LIR Course Schedule

Learning in Retirement Course Schedule

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We look forward to seeing you at an LIR soon!

Monuments and Memory

3-part series begins on April 6th. Organized by Tom Laqueur, Helen Fawcett Professor of History Emeritus

Tracing Slavery and Imperialism in England’s Stately Homes
Stephen Small, Professor of African American Studies, Interim Director, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 2 pm via Zoom

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Dramatically increased public interest in slavery and its legacies in England  are a direct response to the killing of George Floyd by the US police in Minneapolis. There is now a wide range of discussion at universities like Bristol, Oxford and Liverpool over statues, monuments and buildings named after men that were actively involved in or profited from slavery and imperialism. Attention has also been turned to the impressive stately homes that dot the British countryside - homes so representative of the British aristocracy and their elegant lifestyles. Many of these homes, it turns out, were built with funds earned directly or indirectly from slavery and/or imperialism. In this presentation I suggest that the current debates over these homes are an end in themselves, and a means to end. As an end in themselves they seek to identify specific men, homes and  activities directly arising from slavery and imperialism. And a means to an end they are prompting a far broader and deeper discussion about the ways in which slavery and imperialism reached and influenced every corner of English society.

Monumentality after Iconoclasm in Twentieth-Century Russia
Aglaya Glebova, Associate Professor of Ηistory of Art
Monday, April 12, 2021 2 pm via Zoom
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Twentieth-century Russia experienced two major moments of iconoclasm, first following the Bolshevik Revolution and then again in the early 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Both were succeeded by extensive campaigns of monumental sculpture-building, which remarkably drew on realist conventions, and which continues full force in Russia today. What is the relationship between moments of radical iconoclasm and figuration on a monumental scale?

Memorials and Obligation in Germany, England, and the U.S.
Andrew M. Shanken, Professor, Departments of Architecture and American Studies
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 2 pm via Zoom
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This talk explores how we structure our obligations and try to give enduring shape and a lasting place to them, with examples ranging from the Civil War in the U.S. to World War I in England and Germany. It goes on to discuss how commemorative practices become embedded in larger cultural concerns, such as heritage, and how complicated the material manifestations of debt can be.

The Inaugural Carol D’Onofrio LIR Lecture in Public Health

Organized by Donald Mastronarde, Professor of the Graduate School, Emeritus Melpomene Distinguished Professor of Classical Languages and Literature

Carol D’Onofrio was Chair of the UCB Retirement Center Board from 2009-2011 and served as a member at large from 2006-08. She served on the Learning in Retirement Committee for many years, chairing the committee in 2017-2019. Carol passed away on April 14, 2020.

Social Justice and Access to Health Care: Lessons from the COVID Pandemic

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 2pm via Zoom
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Speaker: John Swartzberg, MD, FACP
Clinical Professor Emeritus, School of Public Health
Division of Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology
UC Berkeley -- UCSF Joint Medical Program

Not very long after the onset of the COVID crisis, it became apparent that both the disease and the associated economic disruptions have disproportionately affected those of lower socioeconomic status. As we look to a future beyond this crisis, what lessons can we derive in order to confront similar future events  more effectively and equitably?

Tracing Slavery and Imperialism in England’s Stately Homes, LIR April 2021

Learning in Retirement - Tracing Slavery and Imperialism in England’s Stately Homes

Sardines, Sea Lions and Surgery: An MRI approach to treating epilepsy, LIR March 2021

Learning in Retirement - Sardines, Sea Lions and Surgery: An MRI approach to treating epilepsy

The Modular Brain, LIR March 2021

Learning in Retirement - The Modular Brain

Imaging the Fibers of the Brain, Brain Imaging/Neuroscience Series, LIR March 2021

Learning in Retirement - Imaging the Fibers of the Brain: What They Tell Us About Brain Function

James Joyce, Anglophone Novels Series, LIR, Feb 2021

Learning in Retirement - James Joyce: A Portrait of an Artist in Transformation

Charles Chesnutt, Anglophone Novels Series, LIR, Feb 2021

Learning in Retirement - Charles Chesnutt’s novel, The Marrow of Tradition (1901)

Dickens's Teratology, Anglophone Novels Series, LIR, Jan 2021

Learning in Retirement - Dickens's Teratology: The Natural History of Bleak House

Can We Stop the Race to Extinctions, Part 2, Steve Beissinger, LIR, Oct 2020

Can We Stop the Race to Extinctions? Part 2, Learning in Retirement

Can We Stop the Race to Extinctions, Part 1, Tim Gregory, LIR, Oct 2020

Can We Stop the Race to Extinctions? Part 1, Learning in Retirement

Rules in Photography, Vision Science LIR, Aug 2020

Perceptual Bases for Rules of Thumb in Photography, Vision Science Series, Learning in Retirement