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The Right to Vote: Reexamining Women’s Suffrage

Berkshire Community College 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College presents Tuesdays, March 23 - May 4, 2021 1:3o-3pm Eastern; Free & Online via Zoom Click here to register for free. 2020 marked the centennial of the 19th amendment. In this course, we will explore the history of women’s suffrage in the United States, the constitutional framework within which the suffragists worked, and the continuing efforts to address women’s issues including voting, elected representation, and gender related public policy efforts. This live and interactive course is free and open to the public, and includes the following guest speakers: March 23: Thomas Gerety on

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The Right to Vote: Reexamining Women’s Suffrage

Berkshire Community College 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College presents Tuesdays, March 23 - May 4, 2021 1:3o-3pm Eastern; Free & Online via Zoom Click here to register for free. 2020 marked the centennial of the 19th amendment. In this course, we will explore the history of women’s suffrage in the United States, the constitutional framework within which the suffragists worked, and the continuing efforts to address women’s issues including voting, elected representation, and gender related public policy efforts. This live and interactive course is free and open to the public, and includes the following guest speakers: March 23: Thomas Gerety on

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The Ritchie Boys: America’s Jewish Secret Weapon During World War II

OLLI: the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA

The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents Al Treide 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. In late 1942, the US Army decided to create a special program to make use of recently arrived Jewish emigres’ familiarity with Germany and its language. Approximately 2,000 young Jewish men (primarily from Germany) were secretly recruited to train at Fort Ritchie in Maryland to be schooled in interrogation and counter-intelligence techniques. Most of these young men had left their families behind in Europe and were anxious to

Ethics & Capitalism

OLLI: the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA

The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents Professor Kurt Stuke on Ethics & Capitalism Tuesday, May 18 2021 at 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. He teaches

$10 – $15

Women and War: Warriors, Victims and Peacemakers

OLLI: the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA

The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents Professor Robert Surbrug on 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

$10 – $15

Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War

OLLI: the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA

Join OLLI for an online discussion with presidential historian and speechwriter Jeff Shesol on his new book, one of the Washington Post's "20 books to read this summer." Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 7pm Eastern Online via Zoom  Free & Online; Click Here to Register A riveting history of the epic orbital flight that put America back into the space race. If the United States couldn’t catch up to the Soviets in space, how could it compete with them on Earth? That was the question facing John F. Kennedy at the height of the Cold War— a moment when the Soviet Union built

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What is Living and What is Dead in Fascism?

OLLI: the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA

The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents Professor David Baum on 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

$10 – $15

The Villages Movement: The First, The Local and the National

OLLI: the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA

OLLI at BCC and Villages of the Berkshires are proud to announce this partner event: The Villages Movement: The First, The Local and the National Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 3:00 pm Eastern Online via Zoom  Free & open to all! Click here to register and receive the Zoom link. 'Villages' are grassroots, community-based organizations formed through a cadre of caring neighbors who want to change the paradigm of aging. Local Villages connect members to a full range of practical support services to help with non-medical household tasks, services, programs and transportation. Villages also promote staying active by coordinating recreational, social,

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The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents Jeremy Yudkin on They’re Back! Tanglewood 2021

OLLI: the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA

This year, Tanglewood is back with a modified season, but it is back!  Jeremy Yudkin, Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Beethoven Research at Boston University, will guide us through the highlights of this coming Tanglewood season’s music.  Sprinkled among some of the enduring favorites of the classical canon (Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Tchaikovsky) will be a light seasoning of short, exciting new works by young composers, creating a menu of irresistible attraction.  Join us as Jeremy anticipates a special Tanglewood season, a little shorter, but oh so sweet! Jeremy Yudkin is Professor of Music and Co-Director of the

$10 – $15

Japanese Americans in World War II

OLLI: the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA

The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents Amherst College Professor Franklin Odo on  Japanese Americans in World War II Wednesday, August 4th, 2021 at 5:30pm 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. Three months after Pearl Harbor was bombed and the U.S. entered WWII, the nation began incarcerating 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent, some of whom were not released until early 1946. This was justified on the basis of national security, but in 1988 President Ronald Reagan apologized on behalf of the nation and George H.W. Bush issued reparations

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