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Welcome to OLLI This Week!

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Michigan is virtual this winter. We continue to consult with Michigan Medicine as to when we can return programming to in-person. Stay tuned for more information!

For Turner Senior Resource Center building hours, click here.

For OLLI office hours, click here.


OLLI Winter/Spring 2022 Catalog

The print catalog was delayed and we don’t want anyone to miss out on the chance for a desired study group or lecture. If you have been waiting for a print catalog, or just received one, and would like to register, please call the OLLI office at 734-998-9351 or email olli.info@umich.edu by next Tuesday. We will register you and you can mail in a check at your earliest convenience. We will also be available during business hours to help you register online with a credit card, if you prefer. 

You can also click on the image of the catalog for a PDF version.

We know that this is an inconvenience, and we are working to improve this process for next year. We thank you for your patience and understanding.


~ OLLI Staff

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Winter/Spring 2022

Registration is now open!

Registration ends for lottery:

Monday, January 10, 2022

Notifications sent:

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Classes begin:

Monday, January 17, 2022


1) The background of the email template is located in what iconic building in Detroit?

2) What company created the tiles used in the mural?

3) Who is the artist that designed this piece?

Please note that answers will be located at the bottom of this email in red text.

Happening This Week at OLLI

Distinguished Lecture Series

The Democratization of Venture Capital is Good for Michigan

Tuesday, January 11, 2022


Speaker: David Brophy, PhD

To learn more about this lecture, click here.

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Ellen Brody

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Stephanie Gandulla

Thursday Morning Lecture Series

Global Waters Exploration: Flora and Fauna

Lecture Series #1 of 6: From Coast to Coast... to Coast: Exploring Your National Marine Sanctuaries

Thursday, January 13, 2022


Speaker: Ellen Brody

Great Lakes Regional Coordinator, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Speaker: Stephanie Gandulla

Research Coordinator, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

To learn more about this lecture, click here.


Thursday Morning Lecture Series

Global Waters: The Tip of the Iceberg

January 13 - February 17, 2022

To learn more about the third Thursday Morning Lecture Series, click the front cover of the brochure on the left.


OLLI Commons

The Commons is OLLI’s free meetup place!

We invite you to join activities in The Commons, OLLI’s free meetup place. To receive the Zoom link for a group or event in The Commons, please register beforehand. All events are free! Use the instructions here to register. 


First Friday Happy Hour on Friday, January 7

at 4:30pm


Please join for First Friday Happy Hour on Friday, January 7, at 4:30pm hosted by Steve Nason, where the featured topic will be hot beverages. Hot mulled wine, Hot White Russian, or ..….. share your favorite ideas and learn about drinks others enjoy.


Do you volunteer with an organization in Ann Arbor or surrounding areas? Would you like to hear first hand about local volunteer opportunities – including volunteering with OLLI? Do you lead a group that needs additional volunteers? If so, join us to talk about your experiences. Here’s a chance to learn about interesting new ways to help in the community, or to share your group’s volunteer needs with others, in a casual discussion where questions are welcomed.  To register, sign into the OLLI website and then head to https://olli-umich.org/olli/index.php/member/ctlg/viewEventDetails/2530


The Schmoozery:

Wednesday, January 12 from 1pm – 2pm with Hank Greenspan

A facilitated conversation:  At our Age…In this Age

Join this free, facilitated conversation in which participants are invited

to share stories and reflections about aging, generations, hopes,

and related topics in “uncertain times.”  To register, sign into the OLLI website and then head to https://olli-umich.org/olli/index.php/member/ctlg/viewEventDetails/2416

Lunch Bunch: Thursday, January 13 from 1pm – 2pm to discuss the lecture     


Join the group to discuss the Thursday morning lecture

Global Waters - From Coast to Coast... to Coast: Exploring Your National Marine Sanctuaries  

Register for the Lunch Bunch now and receive the link each week. Join us whenever you want to discuss the Thursday lecture you just heard!  To register, sign into the OLLI website and then head to https://olli-umich.org/olli/index.php/member/ctlg/viewEventDetails/2417

Interested in hosting a program or event in the Commons in 2022?

Please reach out to Ginny Bentz at ginny.bentz@gmail.com

See The Commons Calendar



Did you know that OLLI has a video catalog? 

Our digital catalog is comprised of over 200 video recordings of our past programs for you to view at your own leisure. Recordings from our current program year are $10 each and those from our previous program year are $3 each. To access our video catalog, click the button below.

Video Catalog

Food Drive Drop Off

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is hosting a food drive for the Ann Arbor Food Gatherers through January 2022. We will be accepting non-perishable goods at the Turner Senior Resource Center, located at 2401 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Donations can be dropped off Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Below is a list of the most needed food items.


The OLLI Lecture Committee is looking for new members!

IF you want to join other interested and motivated OLLI members in finding and presenting extraordinary speakers on a variety of different topics — health, politics, the arts, international affairs, or…


IF you want to be part of the OLLI Distinguished Lecture Series, joining others in identifying and selecting highly respected, prestigious individual monthly speakers renowned for their knowledge and effective presentation style, on a wide variety of topics, or…


IF you want to work with others on an OLLI Subcommittee Lecture Series presenting individual respected speakers in six in-depth presentations about a current topic of interest in various social, political, environmental or geographic areas…


YOU should consider becoming an OLLI Lecture Committee Member.

The OLLI Development Committee is looking for new members!

Please let us know if you are interested in this exciting opportunity. For those who have an interest or experience in fundraising for non-profits, this committee offers an opportunity to find alternative means of funding for OLLI programs and activities.

Contact Susan Fisher, srf@ameritech.net


Afternoons with OLLI

Food Gatherers Community Kitchen: A Recipe for Success Without Any Recipes!

January 19, 2022


Speaker: Scott Roubeck

To learn more about this lecture, click here.

Thursday Morning Lecture Series

Global Waters Exploration; Flora and Fauna

Lecture Series #2 of 6: Rivers of Power

January 20, 2022


Speaker: Dr. Laurence C. Smith

To learn more about this lecture, click here.

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To register for the lectures in this series, click the button below.


Alternatively, call or email the Turner Senior Wellness Program at

(734) 998-9353 or nrrevier@med.umich.edu

NEW SIG for January! 

Artificial Intelligence - 360


Today, Artificial Intelligence is omnipresent - having embedded itself within our daily lives via Siri, Alexa, Google translate, spam filters and security cameras. 


The field is moving at a breathtaking pace, with near-weekly announcements of surprising breakthroughs and mind bending research - broadcast via blog posts, conference papers, web demos and media interviews. AI today is a global phenomenon. Fervent believers, defiant contrarians, radical experimenters and centrist thought leaders populate this new AI ecosystem.


So what is this new resurgent AI, really? And where is it taking us - in the near term, in the mid-term? What are the latest AI breakthroughs? The emerging ethical challenges? How may this new AI affect our lives? How may we respond?


These and numerous other insightful topics on AI will frame the content in “Artificial Intelligence - 360” - a new Shared Internet Group (SIG). The SIG will be designed to serve as a platform for robust discussion on various emerging and persisting AI topics. 


The SIG agenda may be as follows;

 The Promise of Benevolent AI

 The Threats of Malevolent AI

 The Ethics of AI

 Breaking AI News

 Breakthrough Research News

 Deep Insights

 Fun AI


The SIG will meet once a month. Each session will last 2 hours.

OLLI Reads

Upcoming OLLI Reads Events

OLLI Reads is pleased to announce two new events for the Winter/Spring session - Scott Ellsworth will be discussing his new book on the Tulsa Race Massacre The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice (January 28th at 10 AM). There will also be a facilitated discussion of Mary Doria Russell’s The Women of the Copper Country (March 18th at 10 AM). 


Copies of both books are available in the office for OLLI members to check out and read in preparation for these two events. 

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The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice

Dr. Scott Ellsworth

Friday, January 28, 2022 10:00am - 11:30am 

To learn more about this OLLI Reads event, click the book above.

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The Women of the Copper Country

Mary Doria Russell

Friday March 18, 2022

10:00am - 11:30am

To learn more about this OLLI Reads event, click the book above.

Donate to OLLI!

Interested in sponsoring an OLLI Event? If you're interested in sponsoring a lecture, lecture series, one or more study groups, or special event at OLLI, please let us know! These sponsorships can be dedicated to someone special, or in honor of a special person or occasion. For more information, please contact Jennifer Howard at jwhoward@med.umich.edu, or at 734-998-9350.

To make a gift to OLLI's Annual Fund to support OLLI operating costs or to make a gift to the Friends Endowment Fund, please visit our website by clicking the button below.


Looking for Afternoons with OLLI Chair!

Afternoons with OLLI, a vibrant and engaged group is looking for a chair! Join a very active group that enjoys planning events (that will move to evenings in the spring) that explore Ann Arbor and Michigan featuring local personalities, interesting places and highlight compelling stories and current issues in our community.

For more information, please contact Lynn Boyer at lynnboyer10@gmail.com.

OLLI Special Projects Committee is currently recruiting volunteers!

Looking for a fun and stimulating volunteer opportunity and a way to contribute? Join the Special Projects Committee, the OLLI "New Program Incubator". This is the committee that developed the Climate Change series, the COVID series, Torn from the Headlines, OLLI @home and OLLI Reads. Join us if you like generating new program ideas and making them happen. 

Contact Jane Spinner at jspinner@umich.edu or Laurie Barnett at lcbarn@comcast.net if interested or to get additional information.

OLLI is Always Looking for Volunteers for Committees

There are a multitude of volunteer opportunities at OLLI - We need you!

Please contact the on more ways to get involved:

Lynn Boyer


Organizational Memberships

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Did you know that OLLI offers Organizational Memberships?

We now offer memberships at a group rate to organizations in our local community. This partnership will expand life enrichment programming within local community organizations and will allow members to get engaged in many of our program offerings and continuing education classes. To learn more, click the image of the brochure on the left.


Do You Have a Story To Tell?

Are you interested in the art of storytelling? Sign up for a free virtual storytelling workshop on January 15th! This workshop is open to those who want to submit their story for the Big Hearts for Seniors May 17th event Big Hearted Stories: Journeys and for those interested in storytelling in general.

The Big Hearts for Seniors Artistic Directors Breeda Miller and Brian Cox, will teach attendees tips on how to shape their true-life experiences into a captivating story.

Virtual Storyteller Workshop

Saturday, January 15, 2022


Register Here

Save the Date! Big Hearted Stories: Journeys

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

7:00 p.m.

Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre and Michigan League

Ann Arbor

Visit the Big Hearts for Seniors website for information on the storyteller submission process and the 2022 event. Prospective storytellers can submit their story through February 25th. For updates leading up to the event, follow us on Facebook! 

On May 27, 2021, Big Hearts for Seniors presented Big Hearted Stories: Generations, which raised over $40,000. View our 2021 event here.


Big Hearts for Seniors Benefits:

Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels

Housing Bureau for Seniors

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Silver Club Memory Programs

Turner Senior Wellness Program



Part of the U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program


Do you like making new friends? Looking to connect with other people in the community while remaining socially distant? Would you enjoy chatting with a peer on a periodic basis? 


During COVID-19 times, we’ve all been a bit more isolated and have had a hard time connecting with folks. The Turner Senior Wellness Program offers a companionship program called “Connected Companions,” where we seek to bring people together through virtual means. Our volunteers can give you a call, send you emails, or link up with you remotely on a recurring basis. 


If you are a senior individual in the Washtenaw County area, perhaps live alone or feel in need of a companion, and would like to have a friendly visitor and virtual buddy, we welcome you to join our program! We will match you up with one of our friendly volunteers who will contact you at a frequency of your preference! This is a great opportunity to feel connected to other seniors in our community and to make a new friend!


If you would enjoy having a “phone pal”, mingling, and building meaningful relationships, and are interested in signing up for this program, please reach out to:


Adriana Cardenas | (209) 614-4274 | adcarden@med.umich.edu


Art Book Club: Maya Angelou and the Black Arts Movement

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

5:30 pm — 7:00 pm

Pre-registration is required for both events. Contact library@toledomuseum.org or 419-254-5770 to register.

To learn more about this upcoming free virtual event at the Toledo Museum of Art, click here.

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If you would like more information about Michigan Medicine resources during this challenging time, please click the button below.

COVID-19 Resources

1) The background of the email template is located in what iconic building in Detroit?

Answer: The Guardian Building

2) What company created the tiles used in the mural?

Answer: Mary Chase Stratton’s Pewabic Pottery of Detroit

3) Who is the artist that designed this piece?

Answer: Ezra Winter

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