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Welcome to OLLI This Week!

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Michigan is currently virtual. 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 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: or to view volunteer opportunities on our website, click here.

To learn more about some of the volunteer opportunities that are available at OLLI, click the button below.

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Winter/Spring 2022

Registration is now open! To view our Winter/Spring 2022 Catalog, click the front cover on the left hand side.

Study Groups

Spring Study Groups

April - June 2022

To preview the Spring Study Groups brochure, click the front cover on the right.

Many of our Study Groups still have space available for members to join this fall. Check out a few below! To register for a group, click the button below. To learn more about each group, click the titles below.


Michigan History Series

This series is brought to you by an OLLI donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

Science Pop-Ups

Is Less Really More? Does eating less food increase lifespan and if so why and how?

Finding the Good News on Climate and Energy

Taming the Dark Matter Zoo Without Telescopes

Reading Aloud: A Round-Heeled Woman


Thursday Morning Lecture Series


Native Americans of the Great Lakes Region:

Past and Present

April 14 - May 19

To preview the brochure, click the front cover above.


Lunch Bunch: Join us Thursday, April 28, from noon – 1pm to discuss the OLLI Thursday Morning Lecture.   

To learn more about the Lunch Bunch, click here or to register click here.

Distinguished Lecture Series

Distinguished Lecture Series

Session #2

February - May 2022

To preview the Spring Study Groups brochure, click the front cover on the right.

To learn more about our upcoming Distinguished Lectures click the titles listed below:


OLLI Out of Town

Moccasins and Microphones: Modern Native Storytelling 

Through Performance Poetry

Friday, May 13, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

To learn more about this event, click here or to register, click here.


Shared Interest Groups


Accepting New Members

Shared Interest Group (SIG): Needlework and Crafting

This is a welcoming, supportive shared interest group that meets the first Monday of the month to share time together while working on our individual projects, be they knitting, embroidery, lace-making, crochet, needlepoint, beading, or any other creative crafts!

We encourage interest in learning new skills, provide a boost for completing projects already underway, and generally enjoy each other’s company. To register, first sign into the OLLI website with your email and password and then head to the Course Catalog.

Please reach out to the OLLI-UM office if you have any questions or require assistance, 734-998-9351 or

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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. 

Poetry Reading: 

Friday, April 22

from 7pm – 8pm

with Ginny Bentz


*****note that in April, Poetry Reading will be on the 4th Friday of the month instead of the 3rd Friday of the month (to avoid conflict with Good Friday and first night of Passover******

To learn more about Poetry Reading, click here or to register, click here.

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Book Beat

Tuesday, April 26

from 4pm - 5pm

Hosted by Craig Stephan

The April Book Beat will feature a discussion of science and open-genre “personal favorites” books by Science Pop-ups host Craig (Bicycling) Stephan and friends Gail (All Things French) Hubbard and Colin (Canton and the Opium Wars) Day.

To learn more about Book Beat, click here or to register, click here


Volunteer Ann Arbor

Tuesday, April 26

from 9am – 10am

hosted by Steve Nason

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, click here.


The Schmoozery:

Wednesday, April 27

from 1pm – 2pm

with Hank Greenspan

To learn more about The Schmoozery, click here or to register, click here.


Mark your calendar: We are planning a First Friday Happy Hour on Friday, May 6, at 4:30pm with Anne Lawrence as host, focusing on Clothesline Lore.

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Stories unpinned from the clothesline: Come join in to share memories of the days when everyone hung their laundry to dry out on the clothesline! Do you have nostalgic, or funny, or even troubling memories from those days gone by? Want to share a story -- whether it's about the lost pair of panties, or the neighbor kids peeking over the fence at your underwear, or when the whole line collapsed, or the bird left a deposit on your clean sheets? Anne, who has been a Clothesline Historian and Hobbyist for over 40 years, can also share some great stories and even poetry from her extensive collection

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

Please reach out to Ginny Bentz at

See The Commons Calendar


U-M Healthy Aging Series

The Art and Science of Successful Aging

January - May 2022

To preview and learn more about upcoming lectures in The Art and Science of Successful Aging series, click the front cover of the brochure above.

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

In the event that you have missed a Healthy Aging Series lecture, we have all of the recordings available on the Geriatrics Community Programs’ YouTube Channel. Please feel free to share these lectures with friends and family. Click the button below to access the recordings. 

Healthy Aging Lecture Recordings

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 2022 event. 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

Geriatrics Center Community Programs

In addition to OLLI, Michigan Medicine has five other Community Programs that support older adults in our area. To learn more about each program, click the names below.

Turner Senior Wellness Program

Turner African American Services Council

Silver Club

Community Health Services Programs

Housing Bureau for Seniors

Meals on Wheels

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


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan

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

Telephone (734) 998-9351