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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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For OLLI office hours, click here.

Happening This Week at OLLI

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Happy Thanksgiving from the OLLI staff! We are so thankful for our members who join us each day to continue learning and for the countless volunteers who dedicate their time to make our program the best it can be! The OLLI offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday (November 25th-26th) in observance of the holiday.

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 #4 of 6: The Economics of Migration

Thursday, December 2, 2021


Speaker: Professor Dean Yang  

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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. 

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Poetry Reading: Friday, November 19, from

7 – 8pm with

Ginny Bentz

Bring a poem of your own or a favorite one written by someone else.  

You will have about five minutes to read aloud and to give some context, so one longer poem or two short ones work well. If you’d rather just listen, that’s okay too. Sip on a glass of wine or a cup of tea as we sit back, relax, and applaud each unique offering!   



The Schmoozery:

Wednesday, November 24, 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.”

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Mark your calendar for First Friday Happy Hour on Friday, December 3 at 4:30pm. Our Happy Hour host will be Hank Greenspan, leader of the highly successful Schmoozery program in The Commons since spring 2020. 

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Book Beat is pleased to announce that once again Nicola’s Books has agreed to be our guest host for the holiday season. 


Tune in to the Book Beat on Friday December 10 at 10 AM. Staff from Nicola’s will be recommending holiday gift selections both for adults and for children.  

The special Book Beat session on December 10 will replace both the November (23rd) and the December (28th) Book Beat sessions.  


Taking a break for Turkey day, there won’t be Lunch Bunch on Thursday, November 25. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, December 2 at noon for the next Lunch Bunch discussion, hosted by Savvas Giannakopoulos.

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


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). And there will 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. 


Please note the the OLLI offices close on November 25, 26 for the holiday vacation, so plan to pick up your copy before then. 

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

Dr. Scott Ellsworth

Friday, January 28, 2022 10:00am - 11:30am 

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

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The Women of the Copper Country

Mary Doria Russell

Friday March 18, 2022

10:00am - 11:30am

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

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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 

New SIG beginning in January 2022!

Artificial Intelligence, led by Deb Mukherjee

Enrollment is limited to 30 participants and will be subject to the lottery system.

Artificial Intelligence is here: omnipresent - having embedded itself within our daily lives via Siri, Alexa, Google translate, spam filters, security cameras, etc. AI is not omniscient or omnipotent - not yet - despite its recent resurgence, but 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. There is much hype and much debate, many opinions: believers, contrarians, radical experimenters and centrist thought leaders populates the AI ecosystem. AI has a fuzzy definition - an instinctively controversial one - it is a multi-disciplinary field essentially, with strong intersections with neuroscience, computer science, psychology, linguistics and philosophy. 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 breakthroughs? The emerging ethical challenges? How may this new AI affect our lives? How may we respond? “Artificial Intelligence - 360” - a new Shared Internet Group will be designed to serve as a platform to unpack these latest AI trends, through targeted presentations and robust discussions on various emerging and persisting AI topics. The SIG facilitator (and SIG co-lead) will drive the topic selection / topic-assignment process with all other members of the group. Relevant reading / viewing materials (books, relevant papers, videos, essays) will be distributed in advance.

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

Linguistic Justice

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

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.

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.

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