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Welcome to OLLI-UM This Week!

The OLLI offices, located in the Turner Senior Resource Center, are open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am - 5pm. Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status per University policy.

Contact: 734-998-9351 or 

*All of the OLLI-UM staff will be in a retreat next Wednesday, 5/25/2022 and will be unavailable. We will resume all correspondence on Thursday, the 26th.



OLLI is Always Looking for Volunteers for Committees

Please contact Lynn Boyer on more ways to get involved: or to view volunteer opportunities on our website, click here.


Study Groups

Spring Study Groups

April - June 2022

Reading Aloud: A Round-Heeled Woman- 6/03/2022 from 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST

(To preview the Spring Study Groups brochure, click the brochure to the right.)


Science Pop-Up

Science Pop-Up Series

March - May 2022

*Final Session: 

Taming the Dark Matter Zoo Without Telescopes- 5/26/2022 from 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST

Thursday Morning Lecture Series

Native Americans of the Great Lakes Region:

Past and Present

April 14 - May 19

(To learn more about our upcoming lectures, click the brochure cover below.)

From Encounter to Removal: Indigenous Persistence Strategies in the Western Great Lakes

5/26/2022 from 10:00 - 11:30 AM EST *NOW ON MAY 26TH, RESCHEDULED FROM APRIL 21ST*

Speaker: Susan Sleeper-Smith PhD


Distinguished Lecture Series

Distinguished Lecture Series

Session #2

February - June 2022

(To learn more about our upcoming Distinguished Lectures, click the brochure cover below.)


Making Sense of Afghanistan History and Place in World Politics-

6/14/2022 from 10:00 - 11:30 AM EST

Speaker: Saeed A. Khan

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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. 

Coffee with Marta

Tuesday, June 7th from 9:00 – 10:00 AM EST

Mark your calendar for a live and in person Coffee with Marta on Tuesday, June 7 at 9am. We will meet for coffee and coffee cake in person in the Debrodt Room at the Turner Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. To register, sign into the OLLI website and then head to: 

The Schmoozery with Hank Greenspan

Wednesday, May 25th

from 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

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:

Thursday, May 26 from noon – 1pm 

Lunch Bunch is a friendly, fun discussion about the Thursday morning lecture, and we’d love to see you there!

To register, sign into the OLLI website and then head to

Poetry Reading with Ginny Bentz

Friday, May  20, from 7pm – 8pm

Bring a poem of your own or a favorite one written by someone else. You will have five minutes to read aloud and to give some context, so one longer poem or two short ones work. If you’d rather just listen, that’s okay too. To register, sign into the OLLI website and then head to  


Volunteer Ann Arbor hosted by Steve Nason

Special Guest will be Phil Rivera, Director or Volunteer Services at Michigan Medicine

Volunteer Ann Arbor, Tuesday, May 24 from 9am – 10am

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 

 Are you an innovative thinker?

A listener?

A problem solver?

Do you love to see a plan come together? 

Have you never met a mountain you couldn’t find a way around?

OLLI Program Task Force

A feature of OLLI’s Membership Forward initiative


The OLLI Program Task Force is a feature of OLLI’s Membership Forward initiative. The Task Force will identify and develop expanded and enriched OLLI program options available September 2023 for a growing and more diverse membership. The Task Force will seek ideas from OLLI members and scan lifelong learning programs at other OLLI’s and senior learning programs that are in person, hybrid and online. The Task Force will investigate innovative learning and social engagement formats.

Any member is welcome to this Task ForceWe’ll meet in person at Turner. All members will actively contribute. They will keep an open mind, recognize a good idea is made better by discussion of all points of view and maintain a willingness to compromise with the goal of the effort in mind. The work of the Task Force is expected to begin in July 2022 and will be done in groups, individually and in collaboration with current program committees. It will always be driven by the stated needs of all the OLLI members.


Let Lynn Boyer know at no later than June 13. Include one or two lines related to your interest and what skills, background, expertise you bring. 

OLLI’s membership is moving forward! If you’re ready to be a part of it,



U-M Healthy Aging Series

The Art and Science of Successful Aging

January - May 2022

Call or email the Turner Senior Wellness Program at

(734) 998-9353 or to register.

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
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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