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OLLI’s University Day at AIER

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The sorts of lectures and discussions enjoyed by participants of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College will be offered to the general public at OLLI’s “University Day” on Wednesday. The event will be held in partnership with the American Institute for Economic Research, and will take place on AIER’s scenic campus in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

The speakers will include Adam Segal, senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations, who will speak about cyberwarfare. He is the council’s director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program. AIER’s Polina Vlasenko, a senior research fellow, will discuss the phenomenon of the “jobless recovery.” Also speaking will be state Senator Ben Downing, D-Pittsfield.

For its more than 1,000 members, OLLI offers over 80 programs a year, including four semesters a year of thought-provoking classes, a Distinguished Speaker Series, and special events and trips.

“OLLI’s University Day is designed to offer OLLI members and non-members alike a taste of the stimulating lectures and discussions that distinguish OLLI’s classes and talks,” said OLLI Board President Leonard Tabs. “We’re very happy to be partnering with AIER on this new initiative.”

AIER President Stephen J. Adams said, “AIER is delighted to partner with OLLI on the University Day project.  AIER’s objective has always been to provide independent economic analysis and insights that enable all Americans to understand the issues that impact their lives.”

The event begins at 10 a.m. with coffee and refreshments, and runs to 3:30 p.m. The event is ticketed ($35 for OLLI and AIER members, and $50 for the general public), and includes lunch. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 413-236-2190.

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