Osher Lifelong
Learning Institute
at the University of Michigan
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan (OLLI-UM) 

Enhance quality of life for all by providing stimulating, meaningful, and high-quality lectures, classes, and social events for an increasingly diverse group of persons 50 and older. 

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan (OLLI-UM) offers low-cost organizational memberships to our local community. This partnership will expand your life enrichment program and would allow your members/residents to get engaged in many of our program offerings and continuing education classes at the University of Michigan. These programs cover a wide range of topics and there is something for everyone. We feature many academic and professional experts speaking on cutting-edge social and political issues, science and technology, music and the arts, and more.

Volunteers frequently report that spending time working with other engaged adults enhances their lives in a multitude of ways, from nurturing new friendships, tapping into professional skills that may have been neglected since retirement, to feeling pride in giving back to an organization that has given so much to them.

OLLI offers a variety of options for volunteer work, for those with just a little time to spare as well as those who are able to take on a 
larger commitment.

To become a volunteer, contact us!
If you are interested in any of these roles, send an email to olli.info@umich.edu or call the OLLI office at (734) 998-9356 and we will be happy to let you know the many opportunities that are available!
Standard Organizational Membership - $1,000
Package includes: Distinguished Lecture Series, Thursday Morning Lecture Series, Afternoons with OLLI, the Commons, and Summer Lecture Series (43 total lectures).

Premium Organizational Membership - $1,400
Package includes: Distinguished Lecture Series, Thursday Morning Lecture Series, Afternoons with OLLI, the Commons, and Summer Lecture Series (43 total lectures), “FutureScape of Medicine” (lecture series of five), OLLI Out of Town (five programs), and OLLI Reads.

A La Carte Programing Add-ins for Standard Organizational Memberships
  • Add “FutureScape of Medicine” (lecture series of five): $200
  • OLLI Out of Town (three programs): $150
  • OLLI Reads: $100 (complimentary panel discussions are free)

Through the Turner Senior Wellness Program
  • Ongoing exercise programs, as offered throughout the year: Brain Gym, Move and Groove, Gentle Yoga, and Posture-Balance-Strength: $250. To learn more about our ongoing exercise programs, please contact the Turner Senior Wellness Program at (734) 998-9353.
Distinguished Lecture Series
Second Tuesday of each month

The OLLI Distinguished Lecture Series consists of ten lectures, held once per month on Tuesday mornings from September through June. The speakers are well-informed experts from town and gown, who share their specialized knowledge in an engaging manner. Each lecture is just the beginning; a stimulating question-and-answer period follows each session.
OLLI Out of Town
Friday afternoons

For a second year, the Out of Town with OLLI series will be virtual, which allows members to gain insight on a destination outside of Ann Arbor from the comfort of their home. These events are packed with insightful and educational information on the destination. This series consists of three dynamic programs on Friday afternoons.
Thursday Morning Lecture Series
Thursday mornings
10:00 - 11:30AM

There are five Thursday Morning Lecture Series each year. Each series offers six lectures on a unifying theme and a variety of speakers covering specific aspects of the theme. Learning continues in an active question-and-answer period following each lecture.
OLLI Reads! 

OLLI Reads! is a shared experience where we read and discuss a common book. Members read a book at the same time, then come together for a presentation by the author, followed by a discussion.
Summer Lecture Series
Thursday mornings
10:00 - 11:30AM

The Summer Lecture Series is a condensed version of our Thursday Morning Lecture Series. It is a three-lecture package that provides an opportunity for our members to stay engaged during the summer.
Afternoons with OLLI

Afternoons with OLLI provides informal learning online that is specific to Michigan in the afternoon or early evening, which encourages members that are not yet retired to participate. It includes a wide variety of programming exploring Ann Arbor and Michigan. Programs feature current issues, local personalities, and engaging stories.
Futurescape of Medicine
Every other Tuesday | September 21 - November 16
10:00 - 11:30AM

The Futurescape of Medicine will be a five-lecture series. The goal of this lecture series is to provide educational insights about future developments in five different areas of medical care. These include:

  • healthcare financing
  • orthopaedic surgery and joint replacement options
  • the role of 3D printing in various types of surgery
  • early drug development in cancer care
  • new directions in depression research

Attention will be paid to current best practices, ethical implications of new technologies, promotion of consumer education and choices, and financial aspects of delivery in the context of value-based care. A lively discussion is anticipated for each lecture regarding the many issues raised by these trends and technologies.

The OLLI Commons
The OLLI Commons is OLLI’s online meeting space available to OLLI members and the public. Each group is led by an OLLI facilitator. It consists of regularly scheduled informal gatherings that meet weekly, usually one-two times per month. Members can create a new group or join an existing one.

First Friday Happy Hour 
First Friday of each month | 4:30 - 5:30PM
First Friday Happy Hour invites members to celebrate the end of the first week of a new month with their own beverage and any story they wish to share – each month there is a guest.

The Schmoozery
Every Wednesday | 1:00 - 2:00PM
A facilitated conversation in which participants share stories and reflections about aging, generations, hopes, and related thoughts in uncertain times.

The Lunch Bunch
Every Thursday | noon - 1:00PM
The Lunch Bunch will continue to focus on discussing and responding to specific OLLI lectures while also considering relevant supplemental material.

Coffee with Marta
First and third Tuesday of the month | 9:00 - 10:00AM
Coffee with Marta offers the opportunity to meet for coffee and share something you created or produced, describe an adventure, ask for help with a daily dilemma, or create new friendships.

OLLI Book Beat
Every fourth Tuesday | 4:00 - 5:00PM
Learn about new book releases (fiction and nonfiction) each month and share your favorite titles in these informal sessions with other
book lovers.

Poetry Reading with Ginny Bentz
Every fourth Friday | 7:00 - 8:00PM
Bring a poem to read or a favorite one written by someone else - some prefer to listen, which is okay as well! Sip on a glass of wine or a cup of tea as we sit back, relax, and applaud each unique offering!
If you would like to sign up or learn more about our Organizational Membership Program, please contact the OLLI office by email at olli.info@umich.edu or by phone at (734) 998-9351.

The mission of the DEI Committee is to increase the diversity of OLLI membership and create an environment that welcomes all; increase awareness of racial, social, economic, educational and health disparities experienced by marginalized communities; encourage members self- education and self-reflection on issues related to implicit bias; and promote positive, transformational change leading to the eradication of racial and social injustice in ourselves, the OLLI membership, and the community-at-large.

We will do this through:

  • Spearheading efforts that lead to continuing awareness and education of our members on issues related to racial and social inequities through lectures, workshops, book discussions, and study groups, and encouraging members to initiate their own self-education on these issues
  • Working closely with other OLLI committees to ensure DEI principles are infused and integrated throughout the organization
  • Working as a bloc or as individuals to help influence formal and informal policies that can be implemented to effect positive change
  • Partnering with other organizations and committees with similar aims internal and external to U-M to collaborate on relevant programming and initiatives
  • Evaluating strategies wherever possible in order to identify positive and negative outcomes such that initiatives can either be continued or improved upon.

OLLI receives funding for its operational cost through endowment funding as well as program fees. At OLLI, our goal is to provide excellent programming while keeping cost down, so that our programs can remain accessible. Support from members and outside organizations is key to this goal.

If you have interest in a particular topic or would like to honor someone that is special to you, consider sponsoring a lecture or an entire series. When sponsoring a lecture, your community will be acknowledged before the event begins. In addition, the moderator will highlight your organization as a sponsor. We will also acknowledge your sponsorship in our brochure if we receive it in a timely manner.

Provides immediate funding to allow us to keep costs low and meet the needs of the community. We rely on this support on an annual basis to maintain and grow the program.

Provides permanent support, administered as part of U-M’s endowment, that OLLI can count on for years to come. Your gift helps to ensure that we will thrive for many years into the future.

To make a gift or for more information, please contact Lisa Barton,
OLLI Director, at libarton@umich.edu or (734) 998-9356.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
at the University of Michigan
2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2193
(734) 998-9351 | olli.info@umich.edu