2024 Summer Semester Course Schedule by Type

-- Click on the course names below for full descriptions and instructor bios. --

In-Person Courses: Hands-on Learning

Instructor: Ben Nickley
Day: Tuesdays
Times: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Sessions: 6
6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16
Location: Simon's Rock, Great Barrington
Limit: 20

Learn how to find and identify many of the amazing birds that inhabit the forests, fields and ponds of the Berkshires.

CLOSED - AT CAPACITY

Instructor: Len Gray
Day: Tuesdays
Times: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Sessions: 4
6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2
Location: Various Locations
Limit: 12

This course will include four hikes of easy and moderate trails in the Berkshires to explore behaviors and impacts of beavers in our local ecosystems.

CLOSED - AT CAPACITY

Instructor: Ilene Richard
Day: Tuesdays

Times:
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sessions: 8
6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30
Location:
Berkshire Community College
Limit: 10

Learn to observe more carefully and translate what you see onto the page. Lessons will build on techniques and concepts such as perspective, grey scale and composition.

CLOSED - AT CAPACITY

Instructor: John Gould
Day: Tuesdays
Times:
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sessions: 6
7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20
Location: Berkshire Community College
Limit: 15

The purpose of this course is to improve one’s writing by considering options of expression. We will be examining various syntactical choices writers can make to express themselves.


Instructor: Elaine Sohn
Day: Thursdays
Times: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Sessions: 6
6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1
Location: Simon's Rock, Great Barrington

Learn dances from around the world - Greece, Israel, Romania, Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Italy, Ukraine, and others. We will also do some American line dances. No partners are necessary.

Instructors: John and Katherine Kidd
Day: Thursdays

Times:
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Sessions: 6
7/11, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22
Location: Various in the Berkshires
Limit: 12

In the Berkshires, several of the lower peaks have rocky knolls called 'cobbles'. We will hike six Berkshire cobbles, experiencing beautiful views along sections of the Appalachian Trail.

CLOSED - AT CAPACITY

Instructor: Elizabeth Dillman
Day: Fridays
Times:
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sessions: 4
6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28
Location:
Various in the Berkshires
Limit: 15

This class will be a series of four 5-6 mile day hikes on the Appalachian Trail. You must have, in the last few months, hiked this distance and be capable on hilly, rocky terrain.

CLOSED - AT CAPACITY

Instructor: Maggie Barkin
Day: Fridays
Times: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Sessions: 6
6/21, 6/28, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2
Location: Simon's Rock, Great Barrington
Limit: 20

Members of this course will participate in theater activities as we turn Deadly Gamble, a non-fiction account of a shipwreck and subsequent trial, into a play.

Instructor: Noel StaplesFreeman
Day: Fridays
Times:
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sessions: 4
8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23
Location: Zion Lutheran Church, Pittsfield

Limit: 30

The course will provide a foundation for understanding and performing African rooted dance styles. It's an excellent way for participants to get acquainted with the basics.

Instructor: Laycolaion Freeman
Day: Fridays
Times:
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Sessions: 4
8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23
Location: Zion Lutheran Church, Pittsfield

Limit: 15

This course will teach active older adults of all abilities basic self-defense, situational awareness and personal safety tips in a safe and supportive environment. The techniques and exercises are adjusted accordingly to ensure safety and effectiveness.

In-Person Courses: Classroom-style Learning

Curator: Tom Hodgson
Day: Mondays
Times: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Sessions: 6
6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15
Location: Hybrid - Zoom and in-person at BCC

Do you want to get behind the headlines and consider critical issues and key races for governor, Senate and House seats in 2024? If yes, join us for this discussion-based class.

Instructors: Richard Matturro, Bob Reiss, Kate Sontag and Steven Somkin
Day: Mondays
Times: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Sessions: 4
6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/1
Location: Berkshire Community College

You begin with a blank sheet and an inspiration, but how do you get from there to the finished work of art: a poem, a play, a short story, or a novel? Four local authors will talk about how they became writers and the creative process by which an imaginative spark takes final shape in words.

Instructors: Ellen Croibier and
Anastasia Stanmeyer

Day: Mondays
Times:
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sessions: 8
7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19
Location:
Hybrid - Zoom and in-person at BCC

Each week we will feature well-known local figures and ask how they achieved success in their careers, whether their gender had an impact on their work partners, clients and customers, and what advice they would give to young women today.

Curator: Katherine Kidd
Day: Tuesdays

Times:
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Sessions: 9
6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16*, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6

*class on 7/16 will be held 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Hybrid - Zoom and in-person at BCC

Study the history of the Harlem Renaissance and the pioneering work of the authors, musicians, and visual artists of the period. Consider how questions raised by key players in the Harlem Renaissance about African-American identity and place in US society resonate today.
This class counts as two courses.                                                                                          

Instructor: Gerol Petruzella
Day: Tuesdays
Times: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Sessions: 6
6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16
Location: Williams College
Limit: 40

In this course participants will use philosophers' and others' writings - and sometimes genAI tools themselves to address some of the deepest ethical questions we're suddenly being compelled to answer, as a society, with the explosive growth of generative AI, from commerce to the arts to education to the military to health care.

Instructor: Kenneth Bechis
Day: Tuesdays
7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30
Times:
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Sessions: 5
Location: Berkshire Community College

Explore our solar system, galaxy and beyond. There will be beautiful imagery, videos, and minimal math but lots of BIG NUMBERS!

Instructor: Stacy Wallach
Day: Wednesdays
Times:
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Sessions: 5
6/26, 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24
Location: Hybrid - Zoom and in-person at BCC

This course is the second part of the spring 2024 course of the same name. Topics will include the impact of emerging technologies in the 1920s, the forewarnings of the economic collapse to come, modernist architecture and the sudden emergence of skyscrapers, the standardization of office work, people and politics of note, and much more.

Instructor: Don Barkin
Day: Wednesdays
Times: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sessions: 6
6/26, 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31
Location: Stockbridge Library
Limit: 15

Poems about others make us doubt our judgments and sift the soil of our own nature. We’ll read poems about the old and young, people at work and in love, and of course the dead.

CLOSED - AT CAPACITY

Instructor: Bonnie Bien
Day: Wednesdays
Times:  11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sessions: 5
7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7
Location: Berkshire Community College

We will take a deep dive into New York Fashion Week - the nuts and bolts. All aspects of preparing for a show will be discussed.

Facilitator: Thomas Merchant
Day: Wednesdays
Times: 9:30 - 11:0 a.m.
Sessions: 4
7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14
Location: Hybrid - Zoom and in-person at BCC

This course will explore the multifaceted landscape of education in China, delving into pedagogical style, societal goals, and evolving educational paradigms.

Instructor: Peter Podol
Day: Thursdays
Times:  3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Sessions: 4
6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18
Location: Berkshire Community College

One of the world’s most often performed living playwright, Fernando Arrabal of Spain, was a finalist for a Nobel prize in literature. In this course we will see his finest film, study interviews with him, and read his most important play.

Online Courses: Zoom

Curator: Tom Hodgson
Day: Mondays
Times: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Sessions: 6
6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15
Location: Hybrid - Zoom and in-person at BCC

Do you want to get behind the headlines and consider critical issues and key races for governor, Senate and House seats in 2024? If yes, join us for this discussion-based class.

Instructors: Phil Brown, Frank Gunsberg, John McComish
Day: Mondays
Times: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Sessions: 11
6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19
Location: Zoom

Today's Headlines is a moderated discussion course that provides an opportunity to voice your opinions on national and international issues.

This class counts as two courses.

Instructors: Ellen Croibier and
Anastasia Stanmeyer

Day: Mondays
Times:
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sessions: 8
7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19
Location:
Hybrid - Zoom and in-person at BCC

Each week we will feature well-known local figures and ask how they achieved success in their careers, whether their gender had an impact on their work partners, clients and customers, and what advice they would give to young women today.

Instructor: Richard Eason
Day: Mondays

Times:
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Sessions: 6
7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26
Location: Zoom

This course will look at the history of China and its global role.

Curator: Katherine Kidd
Day: Tuesdays

Times:
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Sessions: 9
6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6
Location: Hybrid - Zoom and in-person at BCC

Study the history of the Harlem Renaissance and the pioneering work of the authors, musicians, and visual artists of the period. Consider how questions raised by key players in the Harlem Renaissance about African-American identity and place in US society resonate today.

This class counts as two courses.                                                                                           

Instructor: Ralph Pearson
Day: Tuesdays

Times: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Sessions: 6
6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16
Location: Zoom

Hudson River School painters took landscape art to new heights in the mid-nineteenth century. The course provides considerable background for visits to artists’ homes currently maintained as historic sites in the Hudson Valley of New York State and the Hudson River School Art Trail.

Instructor: Lou-Ellen Barkan
Day: Tuesdays

Times: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Sessions: 8
6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13
Location: Zoom

Limit: 10

We all have stories to share, including that one special story we've been meaning to write. In this workshop, participants will use the art and craft of storytelling to transform their personal story into one that connects with readers.

Curator: Shirin Nash
Day: Wednesdays

Times: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Sessions: 11
6/12, 6/20, 6/26, 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21
Location: Zoom

Professors and medical doctors will explore the frontiers of science in physics, astronomy, and medicine during the 1920s.

This class counts as two courses.                                                                                           

Instructor: Stacy Wallach
Day: Wednesdays
Times:
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Sessions: 5
6/26, 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24
Location: Hybrid - Zoom and in-person at BCC

This course is the second part of the spring 2024 course of the same name. Topics will include the impact of emerging technologies in the 1920s, the forewarnings of the economic collapse to come, modernist architecture and the sudden emergence of skyscrapers, the standardization of office work, people and politics of note, and much more.

Facilitator: Thomas Merchant
Day: Wednesdays
Times: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Sessions: 4
7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14
Location: Hybrid - Zoom and in-person at BCC

This course will explore the multifaceted landscape of education in China, delving into pedagogical style, societal goals, and evolving educational paradigms.

Instructor: Martin Weinstein
Day: Thursdays
Times: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Sessions: 5
6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18
Location: Zoom

This course will cover the key aspects of domestic and international relations in the Western Hemisphere, including immigration, trade, investment and politics with a special focus on the 2024 elections across the Hemisphere.

Instructors: Hank Gold & Peter Bluhm
Day: Fridays
Times: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sessions: 6
7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16
Location: Zoom

Join us to discuss science news appearing in the Tuesday “Science Times” section of The New York Times, plus magazines and journals.


Please note that you must be an OLLI at BCC member and have created a login account to register for classes online. How to create a login account. You can register by phone from 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Eastern at 413.236.2190.


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