A Fabulous Fall 2011 Semester
Twenty courses in the arts, sciences, literature and social sciences will be given at several locations throughout Berkshire
County and in Bennington, Vermont. They will be presented in lecture, seminar, hands-on and videoconferencing formats.
Two evening courses are offered as well. Courses start on September 12 and continue through October 28. See the Fall Catalog
for specific details. Please visit our website at www.BerkshireOLLI.org for more information.
MONDAY BCC Pittsfield and Great Barrington Lecturer
The Lives and Careers of Great Opera Singers – Peter Podol Abu
Titans of the Twenties: Lewis, Dos Passos, Fitzgerald and Hemingway Selimuddin
– James Kraft BCC
The Gilded Age: The Emergence of Modern America – Stacy Wallach
Picture Is Up! – S. Glantz, J. Houston, D. Ongaro, D. Pearlman, C. Wade EvENING
TUESDAY Housatonic Valley Association; Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Get to Know the Housatonic Watershed – Alison Dixon
Dancing Through the Decades at Jacob’s Pillow – Norton Owen
The Personification of Good and Evil in the Abrahamic Tradition – R. Fiske
WEDNESDAY Bennington Museum; The Clark; Williams College
BCC Pittsfield and Great Barrington Rebecca Fiske
Moby-Dick – Lea Newman Bard College at
Reflections of Diversity in the Religions of Asia – C. Coggins, J. Josephson,
M. Naamon, I. Peterson
Studies in the Undead – Lawrence Raab, James Shepard, Christian Thorne
Frontiers of Science – Andrea Danyluk, Hugh Powell, Mihai Stoiciu Winter 2012
What Would Shakespeare Do? – Richard Matturro EvENING
THURSDAY Hancock Shaker Village; BCC Pittsfield
PRIZE: The winning photo will
Pastiche Fiction? What Could That Mean? – Phyllis Jaffe
be on the cover of the Winter 2012
Today’s Headlines – James Cotter
Catalog, and the winner will receive
Emerging Economies and Their Impact on the New World Economy
a 1-year free membership to OLLI.
– Abu Selimuddin
Basic Ballroom Dancing: Swing – Sal Angelo THEME: Berkshire winter scene
SPECS: Digital format (jpeg, tiff,
FRIDAY BCC Pittsfield
bmp), 3.2 mega-pixels or greater
The Art of Cooking Italian Cuisine: Part III – Howard Arkans
DEADLINE: September 23, 2011
Architectural Gems: Selected Sites – J. Brooks; B. Blonder; D. Rudolph and
F. Rudolph; R. Haas and S. Haas; P. Hudnut and S. Schoenfeld; M. Leavitt and SUBMIT: E-mail attached photos to
T. Leavitt; J. Weber and L. Weber Bob.Desrosiers@Gmail.com.
But It’s My Property: Conservation in the Berkshires – T. Ames; L. Luchonok; Visit www.BerkshireOLLI.org for
G. Palmer; K. Smith futher details.
From Page to Stage – D. Anderson; J. Boyd; K. Maguire; E. Peterson; B. Stevens
President’s Message editor of the OLLI To achieve these goals,
Newsletter and next your help is needed. I
I am honored to be the new president I served as the vice have found that the
of OLLI at BCC’s Board of Directors. It president of OLLI. In quality and dedication of
is a daunting challenge, and I hope the these roles, I quickly our volunteers is the most
membership will find me equal to the learned the workings amazing part of OLLI.
task. I want to thank Howie Arkans of this very special We are indeed “member-
in whose footsteps I follow. He served organization. driven.” So many people
as president for more than three years My term will be work tirelessly to make
and during that time, OLLI has become a challenging one. the overall program a
financially solvent and can face the We have achieved so success—whether they
future on a strong and positive path. many milestones, but serve on a committee,
About five years ago, when my now we must double help with special events
husband Alan and I moved full our efforts to ensure or participate in OLLI’s
time to the Berkshires, we became that we do not become complacent lecture programs.
involved with OLLI. As we began that believing that there is nothing left to We need more help! Please consider
involvement we found, as did many achieve. OLLI has many areas yet to lending OLLI your support. I guarantee
of you, that OLLI would be a very explore—among them are: that you will find it a rewarding
bright spot in our lives. The quality of • widening our program to attract experience.
courses, the diversity of special events those on the cusp of retirement, To volunteer, just call the OLLI
and the compelling topics covered in • developing a leadership recruitment office at 413.236.2190 or send an e-mail
our Distinguished Speaker Series keep and training component to ensure to OLLI@berkshirecc.edu.
us busier than we ever expected to be. longevity and
I was asked to join the OLLI board as • furthering connections with our
secretary two years ago. I then became educational and cultural partners.
OLLI “Outdoors” Update Board of Directors
OLLI launched its OLLI “Outdoors” program in the winter of 2011. In February,
2011 – 2012
the first event held was a snowshoe hike at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Sandra Rubin, President
led by OLLI member and snowshoe enthusiast Elena Powell. Fifteen stalwart OLLI
Arthur Sherman, Vice President
members braved the Berkshire winter weather to hike the sanctuary. All had an
Ruth Degenhardt, Secretary
invigorating, exhilarating day.
Norman Michaels, Treasurer
In March, OLLI “Outdoors” moved indoors for a respite from the bitter cold
winter. A pool/billiard mixer was held at the Otis Recreational Center. As the
manager of the Otis Pool League, I was happy to host this event, and the league
Marilyn Brimberg, Membership
graciously donated the refreshments. All players had a great time shooting racks.
Leonard Cohen, Legal
We are planning to hold another such event in the fall.
Bonnie Desrosiers, Catalog
In July, we went on a bike ride on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Lanesboro—
Joseph Gerard, Media
OLLI members who pedaled received the new OLLI water bottle.
Wilma Michaels, Newsletter
On August 24, OLLI will visit Wahconah Park’s baseball stadium in Pittsfield to
Wendy Robbins, Distinguished
watch Pittsfield’s own Colonials battle the Worcester Tornadoes.
In the fall, we plan to hike in one of the Berkshires’ beautiful forests and kayak/
Robert Rosen, OLLI “Outdoors”
canoe on one of the lakes and rivers that wind through the county.
Carole Siegel, Mentoring Program
We hope you will join us at these events. If you have any suggestions for future
Ron Stewart, OLLI Art Show
outdoor events or you would like to become a member of the committee, please
e-mail me at email@example.com.
Howard Arkans, Immediate Past
Ditch the remote; see you outdoors!
— Bob Rosen, OLLI “Outdoors” Coordinator
Barbara Hochberg, Executive Director
Bill Mulholland, BCC Vice President
Community Education & Workforce
Getting to Know Larry Greenapple
How very fortunate crisis by the government, was a partner in Otterbourg, Steindler,
OLLI members have regulatory agencies and Houston & Rosen and then in his own
been to have heard industry and the steps tak- firm, Greenapple and Skolnick, where
Larry Greenapple en to bring about financial he focused on financial issues. Over
make sense of the stability was presented the years, Larry has served as a Bigelow
recent financial crisis clearly and methodically. Teaching Fellow at the University
in the spring 2011 OLLI Who is this man whose of Chicago Law School as well as a
course he presented, efforts and expertise lecturer at the Practicing Law Institute.
The Financial Crisis enlightened us, and how He has also lectured for OLLI and for
of 2007-08 and Its did he become interested Elderhostel.
Aftermath. He began in finance? Larry’s father Not only has Larry brought his
exploring the topic was an immigrant from experience and talent to OLLI, he also
with his lecture in the Russia whose hard work brought his son David, an MBA who
summer session of and innate business sense works in the finance industry, to share
2009, Has Wall Street Committed Suicide?, expanded one small butcher shop into his own insight and expertise with us
which was part of the Distinguished three large and successful shops in during a one-session presentation on
Speaker Series. different parts of New York City. Larry market structures, electronic trading
Weeks of preparation, reading, re- inherited his father’s qualities. and trends in the use of market data for
fining and putting the complexities Larry attended Boy’s High School in arbitrage.
of the financial crisis into manageable Brooklyn and then Cornell University OLLI has benefited from Larry’s
concepts could only have been accom- as a philosophy major. He graduated knowledge, and we greatly appreciate
plished by Larry’s thoroughness and from Cornell Law School in 1952 and his efforts and expertise.
attention to detail. The response to this practiced law for fifty-five years. He — Fran Wolk, Editorial Staff
Annual OLLI Meeting and Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture
OLLI’s Annual Meeting and the third Community College Foundation. bring the country together in spite of
Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture were The next order of business was the the extremes in politics today. Halperin
held in the splendid Colonial Theatre election of board members. Wendy expects the polarization that exists now
on Friday, May 20. The program began Robbins, new member, and Sandra to become even more extreme in the
with a business meeting chaired by Rubin and Carole Siegel, second-term next election. And, there is a possibility
Howard Arkans, the outgoing president members, were unanimously elected. of a third party. At any rate, it will be a
of OLLI. Kate McGuire, executive OLLI’s Executive Director Barbara close election.
director of the newly merged Berkshire Hochberg delivered kudos to outgoing The audience asked provocative
Theatre Festival and Colonial Theatre, board members. She thanked Arline questions which Halperin answered
welcomed the audience in the filled Breskin, Bob Desrosiers, Paul Flaum with the grace, sharp wit and percep-
to capacity theater. Howard Arkans and Lora Tobias for their outstanding tion that marked his presentation.
next acknowledged Membership Chair service to OLLI. Sandi Rubin, — Marge Lewis, Editorial Staff
Marilyn Brimberg’s successful efforts incoming president, made a plea for
to bring the OLLI membership to 1,000 volunteers and thanked Howard
making it possible to apply for a second Arkans for handing over such a healthy
$1 million endowment gift—which was organization.
indeed granted. Following the business meeting, EDITOR: Wilma Michaels
Treasurer Norm Michaels presented guest speaker Mark Halperin of media ASSISTANT EDITORS:
the budget details. His visual presen- and news magazine fame delivered a Peri Caverly, Judy Katz,
tation outlined OLLI’s financial health. spirited and entertaining analysis of Marge Lewis, Sandi Rubin
He explained that the earnings from the the current political scene which has EDITORIAL STAFF:
endowment cover the cost of the execu- all the elements of high drama. His Norman Avnet, Arline Breskin,
tive director’s compensation package, topic was “Defining Hope and Change: Ruth Degenhardt, Joanna
additional audiovisual equipment and Barack Obama and What Comes Next.” Fribush, Marilyn Margolis,
marketing. The $2 million principal Although Halperin praised Obama for Trudy Moskowitz, Robert
cannot be invaded; only the income his confidence and rhetoric, he believes Rosen, Helen-Mary Shaffer,
that it earns can be used. The endow- the coalition that elected Obama is Arthur Sherman, Fran Wolk
ment is administered by the Berkshire shattered. To win in 2012 Obama must
Upcoming Events and Lectures
You’re invited to the 2011
AUGUST 20 • Stephen Hellman, “Contemporary Italian Politics: The Never-
ending Transition” OLLI at BCC
AUGUST 24 • Pittsfield Colonials Baseball Game, Wahconah Park, Pittsfield
AUGUST 27 • Adam Segal, “Advantage: How American Innovation Can
Overcome the Asian Challenge” OPEn HOuSE
and ART SHOW
SEPTEMBER 3 & 4 • OLLI Open House and Art Show, Lenox
SEPTEMBER 7 • Trip to Hyde Park and Val-Kill
OCTOBER 16 • Brunch at BCC and Lord of the Flies, Barrington Stage Company, Saturday, Sept. 3 2–5
Guest Speaker Phyllis Jaffe Sunday, Sept. 4 10–2
Look for e-mails about these events.
The Welles Gallery
at The Lenox Library
Meet Board Member Art Sherman
Before there was OLLI (Osher Lifelong
Learning Institute), there was BILL (Berkshire
o Main Street, Lenox
Wine and Hors d’oeuvres
Institute for Lifetime Learning). And Art Saturday Reception
Sherman was a leader in both of them. For BILL,
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
he was editor of its newsletter, board member,
curriculum committee chair, vice president and
OLLI Open House launches the Fall
then president. For OLLI, he is currently the
2011 semester. Art Show features
social science chair and first vice president. Art
works by OLLI members.
and his late wife Mona were the force behind
Some artwork available for purchase.
BILL ultimately becoming an OLLI.
Art embraced BILL and OLLI, he says,
For more information
because it “gave me access to courses that as an
engineer I never had—arts, literature, music—a
or e-mail OLLI@Berkshirecc.edu
chance to talk to literate people with a broad
outlook.” He describes himself as a history buff
with a special interest in politics and current events.
Art came to the Berkshires as a retiree after a career that took more turns than Fall Photo Contest
an alpine road. After graduating from the City College of New York in 1948 as a
mechanical engineer, he worked for twenty years for a pioneering rocket-engine Winner
company and, along the way, earned a master’s degree at Stevens Institute of
Technology. He was director of research and engineering when the rocket-engine The winning photo on the cover
company, after a merger, relocated from New Jersey to the southwest desert of the Fall 2011 Catalog was taken by
country. Rather than uproot his family, he switched to investment banking. Bill Madden of Williamstown. The
After a variety of business ventures, he was ultimately employed by the Japanese photo was taken on Bee Hill Road in
company, Sharp Electronics. “I ended up responsible for all Sharp product Williamstown, MA, with a Nikon D80
support in the U.S. which then expanded to Canada, Central and South America.” camera.
Along the way, Art carried heavy personal burdens. He supported his first
wife through decades of illness ending in her death; he lost one of his two sons
who was 32 years old to a totally unexpected heart attack. Several months after Website Info
his wife died, Art was introduced to Mona. “We had one date. I said to myself,
you are going to marry this lady.” The blockbuster Art and Mona team ended On our website you can find
abruptly and tragically in 2008 when Mona, like Art’s son, was felled without OLLI information including the
warning by a heart attack. Art admits that this was hard to handle. “Twice? Out current course catalog, newsletter,
of a clear blue sky?” But, he adds, “The sun comes up every day. You have to go calendar of events, speakers/trips,
forward.” photos, flyers for events, cultural
Most of all, Art adores his blended family of children and grandchildren. He partners’ discounts and much
glows when he talks of them, and they are very much a part of his life. more. Browse, explore, have fun!
And OLLI benefits hugely from his optimism, intelligence, commitment and www.BerkshireOLLI.org
good humor. — Judy Katz, Editorial Staff
Faculty Appreciation Dinner
The Faculty Appreciation Dinner held on Tuesday, May 17, at BCC was a
success! Over 95 lecturers, board members and guests attended.
Adele Cukor, Event Chair, and Barbara
Hochberg, OLLI Executive Director
Board member Ron Stewart and guest Martha Stewart,
lecturer Alexandra Tinari with guest John Marion
Lecturers Robert Pollock, Kelly Clady-Giramma,
Tereze Hubkova and guest Chris Buono
March 20, A Pool
Adventure, Nate Doctrow,
Frank Gioia, Bob Rosen,
July 11, Bike Ride, Joe Gelinas, Sal Angelo
members holding new
OLLI water bottles
February 13, A Snowshoe
Adventure, Elena Powell leading
hardy OLLI members
The Sedgwick Family of Stockbridge
It is said that Longfellow remarked, belief in religious freedom and
“…in Stockbridge even the crickets chirp women’s dignity and rights.
Sedg-wick, Sedg-wick, Sedg-wick.” The feminist movement of
Judge Theodore Sedgwick (1746- the 1960s stimulated renewed
1813) of Stockbridge was one of the interest in her writings. As a
area’s most prominent colonial leaders child, she was cared for by
and ancestor of a prolific family that Elizabeth Freeman who had
has included many notable members moved into the Sedgwick
over the past 200 years. A Federalist, home as a paid worker and is
Theodore served in both the colonial buried next to Catherine in the Sedgwick, of Andy Warhol fame, died
state government and the first Congress family plot. from alcohol and a drug overdose in
of the U.S. and was appointed a justice Other notable descendants include 1971. The actress Kyra Sedgwick is
of the Supreme Judicial Court of Ellery Sedgwick, who was editor Edie’s cousin.
Massachusetts. Perhaps he is most well and president of The Atlantic Monthly The Sedgwicks are buried in the
known in our area as the man who, in (presently The Atlantic) magazine for Stockbridge cemetery in a formation
1780, successfully defended Mum Bett, thirty years and the contemporary called the “Sedgwick Pie” pictured
a slave who escaped and appealed to author John Sedgwick. His book, In above. Theodore and Pamela are in the
Sedgwick for her freedom. She later My Blood; Six Generations of Madness and center of concentric circles of graves
took Elizabeth Freeman as her name. Desire in an American Family, written arranged so that on Judgment Day all
Theodore married Pamela Dwight, in 2007 tells the story of the Sedgwick the Sedgwicks will rise and see no one
and their daughter Catherine Maria family and their colorful members but Sedgwicks. The Sedgwick house
(1789-1867) became a well-known as well as their frequent bouts with built by Theodore in 1785 still stands
author often cited as the first eminent depression. Theodore’s wife Pamela on Main Street and is owned by the
American woman novelist. Her book, suffered from depression and was family trust.
A New England Tale, expressed her admitted to an asylum in 1793. Edie — Joanna Fribush, Editorial Staff
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