OLLI at BCC Events & Programs

OLLI at BCC offers a wide variety of programs and events that combine fascinating learning opportunities with social interaction. 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

    • Thursday, September 14, 2017
    • Monday, October 30, 2017
    • Various locations in Berkshire County.

    Click the catalog image to read it online!

    This fall OLLI offers over 20 courses in Pittsfield, Lenox, Great Barrington, North Adams and Williamstown on topics ranging from Nixon to pasta, Beowulf to climate change!

    Our fall semester runs from September 14th to October 30th, with weekly classes ranging from 4 to 6 sessions each.

    To view the complete Fall 2017 course line up and find links to individual course descriptions click here: Fall 2017 Class Schedule, or peruse the catalog online by clicking here.

    To register for classes, you must first join OLLI, if you are not already a member. You can then register online, by mail, or by phone at 413.236.2190.  

    FLEX passes ($50 each) are available. These entitle the holder to attend up to 6 individual class sessions within a semester, perfect if you will be out of town for part of the semester, or if you are just omnivorous! (Note that FLEX passes are not valid for lottery courses or courses that have reached capacity.) 

    Questions? You can always give the OLLI office a call at 413.236.2190 and we will be happy to help!

    • Saturday, October 21, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, Mass. 01201

    How Digital and Social Media Have Disrupted Journalism

    A Talk with MCLA Journalism Professor Shawn McIntosh

    Saturday, October 21st, 2pm
    Berkshire Museum

    Join us for another fascinating discussion in OLLI's 2017 Distinguished Speakers Series.

    The digital revolution has disrupted journalism more than any other communications field, with potentially disastrous consequences for our civic life and our democracy. News organizations everywhere are laying off journalists, shifting to digital-only publications, or closing down completely. Who or what will take their places to act as the fourth estate and be a watchdog to those in power?

    Despite the decline in journalism over the past several years, there are exciting new experiments being tried today in newsrooms large and small that promise to challenge the news industry, and that may even alter our basic notions of what it means to be news consumers and active citizens.

    Tickets may be purchased in advance online, by calling 413.236.2190, or at the door.

    • Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington , MA 01230
    • 50

    OLLI University Day
    Criminal Justice Reform

    Wednesday, November 8th

    At Bard College at Simon's Rock

    In partnership with Bard College at Simon's Rock, OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, presents a day of learning and discussion around the red-hot issue of criminal justice reform in Massachusetts and around the country.

    Speakers include State Senator Adam Hinds, who has cosponsored a criminal justice reform bill currently at the State House, MassINC research director Ben Forman, who recently authored a research report on criminal justice reform. MassINC is the leading non-partisan policy thinktank in Massachusetts.

    And from the field we'll hear from Berkshire County Sheriff  Tom Bowler, Christine Rudd from Roca in Springfield, and Kate Byrne from the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative.

    Tickets are $35 for OLLI members, and $45 for non-members and include lunch and morning coffee and refreshments.  You may register online or by calling 413-236-2190.

Past events

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 07, 2017 OLLI Mentoring for Success Meeting
Wednesday, September 06, 2017 Meet Memoir Writing Instructor Vivian Dorsel
Saturday, September 02, 2017 OLLI Art Show Reception & Silent Auction
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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