Staff Update

We Will Miss You, Gayle!
OLLI at UM is so grateful to have had Gayle Jackson as part of our team as the Community Outreach Coordinator. Gayle has had an important impact on our program and so many have enjoyed working with her across OLLI. Gayle we will miss you, and wish you well -and hope to see you in the near future! 
Best, OLLI Staff and Leadership. 

Gayle shares:

Hello OLLI-UM Members,

It is with sadness that I write to notify you that I am resigning from my position as Community Outreach Coordinator at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan. My last day with OLLI will be April 22nd.
I have truly enjoyed working with OLLI’s programs, its volunteers, members, and staff but must focus on my health and family.
I appreciate having an opportunity to work with OLLI-UM and feel that my contributions have helped OLLI’s advancement by building lasting relationships which make OLLI-UM a stronger diversified organization. During this month, I will continue to work with OLLI staff and volunteers to ensure a smooth transition. 
Best Regards,

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Are You Looking for Volunteer Opportunities at OLLI?

Join The Lectures Committee to meet new people and have fun while creating Thursday morning lectures. There are still opportunities for planning the lectures for the 2021-22 academic year. We are looking for new members to join one of the following committees:

“Economics: Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and More” 
“Music in Detroit and Michigan” 

Contact Frances Schultz @  for more information.

OLLI is Always Looking for Volunteers for Committees
There are a multitude of volunteer opportunities at OLLI - We need you! Please contact OLLI Director on more ways to get involved:  Lisa Barton  734-998-9356.

OLLI Special Projects Presents – OLLI @ Home Series
Monday, April 5th, 3:00 - 4:30 pm. Online. $10

Sip and Nibble with Tommy York
Spend an afternoon sipping biodynamic, sustainable natural wines and nibbling on natural cheeses with TOMMY YORK, the founding partner of YORK Food + Drink. The artisans who make these wines usual grow their own fruit and the people who make the cheeses typically use the milk from their own herds. 

Participants may purchase the wine sampler and or cheese sampler directly from YORK by ordering online (look for the special OLLI order tab) or by calling in and specifying the OLLI order sampler.  Items will become available the week of March 22. Participants may prepay through the web site or over the phone and may either come in the store to pick up or call upon arrival and employees will bring the order out to the car. Please utilize the Packard entrance. Payment can also be accepted at time of pick up. Samplers are limited to 100 participants. 

The special pricing for the combined sampler of a red wine, a white wine, two cheeses and a box of water crackers is $60. The products can also be purchased a la carte.
          Red Wine from Chile - Cacique Maravilla, Pipeno, Pais grape 
          White Wine from Catalonia - Can Sumoi, Xarel-lo grape
          Jasper Hill Clothbound Cheddar, cow milk cheese ¼ lb
          Jacquin Buche de Lucay, goat milk cheese ¼ lb
          Carr's Water Crackers

Under Tommy York’s vision and guidance, YORK Food + Drink has evolved from a party store to a retail shop specializing in artisanal food and drink to a unique destination with a full bar, providing an experience inspired by European markets, bars, and cafés. Tommy was involved in the purchase of the former Big Ten Party Store in 2001 and has been fine tuning the business ever since. Most recently, since the pandemic, Tommy has invested his energy into the YORK Yard and the YORK Campus, in an effort to create a safe space for customers to enjoy quality food and drink offerings as well as live music. Through this programming, Tommy hopes to support and build a community of local businesses that enhance his guests’ experiences at YORK. 

Tommy is a longtime resident of Ann Arbor and is highly involved in the community, donating his time and resources to countless local nonprofit organizations – from coaching youth archery to hosting events to benefit local food pantries and fostering relationships new small businesses.

YORK Food & Drink
1928 Packard Street Ann Arbor MI 48104
(734) 662-0798

Open daily with limited hours on Easter Sunday April 4.

To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at

OLLI’s Fourth Thursday Morning Lectures Series Presents – Graphic Books & Memes
Thursday, April 8th, 10:00 – 11:30 am. Online. $10. 

Internet Memes from Politics to TikTok
Memes are one of the most complex and unique cultural elements of internet use. From dancing on TikTok to political posts on Facebook, information packaged as memes shapes both culture and opinion. In this talk, I'll describe both the phenomena and research. Studies of memes have uncovered much about social systems on the internet. While often considered entertainment, I'll also cover the darker side of memes in advertising, politics, and cultural warfare.

Eytan Adar is an Associate Professor of Information and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. Prof. Adar works in human computer interaction. Using artificial intelligence and data mining approaches his group studies large scale internet phenomena and builds new tools for end-users. He worked for a number of years at HP labs and Xerox PARC (spinning out a personalized search company called Outride somewhere in there). His website is at 

To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at

Lunch Bunch meets at noon to discuss the morning’s lecture.
Frances Schultz from the 
Lectures Committee will facilitate.
FREE – no registration needed – JOIN US!
Log on prior to noon
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 95574902503

OLLI Special Projects presents Torn from the Headlines April Topic!!

Please join us Monday, April 12th at 4 pm for a conversation on “Presidential Executive Powers: Promise, Perils, and Parameters” and a lively Q and A covering the use and impact of these powers.

US Presidents have historically signed executive orders and memoranda having profound effects, for good or ill, on our country. Famous orders with a positive impact ended slavery, created the WPA, and integrated the military.  The most pernicious executive order established the internment of Japanese-American citizens. Well known controversial orders include the pardon of President Nixon and the order banning immigration from Muslim countries. Presidents have increasingly turned to executive actions to set policy, enforce statutes, and direct agencies to act when the legislature does not. 
President Biden has been especially prolific in his early use of executive orders and  memoranda. By March 15, less than two months after his inauguration, he had issued over  50 such actions on issues such as DACA, deportation, COVID, strengthening the ACA, the  climate crisis, racial equity, and strengthening US supply chains. Some questions arise: what are the limitations on presidential power to promulgate these orders? At what point do executive actions interfere with legislative power?  How do courts resolve these questions, and what is the likelihood that they will find that orders such as DACA are constitutional?  
Join us Monday, April 12th from 4-5 pm with U-M Law School faculty expert Julian Mortenson in a Q and A moderated by Lee Pizzimenti, retired Law School Professor and OLLI member.

 Julian Mortenson       
Julian Davis Mortenson is the James G. Phillip Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School.  An engaged scholar and award-winning teacher, he specializes in constitutional and international law. His current book project, The Myth of Presidential Power, is under contract with Harvard University Press.  It develops a comprehensive account of presidential power at the American founding. He is also co-authoring a new constitutional law casebook for Foundation Press.  He has held visiting appointments on the faculties of Cambridge University, KU Leuven, and the University of Tokyo. 
Professor Mortenson is an active litigator. Representative constitutional matters include his service as lead counsel in a pre-Obergefell suit that required Michigan to recognize the marriages of more than 300 same-sex couples; his work as lead appellate counsel for the Arab-American Civil Rights League's challenge to the Muslim ban; his work advising gun control groups on both litigation and legislative reform; his representation of discharged military service members challenging the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law prior to its congressional repeal; and his work as one of the principal drafters of the merits briefs in the landmark case Boumediene v. Bush, which secured the right of Guantanamo detainees to challenge their incarceration. He also litigates complex transnational matters in the U.S. courts, including actions involving the enforcement of foreign law and foreign judgments. He has served as arbitrator, counsel, and expert witness in commercial and investor-state disputes under the ICSID, ICC, UNCITRAL, and VIAC rules. 
Before joining the faculty, Professor Mortenson worked at the law firm WilmerHale, in the President's Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to law school, he was a management consultant with a client portfolio spanning the finance, manufacturing, oil and gas, and information technology industries. Professor Mortenson was salutatorian of his class at Stanford Law School and received an AB in history, summa cum laude, from Harvard College. 
For those registering for Professor Mortenson’s session, we have attached two optional supplementary articles on this topic, which will provide background.

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Distinguished Lecture Series Presents
Tuesday, April 13th, 10:00 – 11:30 am. Online. $10. 

What the First Amendment Really Means
The First Amendment protects several basic liberties -freedom of religion, speech, press, petition, and assembly. Speaker will address some popular
misconceptions about the First Amendment- both the speech and religion clauses-and then examine some high profile disputes.

Don Herzog is the Edson R. Sunderland Professor of Law. His main teaching interests are political., moral, legal, and social theory: constitutional interpretation: torts and the First Amendment. 

Professor Herzog holds an AB from Cornell University and PhD from Harvard University. He joined the Political Science Department at the University of
Michigan in 1983 and holds a joint appointment in that department and the Law
School. In 2011 Professor Herzog was selected by the U of M student body to receive its coveted Golden Apple. He is the first law professor to receive a
Golden Apple in the Award’s 20-year history. 

To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at

OLLI’s Fifth Thursday Morning Lectures Series Presents – Coffee to Caravans
Thursday, April 15th, 10:00 – 11:30 am. Online. $10. 

Central America from the Ice Age to the Age of ICE
Dr. Anthony Andersson explores the common experiences that unite contemporary Central America, as well as what distinguishes its component parts and how they got that way.  What historical and natural forces shaped the region?  Where did today’s political divisions come from?  Why have many Central Americans left their homes for the United States?  This talk addresses these questions and others from a bird’s-eye view of the incredibly diverse geography and cultures of the American Isthmus.

Dr. Andersson teaches world history at DePauw University.  His research, which examines political conflict and environmental change in Guatemala, and has been generously supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University. He received his doctorate in Latin American history from New York University. For more information about Central America and all the points discussed in this lecture series, visit

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OLLI's Study Group Committee Announces a Second Series of “Science Pop-Ups”!
Series 2, again hosted by Craig Stephan, will run from April 1 to 29.  It comprises five Thursday afternoon talks, 1:00-2:30 pm, as follows:

April 8
The bacterial resistance problem and why we should care
by Prof. Herman Sintim, Dept. of Chemistry, Purdue University
April 15
Modern weather analysis and forecasting:  How do we know when we are getting better and why probabilistic weather forecasting is here to stay
by Prof. Lance Bosart, Dept. of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University at Albany, State University of New York
April 22
Dinosaurs to Milankovitch Cycles:  Earth’s climate the past 250 million years
by Dr. Tucker Compton, Sciences and Exploration Directorate, NASA

April 29
The Artificial Intelligence Revolution in Medicine
by Prof. Oge Marques, Computer Science and Engineering. Florida Atlantic University

$10/Lecture; Series $35Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog for more details including speaker bio's and lecture abstracts, and to register.  Sign in at

If you would like more information about Michigan Medicine resources during this challenging time, please reach out to OLLI Director Lisa Barton at 734-998-9356 or She will be happy to connect you.

Sad News to Share….

Helen Hill's Passing- OLLI's Longtime Beloved Instructor
We received this message on Sunday, March 28 from Helen Hill’s daughter Rebecca Hill in San Diego:

I’m sorry to tell you that Helen died in her sleep last night after being in hospice care for less than a week.  She really enjoyed all the messages and birthday wishes she received from the writing group [Memoirs and Personal Essays, the OLLI group she led for many years]. I’ll have more to add later, but I wanted to let you know right away.

Helen celebrated her 106th birthday on March 26th.

Helen's contribution to OLLI was beyond measure; her passing is deeply felt by all she touched at OLLI UM.
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Missed the registration for the Michigan and State Theaters virtual tour in March?
You have another chance!

Tuesday April 6th     3 – 4pm

Register in advance for this virtual tour:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the tour on April 6.
A fun and inspiring virtual tour of the Michigan and State Theaters, followed by a Q&A session with Russ Collins, the Executive Director and CEO of the Michigan Theater Foundation in Ann Arbor, MI.

During the virtual tour, Russ highlights the history of the 1928 MI theater movie palace and the varied music and sounds that its recently refurbished Barton Organ can create.  He also shares the considerations when renovating the 1942 art deco masterpiece State Theater.  The tour was produced by a local production company, allowing the true beauty of the theaters to shine through!

Join us for this FREE virtual visit to places that Ann Arbor residents and thousands of UM alumni know as treasures of the city.   

              E-biking: the Perfect Outdoor Exercise for Seniors 
 May 5th    10 – 11am
                                                  Host:  Bruce Friedman

New technology now offers for seniors the "perfect" form of outdoor exercise: e-biking. Simply put, an e-bike is a bicycle with an electric motor and battery attached for "assistance" when riding at the level you personally select. Here are some of the major points to covered in the presentation:
  • The "anatomy" and components of a typical e-bike
  • The different models of e-bikes available in the market with typical prices
  • Profile of a typical senior e-bike aficionado
  • A brief tutorial about the interaction of gearing and motor assistance for a smooth and safe ride
  • Hints about how to most enjoy your bike rides such as distance traveled and paths-versus-road riding
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503

Tuesday April 6th   9 – 10am     Coffee + Show or Tell
Start the day with friends and make new connections. This Tuesday the informal conversation is around what secret talent do you have?  We look forward to having you join us!
Marta Skiba is the facilitator.
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503.

Wednesday April 7th   1 – 2pm   The Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age. 
Hank Greenspan continues to lead this popular conversation that invites sharing stories and reflections about aging, generations, hopes, and related topics in “uncertain times.” The specific issues and themes are less important than the chance to learn from each other’s experiences and insights in these times—and perhaps in any times. That is, the goal is to have the best possible schmooze about things that matter. Join us!

Hank Greenspan, Ph.D.  psychologist, essayist, oral historian, playwright, lifelong committed schmoozer
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503

Thursday   April 8th Noon – 1pm

Lunch Bunch meets at noon to discuss the Thursday morning lecture
Internet Memes from Politics to TikTok
Frances Schultz from the 
Lectures Committee will facilitate.
FREE – no registration needed – YOU’RE ALWAYS WELCOME!
Log on prior to noon
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503

 Book List from Sharon Quiroz’s March 23rd Book Beat Topic
Women’s History Month:  Important Books Written by Women

Experimental Novels
•      Asymmetry, Halliday
•      Flamethrower, Kushner
•      Outline, Cusk
•      Goon Squad, Egan
•      My Brilliant Friend, Ferrante
•      American Innovations, Galchin
•      Department of Speculation, Offill
•      How Should A Woman Be? Heti
•      Homesick for Another World, Moshfegh
New Voices from the Margins
•      The Vegetarian, Han Kang
•      Salvage the Bones, Ward
•      Americanah, Adichie
•      Mislaid, Zink
•      Her Body and Other Parties, Machado
•      NW, Smith
•      Essential Dykes to Watch Out For, Bechdal

Since 2018: 
•Machado, The Dream House: gay, experimental
•Tokarczuk, Drive Your Plow over the Dead Bones.  Polish. Environmental murder mystery? Flight.
•Smith, Ali; Autumn: (Seasons Quartette, Have it Both Ways).  Decidedly experimental. (Opening sentences)
•Bennet, The Vanishing Half: race
•Makkai, The Great Believers: gay, traditional style.
•Stevens, The Exhibition of Persephone: experimental, feminist
•O’Farrell, Hamnet.  I don’t know.
•Ditlevsen, Copenhagen Trilogy: New voice? The Faces.
•Edna O’Brien, Girls. (The Little Red Chairs)
•      Writers and lovers, Lily King: Writers & Lovers is a funny novel about grief, and, worse, it’s dangerously romantic, bold enough and fearless enough to imagine the possibility of unbounded  happiness” ―Washington Post 
•       Transcendent Kingdom, Yaa Gyasi (Homegoing): Transcendent Kingdom trades the blazing  brilliance of Homegoing for another type of glory, more granular and difficult to name." Nell Freudenberger, The New York Times Book Review
•      How a one-armed sister sweeps her house, Lala Primus: the story of a fateful encounter between the haves and the have-nots in a Barbados resort town.
•      If I had your Face, Frances Cha: At heart, A novel about female strength, spirit, resilience —and the solace that friendship can sometimes provide.” — The Washington Post “Magnificent . . .
•      White Book, Han Kang (The Vegetarian): the author employs the color white to meditate on the experience and what it meant for her parents and herself, the child that probably wouldn't have been born had her older sister survived.
•      Mournable Body, Tsitsi Dangarembga (Nervous Condition): n this tense and psychologically charged novel, Tsitsi Dangarembga channels the hope and potential of one young girl and a fledgling nation to lead us on a journey to discover where lives go after hope has departed.
•      A Burning,  Megha Majumdar: In her captivating debut novel A Burning, Megha Majumdar presents a powerful corrective to the political narratives that have dominated in contemporary India.”
•      Winter. Spring.  Summer. Ali Smith. Her “seasonal” quartet. a series of four stand-alone novels, separate but interconnected (as the seasons are), wide-ranging in timescale and light-footed through histories, which, when taken together, give us something more—all four united by the passing of time, 
the timing of narrative, and the endless familiarity yet renewal that the cycle of the seasons is.
•      Girl. Edna O’Brien; The Little Red Chairs. a masterpiece of violence and tenderness. I was a girl once, but not anymore. So begins Girl , Edna O’Brien’s harrowing portrayal of the young women abducted by Boko Haram.

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