The Corpus Christi Lifelong Learning Summer School

The Corpus Christi Lifelong Learning Summer School

31 August – 13 September 2014

After the great success of their first Lifelong Learning programs in the summer of 2013 the Corpus Christi College of the University of Cambridge is delighted to announce details of their 2014 Lifelong Learning Summer School. This residential summer school, based at Corpus, will give lifelong learners the extraordinary opportunity to experience something of Cambridge student life in the context of a program specifically designed for adult learners.

More information, including reviews written by last summer’s participants, is available on their website at


Annenberg Space for Photography Free Tour

The Annenberg Space for Photography announced its next exhibition, The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years, which celebrates the iconic publication’s 125 year anniversary. Long renowned for its stunning images, the magazine celebrated its 125th anniversary with a special commemorative October 2013 issue, highlighting its ongoing dedication towards using the power of photography to explore, educate, inspire, document and preserve the world around us. In conjunction with the October issue, the Annenberg Space for Photography presents The Power of Photography, a special print and digital exhibition, as well as two documentaries. From iconic images to portraits; landscapes to natural history, the exhibit will offer a wide range of photographic genres and themes.

There will be 3 upcoming Saturday afternoon tours at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Century City in 2014 for 25 OLLI @ UCLA members per tour:

To reserve a spot on the tour please call Registration at 310.825.9971 with the appropriate registration number below or visit and use the Quick Enroll tab.

Saturday January 18th, 2014 1p-3p:             246-322

Saturday February 15th, 2014 1p-3p:           246-323

Saturday March 15th, 2014 1p-3p:                246-324


Join us for our first ever OLLI Holiday Lunch!

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

11:30a – 1:30p

Room G33, UCLA Extension Building

Tis the season – to feast, repose and fraternize with your fellow OLLI members at a festive offering just for OLLI@UCLA members. Food provided by California Pizza Kitchen, treats provided by Eat Sweets, good cheer provided by all. New program features for 2014 will be announced, and there will be a raffle for free prizes. Seats are $12 and are limited so reserve soon!

You can register for this event using Registration Number 246-295 and either: 

  1. Calling UCLA Extension Registration at 310.825.9971 –or-
  2. Enrolling online at using the Quick Enroll tab pictured below:



Free admission for all at the Hammer Museum

ImageBeginning in February, visitors to the UCLA Hammer Museum in Westwood will be able to enjoy all of the museum’s collections and exhibitions free of charge, Hammer director Ann Philbin announced Oct. 5 at the museum’s annual “Gala in the Garden” fundraiser.
The elimination of admission fees for the next four years was made possible by two gifts received over the summer, from longtime Hammer benefactors Erika J. Glazer and Brenda R. Potter. The museum is committed to doing away with fees permanently.
Glazer, who has worked in the real estate and construction fields and as a private investor, is a longtime art collector who joined the Hammer’s board of directors in 2009. “It is rare that you have an opportunity to make a gift that simultaneously helps transform an institution and serves the public in a very broad and meaningful way,” she said.
Potter, a fine art commissioner for the city of Beverly Hills, has been a Hammer supporter since 2003. “Helping to provide the community with access to all that the Hammer has to offer is very important to me,” she said.
The museum, which presents a variety of exhibitions, is also home to a number of permanent collections, including the Armand Hammer Collection of Old Master, Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings; the Armand Hammer Daumier and Contemporaries Collection; and the collection of the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, which features more than 45,000 prints, drawings, photographs and artists’ books dating from the Renaissance to the present.
In addition, the museum organizes approximately 10 Hammer Projects exhibitions each year, providing international and local artists with a laboratory-like environment to create new work or to present existing work in a new context.
Free admission to the museum will coincide with the opening of the Hammer’s 2014 season in early February.
“We have been working towards free admission for years,” Philbin said. “Our public programs have always been free, and now with Brenda and Erika’s support, we are finally able to provide open access to all of the Hammer’s offerings. It is part of our institutional ethos — we want to foster a generosity of spirit which emphasizes the essential importance of dialogue, culture, creativity in everyone’s lives – regardless of one’s ability to pay.”
For more information, please visit the Hammer’s website.

Hammer Museum to help revitalize Westwood with artisanal pop-ups

Arts ReStore-logoThe UCLA Hammer Museum on Monday announced Arts ReSTORE LA: Westwood — an initiative aimed at trying to help revitalize Westwood Village by tapping into Los Angeles’ creative community by having local artisans and craftspeople open pop-up shops this November.
Fourteen projects, which include a maker of environmentally friendly skateboards, a variety of furniture, clothing and accessories designers and a letterpress print shop, have been selected to fill some of the empty storefronts throughout the struggling retail area.
In addition to the shopping options, there will be performances at Open Forum, which is an event space organized by the Hammer Student Association in collaboration with a host of other organizations, and dancers and choreographers from the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.
Funding for the project comes from a $100,000 grant the Hammer won in May. The Goldhirsh Foundation awarded the grant as part of its LA2050 project, which asked organizations across the city to find solutions to the region’s toughest challenges. Hammer Director Ann Philbin saw the potential in the Goldhirsch Foundation’s LA2050 grant to make a meaningful impact in Westwood Village’s retail landscape and to help inspire local property owners to imagine a creative future for the Village. Arts ReSTORE LA: Westwood won the Arts & Cultural Vitality grant. The Hammer was one of 10 winners chosen from 279 entrants.
In the Hammer’s proposal, officials wrote that they would use the museum’s incredible network of local talent and expertise in arts and culture to curate the pop-up village. Westwood property owners have donated the space in the vacant spaces as part of the project, which will run from Nov. 1-24. A series of performances curated by UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance will be part of Arts ReSTORE LA: Westwood.
“I think people want unique. They want authentic. They want original,” said Andrew Thomas, executive director of the Westwood Village Improvement Association. “Chains have a place in our restaurant and retail environment, but I think what makes Westwood special is the number of mom-and-pop retailers that we have in our district. The Hammer is really one of the gems of our district. To have their backing on a program that I think would generate a lot of buzz and attention in our district is tremendous.”
Arts ReSTORE LA: Westwood hours will be Thursdays–Saturdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free Peer-Led Colloquium March 21st, 2013

Peer-Led Learning and Teaching in Osher (PLATO) presents:

From Combatants to Co-Conspirators: The Unlikely Partnership That Is Transforming The L.A.P.D.”

CR2Attorney and activist Connie Rice has taken on school and bus systems, death row,  the states of Mississippi and California, and the Los Angeles Police Department — and won.  Not just in court, where she vindicated major civil rights cases, but also on the streets and in prisons, where she spearheaded campaigns to reduce gang violence.

One of the founders of The Advancement Project, Connie recently published the book Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman’s Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones.

In the words of Los Angeles Magazine, Connie Rice “picked up where Clarence Darrow left off.”

Where: Skirball Cultural Center

2701 North Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049

When: Thursday, March 21st, 2013

  • 12:45 p.m. – Free Refreshments
  • 1:30 p.m. – Program

*Free Parking*

*Free Admission to Skirball Exhibits*

To RSVP please email

All Osher members are invited to attend.


Free PLATO Colloquium November 15th, 2012

Peer-led Learning and Teaching in Osher (PLATO) presents:

“ELECTION 2012: Now What?”

Marty Kaplan has done it all, seen it all and commented on most all of it, most recently on the Bill Moyers show.  Among his accomplishments, Marty is a professor a USC at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, was Vice-President Walter F. Mondale’s chief screenwriter, worked at Walt Disney Studios for 12 years, and created and hosted Air America Radio’s So What Else Is News?.

Where: Skirball Cultural Center

2701 North Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049

When: Thursday, November 15th, 2012

  • 12:45 p.m. – Free Refreshments
  • 1:30 p.m. – Program

*Free Parking*

*Free Admission to Skirball Exhibits*

Find out more here.

To RSVP please email

All Osher members are invited to attend.

PLATO Member Bikes from Prague to Vienna

Jim Adler, PLATO member for over 10 years and a mediator and arbitrator for even longer, recently bicycled from Prague to Vienna and shares his experiences here.

Why did you want to do this?

I love biking, and traveling.  I love seeing new places and new cultures.  But I also enjoy going back to places like Prague and Vienna; I always find something new to enjoy. 

With whom did you go?

I went with a Backroads trip.  There were 17 on the trip, including four doctors and five attorneys, though none of the attorneys were then practicing and most had not for some years.  One of the participants was a friend of mine from Northern California.  Two years ago we were on a Backroads trip from Budapest to Krakow.

Had you biked this many miles before?

Yes, the number of miles per day was not excessive.  The longest for me (there were longer options) was a bit over 40 miles.  This was along the Danube from Durnstein to Melk and back.  It was relatively flat and reminiscent of riding at the beach here which I do once or twice a week.

What did you enjoy most over there?

Hard to say.  Prague and Vienna are wonderful.  In Prague my friend and I took a Segway trip through much of Prague.  In the Check Republic the highlight outside of Prague was Cesky Krumlov, a wonderful small town with a great castle.  The whole town is a UNESCO Heritage sight.  In Austria, the highlight was Melk Abbey (pictured below), the largest and one of the most beautiful baroque buildings in Europe. 


Do you have any intention of another similar bike ride and would you or are you going back?

Yes, already looking for options for next year and in October of this year I’m riding with a group from Monterey to Morro Bay, along Highway 1.  Last year this same group bicycled in Utah where the topography and sights were just amazing