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Welcome to OLLI This Week!

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Michigan is virtual this winter. 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.

Our office will be closed for the Holidays beginning on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at noon. We will reopen on Monday, January 3, 2022.


From all of us at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan, we want to wish you and yours a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.


Did you know that OLLI has a video catalog? 

Our digital catalog is comprised of over 200 video recordings of our past programs for you to view at your own leisure. Recordings from our current program year are $10 each and those from our previous program year are $3 each. To access our video catalog, click the button below.

Video Catalog

Happening This Week at OLLI


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. 


Coffee with Marta:

Tuesday, January 4 from

9 – 10am with

Marta Skiba

Join Us! On January 4 we’re discussing our favorite holiday foods.

Start the day with friends and make new connections.

To register, sign into the OLLI website and then head to https://olli-umich.org/olli/index.php/member/ctlg/viewEventDetails/2415   


The Schmoozery: 

Wednesday, January 5 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.”  To register, sign into the OLLI website and then head to https://olli-umich.org/olli/index.php/member/ctlg/viewEventDetails/2416


Looking ahead to 2022:

First Friday Happy Hour on Friday, January 7, at 4:30pm

Mark your calendar for First Friday Happy Hour on Friday, January 7, at 4:30pm. Next month's host is Steve Nason. The featured topic will be hot beverages. 


New Program in The Commons for 2022:

Volunteer Ann Arbor

hosted by Steve Nason

Second and Fourth Tuesday mornings of each month at 9:00am

Do you volunteer with an organization in Ann Arbor or surrounding areas? Would you like to hear first hand about local volunteer opportunities – including volunteering with OLLI? Do you lead a group that needs additional volunteers? If so, join us to talk about your experiences. 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 https://olli-umich.org/olli/index.php/member/ctlg/viewEventDetails/2530

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 Winter/Spring 2022 print catalog has been delayed slightly. Please check our website database for upcoming programs and for registration, which is now open.

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Winter/Spring 2022

Registration is now open!

Registration ends for lottery:

Monday, January 10, 2022

Notifications sent:

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Classes begin:

Monday, January 17, 2022

Food Drive Drop Off

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is hosting a food drive for the Ann Arbor Food Gatherers through January 2022. We will be accepting non-perishable goods at the Turner Senior Resource Center, located at 2401 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Donations can be dropped off Monday - Friday from 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Below is a list of the most needed food items.


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


Distinguished Lecture Series

The Democratization of Venture Capital is Good for Michigan

Tuesday, January 11, 2022


Speaker: David Brophy, PhD

To learn more about this lecture, click here.

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Ellen Brody

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Stephanie Gandulla

Thursday Morning Lecture Series

Global Waters Exploration; Flora and Fauna

Lecture Series #1 of 6: From Coast to Coast... to Coast: Exploring Your National Marine Sanctuaries

Thursday, January 13, 2022


Speaker: Ellen Brody

Great Lakes Regional Coordinator, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Speaker: Stephanie Gandulla

Research Coordinator, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

To learn more about this lecture, click here.


Thursday Morning Lecture Series

Global Waters: The Tip of the Iceberg

January 13 - February 17, 2022

To learn more about the third Thursday Morning Lecture Series, click the front cover of the brochure on the left.


NEW SIG for January! 

Artificial Intelligence - 360


Today, Artificial Intelligence is omnipresent - having embedded itself within our daily lives via Siri, Alexa, Google translate, spam filters and security cameras. 


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. AI today is a global phenomenon. Fervent believers, defiant contrarians, radical experimenters and centrist thought leaders populate this new AI ecosystem.


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 AI breakthroughs? The emerging ethical challenges? How may this new AI affect our lives? How may we respond?


These and numerous other insightful topics on AI will frame the content in “Artificial Intelligence - 360” - a new Shared Internet Group (SIG). The SIG will be designed to serve as a platform for robust discussion on various emerging and persisting AI topics. 


The SIG agenda may be as follows;

 The Promise of Benevolent AI

 The Threats of Malevolent AI

 The Ethics of AI

 Breaking AI News

 Breakthrough Research News

 Deep Insights

 Fun AI


The SIG will meet once a month. Each session will last 2 hours.

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). There will also 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. 

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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.

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 Jennifer Howard at jwhoward@med.umich.edu, or at 734-998-9350.

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 Lynn Boyer at lynnboyer10@gmail.com.

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.


Art Book Club: Maya Angelou and the Black Arts Movement

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

5:30 pm — 7:00 pm

Pre-registration is required for both events. Contact library@toledomuseum.org or 419-254-5770 to register.

To learn more about this upcoming free virtual event at the Toledo Museum of Art, click here.

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

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

Telephone (734) 998-9351

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