Academy Events

Spring 2024 Academy Events

Emeriti as Mentors Intergenerational Poster Session

Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 2pm to 3:30pm In Person at the Women's Faculty Club

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Emeriti as Mentors Intergenerational Poster Session

Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 2pm to 3:30pm, Women's Faculty Club

This event highlights the intergenerational collaboration between emeriti mentors and their undergraduate mentees. Students will present their research findings from URAP projects as well as interdisciplinary seminars via posters. 

All Emeriti are welcome!
To RSVP & find out more about the event, please go to the event-page

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COVID-19: Do We Still Need To Be Concerned?

A discussion between John Swartzberg and Kenneth Polse

An Interactive Conversation with Audience Q&A

Mon, April 15, 2024, 3pm to 4pm (via Zoom) 

Ken Polse, Professor Emeritus, Optometry, and John Swartzberg, Clinical Professor Emeritus, Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology, will discuss the current state of Covid in the U.S. and our community, the new isolation and quarantine guidelines in California, the value of the updated Covid vaccine, the role of medications like Paxlovid in treating Covid, our current understanding about long Covid and  strategies for prevention.  Considerable time will be reserved for questions from the listeners.

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A Conversation about Life in Retirement Beyond Financial and Health Care Planning

Monday, April 8, 2024, 2pm to 3:30pm, in person 

Golden Bear Center, 1995 University Ave, Berkeley 

This workshop invites faculty contemplating retirement as well as recently retired emeriti to explore life in retirement, how to stay connected with colleagues and campus, and how to include loved ones in the transition. 

Two retired faculty members and one couple with one partner being a Berkeley emeritus/a will share their experience.  To learn more about the event and to RSVP, please visit the event-webpage

Demystifying Office Hours Panels

Support Students Demystifying Cal

Each semester the Academy together with partner organizations hosts demystifying office hours panels for undergraduate students designed to lower the barriers and increase students' confidence to attend office hours with faculty. 

After each panel-event, student participants have the opportunity to request a one time, 1:1 coaching meeting with an emeritus/a coach. 

To find out about the schedule and to volunteer as a coach, please click on this link

Fall 2023 Academy Events 

Making Health Care More Affordable

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 4pm to 5:30pm online (via Zoom)

Making Health Care More Affordable: A Public Option for California

The webinar “Making Healthcare More Affordable” educated the UC Berkeley community and the larger public about a Public Option plan for the state called “Golden Choice” that targets the affordability and equity of care. To watch the video recording and to read a short article about the webinar, please visit the events-page

Get To Know The Villages

Monday, September 11, 2023 12pm - 1:30pm (via Zoom)

Hear from Members about the benefits of the Villages

In September 2023, the UC Berkeley Retirement Center hosted a virtual panel discussion about the Village Movement and the benefits to retirees. 

A village is a membership organization that connects older adults to the community, programming, and expertise they need to continue living lives of purpose and promise.  These innovative, community-based solutions improve quality of life and expand choices at all stages of aging, empowering older adults to sustain independence and remain in charge of their lives as they age.

Villages are founded by members of the community, and each village develops an organizational structure and offerings based on the needs of that community. For some villages, this means providing a full suite of events and services through staff or volunteers, while others may provide mostly referrals. Every village recognizes the power of personal connection in helping members remain active and engaged.

Watch the YouTube Recording of the event. 

Learn more about the panelists by visiting this webpage