OLLI to offer free talk by Joe Klein: “How On Earth Did We Get Here? The Chaotic Politics of 2016”

Best selling author and lecturer Joe Klein.

Best selling author and lecturer Joe Klein.

OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, is honored to present the 2016 Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture, featuring bestselling author and Time magazine columnist Joe Klein. The lecture will be held at 6pm Friday, May 27th at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center and is free and open to the public. His topic is “How On Earth Did We Get Here? The Chaotic Politics of 2016.”

The annual Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture was created by Arthur Sherman and family in honor of Mona Sherman, an extraordinary volunteer OLLI leader and former OLLI Board President who founded OLLI’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

Joe Klein is the author of seven books and an award-winning columnist for TIME magazine. As “Anonymous,” Klein wrote the critically acclaimed novel Primary Colors, a best-seller inspired by the 1992 presidential race. His most recent book is Charlie Mike: A True Story of Heroes Who Brought Their Mission Home, about Iraqi and Afghanistan veterans helping other veterans at home. Other books including The Natural, a biography of Bill Clinton, and Woody Guthrie: A Life.

OLLI recently partnered with the Mahaiwe to form the Mahaiwe Book Club, where OLLI members read and discuss books related to upcoming events at the Mahaiwe. For Joe Klein’s lecture, they are reading his 2007 book Politics Lost: From RFK to W: How Politicians Have Become Less Courageous and More Interested in Keeping Power than in Doing What’s Right for America.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former Guggenheim fellow, Joe Klein’s weekly TIME column, “In the Arena,” covers national and international affairs. In 2004 he won the National Headliner Award for best magazine column. Klein is also an occasional contributor to The New Yorker, where he formerly served as Washington correspondent. He has written articles and book reviews for The New Republic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, LIFE, Rolling Stone, and other publications.

The annual Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture is held in concert with OLLI’s Annual Meeting, and is always free and open to the public. A booksigning will follow the lecture, and OLLI’s Annual Meeting will be held prior to the Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture at 4:30pm, and is also free and open to the public.

While the Joe Klein lecture is free, reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling the Mahaiwe at 528-0100 or reserving general admission seats online at http://mahaiwe.org/ollitalk. The Mahaiwe Performing Art Center is located at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

OLLI at BCC provides exciting educational, social and volunteer opportunities designed especially by and for people fifty years and up in the Berkshires. Over 1,000 members take part in over 80 classes, special events, talks, trips and more each year throughout the Berkshires.

OLLI’s summer semester of classes begins June 1st and includes courses on foreign policy, Shakespeare’s comedies on film, the legacy of American slavery, quilts as voices of community and conscience, an introduction to medical cannabis and more. For more information about OLLI, including a free copy of our summer catalog, visit www.berkshireolli.org, email olli@berkshirecc.edu or call 413-236-2190.

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