Mar
2
Thu
OLLI: Ancient Writing Systems
Mar 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College presents a course for adult learners at the Berkshire Museum. Pre-registration is not required. Drop-ins welcome.

Written language was independently invented in four separate geographic regions and time periods: Mesopotamian cuneiform, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Mayan glyphs, and Chinese logosyllabics. We’ll explore the invention, evolution, rediscovery, and decipherment of each, paying close attention to how cultural, geographic, political, and religious factors affected the structure and use of writing. We’ll also discuss as yet undeciphered scripts and the invention of alphabetic systems like our own. Part linguistics, part cultural anthropology, this course will inspire a deep appreciation of the human need to make language visible and the fascinating diversity and complexity with which it has been done.

Mar
3
Fri
OLLI: Science Conversations
Mar 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) is back at the Berkshire Museum with three science courses. Join OLLI and the Museum to engage in discussions based on New York Times’ “Science Tuesdays.”

10:00 to 11:30 am: Science Conversations
12:30 to 2:00 pm: Advances in Medicine
2:30 to 4:00 pm: A Picture is Worth More Than a Thousand Words – Understanding Visual Perceptual Phenomena

OLLI: Advances in Medicine
Mar 3 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) is back at the Berkshire Museum with three science courses. Join OLLI and the Museum to engage in discussions based on New York Times’ “Science Tuesdays.”

10:00 to 11:30 am: Science Conversations
12:30 to 2:00 pm: Advances in Medicine
2:30 to 4:00 pm: A Picture is Worth More Than a Thousand Words – Understanding Visual Perceptual Phenomena

OLLI: Understanding Visual Perceptual Phenomena
Mar 3 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) is back at the Berkshire Museum with three science courses. Join OLLI and the Museum to engage in discussions based on New York Times’ “Science Tuesdays.”

10:00 to 11:30 am: Science Conversations
12:30 to 2:00 pm: Advances in Medicine
2:30 to 4:00 pm: A Picture is Worth More Than a Thousand Words – Understanding Visual Perceptual Phenomena

Mar
9
Thu
Okin Khan Documentary Special Screenings and Q&A
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Okin Khan, the director and producer behind Robert Hite documentary, Living on Earth, returns to the Berkshire Museum to screen three of his short documentaries: Stray Tales (2012), Filling the Void (2016), and Jackpot (2016). The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Okin Khan.

Tickets $10; $6 Museum members