Elderhostel Program, 2004

International House organizes two week-long Elderhostel Programs each year. For adults ages 55 and older, participating in Elderhostel is a great way to return to Berkeley while enjoying classes and activities with people who share your interests. Lectures, accommodations, and meals are in International House.

Many International House alumni returned to I-House to be students again at Elderhostel, including, front row from left: Bob Wright (IH 1947-50), Alice De Rycke Hurst (IH 1936-38), Paulette Lalanne Lassaga (IH 1948-50) Joan Tomlinson (IH 1959), and Wolf Homburger (IH 1950-51). Back row from left: Mitra Forati van Vuren (IH 1991-94) who helped organize the program, Ray Sears (IH 1959-60) Hal Kerber (IH 191946-50), Alden Pixley (IH 1954-55), Putnam Henck (IH 1935-36), and Martin Barnes (1941-42).

Indigenous Peoples of Northern California
June 6-12, 2004

Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley's Hearst Museum of Anthropology, this class offers an introduction to the indigenous peoples of California. Lectures by University professors, native scholars, and artists explore cultures, lifestyles, conflicts, and contemporary issues of native Californian cultures. The Hearst museum is home to the world's largest collection of California Indian artifacts including Pomo feathered and beaded baskets. A curator will lead us through the recently opened Native California Cultures Gallery and give us a behind-the-scenes tour of the collections. A bus trip to Point Reyes to tour a recreated Miwok village is included. Be prepared for moderate walking and standing. The program fee for the bus trip, activities, room and board, and lectures is $599.

Arts of India, Nepal, and Tibet, Autonomous Region of China
June 13-19

An introduction to the arts of India, Nepal, and Tibet, Autonomous Region of China with special focus on Buddhist and Hindu myths and symbols. Includes a bus trip and docent-led tour of the recently re-located and expanded Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, featuring a renowned and comprehensive collection spanning 6,000 years of history. Helen Desai , an International House alumna and art history instructor, will teach many of the classes. The classroom program includes: Art of India; Gods, Goddesses and Buddhas: Introduction to the Major Icons in Indian Art; Regional Styles in Medieval Temples and Sculptures; Literature of India; Painting of India; Classical Indian Dance Demonstration; and Art of Nepal and Tibet, Autonomous Region of China. An additional field-trip will explore museums affiliated with campus, and authors from UC Press will share a broad spectrum of publications tied to Asian art and culture. Be prepared for moderate walking and standing. The program fee for the bus trip, activities, room and board, and lectures is $599.

Registration & Information

To register or receive a free catalog, call Elderhostel at 1-877-426-8056. You will find International House programs listed in the Spring Elderhostel Catalog under "University of California/International House." Individuals and libraries receive the catalog in December and registration begins in January.

For more information, visit our Elderhostel website. The website offers detailed answers to frequently asked questions. Or call (510) 642-2664 with questions.

Cal for Seniors

In addition to Elderhostel, Cal offers two terrific opportunities for seniors.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a new UC Berkeley program offering daytime classes for adults 50 and older. Classes are taught by retired faculty members with no homework or exams. The first term began in October, 2003. Winter term runs from January 26 to March 8 and spring term is April 5 to May 17, 2004. Most classes are held at UC Extension's headquarters in downtown Berkeley, with easy access by BART. For more information call (510) 642-4183.

Berkeley Summer Sessions offers a bargain for seniors interested in auditing summer classes. You can also apply to live at I-House for one or more summer sessions by contacting the I-House Admissions Director (address at the bottom of the page). To attend classes, anyone 55 or older may purchase a senior audit card. Send your name, address, and a check for $25 (to UC Regents) to:

Berkeley Summer Sessions
Senior Audit Card
22 Wheeler Hall #1080
Berkeley, CA 94720-1080


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