UC Retiree Learning Series

The UCRLS programs continue virtually online!

As we shelter in place we are pleased to be able to continue the UC Retiree Learning Series virtually via Zoom through the generous support of Belmont Village Albany and Covia . When it is safe once again to meet in person, we look forward to providing the UCRLS as an off-campus learning program with the chance for retirees to explore Bay Area retirement communities.  

The Day of the Dead as Mexican National Symbol
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hosted by Belmont Village, Albany
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Learn about the major characteristics of this celebrated holiday and how it has developed from the time of the Spanish conquest of Mexico in the sixteenth century until the present day.

Speaker: Stanley H. Brandes, Professor Emeritus, Medical Anthropology, Sociocultural Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Stanley Brandes has studied Mexico's Day of the Dead from an historical and ethnographic perspective, including Latin America, Europe, and the U.S. He is also the author of work on Alcoholics Anonymous in Mexico City, an intensive study over nearly two years of a single group of recuperating alcoholic men, all from working class, migrant backgrounds. His work on photography and anthropology, particularly the ways in which ethnographic photographs, intentionally or not, have communicated information and impressions about the Other has been carried out primarily in Spain.

Photo credit: Angelo Coast Range Reserve Image: Christopher Woodcock

The UC Natural Reserve System: California's Library of Ecosystems
November 3, 2021 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hosted by Belmont Village, Albany
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In the late 1940s, a young University of California researcher watched in dismay as the research plot where he had been studying desert iguanas was bulldozed to build a motel. The experience galvanized him and other UC scientists to establish a library of ecosystems dedicated to research, teaching, and public service. The University of California Natural Reserve System now includes examples of most major state habitats, from coastal tidepools to inland deserts, oak woodlands to lush wetlands, and alpine mountaintops to redwood forests. Tens of thousands of university students, researchers, and schoolchildren visit reserves every year. Discover how the UC Natural Reserve System is cultivating tomorrow’s field scientists, providing environmental forecasting, and serving the people of California.

Speaker: Peggy L. Fiedler, Emeritus Executive Director of the University of California Natural Reserve System

Peggy Fiedler served as Executive Director of the UC Natural Reserve System from 2010-2021. She holds an MS and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied mariposa lilies and theoretical aspects of biological rarity. She was a professor of conservation biology at San Francisco State University, and a consultant in wetlands ecosystem restoration. Peggy is a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and a Fulbright Senior Scholar. 

Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life, Feb. 23, 2021

Webinar: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life

Restaurants & Living Wages in the #MeToo Era, Dec 2020

Restaurants & Living Wages in the #MeToo Era

People Partnering with Plants, Lewis Feldman, UCRLS, Oct 2020

People Partnering with Plants: UC Retiree Learning Series

The Origin of Fake News, Tom Leonard, UCRLS, Sep 2020

UC Retiree Learning Series With Belmont Village: The Origin of Fake News

Making Smart Financial Decisions after You Retire, Terrance Odean, UCRLS May 2020

Smart Financial Decisions (5-5-20)

The Greatest Story Never Told (in the West), April 8, 2021

The Greatest Story Never Told (in the West)

Harnessing the Power of Mindfulness to Alleviate Depression, January 27, 2021

Harnessing the Power of Mindfulness to Alleviate Depression [WEBINAR]

A Star is Born (Planets, too)! Gibor Basri, UCRLS, Oct 2020

A Star is Born (Planets too)! UC Retiree Learning Series

Water Issues Facing No. Cal, Vincent Resh, UCRLS Sept. 2020

Water Issues Facing Northern California, UC Retiree Learning Series

Crossing the Empathy Wall in Divided Times, Arlie Hoschschild, UCRLS February 2020

Crossing the Empathy Wall in Divided Times, Arlie Hochschild, February 26, 2020