hybrid: In-person at Berkshire Community College and also via Zoom

    Free & open to all

    Pittsfield residents Alan Sandstrom and Pamela Effrein Sandstrom will talk about their long-term anthropological research and new book, Pilgrimage to Broken Mountain: Nahua Sacred Journeys in Mexico’s Huasteca Veracruzana. This hybrid in-person/Zoom book talk focuses on the religious beliefs of the Nahua people, contemporary descendants of the Aztecs, who undertake arduous pilgrimage treks in the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains of Gulf Coast Mexico. The authors will share their understanding of the unity of divine substance that underlies Indigenous ritual practices aimed at reestablishing equilibrium between the human community and the forces of nature. Attendees can pick up a copy of Pilgrimage to Broken Mountain at The Bookstore in Lenox or order online from the University Press of Colorado.

    Pilgrimage to Broken Mountain contains richly detailed descriptions and analyses of ritual procedures as well as translations from the Nahuatl of core myths, chants performed before decorated altars, and statements from participants. Particular emphasis is placed on analyzing the role of the sacred paper figures that are produced by the thousands for each pilgrimage. A magnum opus with respect to Nahua religion and religious practice, Pilgrimage to Broken Mountain is a significant contribution to several fields, including but not limited to anthropology, Indigenous literatures of Mesoamerica, Nahuatl studies, Latinx and Chicanx studies, and religious studies.

    Alan R. Sandstrom is professor emeritus of anthropology at Purdue University Fort Wayne (formerly Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne). Alan and Pamela have conducted long-term ethnographic field research among the Nahua people of northern Veracruz, Mexico, and together they coauthored Traditional Papermaking and Paper Cult Figures of Mexico (1986).

    Pamela Effrein Sandstrom is associate librarian emerita and former head of reference and information services at Purdue University Fort Wayne. She has worked as reference book review editor for the American Library Association’s Choice magazine and serves as archivist for the Central States Anthropological Society.

    • Tuesday, February 27, 2024
    • Tuesday, May 21, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    OLLI at BCC annual members are invited to join OLLI's

    Foreign Language Films

    Shared Interest Group

    Free and open exclusively to OLLI at BCC members

    We will meet on Zoom at 4 p.m. Eastern

    Upcoming Films:

    Autumn Sonata on Tuesday, February 27

    Garden of the Finzi-Continis on Tuesday, March 26

    L'Argent on Tuesday, April 23

    Earrings of Madame de...  on Tuesday, May 21

    Discussion on Zoom, watch the movie on your own device.

    Welcome to the Foreign Language Film SIG.  In this group we will be watching one Foreign Language Film per session.  The films chosen will be available on multiple streaming platforms, and you will be responsible for finding the film to view.  The group will meet on Zoom prior to the viewing of the film, there will be an overview and history of the film given, and then the participants will leave the Zoom session and watch the film on their platform (or DVD) of choice.  The group will re-gather on Zoom a few minutes after the film is over to discuss.  Everyone is invited to participate in any segment of this experience, and all voices are welcome in the post-discussion.  

    Movies can be borrowed from your local library or streamed online.

    Pre-registration is required. Register online or call 413.236.2190 (M-F 9 a.m.-4 p.m.) to register by phone.

    • Wednesday, February 28, 2024
    • Wednesday, March 27, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Richmond, MA

    OLLI at BCC members are invited to join OLLI's

    New Climate Change 

    Shared Interest Group 

    This group meets at a private home in Richmond, MA

    Free and open exclusively to OLLI at BCC members

    This new OLLI Shared Interest Group (SIG) will study the effects on the Planet Earth caused by fossil fuel emissions by following the science and media news daily. The horrific effects of climate change are now apparent every day and affect all humanity wherever we live. Just watch the daily news in any media. The effects on State and Federal budgets of hurricanes, floods, and extreme heat are now becoming clear to everyone.

    The SIG will utilize the work of national organizations such as Third Act (founded recently by Bill McKibben, the famous environmentalist) and Elders Climate Action (among others). Both of these organizations have monthly newsletters and free webinars.

    As activists the OLLI Climate Change SIG will write letters and postcards to the media and politicians - all who have power to effect changes in National and international behavior. 

    The group will meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month in person (during good weather) and share information about all local and national efforts to fight the global warming caused by the fossil fuel industry. It will also share information, by e-mail, gleaned from other environmental organizations in Massachusetts and nationally. 

    Please contact Deborah Caine for more information about this new SIG.

    • Monday, March 04, 2024
    • Monday, May 20, 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Lenox, MA

    Happy Needlers & Hookers:

    A Needlework Shared Interest Group

    Shared Interest Groups are free and exclusively for current OLLI at BCC members.

    We meet every first and third Monday from 12:30pm-2pm in Lenox, MA. Street parking is available. 

    Due to January holidays, our next meeting will be February 5, 2024.

    The Happy Needlers & Hookers Needlework Group is a Shared Interest Group for people that like to knit, needlepoint, cross-stitch, crochet or enjoy any other needle-based craft.

    You can work on any project you wish. The camaraderie and time we spend together is what we find so enjoyable!

    All levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced.

    Please contact Carolyn Vandervort  or Carol Sabot for more information and to join this SIG. Let Carolyn know if you will be joining us so we have an idea of how many will be attending. 

    • Tuesday, March 05, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • In-person at BCC
    • 46
    Register

    You're invited to OLLI at BCC's

    Spring 2024 Open House

    Meet our Spring 2024 instructors and other OLLI Members, take a tour of the BCC campus, and have some fun!

    Tuesday, March 5
    1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    In-person at Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield. Signs and volunteers on campus will direct you to parking and the meeting room.

    Free and open to the public.

    This event will not be recorded, but we will have snacks!

    Please note: We will also share by email, a "video open house" with course introductions from our Spring 2024 instructors. You do not need to register to receive the video.

    Whether you are brand new to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College or a seasoned member of our learning community, join us for the chance to meet other OLLI members, get to know the BCC campus better, and most importantly, chat with the instructors for upcoming courses and ask any questions you have before registering. Onsite registration will also be available.

    No tests, no grades, just learning for the love of learning.

    Our Spring Term runs April 1 to May 20 and includes a mix of in-person, online, and hybrid (online & in-person) courses. All classes take place in Eastern Time.

    Registration for Spring Classes Will Open on March 5.

    Contact us at olli@berkshirecc.edu or 413.236.2190 with any questions. OLLI at BCC offices are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Eastern.

    We look forward to welcoming you!

    • Tuesday, March 05, 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    Register

    The 2024 Solar Eclipse: How to Watch and What We Can Learn

    Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern
    Online via Zoom

    What are the details about the coming Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024? What are the best ways to view it, and what can we expect to see? Where does this eclipse fit into the wider context of past eclipses and predictions about future ones? What can scientists learn from eclipses about the solar system and the universe beyond? These questions and more will be discussed in our Zoom session by Josh Lake, the observatory director and science department head at Pomfret School, a small boarding school in Pomfret, CT. Josh had quite an experience viewing the August 2017 solar eclipse with his family and is now preparing to bring a group of students to view totality this April. Bring your questions, your enthusiasm for this special stellar alignment, and your best hopes for clear skies on April 8th!

    Joshua Lake is the Science Department chair at Pomfret School and he teaches astronomy and coding classes. He also oversees the freshman engineering program, teaching computer and maker space equipment skills. Josh's undergraduate study in astronomy launched his career in teaching science, and he earned his master's degree in Learning and Knowledge Management Systems (essentially 'teaching with technology'). Josh helped install and calibrate a state-of-the-art telescope in the observatory, making Pomfret one of the top astronomical sites in the area, and brought hundreds of visitors to the observatory to see the bands on Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, and incredible views of the Moon.

    Tickets:

    • Admission is Free for OLLI at BCC members
    • Free for students, staff and faculty from the Pomfret School, Berkshire Community College, MCLA, Simon's Rock, and Williams; youth 17 and under, and those holding WIC, EBT/SNAP, or ConnectorCare cards.
    • $10 for the general public

    This program will be recorded.

    OLLI at BCC is also going to the Eclipse as a day trip!  Learn more and register!

    • Wednesday, March 06, 2024
    • Wednesday, March 27, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    Register


    21st Century Medicine
    2024 Virtual Lecture Series

    A Four-Part Introduction to a New Approach to Medicine

    The intersection of the fields of genetics, artificial intelligence and medicine will have enormous impacts on human health and lifespans in the coming decades.

    Extraordinary research is not only guiding the progress made in treating individual diseases—cancer, sickle cell anemia, heart disease, diabetes, but also the aging process and human longevity. Changes in medicine and research will impact physician/patient interaction, our health, and of course, the cutting edge of laboratory science.

    Join us in exploring this exciting progress in this series of talks with four experts in their fields and bring your questions, concerns and curiosity.

    All lectures are on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom.
    Free and open to the public.

    Link to read lecture descriptions and speaker bios.

    • March 6 - Dr. Mark Pettus
      Innovative Trends in Aging and Longevity Science: “The future ain’t what it used to be”
    • March 13 - Dr. Hod Lipson (this session will not be recorded)
      Artificial Intelligence Trends in Medicine
    • March 20 - Dr. F. Perry Wilson
      The "Doctor" will "See" You Now: Navigating Patient / Clinician Interactions in the Digital Era
    • March 27 - Dr. Jordan Smoller
      An Introduction to Precision Medicine and The All of Us Research Program,

    Questions? Contact us at olli@berkshirecc.edu or 413.236.2190. We look forward to hearing from you!

    This series is sponsored in part by Berkshire SuperGenarians.

    • Thursday, March 07, 2024
    • Thursday, May 02, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Online


    Attention Chamber Music Lovers! 

    The Listening to Chamber Music SIG is for people who are interested in chamber music and who would enjoy learning about and listening to chamber music repertoire with other chamber music aficionados.  The proposed format will be that the leader of each meeting will provide program notes about a piece, the group will listen together and then discuss what they think about the piece.  This is the proposed format, it is expected that the group will tweak it and decide together what works best and which chamber works will please our collective ear. 

    This group is meeting on Zoom with once-a-month meetings.

    Contact Harriet Wetstone if you if you would like any additional information about this Listening to Chamber Music SIG and if you would like to join the group and receive the Zoom link.

    • Monday, March 11, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom
    Register

    Telling The Truth Through Fiction

    Presented by Jennifer BrowdyMonday, March 11, 2024
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
    Online via Zoom

    Workshop Cost:
    OLLI at BCC Members: $15
    Non-members: $20

    Join award-winning memoirist and popular teacher Jennifer Browdy, PhD, for an online workshop exploring how sometimes telling the truth is easier in fiction than in memoir. The workshop will include instruction and writing exercises/prompts. As Jennifer wrote in a recent essay, when we “shift purposefully from memoir to fiction, we not only do no harm to the still-living people who inhabit our memories, but we also ignite the process of transforming the coal of true but painful stories into diamonds that can shine a bright light for ourselves, and for others.” If you have some tender true stories in mind that you're not sure how to tell, this workshop is for you!

    Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D. is a professor of literature, writing and media arts at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and the online global Bard Open Society University Network. Her latest book, Purposeful Memoir as a Quest for a Thriving Future, was a 2022 Nautilus Gold Award winner and a 2022 Gold Award winner in the Independent Press Awards. Her writer’s guide, The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir, won a 2017 Nautilus Silver Award and her memoir, What I Forgot ...And Why I Remembered, was a finalist for the 2018 International Book Awards. Offering writing workshops, author coaching and manuscript review, Jennifer is the publisher of Green Fire Press and co-host of the Birth Your Truest Story online writers’ community. Find out more at JenniferBrowdy.com.

    • Monday, March 11, 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Hybrid, BCC H-402 and Zoom
    Register

    The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents

    Art and Auschwitz: A Dialogue on a Last Expression

    With David Mickenberg


    Monday, March 11, 2024
    at 2 p.m. ET

    Hybrid: In-person at Berkshire Community College and also via Zoom

    It is difficult to imagine that amidst the horrors of the holocaust, surrounded by death and destruction, loneliness and loss, art survived and was called upon by both perpetrator and victim.  It is hard to understand how victims, whose identity was denied and whose dignity was removed, could attempt to combat these circumstances through the act of putting pencil to paper, reciting Shakespeare from memory, or writing and illustrating annotated diaries.

    Amid the desolation of the camps, some found a way through art to express love, tenderness, emotion, humor, sexuality, aesthetic concerns, political ideology, or religious fervor.  Through drawing and poetry, painting and performance victims expressed empathy for the past, hope for the future, and engaged in resistance. Such creative action might never be received by its intended audience or had no intended audience other than its author. More hauntingly, art might also be bartered for the necessities of survival.  This presentation will look at the array of roles that the arts played in the camps, Auschwitz in particular.

    David Mickenberg has served as the Director of both the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, and the Director of the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. He was also President and CEO of both the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia, and the President and CEO of the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He was a faculty member at the Getty Leadership Institute in Los Angeles, California, Co-Chair of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts at Northwestern University and adjunct faculty in art history and museum studies at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania. He currently is President of the Lehigh Valley Arts and Cultural Alliance in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is the co-editor of The Last Expression: Art and Auschwitz and co-curator of the exhibition of the same title. He is one of several authors of the book, Printmaking in American, 1960-1990 and author of Songs of Glory: Medieval Art 12th through 15th Centuries.

    PHOTO CREDITS

    Dina Gottlebova Babbitt (1923-2009)
    Watercolor on paper
    Portraits of Romani, 1944

    Mieczyslaw Koscielniak (1912-1993)
    Ink on Cardboard
    Roll Call at Auschwitz, 1944

    Horst Rosenthal (1915-1942)
    Watercolor on paper
    Mickey Mouse au Camp de Gurs, 1942

    _________

    Ticket information:

    Admission is $10 for OLLI at BCC and Berkshire Museum members, and $15 for the general public.

    Admission is free for students, staff and faculty from Berkshire Community College, MCLA, Simon's Rock, and Williams; youth 17 and under, and those holding WIC, EBT/SNAP, or ConnectorCare cards.

    Pre-registration is required. Register safely and securely online or call 413.236.2190 (M-F 9am-4pm) to register by phone with a credit card.

    In Partnership with the Berkshire Museum


    • Tuesday, March 12, 2024
    • Tuesday, November 12, 2024
    • 9 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    Creative Nonfiction Writing

    Shared Interest Group

    Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 

    9:30 a.m. Eastern

    Free and open exclusively to OLLI at BCC members

    Do you love to write and want to have a writers’ group to share and critique your work? If you do, consider joining our Creative Nonfiction SIG which meets monthly via Zoom. The format of our meetings will be flexible but will focus on each member sharing their work and receiving mindful critique from other group members.  At each meeting we will pick a leader for the next meeting. That leader will assign a prompt for the next meeting’s writings or writers may choose their own subject.

    What is creative nonfiction? It can be essay, memoir, personal narrative, travel writing, food writing, chronicle, fact-based essays, or biography. The commonality is that the writer uses literary techniques to tell the facts allowing the reader to understand the situations described in a fuller, more emotional way. As one writer — Melanie McGrath, whose book Silvertown, an account of her grandmother's life, describes her writing — the known facts of her stories are "the canvas on to which I have embroidered. Some of the facts have slipped through the holes—we no longer know them nor have any means of verifying them—and in these cases I have reimagined scenes or reconstructed events in a way I believe reflects the essence of the scene or the event in the minds and hearts of the people who lived through it. ... To my mind this literary tinkering does not alter the more profound truth of the story.”

    For more information, please contact Lana Bennett

    • Tuesday, March 12, 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • Hybrid, BCC H-402 and Zoom
    Register

    Finding Your “Rootsilience”

    Beyond Resilience to Rootsilience: A Revolutionary Women's Leadership  Framework for Balance, Well-being and Success

    by Samantha Anderson and Rimi Chakraborty


    Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. ET

    Hybrid: In-person at Berkshire Community College and also via Zoom

    Free & open to all

    Our body shows us when we've been stretched beyond our limits and knocked out of balance. What can we do about it, and how can we recognize those first signs? The soon-to-be released Beyond Resilience to Rootsilience: A Revolutionary Women's Leadership  Framework for Balance, Well-being and Success helps to show us how. “Rootsilience” is a word the authors invented that rhymes with resilience. The book integrates positive psychology with ancient wisdom to help women decode signs of being overwhelmed to restore well-being and purpose. 

    Beyond Resilience to Rootsilienceis co-authored by West Stockbridge-based Samantha Anderson and Rimi Chakraborty who lives in the Azores. Chakraborty is a keynote speaker, author, yoga teacher and leadership consulting coach for groups, teams, and individuals dedicated to developing conscious leaders. Anderson is a board-certified health and wellness coach with decades of experience working with women leaders as a nonprofit and philanthropy consultant. Learn more: rootsilience.com

    • Tuesday, March 19, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    Register

    The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents

    Climate Change and Human Migration: Intersections, Outcomes, and Responses
    Serin Houston

    Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. ET

    Online via Zoom

    Droughts, flooding, fires, extreme temperatures. Tens of millions of people on the move. Climate change and managing human migration are some of the most significant challenges of our times. Professor Serin Houston will examine the intersections of these two pressing issues in various contemporary contexts and from a geographic perspective. She will discuss the significance of terminology, such as the inaccurate and frequently deployed term “climate refugee,” and why it is important to use correct language for displaced people. She will also demonstrate why we need strong, collaborative, and creative governance to produce more equitable migration outcomes and to mitigate the impacts of climate change.


    Serin Houston is an Associate Professor of Geography and International Relations at Mount Holyoke College. Her research and teaching center upon critical migration studies and urban geography as she works to understand the processes, politics, and practices of creating a more equitable, just, and regenerative world. To learn more about Serin Houston, please visit her website: https://serindhouston.com/

    _________

    Ticket information:

    Admission is $10 for OLLI at BCC and Berkshire Museum members, and $15 for the general public.

    Admission is free for students, staff and faculty from Berkshire Community College, MCLA, Simon's Rock, and Williams; youth 17 and under, and those holding WIC, EBT/SNAP, or ConnectorCare cards.

    Pre-registration is required. Register safely and securely online or call 413.236.2190 (M-F 9am-4pm) to register by phone with a credit card.

    In Partnership with the Berkshire Museum


    • Wednesday, March 20, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • In-person at BCC
    • 3
    Register

    Applying Techniques for Travel Photography for Everyone

    with Thadeus Kubis

    Wednesday, March 20, 2024
    (Rain date: March 27)

    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
    In-person at Berkshire Community College

    Smartphone, DSLR/Mirrorless systems, Apply what you have learned!

    Had enough of classroom learning? Join OLLI photography instructor Thad Kubis, and apply all those controls, modes, tricks, pre-sets and settings you have learned. Thad will lead a hands-on walk on Wednesday March 20, rain date March 27, around the BCC campus.

    During this walk he will apply, explain and instruct those in attendance how to get the most out of their camera or Smartphone systems.

    Attendees will need to walk or stand (or bring portable seat) through the workshop over sometimes uneven ground.

    Thaddeus B. Kubis has a broad base of photographic related experience, working within various industries including travel and leisure, manufacturing, banking, financial services, marine and sailing. He is an active photographic instructor/lecturer and consultant and teaches smartphone/iCamera photography as well as DSLR, film, large format, composition, seeing and preparing to observe to groups or individuals. He is a certified Apple Teacher.

    Workshop Cost:
    OLLI at BCC Members: $15
    Non-members: $20

    • Wednesday, March 20, 2024
    • 11:00 AM
    • Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Ave. St. Petersburg, FL 33713
    • 17
    Register

    The OLLI Special Events Committee presents 

    In St. Petersburg, Florida


    Wednesday, March 20, 2024  11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


    You will be in awe by the brilliant display of all the possibilities of glass as an art form at the Imagine Museum. Artists who began the Studio Glass Movement come together in stunning examples of diversity of ideas, techniques and creativity. You will see “the best of the best” glass art in the world!

    • Tour with a docent in the morning.
    • OLLI Chefs serve Lunch in "Blue Room."
    • Afternoon on your own.

    Specific Driving Directions will be emailed in advance. Carpools can be arranged, be in touch with Special Events Chair Arline Breskin for assistance (413. 446. 4102)


    This event is in person only in St. Petersburg.

    Tickets are: $35 for OLLI members

                            $40 for members of the public


    No refunds unless space is filled from a waiting list!  
    Questions? Special Events Chair: Arline Breskin (413) 446 4102

    Register online or call 413.236.2190 (M-F 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) to register by phone with a credit card.  

    Thank you to OLLI's Special Events Committee for organizing this and so many other great OLLI events!

    • Thursday, March 21, 2024
    • Thursday, December 19, 2024
    • 10 sessions
    • Online via Zoom

    Gotta Reads - NYT Best Sellers Book Club

    Shared Interest Group (SIG)


    The Gotta Reads - NYT Best Sellers Book Club reads books from the NYT Best Seller List of the last couple of years.  We look for books that are "discussion-worthy" and thought provoking.  

    This group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. Eastern

    January - The Covenant of Water by Abraham Varghese

    February - Absolution by Alice McDermott

    March - Tom Lake by Ann Patchett

    April - The Ocean and the Stars by Mark Helprin

    Please click here to contact group leader Sheila McKenna for additional information & to join the email list.

    This group is for OLLI at BCC members only. To see member information, please click here.

    • Tuesday, March 26, 2024
    • Friday, March 29, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • In-person at Berkshire Community College
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    Basic Bird Biology

    Presented by Prof. Tom Tyning, Berkshire Community College


    Three Session Workshop:
    Tuesday, March 26, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Thursday, March 28,
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Friday, March 29,
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    In-person at Berkshire Community College

    Workshop Cost:
    OLLI at BCC Members: $30
    Non-members: $35

    There’s a lot more to understand about birds than their identification. In this short introduction, participants will be introduced to the evolution, anatomy, ecological interactions, and conservation of birds, both locally and around the world.

    Tom Tyning has been a Professor of Environmental Science at Berkshire Community College since 1999. Previous he was a Field Biologist and Master Naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society for 24 years. He also served for 15 years as an Adjunct Professor in the Environmental Studies Program at Antioch New England Graduate School (Amphibian Biology, Ornithology, Field Entomology, Reptile Biology), at Springfield College (Ornithology), and MCLA (Botany).

    For 25 years, he wrote a weekly Nature column for the Springfield (MA) Union-News. An avid consumer of New England natural history his main research interests are amphibians and reptiles. His book, A Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles, is published by Little, Brown and Co.

    • Monday, April 08, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    • Shelburne, VT
    • 9
    Register

    Day Trip to see the Total Eclipse in Shelburne, VT!
    April 8, 2024

    Departs Berkshire Community College at 8:45 a.m.

    Do you want to see the April 8 total solar eclipse but the drive and/or hotel rooms seemed too much? Want to travel with some really fun people who also are excited about this once in a lifetime opportunity? Come travel with OLLI and Berkshire Community College!

    OLLI at BCC and BCC have booked a coach bus day trip from the BCC campus to Shelburne Museum, just south of Burlington, VT and back. We cannot guarantee the weather and this trip will take place rain, clouds, or sunshine!

    We will be traveling to the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT and sharing our bus among OLLI members and BCC students, faculty, and staff.

    The 2024 Solar Eclipse Zoom program on March 5 with OLLI at BCC on March 5 will introduce the importance of eclipses and provide tips for viewing.

    Cost is $115 per OLLI at BCC member and for BCC Faculty and Staff (tickets available now!)
    $125 for non-member and non-BCC guests (ticket sales open 2/26)

    No refunds unless space is filled from a waiting list!  

    Included: Bus ticket, admission to the Shelburne Museum, viewing glasses, some light snacks for the bus ride in each direction.

    Optional: For an additional $25, you can add a boxed dinner that will be easy to eat on the bus from a local farm to table caterer.

    Accessibility information:
    Participants will need to be able to navigate stairs onto the bus, down the aisles, and walk short distances to the viewing site and to restrooms. They will need to be able to carry/roll their supplies to the viewing location. A restroom is available on the bus during travel and onsite at the museum.

    April 8 Schedule
    (Subject to change for traffic conditions, especially on return)

    8:30 a.m.  Arrive at the North Parking Lot at Berkshire Community College
    8:45 a.m. Bus leaves BCC and travel to Shelburne, VT for viewing
    1:00 p.m. Arrive, stretch your legs, check out the museum, eat lunch, and set up your viewing spot
    2:15 p.m. Eclipse begins
    3:20 p.m. Totality
    4:40 p.m. Eclipse ends, load up bus (pick up boxed dinners)
    5 p.m. Return home
    9 p.m. Arrive at BCC parking lot (We hope, but traffic may slow us down.)

    Bring with you:

    • A folding chair/camp chair or blanket
    • Picnic lunch and dinner. Option to add boxed dinner for $25. The Café at the museum will be open for lunch with a limited menu (i.e. sandwiches, grilled cheese, salads) if you would prefer to purchase lunch on site.
    • Any additional eclipse viewing gear
    • Clothing layers!

    We will be able to stow items under the bus – label your items!

    • Tuesday, April 30, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Berkshire Museum
    Register

    Call for Entries!

    OLLI at BCC members are invited to participate in the OLLI Art Exhibit 2024 at the Berkshire Museum.

    The show exclusively showcases the work of our many talented members.
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    The OLLI Art Exhibit will be presented at the
    Berkshire Museum / Crane Room / 39 South St. / Pittsfield


    The exhibit will run the entire month of June 2024.
    Opening Reception June 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.


    The exhibit will be shown virtually after closing.

    Art in the mediums of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography,
    printmaking, mixed media, fiber art, and jewelry are eligible.


    Deadline for entry is April 30, 2024.

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    Steps to enter the Art Exhibit:

    Read and Review Entry Rules
    Fill out Entry Form

    Pay $25 registration fee

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    Thank you to the Berkshire Museum for generously hosting this event.
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    Questions? Email the OLLI office at olli@berkshirecc.edu

Past events

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 Welcome to Bistro 502!
Monday, February 12, 2024 A Brief History of Love
Monday, February 05, 2024 Stephen I. Vladeck The Shadow Docket: How the Supreme Court Uses Stealth Rulings to Amass Power and Undermine the Republic
Wednesday, January 31, 2024 Bill McKibben on Climate and Justice
Thursday, January 11, 2024 Jefferson Cowie on Freedom’s Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power
Wednesday, January 10, 2024 OLLI New Members Get-Together
Tuesday, January 09, 2024 An Introduction to the Music of John Coltrane
Tuesday, January 09, 2024 Get it Done! Workshop
Thursday, December 21, 2023 Paper Crafting Shared Interest Group
Thursday, December 21, 2023 Genealogy Shared Interest Group
Monday, December 18, 2023 Oral History And Legacy Interviewing with Adam Phillips
Friday, December 15, 2023 Tina Packer: Onstage
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 OLLI Winter 2024 Open House
Wednesday, December 06, 2023 Update on Ukraine with James Brooke
Tuesday, December 05, 2023 Au Revoir, Les Enfants - Foreign Language Films Shared Interest Group
Monday, December 04, 2023 Louis Armstrong: King of Queens with Ricky Riccardi
Thursday, November 30, 2023 The Fine Art of Art Restoration: Causes & Remedies by Master Conservator Troy Amuso
Wednesday, November 29, 2023 Leslie Wheeler Local Author Talk
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 Shared Interest Group Open House
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 Street Corner Dreams by Florence Reiss Kraut
Thursday, November 09, 2023 Laurence Steinberg: You and Your Adult Child
Wednesday, November 01, 2023 Rise Up! Indigenous Music in North America with Craig Harris
Thursday, October 19, 2023 Sex, Lies, and Stereotypes: Gendered Politics and Women's Representation
Sunday, October 15, 2023 OLLI Theater Brunch "English"
Saturday, September 30, 2023 Art and Globalism in Eighteenth-Century Europe
Saturday, September 23, 2023 Walking Tour: Indian Town, Stockbridge MA
Friday, September 22, 2023 OLLI New Members Get-Together
Monday, September 18, 2023 Fall 2023 OLLI Semester
Thursday, September 14, 2023 Berkshire Theatre Critics Panel 2023
Tuesday, September 12, 2023 From Collage to Decoupage
Friday, September 08, 2023 Forest Bathing Workshop
Wednesday, September 06, 2023 2023 OLLI Faculty Appreciation Party
Tuesday, September 05, 2023 Behind the Scenes: Life Inside a U.S. Embassy
Tuesday, August 29, 2023 Baseball in the Berkshires
Thursday, August 24, 2023 Online Zoom Workshops for OLLI Leaders
Tuesday, August 22, 2023 OLLI Fall 2023 Open House for In-person Classes
Wednesday, August 16, 2023 A Chester Duet with OLLI at BCC
Thursday, August 10, 2023 DIY Craft-Tile Coaster Decoupage Workshop
Monday, August 07, 2023 The Indictment: The Charges Against Trump for Conspiring to Overthrow the 2020 Election
Wednesday, July 26, 2023 Ukraine's Summer Offensive and Russia's Future
Monday, July 17, 2023 Summer Two 2023 OLLI Semester
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 Crossing the Finishing Line Workshop
Tuesday, July 11, 2023 Author Talk: The Memoir of a Female Soldier
Tuesday, July 11, 2023 DIY Craft-Tile Coaster Decoupage Workshop
Thursday, July 06, 2023 An Amherst Duet!
Sunday, July 02, 2023 Jacob's Pillow with OLLI at BCC
Friday, June 30, 2023 Edwin Barker, BSO Principal Double Bassist Recital
Monday, June 26, 2023 A Journey of Discovery and Truth-telling with Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Saturday, June 24, 2023 Jeremy Yudkin Presents: The Greatest Classical String Quartets of the Last 250 Years
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 Opening the Infrared Treasure Chest with JWST with Dr. John C. Mather
Thursday, June 15, 2023 OLLI Summer Two 2023 Open House
Monday, June 12, 2023 OLLI New Members Get-Together
Monday, June 05, 2023 Fusion Dance and Movement Lecture and Workshop
Monday, June 05, 2023 Summer One 2023 OLLI Semester
Tuesday, May 30, 2023 Advanced Directives Workshop: The Five Wishes
Saturday, May 27, 2023 The 2023 Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture: Jamie Raskin
Tuesday, May 16, 2023 Local Author Talk: Margery Metzger Hidden Demons
Monday, May 08, 2023 Gardening with Native Plants: Why and How
Tuesday, May 02, 2023 OLLI Summer One 2023 Open House
Monday, May 01, 2023 Electioneering in the Age of Jackson
Wednesday, April 26, 2023 Changing Lives in Morocco: Clubbed Feet and Education for Girls
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 The Ethics of Collective Action
Monday, April 10, 2023 Spring 2023 OLLI Semester
Friday, March 31, 2023 Play Reading Shared Interest Group
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 Exploring the Culture of Spain
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 Mindful Conversation: A Practice for Life Second Session
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 Advanced Directives Workshop: The Five Wishes
Monday, March 20, 2023 The Art and Craft of Purposeful Memoir
Thursday, March 16, 2023 OLLI Spring 2023 Open House
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 Only Hope: A Survivor’s Stories of the Holocaust with Irving Lubliner
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 Mindful Conversation: A Practice for Life
Monday, March 13, 2023 Sarasota Double Header!
Thursday, March 02, 2023 OLLI New Members Get-Together
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 Ukraine, Russia and the West - the Outlook for 2023
Tuesday, February 14, 2023 Worse Than Nothing: The Dangerous Fallacy of Originalism
Monday, February 13, 2023 When Generals Ruled: Military Occupations and the United States as a Global Power
Thursday, February 09, 2023 Botticelli's Secret
Tuesday, February 07, 2023 Tour of Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement (MAACM)
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 Inside Edith Wharton's Library
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 Winter 2023 OLLI Semester
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 OLLI New Members Get-Together
Thursday, January 05, 2023 OLLI Winter 2023 Open House
Wednesday, December 21, 2022 Contemporary Gender Roles SIG
Monday, December 12, 2022 Online Facilitation Workshops for OLLI Leaders
Wednesday, December 07, 2022 Enchanted: Why Magic Persists Across Millennia
Monday, December 05, 2022 Cross Country Ski Shared Interest Group - Kickoff Meeting
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 Shared Interest Group Open House
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 History of Music in the Berkshires: The Road House Era Shared Interest Group
Wednesday, November 09, 2022 Tech Impact Collaborative Lecture Series 2022
Saturday, November 05, 2022 Why Dante Still Matters with Mark Scarbrough
Thursday, November 03, 2022 French Conversation SIG Meeting
Wednesday, November 02, 2022 Julius Rosenwald: The Most Important Philanthropist You Never Heard Of
Friday, October 21, 2022 Play Reading Shared Interest Group
Friday, October 21, 2022 History of Music in the Berkshires Shared Interest Group: The Road House Era
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 Shattered Crystals: A Talk by Holocaust Survivor, Eve Kugler
Friday, October 14, 2022 OLLI New Members Get-Together
Thursday, October 06, 2022 Immoral Art James Harold
Monday, October 03, 2022 Update on Ukraine with James Brooke
Sunday, October 02, 2022 OLLI Theatre Brunch "All of Me"
Thursday, September 29, 2022 Berkshire Theatre Critics Panel
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America
Monday, September 19, 2022 Fall 2022 OLLI Semester
Saturday, September 17, 2022 Walking Tour: Stockbridge with Housatonic Heritage 2
Thursday, September 15, 2022 Berkshire Cider Project
Thursday, September 15, 2022 Walking Tour: Wild Edibles with Russ Cohen Bidwell House
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 Drew Lopenzina "William Apess, A Native Son of Western Massachusetts"
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 Mapping The Common Pot Lisa Brooks
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 Reading Group Braiding Sweetgrass Michael Wilcox
Sunday, September 11, 2022 Walking Tour: Stockbridge with Housatonic Heritage 1
Friday, September 09, 2022 Walking Tour: Bidwell House, Monterey, MA
Thursday, September 08, 2022 Hawk Henries Concert
Thursday, September 08, 2022 Walking Tour: Hancock Shaker Village, Hancock
Wednesday, September 07, 2022 Reading Group Indigenous Children's Literature
Tuesday, September 06, 2022 Dawnlands Sovereigns Bruce Duthu
Tuesday, September 06, 2022 Reading Group Cheryl Savageau
Friday, September 02, 2022 Nayana LaFond Artist Talk
Thursday, September 01, 2022 OLLI Fall Semester Open House
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 From Nonotuck to Northampton; Margaret Bruchac
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 Reading Group Dawnland Voices Pat Kennedy
Monday, August 29, 2022 Reading Group: The Common Pot with Katherine Kidd
Friday, August 26, 2022 Awikhigan Artist Talk
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 Public Attitudes Towards Immunization: Past and Present
Saturday, August 20, 2022 Honoring Linda Greenhouse DSS
Wednesday, August 17, 2022 A Chester Duet: "To the Moon and Back"
Saturday, July 23, 2022 Lesley Friedman Rosenthal and Jessica Lustig on Afghan refugees
Saturday, July 23, 2022 Art Exhibit Registration Payment
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 French Conversation SIG Meeting
Monday, July 18, 2022 Summer Two 2022 OLLI Semester
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 OLLI Tennis SIG
Saturday, July 09, 2022 Sondheim's Concepts - Company and Sunday in the Park
Friday, July 01, 2022 OLLI Summer Two Semester Open House
Saturday, June 25, 2022 AMERICA(NA) TO ME at Jacob's Pillow
Saturday, June 18, 2022 Highlights of Tanglewood 2022
Thursday, June 09, 2022 The Promise of Jazz with Professor John Myers
Friday, June 03, 2022 Creative Aging Exhibit
Wednesday, June 01, 2022 Update on Ukraine with James Brooke
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 Summer One 2022 OLLI Semester
Saturday, May 28, 2022 The 2022 Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture: Congressman Jamie Raskin
Thursday, May 26, 2022 Psychology and the Law - Video Evidence
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 French Conversation SIG Meeting
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 Cultivating Creativity
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 The Leak of the Draft and the Future of Roe v. Wade
Friday, May 06, 2022 OLLI New Members Get-Together
Thursday, May 05, 2022 OLLI Summer One Semester Open House
Wednesday, May 04, 2022 Foreign Films Shared Interest Group Online Screening of "Manon of the Spring"
Wednesday, April 06, 2022 Foreign Films Shared Interest Group screening of "Pather Panchali"
Tuesday, April 05, 2022 The Genesis and Evolution of the American City
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 Say it Loud! A Conversation with Harvard Law Professor Randall Kennedy
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 Bound by Creativity: How Contemporary Art is Created and Judged
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 OLLI Strategic Planning Focus Group #5
Thursday, March 17, 2022 Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 OLLI Strategic Planning Focus Group #4
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 "Lizzie" Melville Online Tour of Arrowhead
Thursday, March 10, 2022 Human Rights & Climate Change Law
Thursday, March 10, 2022 OLLI Strategic Planning Focus Group #3
Tuesday, March 08, 2022 OLLI Strategic Planning Focus Group #2
Friday, March 04, 2022 OLLI Strategic Planning Focus Group #1
Thursday, March 03, 2022 Foreign Films Shared Interest Group screening: "Shame"
Tuesday, March 01, 2022 OLLI Spring Semester Open House
Thursday, February 10, 2022 Ukraine: Gateway to Europe
Tuesday, February 08, 2022 OLLI New Members Get-Together
Wednesday, February 02, 2022 Foreign Films Shared Interest Group Screening: "A Special Day"
Tuesday, February 01, 2022 Russia's Foreign Policy in the 21st Century
Thursday, January 27, 2022 Elizabeth Freeman: From Slavery to Freedom
Thursday, January 27, 2022 Cross Country Skiing Shared Interest Group
Thursday, January 13, 2022 Dignity by Fire with Author Randy Parraz
Monday, January 10, 2022 Chess Shared Interest Group- General Interest Meeting
Thursday, January 06, 2022 Foreign Films Shared Interest Group- "Jean de Florette"
Monday, December 20, 2021 Contemporary Gender Roles Shared Interest Group Meetings
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 OLLI Winter Semester Open House
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 Architecture, Environmentalism & Islam: The Djenne Mosque
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 French Conversation SIG Meeting
Friday, December 10, 2021 Intergenerational Playwriting Workshop with Williamstown Theatre Festival
Thursday, December 02, 2021 Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Lift Your Spirits in the Berkshires
Monday, November 29, 2021 Listening to Chamber Music SIG
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 Electrifying Transportation
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 US-China Relations Under Biden and Trump
Tuesday, November 09, 2021 OLLI New Members Get-Together
Thursday, November 04, 2021 OLLI Shared Interest Group Open House
Wednesday, November 03, 2021 A Decade of Decarbonization: Achieving Massachusetts' 2030 Climate Objectives
Monday, November 01, 2021 Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 OLLI Theater Party: "The Chairs" at Shakespeare and Company
Monday, October 04, 2021 Climate Change Risks and Opportunities: Sustainable Development in an Age of Crisis
Sunday, October 03, 2021 OLLI Theatre Brunch
Monday, September 20, 2021 Issues in Holocaust World Literature and Film
Monday, September 20, 2021 Fall 2021 OLLI Semester
Friday, September 17, 2021 Humor, Laughter, and Well-Being
Friday, September 17, 2021 Berkshire Theatre Critics Panel
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 The Future of Cryptocurrency
Thursday, September 09, 2021 History Shock with Author John Dickson
Thursday, September 09, 2021 OLLI New Members Get-Together
Thursday, September 02, 2021 OLLI Fall Semester Open House
Saturday, August 21, 2021 Berkshire Opera Festival Presents Verdi's "Falstaff"
Thursday, August 19, 2021 OLLI at BCC All Member Chat
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 OLLI Theater Party: ART at Shakespeare and Company
Wednesday, August 04, 2021 Japanese Americans and World War II
Monday, July 19, 2021 Summer Two 2021 Online Semester
Thursday, July 15, 2021 Gotta Reads: New York Times Best Seller Book Club
Thursday, July 15, 2021 ADDED PERFORMANCE: Chester Theatre presents "The Niceties" at Hancock Shaker Village
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 Chester Theatre presents "The Niceties" at Hancock Shaker Village
Friday, July 09, 2021 Tanglewood Preview with Professor Jeremy Yudkin
Thursday, July 08, 2021 OLLI Online Cabaret Performance
Thursday, July 08, 2021 The Villages Movement
Wednesday, July 07, 2021 OLLI Summer Two Open House
Tuesday, July 06, 2021 OLLI New Members Get-Together
Thursday, June 17, 2021 Mercury Rising Online Author Talk
Thursday, June 17, 2021 Gotta Reads: New York Times Best Seller Book Club
Thursday, June 10, 2021 What is Living and What is Dead in Fascism?
Thursday, June 03, 2021 Women and War: Warriors, Victims and Peacemakers
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 The 2021 Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture: The New Normal with Dr. Jennifer Ashton
Monday, May 24, 2021 Summer One 2021 Online Semester
Thursday, May 20, 2021 OLLI at BCC Annual Meeting
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Ethics & Capitalism: An Online Talk
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Shared Interest Group Open House
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Susan B. Anthony Duet
Friday, May 07, 2021 OLLI New Members Get-Together
Thursday, May 06, 2021 Summer One Open House
Wednesday, May 05, 2021 The Ritchie Boys: America’s Jewish Secret Weapon During World War II
Thursday, April 29, 2021 Foreign Film SIG: Breathless (À bout de souffle)
Thursday, April 29, 2021 The New Future Of Old Age In Today’s Longevity Economy
Monday, April 26, 2021 Online Cabaret Performance Course
Friday, April 23, 2021 Mr. Noble Melancholy: Reflections of Nathaniel Hawthorne
Thursday, April 08, 2021 French Conversation SIG Meeting
Tuesday, April 06, 2021 Big Data's Impact on Workforce Success & Equity
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Louise Aronson on Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 The Right to Vote: Reexamining Women's Suffrage
Monday, March 22, 2021 OLLI Spring 2021 Online Semester
Thursday, March 18, 2021 Online Wine Tasting en Francais with OLLI's French Conversations Group
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Preserving History: W.E.B. Du Bois & the Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church
Monday, March 15, 2021 Tasting Teas in Real Time with Master Tea Blender Michael Harney
Sunday, March 14, 2021 Letters to Kamala Online Reading
Thursday, March 11, 2021 The Digital Economy in Rural America: Closing the Opportunity Gap
Tuesday, March 09, 2021 Virtual Tour of The Tenement Museum
Saturday, March 06, 2021 Reading Henry James with Jim Kraft: Part II
Thursday, March 04, 2021 Uncovering Wrongful Convictions
Tuesday, March 02, 2021 Online Story Circle with Williamstown Theatre Festival
Tuesday, March 02, 2021 OLLI Spring Online Open House
Friday, February 26, 2021 The Sarasota Ballet
Thursday, February 25, 2021 Are Conspiracy Theories Out to Get Us?
Friday, February 12, 2021 OLLI Valentine/Lunar New Year/Mardi Gras Member Gathering
Tuesday, February 09, 2021 Mistrust: Harnessing Technology for the Public Good
Thursday, February 04, 2021 Healthcare Does Not Equal Health: Drivers of Health Inequities for Older Adults
Saturday, January 30, 2021 11th Annual OLLI Art Show Reception
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 OLLI Winter 2021 Online Semester
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Meet the Lawyer for Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Conversation with Fred Gray
Friday, January 08, 2021 The Jewish World of Elvis Presley: A Book Talk
Wednesday, January 06, 2021 Age Friendly Health Systems
Tuesday, January 05, 2021 Covid-19: Where We Are, Where We Are Going
Monday, December 21, 2020 OLLI Winter Solstice Member Get-Together
Friday, December 18, 2020 Holiday Getaway Cabaret!
Thursday, December 17, 2020 Winter Online Open House
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 Online Lecture on Ground/Work at the Clark Art Institute
Monday, December 07, 2020 Inspiring Forgiveness: A Conversation with Author Barbara Bonner
Tuesday, December 01, 2020 Solar Eclipses: Sometimes Local and Always Spectacular
Thursday, November 19, 2020 The Thanksgiving Play
Friday, November 13, 2020 The 2020 Elections: What They Tell Us About Our Democracy
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 Don Quixote, or How to Live Life as a Dream
Saturday, November 07, 2020 Reading Henry James with Jim Kraft
Saturday, October 24, 2020 Polls and the Presidential Election
Saturday, October 17, 2020 Roe: An Online Play
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Stephen Miller, Trump Rallies & The White Nationalist Agenda
Wednesday, October 07, 2020 The Supreme Court's Recent Religion Cases
Saturday, October 03, 2020 Up From Ghosting: Susan Dworkin & Barbara Greenbaum in Conversation
Thursday, October 01, 2020 Transformative Technologies: The International View
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 We're Better Than This: A Conversation with Maya Rockeymoore Cummings
Thursday, September 24, 2020 Transformative Technologies & Their Effects on Work & Society
Monday, September 21, 2020 OLLI Fall 2020 Online Semester
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car & How it Will Reshape our World
Friday, September 11, 2020 Spirit Voices: Art, Culture and Myths from the First Nations of the Northwest Coast
Thursday, September 10, 2020 Fall 2020 Online Open House
Wednesday, September 02, 2020 The Death of Expertise: Professor Tom Nichols on the Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Dinner-To-Go and Cooking Session with Chez Nous Bistro
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 The Madman Theory: CNN's Jim Sciutto & Politico's Daniel Lippman Discuss Trump's Foreign Policy
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Full Speed Ahead: Back to the Moon!
Tuesday, August 04, 2020 For the Good of the Game: A Conversation with Former Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig
Sunday, July 26, 2020 The Future of Classical Music: Spotlight on Young Artists Series
Monday, July 13, 2020 OLLI Summer II Online Semester
Thursday, July 09, 2020 An Online Conversation with CNN's Jim Acosta
Wednesday, July 08, 2020 Growing Stronger Together: A Berkshire SuperGenarian Forum
Thursday, July 02, 2020 Summer II Online Open House
Thursday, June 25, 2020 Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture Featuring Author David Frum
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 The Policing of Black People in Public Spaces: An Old Trend That Legislation Has The Power To Stop
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Who Stole My Pension? An Online Conversation
Monday, June 01, 2020 Resilience in the Face of COVID-19
Monday, June 01, 2020 OLLI June 2020 Semester Online!
Friday, May 22, 2020 OLLI Annual Membership Meeting
Saturday, April 18, 2020 Postponed-- Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum
Monday, April 13, 2020 OLLI Spring 2020 Semester Online!
Thursday, April 02, 2020 POSTPONED -- Melville's Arrowhead and Moby-Dick
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 OLLI Columbia County Outreach
Saturday, March 14, 2020 POSTPONED: Free Community Theatre Workshop: New Date TBD
Thursday, March 12, 2020 POSTPONED: Spring Open House: New date TBD
Wednesday, March 04, 2020 Sarasota Double Scoop
Sunday, March 01, 2020 CLOSED: OLLI Creative Aging Exhibit at Pittsfield City Hall
Monday, February 10, 2020 Playreading Group: Enid Bagnold's "The Chalk Garden"
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Foreign Film SIG: The Bicycle Thieves (Ladri di bicciclette)
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 OLLI Winter 2020 Semester
Saturday, January 11, 2020 OLLI Creative Aging Reception
Thursday, January 09, 2020 Changing Aging Shared Interest Group
Friday, December 20, 2019 Playreading Group: Gore Vidal's "The Best Man"
Friday, December 20, 2019 "Speed French"
Thursday, December 19, 2019 Changing Aging Shared Interest Group
Thursday, December 12, 2019 OLLI Winter Open House
Wednesday, November 06, 2019 Sports & Culture: Race, Class & Gender
Thursday, October 31, 2019 The Seine: The River That Made Paris
Sunday, October 27, 2019 OLLI Theater Party at WAM, Pipeline
Thursday, October 24, 2019 OLLI Creative Aging Reception in Boston
Sunday, October 13, 2019 OLLI Theatre Brunch
Saturday, October 05, 2019 Franklin Roosevelt in the Winter of 1940: The Storm Begins
Saturday, September 28, 2019 Music Classes with Berkshire Music School
Monday, September 23, 2019 Murder, Mayhem and Mystery: A Book Club
Friday, September 20, 2019 OLLI Theater Party at Shakespeare & Company, Time Stands Still
Monday, September 16, 2019 OLLI Fall 2019 Semester
Friday, September 13, 2019 Berkshire Theatre Critics Panel Revisited
Thursday, September 12, 2019 OLLI 25th Anniversary Gala
Wednesday, September 04, 2019 Four Fat Fowl Artisan Creamery Tour & Lunch
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Edith Wharton: A Genius for Gardens
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 OLLI Opera Party at The Berkshire Opera Festival, Don Pasquale
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 OLLI Fall Open House
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 A New Mexico?
Thursday, August 15, 2019 Living Longer, Living Better: Changing the Culture of Aging
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 OLLI Theater Party at Shakespeare & Company, The Children
Friday, August 09, 2019 10th Annual OLLI Art Show
Wednesday, August 07, 2019 Bus Trip to the New Skete Monasteries, Cambridge NY
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 The Bauhaus in America and Herbert Bayer's Harvard Murals
Monday, July 29, 2019 OLLI Theater Party at Berkshire Theatre Group, Skin of Our Teeth
Friday, July 19, 2019 Telling Your Story: OLLI Students Perform!
Monday, July 15, 2019 High Lawn Farm Behind-the-Scenes Tour July 15th
Sunday, July 14, 2019 OLLI England Trip: Shakespeare in the Tudor Age
Thursday, July 11, 2019 A Chester Duet: Theatre and Lunch!
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Showdown: Donald Trump, Congressional Investigations and the Spector of Impeachment in the Air
Monday, July 08, 2019 OLLI Midsummer 2019 Encore Semester
Tuesday, July 02, 2019 They Mobbed The Joint! OLLI Tour of Berkshire Downs & Lunch
Saturday, June 29, 2019 Papa Haydn: Without Him - No Classical Music
Thursday, June 27, 2019 OLLI Theatre Party: Williamstown Theatre Festival, A Raisin In The Sun
Thursday, June 20, 2019 An Evening at Jacob's Pillow with Ballet BC
Thursday, June 13, 2019 OLLI Faculty Appreciation Party
Monday, June 10, 2019 OLLI Volunteer Leadership Academy
Saturday, June 08, 2019 Call for OLLI Artists!
Tuesday, June 04, 2019 OLLI Theater Party at Barrington Stage, Hold These Truths
Monday, June 03, 2019 OLLI June 2019 Semester
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Bus Trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
Friday, May 24, 2019 OLLI Annual Meeting & Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture
Saturday, May 11, 2019 The Constitution Under Stress with Tom Gerety
Saturday, April 27, 2019 Successful Aging with Dr. Ben Liptzin
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 OLLI Spring 2019 Semester
Thursday, April 04, 2019 Free Community Theatre Workshop with Williamstown Theatre Festival
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 OLLI Spring Open House
Monday, March 25, 2019 OLLI Town Hall with State Senator Adam Hinds
Friday, March 22, 2019 Nonprofit Board Training & 'Speed Dating'
Thursday, February 28, 2019 The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art Tour & Lunch
Thursday, January 17, 2019 Free Williamstown Theatre Festival Workshop
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 OLLI Winter 2019 Semester
Monday, December 17, 2018 Villages in the Berkshires Information Session
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 OLLI Winter Open House
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 OLLI University Day: 1968 Around the World
Saturday, October 20, 2018 Alan Chartock on the 2018 Midterm Elections
Sunday, October 14, 2018 OLLI's Annual Theatre Brunch
Friday, October 12, 2018 "We Are Staying" Book Talk & Signing
Sunday, September 30, 2018 Celebrating Arline Breskin
Thursday, September 20, 2018 OLLI Fall 2018 Semester
Monday, September 17, 2018 OLLI England Trip Open House
Sunday, September 16, 2018 Monthly Book Group with James Kraft
Thursday, September 06, 2018 Daytrip to Albany Institute of Art & History
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Shakespeare's Relevance in these Troubled Times
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 OLLI Theater Party at Shakespeare & Company, Mothers & Sons
Thursday, August 23, 2018 Daytrip to the Storm King Art Center
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 OLLI Fall Open House
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Russian Culture & Cuisine: From Peter the Great to the Present
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 1968: Fifty Years Later UNIVERSITY DAY
Thursday, August 09, 2018 Lapsed OLLI Member Focus Group
Tuesday, August 07, 2018 High Lawn Farm Behind-the-Scenes Tour August 7th
Monday, August 06, 2018 Tiny House Factory+Giant Mill in North Adams
Thursday, August 02, 2018 OLLI Theater Party at Chester Theatre Company, Mary's Wedding Matinee
Friday, July 27, 2018 Not-Yet-An-OLLI Member Focus Group
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Edith Wharton's Lenox: Six Local Places Where Edith Wharton's Presence Still Radiates
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 North County OLLI Member Focus Group
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 An Afternoon with the Berkshire Opera Festival
Thursday, July 19, 2018 Central County OLLI Member Focus Group
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 OLLI Theater Party at Barrington Stage, Dolls House 2
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 Update on Recent Supreme Court Rulings on Gerrymandering & the Right to Vote
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 CANCELLED: High Lawn Farm Behind-the-Scenes Tour July 17th
Monday, July 16, 2018 South County OLLI Member Focus Group
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Mystic Seaport Tour Bus Trip
Saturday, June 30, 2018 Leonard Bernstein at 100: A Talk with Professor Jeremy Yudkin
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 OLLI Faculty Appreciation Party
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 OLLI Theater Party at Berkshire Theatre Group, Church and State
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 SOLD OUT:High Lawn Farm Behind-the-Scenes Tour #2
Thursday, June 21, 2018 An Evening at Jacob's Pillow with the Royal Danish Ballet
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Free! Behind-the-Scenes Tanglewood Preview
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 SOLD OUT: High Lawn Farm Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Monday, June 11, 2018 OLLI Volunteer Leadership Academy
Saturday, June 09, 2018 Music Changes the Brain: A Neuroscientist's View
Monday, June 04, 2018 Teaching for OLLI: A Free Course
Monday, June 04, 2018 OLLI Summer 2018 Semester
Friday, June 01, 2018 Play Ball! Picnic Dinner & Baseball
Thursday, May 31, 2018 Art in Bennington Daytrip
Friday, May 25, 2018 SOLD OUT: OLLI Annual Meeting & Katy Tur Talk
Thursday, May 17, 2018 OLLI at 3rd.Thursdays!
Thursday, May 10, 2018 FREE Williamstown Theatre Festival Community Workshop
Saturday, May 05, 2018 Navigating Climate Change in Uncertain Times
Saturday, April 21, 2018 Cellblock Art: Set Free in the Penitentiary
Thursday, April 12, 2018 OLLI Spring 2018 Semester
Thursday, March 22, 2018 OLLI Spring Open House
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 The Elling Eide Center Private Tour and Lunch - March 20th, 2018
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 The Elling Eide Center Private Tour and Lunch - March 13th, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018 OLLI Winter 2018 Semester
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 OLLI Downhill Skiing Group
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 OLLI Winter Open House
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 OLLI University Day: Criminal Justice Reform
Sunday, November 05, 2017 Reading Willa Cather with James Kraft
Saturday, October 21, 2017 How Digital and Social Media Have Disrupted Journalism
Sunday, October 15, 2017 OLLI's Annual Theatre Brunch
Sunday, October 08, 2017 Celebrating Arthur Sherman Luncheon
Saturday, September 16, 2017 The Honesty of Hoax: Stories Behind the Consumption of Counterfeits
Thursday, September 14, 2017 OLLI Fall 2017 Semester
Thursday, September 07, 2017 OLLI Mentoring for Success Meeting
Wednesday, September 06, 2017 Meet Memoir Writing Instructor Vivian Dorsel
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Sex, Science, Society and Reproduction
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Historic Wahconah Park Guided Tour & Lunch
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Seven: A Staged Reading
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 OLLI Theater Party at Berkshire Theatre Group, Zoo Story
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Economic Myths, Realities, and Opportunities
Wednesday, August 09, 2017 OLLI University Day
Monday, August 07, 2017 Writing with Pictures Class
Thursday, August 03, 2017 OLLI Theater Party at Shakespeare & Company, Intimate Apparel
Friday, July 21, 2017 OLLI Theater Party at Chester Theatre Company, Skeleton Crew
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 OLLI Bus Trip to JFK Library & Edward Kennedy Center for the Senate
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Drones: The Sky Isn't the Limit!
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 OLLI Theater Party at Barrington Stage, Ragtime
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 An Afternoon with the Berkshire Opera Festival
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Faculty Appreciation Cocktail Party
Thursday, June 22, 2017 An Evening at Jacob's Pillow with the Miami City Ballet
Saturday, June 17, 2017 The Beatles & Classical Music: A Talk with Professor Jeremy Yudkin
Saturday, June 03, 2017 Patient Safety: How to Avoid Being Harmed by Healthcare
Friday, June 02, 2017 OLLI Summer 2017 Classes
Thursday, June 01, 2017 Free Behind-the-Scenes Tanglewood Tour
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 Berkshire Carousel Guided Tour & Lunch
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 OLLI Annual Meeting & Cokie Roberts Talk
Saturday, April 29, 2017 New Directions for Jacob's Pillow with Director Pamela Tatge
Saturday, April 22, 2017 Up From Stardom Staged Reading & Reception
Saturday, April 15, 2017 Landscapes of the Clark with Director Olivier Meslay
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 OLLI Spring 2017 Semester
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 OLLI Spring Open House
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium Tour & Lunch
Friday, February 24, 2017 Smartphone Photography Workshop/Great Barrington
Thursday, February 23, 2017 Williamstown Theatre Festival Community Workshop
Monday, February 06, 2017 Smartphone Photography Workshop/Pittsfield
Saturday, January 28, 2017 Winter Bookbinding Workshop
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 OLLI Winter Open House
Friday, December 09, 2016 One Month Later: Making Sense of the 2016 Election
Thursday, November 03, 2016 Free Workshop with Williamstown Theatre Festival
Sunday, October 16, 2016 OLLI's Annual Theatre Brunch
Saturday, October 01, 2016 Trends in Philanthropy: Here, Nationally, Worldwide
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Introduction to Western Square Dancing
Monday, September 12, 2016 OLLI 2016 Fall Course Registration
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 OLLI Bus Trip to the New Britain Museum of American Art and the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT
Sunday, September 04, 2016 Seventh Annual OLLI Art Show
Saturday, September 03, 2016 OLLI Art Show Reception & Silent Auction
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Confronting Climate Change: A Talk by Williams College Professor Ralph Bradburd
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 OLLI Fall Open House
Saturday, August 20, 2016 A Taste of Korea
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 OLLI University Day
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Play Ball! - Pittsfield Suns Baseball Game.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 The 2008 Financial Crisis: The Federal Reserve's Resolve
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Some Fascinating Stories Behind Windsor Mountain School
Saturday, July 02, 2016 Haydn Behind Beethoven
Saturday, June 25, 2016 Situating Stigma: Mental Health in News and Social Media
Thursday, June 23, 2016 Jacob's Pillow featuring ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET
Wednesday, June 01, 2016 From Hard Rock to Hospitality
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 A Day at the Pittsfield Airport
Saturday, May 07, 2016 Mum Bett and her Quest
Sunday, February 21, 2016 OLLI 2016 Spring Course Registration




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