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, April 01, 2024
    • Monday, May 20, 2024
    • Online and In-Person

    OLLI at Berkshire Community College
    Spring 2024 Semester

    April 1 - May 20

    Online registration is closed.  Please call the office to register.

    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 Spring Semester runs April 1 - May 20, 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!

    Two special course series available this Spring:

    • Join OLLI instructors and members as we explore the rich history of the 1920s during the spring and summer semesters. See berkshireolli.org/1920sProject2024 for more information on this series.
    • Registration Closed: Online courses through Osher Online. This program is offered through the Osher National Resource Center (NRC) at Northwestern University. These classes are delivered by the Osher NRC via Zoom, with participants from all over the country. Note: Registration is separate from our spring courses.
    • Tuesday, April 02, 2024
    • Monday, May 20, 2024
    • Online


    Osher Online is a program from the Osher National Resource Center (NRC) at Northwestern University.  These classes are delivered by the Osher NRC via Zoom, with participants from all over the country.

    OLLI at BCC is excited to be a part of this program. Space is limited! Register early.

    Osher Online classes are $60 each, and available to OLLI at BCC members only. 

    Each class has a limit of 15 students from each participating OLLI. Register by March 17.

    Osher Online classes are not recorded.

    After you register for Osher Online classes, you will receive a welcome email from the Osher NRC. This email will include an Osher Online username and password as well as a link to the Osher Online Website, through which you will access your classes.

    You will also have access to a pre-class orientation, where you'll get helpful information for accessing your class. There you'll find the class Zoom link, syllabus, discussion board and Customer Care contact information.

    Available Courses:

    Chemistry Inside You; Instructor: Kjir Hendrickson

    Human-Animal Connection; Instructor: Jennifer Baker

    Our (Inter)National Pastime: Baseball from Inception to the Modern Era Instructor: Katie Krall

    Closed - limit reached AI for Regular People; Instructors: Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman

    Class details can be found here.

    • Tuesday, May 14, 2024
    • Tuesday, June 04, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Berkshire Community College
    • 0
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    Breeding Birds at BCC
    with Professor Tom Tyning

    Tuesdays - May 14, 21, 28 and June 4
    10:00 a.m. - Noon ET
    at Berkshire Community College
    In-person only.


    Field class to get out learn about the breeding behavior of birds, including looking inside and monitoring bird boxes, participate in species and bird counts, possibly bird banding.

    Course will include walks in meadow, woods, and marsh on the BCC campus on maintained trails, rain or shine.

    Attendees will need to able to walk on uneven ground for short distances, have waterproof boots for the wetlands, binoculars (or borrow from BCC), and a phone to download free birding apps - Merlin and eBird link.

    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. 

    A member of several professional natural history societies, he served for fifteen years as Managing Editor of the scientific journal, Herpetological Review.  He is past president of two local bird clubs, and the current president of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club.

    Throughout the year he conducts various short and long-term field research projects on vernal pools, rare salamanders, Berkshire butterfly populations, and endangered snake species in Western Massachusetts. He was instrumental in jump-starting the installation of Salamander Tunnels in Amherst (MA) and the Massachusetts Herpetological Atlas through Mass Audubon. Tom received both his BS (Wildlife Biology) and MS (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology) from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), where he focused on the biology and conservation of the timber rattlesnake.

    Cost: $50 for OLLI at BCC members,
               $60 for non-members

    Sign up today!

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

    • Thursday, May 16, 2024
    • Thursday, December 19, 2024
    • 8 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, May 21, 2024
    • 1:30 PM
    • Berkshire Community College
    Register

    Villages of the Berkshires and OLLI at Berkshire Community College
    Joint Information Session

    Learn about help for older adults to age-in-place and opportunities for Lifelong Learning at a free meeting in Pittsfield.

    Thursday, May 21, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. ET

    In-person at Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA

    Free & open to all

    Villages of the Berkshires (VoB) is a local non-profit with a mission to help people age in their own home.  They are accepting older adult members, supporters and volunteers of all ages. The event is in partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College (OLLI at BCC), which provides exciting educational opportunities designed for people 50 years old and better.

    VoB provides volunteers to assist elders with tasks such as: transportation, basic home maintenance and repairs, IT support, and friendly check-in visits or phone calls. It is part of a country-wide “Villages Movement” helping seniors age-in-place. Financial assistance is available to make membership accessible to people of all income levels.

    OLLI at BCC is a dynamic learning community with over 1,500 members that offers 200+ terrific programs a year, including four semesters of courses, lectures, special events and trips, shared interest groups, and more! OLLI programs meet online, in-person around Berkshire County, and sometimes, both! 

    All those looking to learn about participation in Villages of the Berkshires and OLLI at Berkshire Community College are encouraged to enjoy refreshments and meet new friends at this informational session. 

    To attend the session, register here.  For more information, email Kulli Bloom, VoB Program Director, info@villagesoftheberkshires.org, or call her at 413-409-6400.

    • Tuesday, May 21, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 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:

    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, May 22, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • BCC
    • 0
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    From Collage to Decoupage

    Wednesday, May 22
    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    at Berkshire Community College

    In-person only.


    In this workshop, we will go over the basic steps for creating unique waterproof ceramic tile coasters.

    This class will be good for those who have already attended the Decoupage Workshop and would like to add a “collage step“ to their coasters. First time attendees will be able to use collage on their tiles as well, or can focus on the basic design from colorful paper, which will be available. Feel free to bring paper/fabric from home to use.

    Additional decoupage project choices for second time attendees, as well as first timers, will include small porcelain plates for trinkets and jewelry, and luggage tags to make identifying your suitcase so much easier!

    Marsha Edell is a licensed clinical social worker, and a long time crafts person. A firm believer in the positive energy which connecting to one’s creativity brings, she is looking forward to helping people enjoy the process and the results.

    Cost: $25 for OLLI at BCC members,
               $30 for non-members

    Price includes materials cost.

    Sign up today!

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

    • Wednesday, May 22, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA
    Register

    Socializing Singles 

    Shared Interest Group

    We're back, and in-person!

    Kick-off meeting on Wednesday, May 22 at 11 a.m. Eastern

    Free and open exclusively to OLLI at BCC members

    Please join us at Berkshire Community College if you are single and interested in meeting new friends. Our goal will be to plan activities to enjoy together, whether in small or large groups. Our intent is not matchmaking but an opportunity to meet new people. OLLI member Judy Cromwell has graciously offered to guide this group with a lot of input and suggestions from everyone. She's looking forward to meeting you all! 

    • Wednesday, May 22, 2024
    • Wednesday, November 27, 2024
    • 7 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    OLLI at BCC members are invited to join OLLI's

    Climate Change 

    Shared Interest Group 

    Now meeting on Zoom!

    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 on Zoom 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.

    • Wednesday, May 29, 2024
    • Thursday, May 30, 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • BCC and Rockwell Museum
    • 0
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    Will the Real Norman Rockwell Please Stand Up

    Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00 a.m.
    at
    Berkshire Community College and
    Thursday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m.
    at the Norman Rockwell Museum

    In-person only.


    Idealist? Humorist? Social Activist? Will the real Norman Rockwell please stand up! His artwork spanning 1913 to 1976 captures the evolution of American life unfolding during the 20th century.

    During our sole classroom presentation, as students view the paintings of Rockwell over the course of his life, students will vote on which they view as the real Norman Rockwell.

    The second class, students will visit the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA to view his paintings and studio.

    Skip Doyle is a lifelong educator in a variety of subjects. He teaches courses in art, literature, spirituality, business, and outdoor skills. Among a score of course titles, his most recent offerings include: The Hudson River School of art, American Nature Writers & Poets, Torah for Christians, Project Management, and Sailing Fundamentals. Skip Doyle is widely published in magazines and newspapers. His most recent book, The Long Path Journal & Guide describes his 350-mile hike through the backcountry of the Hudson River Valley.

    Cost: $40 for OLLI at BCC members,
               $45 for non-members

    Price includes ticket and guided tour of the Norman Rockwell Museum

    Sign up today!

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

    • Thursday, May 30, 2024
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • BCC
    • 0
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    Get it Done!
    with Jane Kavanau

    Thursday, May 30 at
    1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

    In-person only.

    This course will introduce seven techniques and strategies for getting organized.

    Jane Kavanau approaches the subjects of organizing and de-cluttering from a somewhat different point of view than those of most organizers and self-help books. She believes that each person and situation is different, requiring that organizing strategies be flexible and simple – definitely NOT “one size fits all.”

    As a former teacher, Jane Kavanau understands that people have different learning styles. As a former real estate agent, she has seen the pitfalls of having a disorganized home and mind.

    Jane has taught courses and given talks, both here in the Berkshires and in Greenwich, CT, on the subject called “Getting Organized.” She currently coaches people who are overwhelmed and/or stuck, either on the phone or on Zoom. Her clients say “Believe it or not, it really works.”

    Cost: $15 for OLLI at BCC members
               $20 for non-members

    Sign up today!

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

    • Tuesday, June 04, 2024
    • 7:00 AM
    • Met Museum NYC
    • 0
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    The OLLI at BCC Special Events Committee presents an afternoon at

    The Harlem Renaissance at
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
    Tuesday, June 4, 2024


    This groundbreaking exhibition explores the far-reaching ways in which Black artists portrayed modern life in the Roaring Twenties. 160 works of painting, sculpture, film, photographs and ephemera explore Black lives and experience in 1920s–40s Harlem in the decades of the Great Migration, when millions of African Americans moved out of the segregated Jim Crow South. The exhibition establishes the Harlem Renaissance as a central facet in the development of modern art. Many of the paintings and sculptures come from the extensive collections of Historically Black Colleges/Universities and from private collections here and in Europe.

    Other exhibits at the MET can be explored here: www.metmuseum.org/exhibits 

    Lunch and afternoon on your own to explore and enjoy a day at the incomparable Metropolitan Museum!

    Tickets include morning snack, admissions, docent tour, supper on return trip, information packet, bus.

    Schedule:

    • 7:10 a.m. departure from Stop and Shop Parking Lot, 1 Dan Fox Dr, Pittsfield
    • 8:00 a.m. departure from Price Chopper Parking Lot, 3o0 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington
    • 11:30 a.m. begin tours (slightly staggered start times) followed by free time at museum
    • 3:45 p.m. Board Bus
    • 7:00 p.m. Approximate arrival Great Barrington
      7:45 p.m. Arrive Pittsfield

    Tickets:
    $125 OLLI members
    $135 non-members

    No refunds unless space is filled from a waiting list!

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

    Special Events Chair: Arline Breskin
    Questions: call OLLI office 413.236.2190

    • Wednesday, June 05, 2024
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Pittsfield Country Club, 639 South St, Pittsfield
    • 114
    Register


    You are invited to our

    OLLI at BCC
    Faculty Appreciation Party

    Join us as we celebrate and thank our extraordinary volunteer instructors and speakers from this academic year!

    Wednesday, June 5
    4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

    Pittsfield Country Club
    639 South St, Pittsfield MA 01201

    Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and great company at the Pittsfield Country Club.

    $60 per person. 
    Complimentary for OLLI at BCC speakers & instructors and a guest.

    • Thursday, June 06, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 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.

    Our meetings are currently held on Zoom at 4:00 p.m. Eastern on the first Thursday of every month.

    At each meeting a member presents some Chamber Music they are interested in. Prior to the meeting, links to recordings of the selected pieces will be circulated so that we can all listen before the meeting. At the meeting, the presenting member will provide some program notes - and then we can each talk about our thoughts on the piece(s).

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

    • Friday, June 07, 2024
    • Friday, August 23, 2024
    • Online and In-Person
    Register

    OLLI at Berkshire Community College
    Summer 2024 Semester

    June 7 - August 23

    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 Summer Semester runs June 7 - August 23, 2024, and includes a mix of in-person, online, and hybrid (online and in-person) courses. All classes take place in Eastern Time.

    This summer we will be offering a single, more prolonged semester (11 weeks), inclusive of 4-11 week courses which will be scheduled and dispersed throughout this interval.

    We are making some changes to course fees, for the summer only, that will accommodate offering one registration for all summer courses (rather than two separate semesters in recent years). Some folks will experience a small increase, but most will pay the same or less than they did over two summer semesters in previous years.

    The course costs for Summer 2024 will be:
    1 course - $55
    2 courses –$100
    3 courses - $125
    4 or more courses - $150

    Each Flexpass counts as one course (6 sessions).

    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!

    Two special course series available this Summer:

    • Join OLLI instructors and members as we explore the rich history of the 1920s during the spring and summer semesters. See berkshireolli.org/1920sProject2024 for more information on this series.
    • Online courses through Osher Online. This program is offered through the Osher National Resource Center (NRC) at Northwestern University. These classes are delivered by the Osher NRC via Zoom, with participants from all over the country. Note: Registration is separate from our summer courses.
    • Friday, June 07, 2024
    • Friday, August 23, 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Online via Zoom


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

    Play Reading Shared Interest Group

    Meets Twice a Month from 3:00 to 5:00 pm ET

    Free and open to all OLLI at BCC members 

    Do you love reading plays?  Our SIG gives participants a chance to read aloud and analyze scenes and characters from prize-winning plays. 

    We meet once or twice per month for two hours, usually on a Friday afternoon, so as not to conflict with other OLLI courses.  During the year we are open to suggestions as to which plays to read, while in the summer, when hopefully theatres will resume performances, we choose plays that we can both read and view. 

    We encourage our members to prepare and lead discussions on plays that interest them.  Thriving on group participation, we allow two sessions to cover each one.  Particular editions are selected that can be ordered online or from the Lenox Bookstore.

    In the past our meetings have been in-person, but this year our group has been very successful on Zoom.  We hope to see you there!

    Please email Barbara WaldingerKarel Fisher, or Alice Roth for additional information and to receive the Zoom link. 

    Summer Schedule

    Our meetings will be on Fridays at 3:00pm and will be via Zoom.  We’ll notify you if there is a change in time or we have an in-person meeting.

    June 7 & 21: (Facilitator: Karel Fisher) Boeing, Boeing by Marc Camoletti.  This play is a French farce that was translated and adapted for English-speaking audiences in 1962.  Barrington Stage will be showing this play in July, with Julianne Boyd as director.  From Wikipedia: "The play is set in the 1960s, and centers on bachelor Bernard, who has a flat in Paris and three airline stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. Bernard's life gets bumpy, though, when his friend Robert comes to stay, and complications such as weather and a new, speedier Boeing jet disrupt his careful planning.  Soon, all three stewardesses are in the city simultaneously and catastrophe looms."  

    July 12 & 26: (Facilitator: Paul Kaplan-Reiss) Flight of the Monarch by Jim Frangione.  The play has its regional premiere in August at Shakespeare & Company’s Bernstein Theater, in a joint production with Great Barrington Public Theater.  The director is Judy Braha.  From the theater website:  "Two siblings, Sheila and Thomas, were both born and raised in a small, New England fishing village where they still live. This darkly comic play explores how siblings’ lives are intertwined, what we owe to the people who know and love us best, and how family members’ needs and desires may push the boundaries of what we can be expected to do for others.”

    Aug. 9 & 23: (Facilitator: Alice Roth) The Weir by Conor McPherson.  This play by Irish playwright Conor McPherson premiered in London in 1997 and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play.  It will be shown at Berkshire Theater Festival’s Unicorn Theater in late September and October, directed by Eric Hill.  Three men and a woman gather in a pub one evening in rural Ireland and entertain each other with ghost stories, but the mood takes an ever-darker turn.  From the theater website: "The play unfolds as a tapestry of supernatural narratives interwoven with personal tragedies, showcasing the haunting power of storytelling that binds individuals together in unexpected ways. McPherson’s deft touch and the raw emotions brought forth by the characters create an unforgettable theatrical experience that lingers long after the curtain falls.”

    Getting the Scripts

    We will be reading from the editions listed below.  

    Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti.  We’ll be reading the Samuel French acting edition, available from Concord Theatricals for $10.95 here.  This is the latest edition, translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans.

    Flight of the Monarch by Jim Frangione.  Jim Frangione is the artistic director of Great Barrington Public Theater.  We will share the script of this new play with SIG attendees when it becomes available. 

    The Weir and Other Plays by Conor McPherson.  Theater Communications Group, 1999.  The paperback edition is available for $11.60 from Amazon here.

    • Saturday, June 08, 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Berkshire Museum
    Register

    The OLLI Art Exhibit will be presented at the Berkshire Museum during the entire month of June

    Crane Room
    39 South St., Pittsfield

    Register here for the Opening Reception
    June 8, 2024
    5:30-7:30 p.m.

    Free and open to the public.

    Admission to the Crane Room will be free for OLLI at BCC members in June.


    The exhibit will be shown virtually after closing.
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    Thank you to the Berkshire Museum for generously hosting this event.

    Questions? Email the OLLI office at olli@berkshirecc.edu

    • Monday, June 10, 2024
    • Monday, December 23, 2024
    • 8 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

    • Tuesday, June 11, 2024
    • Tuesday, November 12, 2024
    • 6 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

    • Wednesday, June 19, 2024
    • Wednesday, December 18, 2024
    • 7 sessions
    • Online via Zoom


    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

    Berkshire Pride and the Elizabeth Freeman Center 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

    Farrah Cukor, literary rep at United Talent Agency on July 17

    Linda Baxter will give a talk on midwifery on August 21

    Mary Hunt, PhD on feminist theology on September 18

    Chief Deanna Strout on women in criminal justice on October 16

    Farah Cherif D’Ouezzan on women in Morocco on November 20

    December 18 TBD

    • Thursday, June 27, 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    Register

    The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents
    H
    arvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig

    On his new book
    How To Steal A Presidential Election

    with Doug Mishkin 

    Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. ET

    Online via Zoom


    Sometimes the only thing worse than illegal conduct is legal conduct.

    In his new book, How To Steal A Presidential Election, Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig describes how a presidential candidate could legally subvert a legitimate election result—from vice-presidential intervention to election decertification and beyond.  With his co-author Matthew Seligman, Lessig explains how some of these strategies might even be constitutional.  The book exposes correctable weaknesses in our system, including one that could be corrected only by the Supreme Court.

    Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. Prior to returning to Harvard, he taught at Stanford Law School, where he founded the Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. He holds numerous honorary degrees.

    Lessig is the founder of Equal Citizens and a founding board member of Creative Commons. He serves on the Scientific Board of AXA Research Fund, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He has received numerous awards including a Webby, the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award, Scientific American 50 Award, and Fastcase 50 Award. Lessig’s early work focused on law and technology, especially as it affects copyright. His current work addresses the failure of democracy, and innovations to reform democracy. He is the author of hundreds of articles and essays and a dozen books.

    Professor Lessig will be interviewed by Doug Mishkin, a frequent OLLI speaker and interviewer.

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    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


    • Saturday, June 29, 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Lenox Town Hall, 6 Walker St, Lenox MA
    Register

    The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents

    Prof. Jeremy Yudkin

    Highlights of Tanglewood 2024

    Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. ET

    In-person at the Lenox Town Hall, Lenox, MA


    Jeremy Yudkin will discuss the highlights of the upcoming Tanglewood season, including the most important symphonies, concertos, chamber music, and solo recitals to look out for this summer.

    Dr. Jeremy Yudkin is Professor of Music at Boston University. He has served as Visiting Professor of Music at Oxford University and Harvard, and he is the author of ten books on music. This year marks the forty-second consecutive year of his much-loved Pre-Concert Tanglewood Talks, given every Friday afternoon and Sunday morning throughout the summer at the Lenox Town Hall Auditorium.

    In-person lectures are not recorded.

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    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


    • Friday, July 05, 2024
    • 11:45 AM
    • Jacob's Pillow, 358 George Carter Road Becket, Massachusetts 01223
    • 10
    Register

    The OLLI at BCC Special Events Committee presents an afternoon at

    Jacob's Pillow
    Friday, July 5, 2024

    Norton Owen, Preservation Director,

    will talk at Blake’s Barn at 11:45 a.m.
    Bring a Bag Lunch – OLLI Chefs provide desserts and drinks


    Sold out! 

    The Royal Ballet of the United Kingdom

    From England | Pillow Debut | World Premiere | U.S. Premiere | Live Music | Only U.S. Performance


    Schedule:

    11:45 a.m. Talk with Norton Owen, Preservation Director, at Blake’s Barn

    12:30 p.m. Lunch (bring a bag lunch with you, our OLLI chefs will provide dessert and drinks) 

    1:00 p.m. Dessert

    2:00 p.m. Performance

    Program features World Premiere by Wayne McGregor, created especially for Jacob’s Pillow, alongside works by Frederick Ashton, Kenneth McMillian, and Christopher Wheeldon. Include the U.S. Premiere of Secret Things by American choreographer Pam Tanowitz. The Royal Ballet Principals Matthew Ball, Mayara Magri, Natalia Osipova, Marcelino Sambé, Anna Rose O’Sullivan, and Sarah Lamb will perform along with a vibrant array of the company’s dancers.  

    Cost: $120 for OLLI at BCC members (registration opens April 1)
               $130 for guests/non-members (available beginning May 15)
               $9 Dessert only with your own Pillow subscription (registration opens April 1)

    Only 50 tickets, register today! Seating will be in order received. 
    Handicapped seating is available, be sure to note that when you register.

    No refunds unless space is filled from a waiting list!
    This program is in-person at Jacob's Pillow
    358 George Carter Rd., Becket, MA

    Event Leader: Lesley Oransky; Special Events Chair: Arline Breskin

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

    • Tuesday, July 09, 2024
    • Friday, August 30, 2024
    • Online
    Register


    Osher Online is a program from the Osher National Resource Center (NRC) at Northwestern University.  These classes are delivered by the Osher NRC via Zoom, with participants from all over the country.

    OLLI at BCC is excited to be a part of this program. Space is limited! Register early.

    Osher Online classes are $60 each, and available to OLLI at BCC members only. 

    Each class has a limit of 15 students from each participating OLLI. Register by June 24 at 9 a.m.

    Osher Online classes are not recorded.

    After you register for Osher Online classes, you will receive a welcome email from the Osher NRC. This email will include an Osher Online username and password as well as a link to the Osher Online Website, through which you will access your classes.

    You will also have access to a pre-class orientation, where you'll get helpful information for accessing your class. There you'll find the class Zoom link, syllabus, discussion board and Customer Care contact information.

    Available Courses:

    Women Psychoanalysts: Stories and Theories
    Instructor:
    Oliva Espin

    The World's Fascination with the Automobile
    Instructor:
    Pandora Paul Sardon

    Class details can be found here.
    • Tuesday, July 09, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom
    Register

    The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents
    Jake Tapper talks about his book: All the Demons Are Here

    Updated Date and Time:

    Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 12:00 noon ET
    Online via Zoom


    Jake Tapper has written two New York Times bestselling novels, The Hellfire Club and The Devil May Dance, as well as the bestselling nonfiction book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, which was turned into a critically acclaimed film in 2020. He is the lead DC anchor and chief Washington correspondent for CNN. A Dartmouth graduate and Philly native, he lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, daughter, and son.

    Learn more about All the Demons Are Here.

    Mr. Tapper will be interviewed by Anastasia Stanmeyer, editor of Berkshire Magazine since its 2012 debut. She began her journalism career with daily newspapers, then she moved over to magazines, contributing to Time, Asiaweek, Newsweek, and Stern, among others.

    All registrants will receive a link to the recording the day after the event.

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    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


    • Thursday, August 08, 2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Chester Theater
    • 45
    Register

    The OLLI at BCC Special Events Committee presents:

    A Chester Duet

    Thursday, August 8, 2024, 12:00 p.m.
    T
    his program is in-person at Chester Railway Museum and Chester Theater Company in Chester, MA


    A Delicious Lunch plus
    a Great Afternoon of Theater  

    Noon: Lunch at the Chester Railway Museum
    A national historic landmark! OLLI chefs create a first class lunch for you! Dave Pierce, Director, tells tales of the station.  

    2:00 p.m. Chester Theater Company

    Big Big Sky

    Kinsea, East Yorkshire. Angie and Lauren are closing up the café for the winter, the birds have gone south and taken the tourists with them. The last visitor is Lauren’s dad, Dennis, stopping by for pastry and beans and another arrival- one that’s unforeseen and life-changing to them all.  BIG BIG SKY, a beautifully tender play by Tom Wells, explores nature’s influence on love, friendship and family-the belief that anyone who’s lost can be found, even in the remotest places!

    Director: James Warwick

    Cost: $70 for OLLI at BCC members
               $80 for guests/non-members
               $20 Lunch only with your own Chester Theater subscription

    Handicapped seating is available, be sure to note that when you register. Seating will be in order received.

    No refunds unless space is filled from a waiting list!

    Event Leader: Judy Keshner; Special Events Chair: Arline Breskin

    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 at BCC's Special Events Committee for organizing this and so many other great OLLI events!

    • Monday, September 16, 2024
    • Monday, December 16, 2024
    • 7 sessions
    • Lenox, MA


    Happy Needlers & Hookers:
    A Needlework
    Shared Interest Group

    Meets the first and third Monday from 12:30pm-2pm in Lenox. 

    Monday meetings are paused for the summer due to construction at the venue. 

    Shared Interest Groups are free and exclusively for current 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!

    All levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced.

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

Past events

Saturday, May 18, 2024 The 2024 Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture: Ari Melber
Friday, May 17, 2024 Forest Bathing Workshop Spring 2024
Wednesday, May 08, 2024 OLLI Summer 2024 Open House
Tuesday, April 30, 2024 Art Exhibit Registration and Payment
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 OLLI New Members Get-Together
Tuesday, April 09, 2024 Update on Ukraine with James Brooke
Monday, April 08, 2024 Day Trip to See the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse
Thursday, March 28, 2024 Villages of the Berkshires Informational Session
Tuesday, March 26, 2024 Basic Bird Biology Workshop with Tom Tyning
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 In St. Petersburg, Florida
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 Applying Techniques for Travel Photography for Everyone
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 Climate Change and Human Migration: Intersections, Outcomes, and Responses
Tuesday, March 12, 2024 Finding Your “Rootsilience” with Samantha Anderson and Rimi Chakraborty
Monday, March 11, 2024 Art and Auschwitz: A Dialogue on a Last Expression
Monday, March 11, 2024 Telling The Truth Through Fiction with Jennifer Browdy
Wednesday, March 06, 2024 21st Century Medicine Lecture Series
Tuesday, March 05, 2024 The 2024 Solar Eclipse: Everything You Need to Know
Tuesday, March 05, 2024 OLLI Spring 2024 Open House
Monday, February 26, 2024 Pilgrimage to Broken Mountain; Alan and Pamela Sandstrom
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