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Welcome to OLLI This Week!

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Michigan is virtual this fall. We continue to consult with Michigan Medicine as to when we can return programming to in-person, and are hopeful that this will begin happening in January. Stay tuned for more information!

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Happening This Week at OLLI

Thursday Morning Lecture Series

Canada and the United States: “Unidentical Twins”

Lecture Series #6 of 6: Beyond Fear and Loathing: Comparing the US and Canadian Health Systems

Thursday, October 28, 2021


Speaker: Dr. Gregory P. Marchildon

To learn more about this lecture, click here.  


The Thursday Morning Lecture will be accompanied by a lively noontime Lunch Bunch discussion in The Commons, facilitated by Donna Clack. Please see more details below in The Commons section of this email.  

There's still time to lead a study group the Winter/Spring!


Study Group Proposal Forms for Winter/Spring 2022 are available on the OLLI website. The Google online form is the easiest, but you can also download a pdf or Microsoft Word version. Proposals are due by Monday, November 1. No proposals will be accepted after this date. Click the link and scroll down for the forms. 


Options for in-person (if we are able) or virtual are both available. (Final decisions will be made in October and leaders will be notified.)


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.

Job Opening: OLLI Director

We are now hiring to fill the Director position at OLLI-UM. As Director at OLLI, one would be responsible for financial oversight, fundraising, development, marketing, implementation and evaluation of programs and activities for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M. To learn more about the position, click here.


Futurescape of Medicine Series


Dr. Claire F. Friedman


Dr. Alison Schram

New Approaches to the Treatment of Gynecologic Cancers

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 


Speaker: Claire F. Friedman, M.D., and Alison Schram, M.D. 

To learn more about this lecture, click here.


Thursday Morning Lecture Series

Our Changing Economics Landscape: Wealth Redistribution, Innovations, and Sustainability

Lecture Series #1 of 6: Whither Capitalism?

Thursday, November 4, 2021


Speaker: Professor Jim Adams

To learn more about this lecture, click here.


The Fortunes

by Peter Ho Davies

Friday, November 5


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


Did you know that OLLI has a lending library? 

To reserve a copy of one of our upcoming OLLI Reads books, email us at olli.info@umich.edu or give us a call at (734) 998-9351. The office is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-5pm.


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. 


Book Beat: Tuesday, October 26 from 4:00pm- 5:00pm

with hosts Marjorie Oliver and Laurie Barnett

Join us to talk about what’s new for fall reading.


The Schmoozery:

Wednesday, October 27, 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.”


Lunch Bunch: Thursday, October 28 from noon – 1pm, with facilitator Donna Clack to discuss the lecture:

Beyond Fear and Loathing: Comparing the US and Canadian Health Systems

Join the group to discuss the lecture! 

For more information about these events and for instructions to register, click here, or click the pictures above to go directly to that event to register.

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



The OLLI Lectures Committee wants your input! 

It is already time to start planning for topics and general themes for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 for the Thursday Lectures Series. We would like to hear your voice in the creation of next season’s offerings.

The planning will be conducted on the following dates: October 25, 27 and 29 from 10am-12pm. I have included the Zoom link below for the meetings. We look forward to hearing you input.

UM Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Selection of Topics for the 2022-23 Thursday Morning Lectures

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 976 1203 7745

Passcode: 108160

Dial by your location

+1 301 715 8592 US (Michigan)

Meeting ID: 976 1203 7745

Passcode: 108160


OLLI Out Of Town

Mongolia: From the Capitol to the Gobi Desert

November, 12, 2021

3:00 - 4:00pm

Detroit in Context: Assets, History, and Challenges

December, 10, 2021

3:00 - 4:00pm


To learn more about upcoming OLLI Out of Town events, click here.

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The OLLI Fall 2021 Catalog Has Arrived!

The fall catalog was mailed out to members in early August. If you would like to pick up an additional copy, please feel free to stop by the office on Tuesday or Thursday between 9am and 5pm. To view the digital version of our catalog, please click on the image of the cover to the left.

Fall Registration is open!

To learn more about our registration process, please

click here.

Online Registration

To register for the Fall semester,

click here.

Trouble finding your Zoom meeting IDs and links? 

Click here.

Click to watch a watch a step-by-step guide to finding the Zoom links for all OLLI registered events.

OLLI is virtual this Fall!

OLLI is offering all programming virtually this Fall. We do hope to be back in person as soon as safety permits, and will continue to provide timely updates on when programming will begin to transition back to in-person gatherings. 

- OLLI Staff and Leadership 

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 Lisa Barton at libarton@umich.edu, or at 734-998-9356.

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 OLLI Director Lisa Barton at 734-998-9356

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 OLLI Director on more ways to get involved:

Lisa Barton



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.

Study Groups

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 here. To learn more about each group, click the title.

Bridging Our Current Day Cultural and Political Divisions

Mondays, 1-4pm, October 4 and 18, November 1 and 18, December 6 and 20

How to Count Like an Egyptian

Mondays, 1-3pm, November 8-15

Linguistic Justice

Wednesdays, 10-11:30 am, December 1-22

Seeing the American City

Wednesday, November 17, 1-2pm

Southern Cuisine in the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive

Friday, November 5, 10-11am

The Bee Lady Talks

Tuesday, November 2, 3-5pm

What in the World is Going On? A Top 10 Summary - 2021!

Monday, November 22, 1-3pm

Calling All Future Study Group Leaders!


Planning is underway for OLLI's Winter/Spring 2022 session! 


Have you ever wanted to lead a book discussion? Do you have a hobby or an interest that you're passionate about and want to share it with others?

You could lead an OLLI Study Group!


Proposals are due November 1

Please call or email Julie Brown with any questions.



Proposals for Study Groups are due on November 1.

Information on SIGs and Study Groups, including proposal forms and guidelines, can be found here.


The Third Taiwan Cultural Festival:

2021 Taiwan Bunun Indigenous Music & Film Festival

comes to Michigan in October (October 13 – 27)

Celebrating Indigenous People of the World

To preserve, celebrate, and share the unique culture and music of Taiwanese indigenous people and all indigenous people in the world, the Michigan Taiwanese American Organization (MiTAI), in collaboration with other local organizations, will present a Music Performance, International Lecture & Panel Discussion series and a Film & Documentary series, in person and virtually, in Michigan, and across the ocean, between October 13 and October 27, 2021. All events are free and open to the public.

To learn more about the event schedule, click here.

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