OLLI at BCC Special Events & Programs

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

    • Tuesday, January 17, 2023
    • Wednesday, March 15, 2023
    • Online and In-Person

    OLLI at Berkshire Community College
    Winter 2023 Semester

    January 17 - March 6

    Online registration is closed. Please call 413-236-2190 if you would like to register for courses or add courses to your current registration.

    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 17 - March 6, 2023, and includes a mix of in-person, online, and hybrid (online and in-person) courses. All classes take place in Eastern Time.

    Winter 2023 course descriptions can be found here, or download the course descriptions in brief as a .pdf here.

    Call the OLLI 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 OLLI 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.

    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.

    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!

    • Thursday, February 02, 2023
    • Thursday, December 07, 2023
    • 11 sessions
    • Online via Zoom



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

    Poetry Reading Shared Interest Group

    for an online discussion

    The First Thursday of Every Month

    from 6:30 to 8:00 pm Eastern

    Free and open to all OLLI at BCC members 

    Do you love poetry or do you want to learn about poetry? If you do, consider joining our Poetry Reading SIG which meets monthly via Zoom.

    The format of our meetings is flexible, and what has worked well so far is that at each meeting we decide upon a topic and a leader for the next meeting. The topics might range from the oeuvre of a particular poet or poetess, a particular style of poetry, or a particular period of poetry. Each participant is encouraged to submit one or two examples of the topic that interest them, and the job of the leader is to organize the order in which these poems will be read and discussed.

    Please contact Susan Wurtzburg for additional information and to receive the Zoom link. 

    • Monday, February 06, 2023
    • Monday, June 05, 2023
    • 8 sessions
    • Lenox, MA
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    OLLI at BCC members are invited to join OLLI's

    Meets In-person on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the Month

    in Lenox, MA

    from 12:30 to 2:00 pm Eastern 


    No meetings on major holidays.


    Next meeting will be February 6


    Free and open exclusively to OLLI at BCC members

    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. 

    One project idea we could work on is from an OLLI member in Reno Nevada. She has set up a project where her knitters and crocheters make hats, scarves and mittens for local homeless shelters.  I will be contacting shelters to see if this is something they would need.  We can provide patterns if you don’t have one.    

    All levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced.

    Let Carolyn know if you will be joining us so we have an idea of how many will be attending. 

    We also invite you to check out our Photo Gallery on Flickr to see some of the projects we have been working on in the last few months.  Let us know if you have any photos you would like us to add to this album.

    Please contact Carolyn Vandervort or Carol Sabot for more information and to let them know that you would like to attend.
    • Tuesday, February 07, 2023
    • 10:30 AM
    • MAACM, 355 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
    • 7


    The OLLI Special Events Committee presents 

    A Guided Tour of the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement (MAACM)

    Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. EST

    Please note that this event will be in person in Florida.

    Registration is $25 for OLLI members and $30 for non-OLLI member guests.  

    Registration is closed for this event.

    The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement (MAACM) is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to the American Arts and Crafts movement. Founded by local philanthropist/collector Rudy Ciccarello, in 2021 features stunning architecture, and incredible works of art.  The five-story, 137,000 square-foot museum is a work of art. See fine examples of Gustav Stickley, Charles Rohlfs, Frank Lloyd Wright, the Roycrofters, William Grueby, Newcomb Pottery, and many other gifted craftspeople. Immerse yourself completely in the movement with furniture, pottery, tiles, lighting, textiles, photography, fine arts, woodblocks, metalwork, period room installations.

    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, February 09, 2023
    • 7:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
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    Botticelli's Secret: The Lost Drawings and Rediscovery of the Renaissance

    with Joseph Luzzi, Author

    Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 7 p.m. EST

    Online via Zoom
    Free & open to all


    This event will not be recorded.

    Some five hundred years ago, Sandro Botticelli, a painter of humble origin, created works of unearthly beauty. A star of Florence’s art world, he was commissioned by a member of the city’s powerful Medici family to execute a near-impossible project: to illustrate all one hundred cantos of The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, the ultimate visual homage to that “divine” poet.

    This sparked a gripping encounter between poet and artist, between the religious and the secular, between the earthly and the evanescent, recorded in exquisite drawings by Botticelli that now enchant audiences worldwide. Yet after a lifetime of creating masterpieces including Primavera and The Birth of Venus, Botticelli declined into poverty and obscurity. His Dante project remained unfinished. Then the drawings vanished for over four hundred years. The once famous Botticelli himself was forgotten.

    The nineteenth-century rediscovery of Botticelli’s Dante drawings brought scholars and art lovers to their knees: this work embodied everything the Renaissance had come to mean. From Botticelli’s metaphorical rise from the dead in Victorian England to the emergence of eagle-eyed connoisseurs like Bernard Berenson and Herbert Horne in the early twentieth century, and even the rescue of precious art during World War II and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the posthumous story of Botticelli’s Dante drawings is, if anything, even more dramatic than their creation.

    A combination of artistic detective story and rich intellectual history, Botticelli’s Secret shows not only how the Renaissance came to life, but also how Botticelli’s art helped bring it about—and, most important, why we need the Renaissance and all that it stands for today.

    Joseph Luzzi is professor of comparative literature at Bard College and an award-winning writer, teacher, and scholar of Italian culture. He is the author of four books and lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. Learn more at https://josephluzzi.com. His book Botticelli’s Secret: The Lost Drawings and the Rediscovery of the Renaissance is available for purchase at Amazon and Bookshop, and for a signed copy click here.

    • Monday, February 13, 2023
    • Monday, April 17, 2023
    • 3 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
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    OLLI at BCC members are invited to join OLLI's

    Free and open exclusively to OLLI at BCC members

    Usually meeting on the second Monday of each month.

    This group is open to members who paint in any medium, including:

    ACRYLIC, OIL, WATERCOLOR, GOUACHE, TEMPERA, ENCAUSTIC, INK WASH, PASTELS…

    Are you interested in participating with a small, supportive group of painters to share YOUR painting (preferably in progress); get positive, thoughtful feedback from other artists; and provide the same for them? 


    Learn how to provide honest, HELPFUL feedback to other artists and to utilize feedback from other artists to inform your own efforts.  Share useful techniques, material...  that you have found to enhance your efforts. 


    Please Contact Claudia Shuster with any questions or for additional information.

    • Monday, February 13, 2023
    • Monday, May 01, 2023
    • 4 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.

    • Monday, February 13, 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    Register


    The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents
    Prof. Justin Jackson:

    When Generals Ruled:
    Military Occupations and
    the United States as a Global Power

    Monday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. EST

    Online via Zoom

    With America's withdrawal from Afghanistan, and Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the recent history of U.S. military interventions in the Middle East during the War on Terror recedes into the background of many Americans' historical memory. At the same time, the reluctance of top Pentagon brass to become entangled in domestic politics speaks to the persistence of a liberal, republican, and professional tradition of civil-military relations in the United States, one that prizes soldiers' autonomy from democratic procedure, and subordination to civilian authority. Yet U.S. foreign relations history reveals that America's armed forces in the 19th and early 20th centuries recurrently not only invaded and occupied U.S. and foreign territories, but governed their inhabitants, often by undemocratic and illiberal means.

    Reviewing the history of U.S. military occupations in North America, Latin America, Asia and western Europe between the American Revolution and World War II and its aftermath shows that "military government" engendered its own imperial politics, if not always formal and lasting imperialism. Occupations both affirmed and challenged claims to American exceptionalism in the world, as U.S. generals from Andrew Jackson to Douglas MacArthur temporarily denied to occupied peoples the democratic political rights seemingly guaranteed to Americans at home. To domestic and foreign critics, such generals represented the specter of "praetorianism," in which military men empowered to rule others at the expanding nation's periphery threatened republican ideals and institutions at its core. To the extent that modern empires fueled globalization, and were shaped by global movements of people, goods, and culture, military occupations also reflected, and helped to produce, the American state's changing relation to an increasingly integrated world economy. The history of military occupations thus offers a new way to explain the rise and fall of the United States as a great power.

    Justin Jackson is Assistant Professor of History at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Mass., where he teaches U.S. and global history. His book, The Work of Empire: War, Occupation, and the Making of American Colonialisms in Cuba and the Philippines, is forthcoming with University of North Carolina Press. His research has been published in Labor: Working-Class Histories of the Americas and The Journal of Historical Sociology, as well as several edited volumes, including Global Labor Migration: New Directions (2022), Reconstruction and Empire (2021), and On Coerced Labor (2016).

    Admission is $10 for OLLI at BCC and Berkshire Museum members, and $15 for the general public. Admission is free for Berkshire Community College students, 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, February 14, 2023
    • Tuesday, June 13, 2023
    • 5 sessions
    • Online
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    OLLI at BCC members are invited to join OLLI's

    New Creative Nonfiction Writing SIG

    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 and/or to join this SIG, please contact Pam Pescosolido. 

    • Tuesday, February 14, 2023
    • 7:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
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    Berkeley Law Professor Erwin Chemerinsky
    talks with Doug Mishkin
    about his new book:

    Worse Than Nothing: The Dangerous Fallacy of Originalism

    Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern

    Online via Zoom
    Free and Open to All

    In his new book, Berkeley Law Professor Erwin Chemerinsky deconstructs the so-called “originalist” method that several Supreme Court justices now invoke in attempting to interpret the Constitution according to its purported “original meaning.” Professor Chemerinsky writes that “[o]riginalism is not an interpretive theory at all. It is just the rhetoric conservative justices use to make it seem that they are not imposing their own values, when they are doing exactly that….[O]riginalism is an emperor with no clothes.”

    Professor Chemerinsky explains in language accessible to lawyers and non-lawyers the background and allure of “originalism,” and then exposes, chapter by chapter, why original intent or meaning ordinarily is an illusion, why “originalism” is incoherent, how it fails to account for modernity and how its proponents are hypocritical in its application. He concludes by defending “non-originalism” and then sounding the alarm of why “non-originalists” should be afraid of so-called “originalism.”

    Professor Chemerinsky is the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law and Dean of the Berkeley Law School, University of California at Berkeley. Prior to assuming this position he was the founding dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, and a professor at Duke Law School, University of Southern California Law School, and DePaul Law School.  He is the author of 15 books and over 200 law review articles. He frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court. In 2022, he was the President of the Association of American Law Schools.

    Professor Chemerinsky will be interviewed by Doug Mishkin, a frequent OLLI at BCC speaker.
    • Wednesday, February 15, 2023
    • Wednesday, June 21, 2023
    • 5 sessions
    • Online


    OLLI at BCC members are invited to join OLLI's

    On the third Wednesday of each month

    from 10:00 to 11:30 am Eastern 

    Free and open exclusively to OLLI at BCC members

    Interested in Genealogy?  Want to learn more about how to research your family's history?  This group meets monthly to exchange ideas on how to do this.  This collaborative group meets to discuss best practices in genealogical research and help each other find new approaches.

    Please contact Lisa Swigart for additional information and the Zoom link.

    • Wednesday, February 15, 2023
    • Wednesday, December 20, 2023
    • 11 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
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    OLLI's Contemporary Gender Roles

    Shared Interest Group

    Free for OLLI at BCC Members

    Topics for 2023

    January 18 - Gender roles in pre-Contact Algonkian & Haudenosaunee cultures as well as family/clan structure presented by Michael Wilcox.

    February 15 - “Women, Power, and Rape Culture” by Bonnie Stabile.

    Bonnie Stabile, Associate Professor

    Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs

    Founder and Director, Gender and Policy (GAP) Center
    Schar School of Policy and Government

    George Mason University

    https://schar.gmu.edu/about/faculty-directory/bonnie-stabile

    genderandpolicy.gmu.edu

    Women, Power and Rape Culture, Praeger, September 30, 2022

    Bonnie will be speaking about her book Women, Power and Rape Culture and related topics. 

    March 15 - Presentation by John Kidd on the evolution of gendered language from biblical times to now.

    April 19 - Kelly Moffat will present “Breaking the Gender Binary in Fashion".

    May 17 - Deborah Caine on the “Changing Roles of Men in Today’s Society”.

    June 21 - Incarceration of women who "failed to protect" their children from abusers in their household. A general discussion of the incarceration of women -- which is increasing -- would also be appropriate for the SIG. (Mal Wasserman).

    July 19 - Rhoda Ferat will present the book "Lessons in Chemistry: a Novel " by Bonnie Garmus

    August 16 - Discussion of book by Lucy Ferriss, “Misconceivers” about a post-Roe America in the late 2020s.

    September 20 - Presentation by Dr. Diane Whitehead on gender dysphoria.

    October 18 - Mary Rogers to present on bell hooks or Audre Lourde.

    November 15 (tentatively)Topic TBA for Fall 2023 to be presented by Katharine Burnett. 

    December 20 (tentatively) - Celebration and planning session for 2024.

    Free for OLLI at BCC Members

    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 is actively seeking more male members who would 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 group sponsored an OLLI course on the Equal Rights Amendment in 2018 which was well attended.

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

    Please contact Ellen Croibier for additional information.

    • Thursday, February 16, 2023
    • Thursday, June 15, 2023
    • 10 sessions
    • Online via Zoom

    OLLI at BCC members are invited to join OLLI's

    Paper Crafting

    Free and open exclusively to OLLI at BCC members

    Meeting monthly on the third Thursday at 10:30 am and 4:15 pm Eastern

    Online via Zoom

    Have you always wanted to create beautiful cards like the ones shown above?  Are you interested in card making, decorating scrapbook pages, and creating gift bags/boxes?  If so, this group is for you!

    Members of this group share expertise and ideas so that you can create cards or scrapbooking layouts using stamps and ink. We discuss projects we could work on together and what supplies would be needed. 

    Please contact Linda Goff for further information and to get the Zoom link.

    • Thursday, February 16, 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom



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

    Gotta Reads: New York Times Best Sellers Book Club

    for an online discussion 

    The Third Thursday of Every Month

    from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Eastern

    Free and open to OLLI at BCC members 

    OLLI's Gotta Reads: New York Times Best Sellers Book Club reads books from the New York Times Best Seller list of the last few years.  We look for books that are discussion worthy and thought provoking.  

    Club members will participate in the selection of future books.

    November: Belle Greene by Alexandra LaPierre. 

    December: The Round House by Louise Erdrich

    January: Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

    February: Horse by Geraldine Brooks.

    Please contact Sheila McKenna for additional information and to receive the Zoom link.

    • Wednesday, February 22, 2023
    • 7:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    Register


    Ukraine, Russia and the West - the Outlook for 2023

    An online discussion with former New York Times foreign correspondent and former Ukraine reporter James Brooke

    Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. EDT

    Online via Zoom
    Free & open to all

    Veteran foreign correspondent Jim Brooke is back to give OLLI another in-depth analysis of the war in Ukraine. Jim draws on a total of 14 years living and working Kyiv and Moscow --  as a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, the Voice of America, Bloomberg and several business news outlets. In earlier talks with OLLI members, Jim went beyond the headlines to explain Russian intentions and flawed assumptions, Ukrainian capacity to resist, and the impact of the war around the world. It's a good time to check back in with Jim on the one-year anniversary of the conflict and the unfolding tragedy that Ukrainians are undergoing. 

    James Brooke, a veteran foreign correspondent, will explore the outlook this fall for the Russia-Ukraine war. A Lenox native, Brooke reported for 24 years for The New York Times, including many trips to Russia. After the Times, he reported for eight years from Moscow, first as Bloomberg bureau chief, then as Voice of America bureau chief. Most recently, he reported for six years on Ukraine, returning from Kyiv to Lenox one year ago. He writes a twice monthly Foreign Affairs column for The Berkshire Eagle.

    This event will be recorded and posted to our YouTube channel: OLLI: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College - YouTube

    • Monday, February 27, 2023
    • Monday, December 25, 2023
    • 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. In this past year, 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. 

    Books we are reading in 2023:

    January - A Better Man by Louise Penny

    February - Big Sky by Kate Atkinson

    March - Conviction by Denise Mina

    April - Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke

    May - Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

    June - The Guardians by John Grisham

    July - The Night Fire by Michael Connelly

    August - The Old Success by Martha Grimes

    September - The Other End of the Line by Andrea Camilleri

    October - The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney

    November - The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz

    December - The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

    • Monday, March 13, 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • Sarasota Art Museum, 1001 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 24
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    The OLLI Special Events Committee presents 

    SARASOTA DOUBLE HEADER

    Monday, March 13, 2023
    This program is in-person in Sarasota, Florida

    Sarasota Art Museum and OLLI at Ringling College, 1001 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

    Join us for your own lunch at Museum BISTRO at 12 Noon.

    SARASOTA ART MUSEUM - 1:00 p.m.

    Richard Benson: The World Is Smarter Than You Are
    Exhibition surveys 50 years of his photography.

    Sara Berman’s Closet a look at the magnificent life of the artist and the fascinating contents of her closet.

    DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING - 2:30 p.m.
    THE POLITICS OF BEAUTY examines the trajectory of Stuart Udall’s life from childhood through his Mormon mission, his World War II service, his student years at Arizona University, his years in Congress, and significantly the years as Secretary of Interior and beyond.      

    Register by March 1

    SIGN UP IMMEDIATELY FOR THIS FABULOUS EVENT!

    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!

    • Tuesday, March 14, 2023
    • Tuesday, March 21, 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • BCC
    • 0
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    Advance Directives Workshop: The Five Wishes

    Gail Phillips, RN, APRN, MS, Health Education

    Tuesday, March 14 and 21, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m
    In Person at Berkshire Community College

    This workshop is limited to 12 participants.

    Using a supportive, facilitated, group format this workshop will enable participants to understand and complete The Five Wishes living will, an advanced directive document. The workshop will be offered in two three-hour sessions with a notary public present for certification of the documents of each participant at the completion of the second session.

    Five Wishes is the first living will (also called an Advanced Directive) that talks about your personal, emotional and spiritual needs, as well as medical wishes. It lets you chose the person you want to make your health decisions if you are not able to make them yourself. It was written with the help the nation’s leading experts in end-of-life care.

    Gail has been facilitating  groups throughout her career as a Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse-Midwife, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, and presently as a Community Health Educator for the “Power of Healthcare Advocacy, during the Retirement years.” She is an independent Healthcare Advocate, Phillips Healthcare Advocate, whose mission is to promote and empower “person-centered care” for the best possible outcomes within our healthcare system. With her devotion to this concept in health care, she is also passionate about and promotes the concept of home care, whenever possible, to ensure advocacy-focused kind care.


    • Monday, March 20, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Zoom
    • 0
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    The Art and Craft of
    Purposeful Memoir:
    Finding the Keys to Unlock
    Your Memoir’s Purpose

    Presented by Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D.

    March 20, 2023
    1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST
    Online

    In this lively, hands-on writing workshop, award-winning memoirist and writing teacher Jennifer Browdy will guide you through the early steps of envisioning and crafting your memoir.

    Our lives are so rich and complex, it can be hard to figure out what to focus on when you sit down to write memoir. Which stories to tell? Which people to include? What aspects of your experience are important to share, and who are you trying to reach?

    This two-hour online workshop will provide key organizational strategies and techniques that will help you find your way to the heart of the story that only you can tell.


    Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D. is a professor of literature, writing and media arts at Bard College/Simon’s Rock and the online global Bard Open Society University Network, with a special focus on purposeful memoir and media arts for social and environmental justice.

    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. Her memoir, What I Forgot ...And Why I Remembered, was a finalist for the 2018 International Book Awards.

    Jennifer has presented at numerous conferences, and has written for Yes! Magazine, Kosmos Journal, Deep Times Journal and many academic journals and volumes.

    She offers writing workshops online and in person, author coaching and manuscript review, and is the co-founder of the Birth Your Truest Story online writing community. Find out more at JenniferBrowdy.com.

Past events

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 Inside Edith Wharton's Library
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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