The Forum: OLLI at Berkshire Community College, AIER to present "University Day"


GREAT BARRINGTON — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Berkshire Community College, in partnership with the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), will present the inaugural OLLI University Day this Wednesday.

The day of thought-provoking lectures and discussions, led by experts in local, national and international issues, will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m.

Open to the public, tickets are $35 for OLLI and AIER members, or $50 for the general public, and includes morning coffee and refreshments, and lunch. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 413-236-2190.

Polina Vlasenko, Ph.D., senior research Fellow at AIER, will start the morning by speaking on the topic of "Employment and Growth: The Emergence of a New Normal."

State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, a senior leader of Berkshire County's state legislative delegation will give a luncheon presentation on local and state issues facing Massachusetts and the Berkshires. After lunch, an optional walking tour of the AIER grounds will be offered.

The keynote afternoon speaker will be Adam Segal, Ph.D., senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations, and author of the new book, "The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age." His talk is titled, "States, Spies and War in the Digital Age," and a discussion will follow.

"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 noted how the University Day project is aligned with AIER's mission to the public and its members. "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," he said.


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