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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

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Distinguished Lecture Series

Navigating My Own Journey, from Ann Arbor to Three Continents and Back 

Tuesday, November 9, 2021


Speaker: Professor Susan D. Page

To learn more about this lecture, click here.

Thursday Morning Lecture Series

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

Lecture Series #2 of 6: The Economic Impact of Harnessing Artificial Intelligence

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Please note the time change:


Speaker: Professor Robert Seamans   

To learn more about this lecture, click here.


Question: Which English mathematician was portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2014 movie entitled "The Imitation Game"?

Please note that the answer will be listed at the bottom in red.


OLLI Reads

Panel Discussion: The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies

Friday, November 12, 2021


Panelists: Roland Hwang, Professor Manan Desai, Mai Xiong & Daniel Moen

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

Michigan OLLIs Collaborate


Conceived In A Seamstress' Garden

Artist: Jeff Sonhouse (American, 1968)

Date: 2020

Medium: Acrylic and collage on canvas with metal wire

Dimensions canvas: 50 x 43 in. (127 x 109.2 cm)


Unveiling American Genius

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

10:00am – 11:00am

Ever wonder what’s going on in other parts of Michigan? Join the fun without leaving your living room or filling the gas tank. This fall, the online Commons will feature virtual events highlighting local arts and hosted by each of the four OLLIs in the state. Ranging from images of the lush Meijer Gardens to paintings in the renowned Kalamazoo Institute of Art, these programs are happening on the second Wednesdays of September, October, November, and December at 10:00 am. They’re all free!

To learn more about this lecture, click here.


The Thursday morning lecture will be accompanied by a lively

Lunch Bunch discussion in The Commons, starting at 1pm (one hour later than usual). Please see more details below in The Commons section of this email.

OLLI Out of Town

Mongolia: From the Capital to the Gobi Desert

Friday, November 12, 2021


Speaker: Ann O’Hagan

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


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


Thursday Morning Lecture Series

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

Lecture Series #3 of 6: Policy and Wealth Inequality in the US: Trends and Remedies

Thursday, November 18, 2021


Speaker: Professor Reuven Avi-Yonah   

To learn more about this lecture, click here.     

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Futurescape of Medicine Series

Advances in Depression Research and Treatment: Now and For the Future

Tuesday, November 16, 2021


Speaker: John F. Greden, M.D.

To learn more about this lecture, click here.     

Afternoons with OLLI

Forbidden Fruit: Traveling through Cuba by Motorcycle 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021


Speaker: John Deikis

To learn more about this lecture, click here.     

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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. 


The Schmoozery:

Wednesday, November 10, 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.”


Lunch Bunch: 

Thursday, November 11

from 1pm – 2pm with facilitator Neeki Rad to discuss the lecture

The Economic Impact of Harnessing Artificial Intelligence?  

 *** Note the time change to one hour later than usual, just for this week, as the Nov. 11th lecture starts later than usual ***  



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.

Please note: First Friday Happy Hour is cancelled for November 5. We hope that many of you will participate in the Zoom session on Friday, November 5 at 2:30pm to say thanks and farewell to departing OLLI Director, Lisa Barton. Details can be found above in this email. First Friday Happy Hour will return on December 3!

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


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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 Jason Page at pageja@umich.edu, or at 734-998-7400.

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 Community Outreach Coordinator Jason Page at 734-998-7400

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.

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

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

Monday, November 22, 1-3pm

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Julie Brown, OLLI Assistant Director and published author is pleased to announce that Traveler II, An Uncivil War is now available in both paperback and e-book on Amazon! 

Twelve-year-old middle-schoolers Tommy and Nick are modern-day best friends with a big secret: they can travel through time! With their history teacher Mr. Barnhart, aka Sir Edward, and Tommy’s parents, they use magical stones to travel back to 1863 and stop a bizarre new attack on President Abraham Lincoln in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. All does not go as planned, however, and they must once again escape from the clutches of another Abraham, a villain who was supposed to have died in the Battle of Gettysburg, forcing them to flee once again to Tudor England and the court of the terrifying Henry VIII.

Along the way, they meet new friends and foes, including Mary, Sir Edward’s scullery maid with an adventurous spirit, and the infamous John Wilkes Booth. Will they be able to defeat Abraham and save the world, or will he defeat them with his surprise magical weapon and strand them in the past forever?

Cover art by Brian Townsend



Native American Heritage Month

About Native American Heritage Month

Although the first "American Indian Day" was celebrated in May 1916 in New York, a month-long recognition of Native Americans did not happen until 1990. That year, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. Since then, the title has expanded to celebrate the heritage, history, art, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Each year, we honor the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors had lived in North America for hundreds of years. MESA and the Native American Student Association (NASA) collaborate with campus partners to bring a wide range of events that celebrate Native American culture with the University of Michigan campus community. 

For more details on the events listed below, click here.

Anti-racism Teach-in

Monday, November 8 | 7:00–8:30 p.m.

Click here to register on Zoom

NAHM presents: Firekeeper's Daughter, Author Presentation with Angeline Boulley

Friday, November 19th | Time: 5:30-7:30PM

Click here to register through Zoom 

She’s Gone Missing (The Epidemic You Don’t Hear About): Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women with Heather Bruegl

Thursday, November 18 | 7:30–8:30 p.m.

Click here to register through Zoom

NAHM presents: Conversations on Landback, Sustainability, and Language with Dr. Margaret Noodin, Dr. Kyle Whyte, Eva Roos, Malu Castro, and the Burt Lake Band

Monday, November 29 | 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Click here to register through Zoom

Native American Heritage Month: Closing Ceremony

Tuesday, November 30 | 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Location: Michigan Union Kuenzel Room

Click here to register through Sessions


Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with the AADL!

Every day this month AADL staff air a new video—sharing quotes, recommending books, highlighting local artists and history, and more.

For details, click here.


Exclusive Offerings for Members of the National Osher Network

Sharing the OLLI Love

OLLI at the University of Arizona continues to share the OLLI love with Osher members from across the country. There is no charge for you to attend these sessions. Please keep supporting your local OLLI!

For details on the upcoming programming, click here.


In memory of Syd Kaufman


Our hearts are very saddened to share that OLLI instructor, active volunteer, and friend Syd Kaufman has passed. Syd was a long-time member of OLLI's Study Group Committee, and contributed on so many levels, notably to our Course and Instructor Vetting Manual. He shared his joy and enthusiasm for chocolate with many members through his many classes on Chocolate, and recently engaged many with his love of mystery novels in his popular Shared Interest Group. 


In 2018, Gerry Lapidus highlighted Syd and his contributions in our newsletter; please click here.


Syd will be greatly missed, and our entire OLLI community shares our very best with all of his friends and family.


Remembering Dr. Richard Swartz

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It is with sadness that we pass on the tragic loss of Rick Swartz, Active Emeritus Professor in the Division of Nephrology. Rick has been a longtime and expert clinical nephrologist for whom all of his patients loved, an outstanding teacher, and a wonderful colleague. As a nephrologist, he was often the clinical interface with transplant, dialysis, and other general aspects of nephrology, and in recent years, a strong focus on palliative care for kidney patients. He will be missed.


For those of you that may not fully familiar with Dr. Swartz’s long association with the University and his legacy in nephrology, here is a brief history. Dr. Swartz received his B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Michigan in 1968 and 1970, respectively. Following an internship and residency at Boston City Hospital, he completed a nephrology fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He was recruited to join the University of Michigan faculty in 1977, and was promoted to Professor in 1987. He transitioned to active emeritus status in 2010 but remained busy clinically, seeing both peritoneal dialysis patients and general nephrology patients in the outpatient setting.


Dr. Swartz is widely regarded for his expertise in CKD/ESRD, and on end-of-life care for patients with these and other conditions. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and given several presentations at national meetings. He was on the editorial board of the American Journal of Kidney Disease and served as the assistant editor for Advances in Renal Replacement Therapy. Dr. Swartz's service within the Division of Nephrology has been invaluable. He was the central foundation of our entire clinical operations for over 3 decades. He served as medical director of acute dialysis (1977-2007), chief of clinic (1988-91 and 2003-10), director of the inpatient service (1996-2001) and chief of staff (1999-2003). He also contributed significantly as a member of the Medical School's Executive Committee for Clinical Affairs and the Institutional Review Board. Dr. Swartz is the recipient of numerous awards, including the University of Michigan's H. Marvin Pollard Award for outstanding resident teaching and the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan's Distinguished Service Award. He has been listed as one of the "Best Doctors in America" every year since 2006.


His exceptional commitment to patient care and mentorship to trainees is what truly set him apart. Most of our senior clinical leadership benefited from his tutelage over the past 4 decades. His generous gift enabled establishing the Swartz Professorship which honors a master clinician/educator nephrology faculty member dedicated to patient care and education. 

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Which English mathematician was portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2014 movie entitled "The Imitation Game"?

Answer: Alan Turing (1912-1954)

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