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

    • Saturday, March 06, 2021
    • (EST)
    • Saturday, July 10, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online via Zoom
    Register


    Reading Henry James
    with Jim Kraft: Part II

    Saturdays, March 6, 2021- July 10, 2021
    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm 

    Online via Zoom: registration required
    $50 for OLLI at BCC members; $65 for non-members

    Click here to register or call 413.236.2190 (M-F 9am-4pm) to register by phone with a credit card.

    Longtime OLLI instructor James Kraft will lead the next installment of his monthly course entitled "Reading Henry James," starting on Saturday, March 6 at 3pm, and continuing monthly on Saturdays at 3pm through July 7th for five sessions.

    Considered one of the greatest writers in English, Henry James is known for his psychological insight into his characters, and for his provocative prose.  The prose is considered to have three phases: early narratives that are accessible portraits of his time; more challenging narratives and prose called the middle periods; the late and complex style that embodies his most challenging perceptions.  The discussion will examine the three phases in the reading of James's major novels and tales.

    Reading Schedule:

    • Saturday 3/6/21: "The Figure in the Carpet" (1896), "Brooksmith" (1898) and "The Beast in the Jungle" (1903)

    • Saturday 4/3/21: The Ambassadors (1903)

    • Saturday 5/8/21: The Wings of the Dove (1902) (rescheduled from 5/1/21)

    • Saturday 6/5/21: The Golden Bowl (1904)

    • Saturday 7/10/21: Review and wrap-up

    Please read again any work that you have already read.  A second reading of James is a different and exciting experience. Henry James is not a quick read; we recommend starting the readings well in advance of the discussion session.

    Reading Henry James is led by longtime OLLI literature instructor James Kraft, who attended Princeton, King’s College, Cambridge University, and Fordham.  He has a doctorate in literature and has taught at the University of Virginia, Université Laval in Quebec City, and Wesleyan in Connecticut.  He was assistant director of the Whitney Museum for eight years, and now teaches at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College and at the New York Society Library in New York City.

    Click here to register or call 413.236.2190 (M-F 9am-4pm) to register by phone with a credit card.

    • Monday, April 26, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Tuesday, July 06, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 10 sessions
    • Online via Zoom


    Life is a Cabaret!
    An Online Singing & Performance Course

    Have you always secretly wanted to wanted to step into the spotlight, singing your favorite song from the Great American Songbook? Join us for an online cabaret performance course with acclaimed performer and voice instructor Sherri James Buxton!

    Mondays, April 26 - July 6th
    6:30pm-8:30pm EDT on Zoom
    Limited to 12 participants. Tuition: $120

    Class members receive individual coaching and learn by example while watching other participants as they are coached in the intimate art of cabaret singing that will enhance ANY style of singing.  Topics covered include: interpretation, phrasing, style, microphone technique, and stage presence to deliver an honest, musically pleasing performance. After nine sessions the course culminates in an online performance you can share with family and friends! If you are a singer interested in perfecting your craft, this workshop is for you. Bob Shepherd, a musician’s magician, accompanies.

    Sherri Buxton is a master teacher who has inspired the development of a whole generation of cabaret singers and performers in the Berkshires. She has appeared on and off Broadway and in numerous New York cabarets. As a recording artist for RCA, she recorded “Sweet Talkin’ Guy”. Nightclub and cabaret credits include The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass., where she received standing ovations, The Ansonia Hotel’s Continental Baths, and Playstreet in New York City. She has performed with Freddie Prinz and Jackie Mason at the New York and Chicago Playboy Clubs and with Rodney Dangerfield at his New York City club.

    The registration deadline has passed.

    In partnership with the Berkshire Music School and funded in part by Aroha Philanthropies.

      

    • Tuesday, May 11, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Thursday, May 13, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    Register

    The OLLI at BCC Special Events Committee presents

    The Susan B. Anthony Duet
    Two Online Women's Suffrage Programs for the Price of One!

    Online Tour of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum & Vintage Tweets: Suffrage Era Postcards
    May 11th
    & 13th, 2pm Eastern

    Tickets are $10 for OLLI at BCC Members and $15 for Non-Members and includes both programs.

    Register securely online here or call 413.236.2190 (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm) to register by phone with a credit card.


    Tuesday, May 11th, 2-3pm Eastern
    Online Tour of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum

    Join us for a live, online tour & talk of the Susan B. Anthony birthplace in the Berkshires town of Adams, Massachusetts, restored and opened as a museum in 2010. The two-story Federal-style house at the foot of Mount Greylock depicts family and work life and the Quaker community in the early 1800s, and includes Daniel Anthony’s store, the room where Anthony was born, a portrait gallery, authentic period pieces, ephemera, and a detailed timeline.

    Thursday, May 13th, 2-3pm Eastern
    Vintage Tweets: Suffrage Era Postcards


    Postcards, both personal and political, carried sentiments both for and against woman suffrage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Using over 400 vintage postcards, Carol Crossed tells the story of the fight for women's voting rights in a new book, Vintage Tweets: Suffrage Era Postcards. She will discuss and many of the images from this illuminating collection.


    Click here to register.


    Supported in part by MassHumanities.



    • Monday, May 17, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Monday, December 19, 2022
    • (EST)
    • 20 sessions
    • Online via Zoom


    OLLI at BCC members are invited to join OLLI's

    Contemporary Gender Roles Shared Interest Group

    The group meets on the third Monday of every month at 2:00 pm Eastern 

    Free and open to all OLLI at BCC members

    The OLLI Contemporary Gender Roles Shared Interest Group studies and explores 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 seniors who belong to OLLI.

    Members volunteer to lead a discussion on a topic of their choice or/and invite an outside speaker.

    Please contact Deborah Caine for additional information and to join the group.

    • Tuesday, May 18, 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online via Zoom
    Register


    You're invited to OLLI's FREE

    Shared Interest Group
    Open House

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 3pm Eastern

    Online via Zoom ~ Click here to RSVP to attend

    One of OLLI's best kept secrets are our shared interest groups, free and exclusively for OLLI at BCC members. Whether you are brand new to OLLI at BCC or a seasoned member of our learning community, you'll enjoy hearing from the leaders of our shared interest groups (SIGS)member-organized peer-led discussion and activity groups that all OLLI at BCC members are invited to join.  You'll learn more about our current groups, and how you can start one of your own!

    The leaders of the following OLLI at BCC shared interest groups will be on hand and sharing information on their groups. It's a great way to find one for yourself! Click on the names for further information, including how to join.  Note that all of the SIGs listed below currently meet online for safety reasons.

    Changing the Culture of Ageism

     Join a group of people who want to change the culture of aging.

    Contemporary Gender Roles
    Explore and discuss current and future changes in gender roles in the families that our grandchildren will be creating and the changing roles of men and women.

    Downhill Ski Group (seasonal) 
    Recreational skiing with others for fun and safety. 

    Foreign Language Films 

    Join OLLI members for monthly viewings of the world's greatest films, with animated discussion to follow.

    French Conversation
    Parlez-vous français? Would you like to practice your French with others in a relaxed setting? Meet up in informal settings for French conversation with other OLLI members.  

    Happy Needlers & Hookers: A Needlework Group

    Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting, embroidery or other forms of needlework in good company? This group is forming just in time for a cozy winter. 

    Murder, Mystery & Mayhem: A Book Group
    If you love reading mystery novels, this group is for you. Books will be chosen from award winning American and international novels by SIG members. Members will take turns facilitating discussions. Meetings are held the fourth Monday of every month at 1:30pm online. 

    Play Reading
    Love theatre, reading plays together and enjoying the Berkshire theatre scene? Join us!

    Poetry Reading 

    Join with other OLLI members to read and discuss great poems. 

    Poetry Writing 

    Share poetry you've written with other OLLI members.


    Online via Zoom ~ Click here to RSVP to attend

    Questions? Contact us at olli@berkshirecc.edu or 413.236.2190 (Mondays through Fridays, 9am - 4 pm EDT). We look forward to seeing you online!

    • Tuesday, May 18, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online via Zoom
    Register


    The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents
    Professor Kurt Stuke on

    Ethics & Capitalism
    Tuesday, May 18 2021

    7:00 pm Eastern Online via Zoom 
    Click here to register safely and securely online
    or call 413.236.2190.

    Capitalism has been a powerful force in shaping the world as we know it. But how do we weigh the opportunity afforded through the free market with the marginalization, oppression, and pervasive inequality within the distribution of primary social goods? Two competing theories of justice will be introduced to help attendees engage the topic.

    Professor Kurt Stuke is an adjunct professor at New England College in New Hampshire. His teaching focuses on philosophy, politics, and economics as well as political theory.  Professor Stuke and family reside in Contoocook, New Hampshire and have a small flock of chickens, one dog, and several cats.


     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. Click here to register safely and securely online or call 413.236.2190.

    In Partnership with the Berkshire Museum


    • Thursday, May 20, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online via Zoom
    Register

    You are invited to join us for the

    OLLI at BCC 2021 Annual Meeting
    Thursday, May 20th at 4pm

    Online via Zoom

    Free & open to all ~ RSVP here

    Join us for OLLI at BCC's 2021 Annual Meeting as we take a look back at an extraordinary year, and a sneak peek at what's in store for the future. Plus we'll announce the results of the board and bylaws vote. Free and open to all.

    • Monday, May 24, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Friday, July 02, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Online
    Register

    OLLI's Summer One Semester of Online Courses


    May 24 to July 2, 2021
    Classes run weekly for 90 minutes.

    Enjoy OLLI at BCC's live, interactive, online courses from the comfort of your own home using the free, easy-to-use  Zoom program (we'll show you how!) No tests, no grades, no prerequisites (except OLLI at BCC membership), just learning for the love of learning. 

    In case you missed it, click here to enjoy a sneak preview of our summer courses and instructors, or click on the links below to find out more about them. (Note that some of them are almost sold out!)

    Register securely online here or call 413.236.2190 (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm Eastern) to register by phone with a credit card, or with any questions you may have. To sign up for OLLI courses, you must be an OLLI at BCC member. (Not a member yet? Join here and try us out with a $30 summer membership. )

    OLLI Summer One Semester-at-a-Glance 

    Click on the course names to read more about them.

    Mondays

    9:30 - 11:00 am Writing a ‘Legacy Letter’ | Jay Sherwin Limited Registration: only 1 seat left as of 5/12

    11:30 am - 1:00 pm Today's Headlines | Lenny Tabs

    1:30 - 3:00 pm Music in Art at the Clark | Laura Dankner

    3:30 - 5:00 pm Introduction to the Nia Technique | Diane Firtell



    Tuesdays

    9:30 - 11:00 am The Values of Aaron Sorkin: The West Wing and Beyond | Douglas Mishkin  Click here to watch a short video about the course!


    11:30 am - 1:00 pm The 1940 Battle of Britain and the 1942 Battle of Midway: Two Critical Allied Victories | Greig Siedor

    1:30 - 3:00 pm The Convergence of Science and Literature Creates a Bright Light | Linda Neville

    3:30 - 5:00 pm More Than Just Likes: Navigating the Social Internet | Leslie Appleget Click here to watch a short video about the course!

    Wednesdays

    9:30 - 11:00 am Athol Fugard’s The Road to Mecca | John Trainor Limited Registration: only 3 seats left as of 5/10

    11:30 am - 1:00 pm In Search of Falstaff | Barbara Waldinger

       Note that the fourth session will be held on Monday, 6/28 at 7:00 pm EDT

    1:30 - 3:00 pm  Researching Your Family History | Lisa Swigart CLOSED- AT CAPACITY

    3:30 - 5:00 pm Medea | Richard Matturro


    Thursdays

    9:30 - 11:00 am Writing Effective Editorials, Op-eds, and Letters to the Editor | Steven Rubin  Limited Registration: only 6 seats left as of 5/10

    11:30 am - 1:00 pm William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors | Ann Berman


    1:30 - 3:00 pm China | Barry Gan & Miaoli Zhang

    Fridays

    9:30 - 11:00 am In A Pickle? The Stories Behind Common Idioms | Stewart Edelstein


    11:30 am - 1:00 pm Science Conversations | Peter Bluhm & Tony Segal

    9:30 am - 12:00 pm NEW! Introduction to Hiking in the Berkshires | Bess Dillman  CLOSED- AT CAPACITY  This course will be held in person and out of doors at various locations in Berkshire County, MA


    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 in 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. Click here to register online. Needs-based partial scholarships are also available. For more information on scholarships, email Executive Director Megan Whilden.

    Schedule conflicts? No worries. All of our courses are recorded, unless otherwise noted. If the live schedule does not work for you, 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!

    • Tuesday, May 25, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online via Zoom
    Register


    You are cordially invited to the

    2021 Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture
    featuring

    Dr. Jennifer Ashton, Chief Medical Correspondent at ABC News
    and author of The New Normal: A Roadmap to Resilience in the Pandemic Era

    Tuesday, May 25th, 7pm Eastern
    Free & Online; Click here to RSVP


    In March 2020, “normal” life changed, perhaps forever. In its place we were confronted with life and routines that were unusual and different. Even with vaccines, we aren't going back to the 'old normal.' We'll be in the new normal.  It’s about recognizing how to stay safe and sane in the world going forward. And no one understands this evolving landscape better than Dr. Jennifer Ashton. As ABC’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Ashton has been reporting on the novel coronavirus daily, helping Americans comprehend the urgent medical updates that have shaped the nation’s continued response to this public health crisis.

    Now in The New Normal, Dr. Ashton offers the essential toolkit for life in our new reality.  Rooted in her reporting on COVID-19 and the understanding that the virus isn’t going anywhere overnight, The New Normal is built on a simple foundation: thriving in this evolving world demands accepting the new normal for what it is, not what we want it to be. No longer is wellness a buzzword, but an imperative for surviving this unprecedented time. Using her trademark practical, easy-to-follow advice, Dr. Ashton gives you all the necessary information to reclaim control of your life and live safely—from exercise, to diet, to general health—showing how to prepare your body and mind for challenges such as:

    • Taking proper medical precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones
    • Exercising during the pandemic, even if you no longer feel safe at the gym
    • Finding emotional balance through these uncertain times
    • Deciphering complicated medical news to learn what to trust and what to ignore

    With these straightforward and accessible strategies and many more, Dr. Ashton helps empower you to make the unexpectedly hard decisions about socializing, food-shopping, seeing doctors, and most of all, finding normalcy. At once reassuring and urgent, The New Normal is a holistic roadmap through the ongoing struggles of the pandemic and beyond, providing the guidance you need to navigate this unsettling time and take charge of your future wellbeing.

    Join us Tuesday, May 25th at 7pm Eastern for an online discussion of the new normal and how to ensure you thrive throughout it. Free and open to all; click here to RSVP. To purchase a signed copy of The New Normal to benefit the Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture series, click here.

    About Mona Sherman


    The annual Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture was established to honor the memory of the late Mona Sherman, a dynamic businesswoman and volunteer leader who played a transformative role in the growth and expansion of OLLI at BCC. The lecture series, established through the generosity of her family and friends, honors both her love of the Berkshires community and of lifelong learning.

    For the past decade, the Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture series has featured extraordinary nationally known writers and commentators: past speakers have included Cokie Roberts, Jim Acosta, Mika Brzezinski, Joe Klein, Katy Tur and others. The lectures  have always been free and open to the public.

    OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, provides over 120 diverse educational, social, and volunteer opportunities a year designed especially by and for people fifty years old and better. OLLI’s 1,300+ members organize courses, lectures, trips and special events online, throughout the Berkshires and beyond.  For more information visit www.berkshireolli.org.

    We are grateful to Berkshire Gas for co-sponsoring the lecture, to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center for being a co-presenter, and to the many friends and family of Mona Sherman for their continuing support.


    • Thursday, June 03, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online via Zoom
    Register

    The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents
    Professor Robert Surbrug  on

    Women and War:
    Warriors, Victims and Peacemakers

    Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 7pm Eastern

    Online via Zoom 
    Click here to register online or call 413.236.2190.

    War has traditionally been seen as a man’s pursuit, yet throughout history women have been intimately involved in war. This talk will survey the topic from three distinct perspectives: women as warriors, victims of war and peacemakers. From the ancient myth of the Amazons, the image of the female warrior has captivated the imagination. We will touch on women warriors and wartime leaders such as Boudica, Joan of Arc, and Queen Nzinga, pictured above, through the women of the world’s modern militaries. More commonly, however, women have borne the brunt of war. Recent examples include the devastating wars in Bosnia, the Congo and Syria. Lastly, the unique potential of women as peacemakers was perhaps first portrayed in the satirical Greek play Lysistrata. Throughout history groups like Women Strike for Peace have often been in the vanguard of movements to rid the world of the scourge of war.


    Robert Surbrug, PhD, is a professor of history at Bay Path University. He received his B.A. from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His primary field of study is 20th century America, especially the Cold War. His book Beyond Vietnam: The Politics of Protest in Massachusetts, 1974-1990. (University of Massachusetts Press, 2009) examines post-1960s activism in the Bay State and its impact on mainstream politics. His courses at Bay Path include “U.S. since 1870,” “Women and War,” “America in the 1960s and 1970s,” “The Vietnam War,” “Introduction to U.S. Government” and “United Nations: Policies and Practices.”

     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. Click here to register safely and securely online or call 413.236.2190.

    In Partnership with the Berkshire Museum


    • Thursday, June 10, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online via Zoom
    Register
     

    The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents
    Professor David Baum on

    What is Living and What is Dead in Fascism?
    The 20th Century's Most Troubling and Enduring Idea at 100
     

    June 10, 2021 at 7:00 pm Eastern

    Online via Zoom 
    Click here to register safely and securely online
    or call 413.236.2190 (M-F 9am-4pm) to register by phone with a credit card.

    When Bard College at Simon's Rock Professor David Baum first began to be interested in the Fascist period in Italy a little over 20 years ago, Fascism seemed a dead letter, the very stuff of disinterested scholarship. Since then, of course, it’s experienced quite the revival. The 2016 election triggered the publication of at least four noteworthy books on fascism intended for broad audiences and at the same time conjured a movement – Antifa, short for anti-fascism – that very much held that its nemesis was back. The term “fascist,” for the longest time merely a generic term of opprobrium, elbowed its way back into the political lexicon.

    In retrospect, the assumption that Fascism was an extinct political species now appears wildly naïve. Current attempts to understand the populist right and hyper nationalists, here and around the globe, tend to focus on two causes: one sees rightwing populism as a kind of false consciousness, a misguided reaction to the economic upheaval of the 21st century; the other, the playing out of an imbedded racism in American life responding to the perceived threat of demographic change to white privilege. Both explanations have merit, but ultimately, we need to return to the origins of Fascism in the post-Great War period to better understand both the forces that initially called forth the movement and the prejudices of the dominant ideological discourses – liberal and socialist/communist - that weakened the West’s response to Fascism’s rise.

    David Baum received his PhD in European History from Yale University and has taught at New York University, Skidmore College, Union College, the American University in Iraq-Sulaimani, West Texas A&M University and is currently at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington. He is also the head of school at the John Dewey Academy, also in Great Barrington. His research and teaching have focused on the Italian Renaissance, Italian Fascism, and the Modern Middle East. His current research project is on views of the Renaissance during the inter-war period in Italy, entitled, Fascism and the Italian Renaissance.

     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. Click here to 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, June 17, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online via Zoom
    Register


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

    Gotta Reads: New York Times Best Sellers Book Club Shared Interest Group

    for an online discussion of Jeanine Cummins's American Dirt

    Thursday, June 17th at 4pm Eastern

    Free and open to all OLLI at BCC members 

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

    This new shared interest group will hold its first meeting (via Zoom) on June 17th at 4:00 pm Eastern.  Our first book will be American Dirt, a 2020 novel by American author Jeanine Cummins about the ordeal of a Mexican woman who had to leave behind her life and escape as an undocumented immigrant to the United States with her son.

    Once this Book Club gets established, club members will participate in the selection of future books.

    Please contact Sheila McKenna for additional information.  Please click here to register for the group.

Past events

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 Cellblock Visions: Prison Art in America
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
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
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 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, 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
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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