Learning from Legends: Bill Somerville in conversation with Margaret Jenkins

Lecture | April 12 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. |  Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

 2020 Addison, Berkeley, CA 94705

 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Celebrate local legends of the Fourth Age (80 and above) who continue to lead their diverse disciplines. In conversation with Margaret Jenkins of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company.

Bill Somerville, “maverick” philanthropist, has 50 years of experience in nonprofit work, including 17 years as Executive Director of the Peninsula Community Foundation. Bill is nationally recognized as an expert on creative grantmaking. He has consulted at over 400 community foundations in the United States, Canada and abroad on effective operations and grantmaking. Bill has taught courses on philanthropy at Stanford University, UC Berkeley’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and Laney Community College in Oakland, CA.

Margaret Jenkins is a choreographer and artistic director of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, as well as a designer of unique community-based dance projects like Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME). In the 1960s, Jenkins studied at Juilliard, continued her training at UCLA and returned to New York to dance with Gus Solomons, Jr., Jack Moore, Judy Dunn, Twyla Tharp, and Viola Farber. Until 1976 she taught for and was an assistant to Merce Cunningham. Since her return to San Francisco, where she has worked now for over four decades, the MJDC has been a part of the cultural fabric of San Francisco, dedicated to the making and touring of new work, and international exchange in Japan, India, China and Israel. She has been a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley and has made work for many other companies including the San Francisco Ballet for their 75th anniversary season. She has received numerous commissions and awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bernard Osher Cultural Award and a residency in Bellagio, Italy at the Rockefeller Foundation.

Admission is $10 for the general public. Free for OLLI members and UC Berkeley faculty, students and staff.

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