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

    • Sunday, November 05, 2017
    • Sunday, June 03, 2018
    • 7 sessions
    • Contact OLLI Office for address

    OLLI is pleased to announce longtime OLLI instructor James Kraft will lead a monthly group entitled Reading Willa Cather in Lenox starting on Sunday, October 8th at 3pm, and on the first Sunday of each month (except for February) through June 2018.  Reading Willa Cather is free for all OLLI members. (If you are not yet a member, please join to take part in this program by calling 413.236.2190 or join online here. You must be an OLLI member to attend.)

    The subject is the novels and stories of one of the foremost American writers, Willa Cather. She is best known for several works about life on the plains, especially Nebraska. She wrote many other novels that focus on significant locations and key social issues. The locations include New York City, Chicago, Santa Fe, Pittsburgh, and a nineteenth century plantation in Virginia. The subjects are numerous and include woman’s role in the professions, the significance of music, the issues of adultery and homosexuality, the loss of the pioneer spirit, the importance of Native American and Hispanic cultures in the United States, and surprisingly an account of a female slave’s escape to Canada, a novel that Toni Morrison wrote about in Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination.  Cather is a formidable figure in American literature and rewards a serious reading.

    Both her novels and short stories will be read and discussed. The stories are in Collected Stories, a Vintage paperback. My Mortal Enemy is also in a Vintage paperback.  All novels are also in the Library of America series.  The volumes are called Early Novels and Stories, and Later Novels.

    The meeting dates and novels are listed below. The short stories will be assigned later.

    October 8            A Lost Lady
    November 5        Lucy Gayheart
    December 3        My Antonia
    January 7             The Professor’s House
    March 4               My Mortal Enemy
    April 1                   Death Comes for the Archbishop
    May 6                   Shadows on the Rock
    June 2                   Sapphira and the Slave Girl

    All meetings are on Sunday afternoons at 3pm in Lenox, Mass. Please contact the OLLI Office for the address.
    Reading Willa Cather 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.

    • Friday, January 12, 2018
    • Friday, February 23, 2018
    • Various locations in Berkshire County.

    This winter OLLI offers over a dozen courses in Great Barrington,  Lenox, and Pittsfield.  The courses range across a broad range of topics, ranging from comic movies at the Triplex cinema, the life of W.E.B. DuBois, the poetry of Ezra Pound, the music of Brahms, to recent advances in medicine and the study of autism.

    Our winter semester runs from January 12 to February 23 with weekly classes from 5 to 6 sessions each.

    To view the complete Winter 2018 course line up and find links to individual course descriptions click here: Winter 2018 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, using the registration form found in the online catalog, or by phone at 413.236.2190.  

    Flexpasses ($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 Flexpasses 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!

Past events

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
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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