UC Retiree Learning Series

Partnering with Bay Area Retirement Communities to increase lifelong learning

Partnering with Bay Area retirement communities Belmont Village AlbanyFront Porch and new partner for 2022, Grand Lake Gardens, the series expands learning opportunities to retirees while providing an opportunity for retirees to learn about Bay Area retirement communities. Through the generous support provided by our host communities, there is no cost for participants.

Upcoming Events:

Hiding in Plain Sight: The New Deal Legacy in the Bay Area

Thursday, February 9th, 2023, 11:00am-12:00pm


Richard Walker bio picture

Speaker: Richard Walker is Professor Emeritus of Geography at UC Berkeley and Director of the Living New Deal Project.

A discussion of the New Deal’s legacy of public works and art, which is all around us in the Bay Area and still very much in use. A visual survey of some of the important New Deal sites around the region, and some more obscure ones, as well.


What to Listen for in Jazz

This event will take place in person at Belmont Village Albany, 1100 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706.

Friday, March 10th, 2023, 1:00-2:00pm

Hosted by Belmont Village Albany


Christy Dana

Speaker: Christy Dana, Senior Lecturer Emerita, UC Berkeley, holds two degrees from Indiana University: Master of Music in Theory, and Doctor of Music in Brass Literature and Pedagogy, with minors in jazz studies and music history.

Ever wonder what’s happening onstage in a jazz performance? How much is improvised? Are there structures that give shape to the improvisations? What does the music look like (if there is any) as compared to other written scores? How is the order of events in a piece decided upon? You may find that decoding this language by engaging with formal structures makes your listening more enjoyable. Even if you’ve never liked jazz, here’s your opportunity to understand it and enjoy it more!


View Past Events Below

You can watch past UCRLS lectures at the Retirement Center YouTube channel by clicking here. The most recent lectures are posted below.

Nordic Winter Holiday Traditions, Dec 2022

Nordic Winter Holiday Traditions

Health After 60, October 2022

UCRLS Hosted by Grand Lake Gardens: Health After 60

Cleopatra of Egypt: Her Image, Her Lovers, Her Ambitions, Her End, April 2022

Cleopatra of Egypt: Her Image, Her Lovers, Her Ambitions, Her End

Mary Power: Lessons Learned from the River Food Webs in Mendocino County

Hosted by Covia, a Front Porch Community on Thursday, October 14th, 2021 - 11:00 am PT
Speaker: Mary Power, Professor of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley; Faculty Reserve Manager, Angelo Coast Range Reserve
To access this video, click here enter enter the password UCRL-Oct2021.

Understanding Diabetes, Nov 10, 2021

Understanding Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes, The Risk Factors [Webinar]

People living with dementia and their familial caregivers: A shared journey, April 2022

People living with dementia and their familial caregivers: A shared journey

Understanding Gentrification. Hosted by Covia, A Front Porch Community, November 2021

Understanding Gentrification. Hosted by Covia, A Front Porch Community

The Day of the Dead as Mexican National Symbol, Oct 6, 2021

UC Retiree Learning Series: The Day of the Dead as Mexican National Symbol