General Meetings

General Meetings

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSC General Meetings

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Normally our members gather monthly, September through May inclusive, except in December, usually on the third Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Colleges Nine and John R. Lewis College Multipurpose Room to socialize, conduct business, and hear a speaker, often a UCSC professor. We greet, meet, and eat (fruit or cake, and coffee or tea), and interact with a speaker of note. 

March 17, 2024 OLLI General Meeting, 10:00am–12pm

Location: College Nine and John R. Lewis College Multipurpose Room, UCSC

Speaker: Leta Miller is a professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Topic: "Organized Labor and the Black Musician: A Fight for Equality"  


For most of the 20th century, the American Federation of Musicians maintained segregated union locals in more than 50 cities. These dual locals arose not from any policy of the Federation but, surprisingly, at the request of Black musicians themselves. Why would Black musicians have favored segregation? And why, when the Federation tried to mandate mergers between Black and white locals, did most of the Black locals resist? Leta Miller will answer these questions and others as she clarifies the twisted road to equal treatment of Blacks by organized labor in discussing her newly published book, Union Divided: Black Musicians’ Fight for Labor Equality.


Musicologist Leta Miller is a professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she taught courses in music history. She has written books and articles on music from the 18th to the 20th century, including two books on composer Lou Harrison and a major work, Music and Politics in San Francisco from the 1906 Quake to the Second World War (University of California Press, 2011). Union Divided is Miller’s ninth book.


Program Chair

Our program chair, who finds and arranges for our speakers, is Barry Bowman. Please send suggestions for future speakers to him at