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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.

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Winter/Spring 2022

Registration is now open!

Classes begin:

Monday, January 17, 2022

Happening This Week at OLLI


Afternoons with OLLI

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

Wednesday, January 19


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

Thursday, January 20


Speaker: Dr. Laurence C. Smith

To learn more about this lecture, click here.

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Lunch Bunch: Thursday, January 20 from noon – 1pm to discuss the lecture Rivers of Power.

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, click here.


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. 


Coffee with Marta: Tuesday, January 18 from 9 – 10am with Marta Skiba

Join Us! This Tuesday we are sharing something on our bucket list.

Start the day with friends and make new connections.

To register, sign into the OLLI website and then head to https://olli-umich.org/olli/index.php/member/ctlg/viewEventDetails/2415   


The Schmoozery: Wednesday, January 19 from 1 – 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

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


Video Catalog

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

Food Drive Drop Off

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is hosting a food drive for the Ann Arbor Food Gatherers through the end of this month. 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.


Interested? OLLI is Forming a Membership Roundtable

During the last two years, despite constant challenges associated with the accommodations and restrictions of the pandemic, our members have been inventive and endlessly accepting of changes.  Staff and volunteers are beyond grateful for the spirit you have brought to these many months. 

As we begin to see light, we would like to explore the profile of our membership which emerged during that time.  Program participation shifted, and we’d like to know what drove that. We lost membership during these months, and we’re interested in knowing what would bring back those members. We believe an influx of new members would enrich our work, and we wonder what programs and opportunities would bring them to us. 

We’re inviting those of you who are interested in exploring these member issues to let us know you’re ready to be a part of our Membership Roundtable. It will be limited initially to 20 people. We will work in collaboration with staff and include current members, a few previous members and volunteer leadership.  The Roundtable will meet through zoom – and perhaps in person eventually -- four times.  Our first meeting will be Friday February 11 from 2 – 3:30pm. Three meetings will follow – on February 25, March 11 and March 25. All will be from 2 – 3:30pm. 

Our task will encompass review of membership related data, identification of possible explanations for those data, generation of actions and recommendation of plans for how those actions can be accomplished. The Membership Roundtable will present its work to the Leadership Council at its April 20th meeting. 

If you’re interested in being a part of this discussion, email Lynn Boyer, OLLI Leadership Council President, at lynnboyer10@gmail.com.  The subject line -- Count Me In!


Do you have a quote about OLLI that you would like to share?

Julie is looking for some new quotes to add to the next catalog. Send them to her at julieba@med.umich.edu

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


OLLI Out of Town

National Plan for Vacation Day: Art and Religion in the Cyclades

 Tuesday, January 25


Speaker: Road Scholar

To learn more about this lecture, click here.

Thursday Morning Lecture Series

Global Waters Exploration; Flora and Fauna

Lecture Series #3 of 6: Global Rivers: A New View from Space

Thursday, January 27

10:00 – 11:30am

Speaker: Prof. Tamlin M. Pavelsky

To learn more about this lecture, click here.

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OLLI Reads

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

Friday, January 28

10:00am - 11:30am 

Speaker: Dr. Scott Ellsworth 

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

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 Women of the Copper Country

Mary Doria Russell

Friday, March 18

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 Lynn Boyer on more ways to get involved:


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

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.

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2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C, Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2193

Telephone (734) 998-9351

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