Hello OLLI members, 
We wanted to let you know a staff update in that Julie Haines is no longer with our program. 
We want you to know that the rest of our staff, including our three work study students (Scarlett Harrison, Kirtan Patel, and Amanda Murray) and OLLI volunteers will be filling any gap for now, and that you can continue to reach out to or call 734-998-9351 for any assistance you may need. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!
We wish Julie well. 
Thank you, 
Lisa, Ben, and Gayle
OLLI Staff
Register now! Our online catalog is available:

Click here for a link to a pdf of our Fall catalog. 

OLLI-UM Online Registration is still Open! 
Classes started: Monday, September 21

All events are open on a first come first serve basis.

Finding Zoom Meeting IDs and Links:
  • Zoom information is sent out in e-mail a few days before the event takes place.
  • Zoom information is also available in OLLI's online Course Catalog for events for which you have registered as well as for events that are free or do not require registration. The Zoom information is added to the Course Catalog a few days before the event takes place. To view the information in the Course Catalog (i) sign in using your OLLI account and password, (ii) go to the Course Catalog, (iii) locate your event and click on it to see the event's details, (iv) you'll find the Zoom information under Location toward the bottom of the page (you may need to scroll down to find it, if the event's description is long).
  • If you are signed in you can also see Zoom information on the payment History web page. 
  • If you can't find the information you need to connect using Zoom or you have any other questions about using Zoom, send e-mail to OLLI at or call 734-998-9351.
Important OLLI Web Resources –
Click on the links below to connect you!

OLLI Website 
Donate to OLLI
OLLI Video Catalog  
OLLI Calendar
All Things 2020 Kickoff
OLLI Commons Calendar

While OLLI continues to meet online, a reminder that OLLI-UM through The UM Geriatrics Center strongly advises members do not meet in their homes for any OLLI volunteer work or discussions due to the current risk of COVID 19 in our community. The OLLI office is happy to direct you to The Commons, a free OLLI online meeting space to schedule any gatherings online. 

Monday, October 26th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Online. $10

OLLI Urgent and Critical Lecture Series Presents - Election 2020    
A Survivor’s Guide to Election 2020

Presidential election years are known for their dramatic twists and turns, but 2020 takes the cake. This year, the race for the White House has been completely redefined by a pandemic that has upended every aspect of daily life, and a widespread social movement that has forced a national conversation on race and justice. As a result, candidates as well as the news media have had to adapt to an ever-evolving landscape. As the campaign enters its final week, we’ll explore how the extraordinary events of 2020 have shaped the presidential campaign thus far and identify what to watch for on Election Night. 

Robert Yoon, UM Visiting Professor and Associate Director, Knight-Wallace Fellowship for Journalists
Robert Yoon is a Visiting Professor of Journalism and the Associate Director of the Knight-Wallace Fellowship for Journalists at the University of Michigan, as well as a Political Analyst for Inside Elections. He is covering his sixth presidential campaign cycle and has helped prepare moderators from multiple news organizations for more than 30 presidential debates. He received the National Headliner Award for his work on CNN’s investigation of the 9/11 terror plot. In 2016, he was named by Mediaite as one of the most influential people in the news media. 


Tuesday, October 27th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Online. $10Martin Shichtman - English

OLLI Dialogs Presents
The Use of Medieval Mythology in Current Political Culture and Propaganda with Martin Shichtman

Professor Shichtman studies the ways by which medieval symbols have been embraced by political movements to represent uncorrupted purity. What’s different about recent evocations of knightly signage is their visibility on the Internet where they have become weaponized to attract members and demean enemies. The goal of the lecture is first to discuss symbols in the medieval period. He will then discuss how such symbols have resurfaced in the Nazi era and in the contemporary environment to serve the political and propaganda goals of various movements.

Dr. Martin B. Shichtman is Director of the Center for Jewish Studies and Professor of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University. He has been a fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and at Brandeis University’s Schusterman Institute for Israel Studies. Dr. Shichtman has co-authored two books, co-edited two collections, and published more than 40 scholarly articles. He is the recipient of EMU’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching and the Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Association Award for Teaching Excellence. 


OLLI’s Second Thursday Morning Lecture Series 
1619-Present – The Many Consequences of Slavery:  The Cost of Historical Injustices

Thursday, October 29th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Online. Fee $10
There’s still time to sign up!

This lecture is sponsored by Beverley and Gerson Geltner

And Still We Rise: Increasing the Educational Access and Opportunity for
Underrepresented Students

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Joetta Mial, Ph.D.                                                          Carla O’Connor, Ph.D.

Dr. Mial plans to share some of her experiences in and outside of the school setting with students, parents, faculty, staff, and the community. Much of her life (and her husband’s) has involved working to gain equal access to opportunities as well as outcomes for Black students. She will discuss some of the programs and activities used over time to accomplish equity with some references to her dissertation “Pathways to a Higher Education: An Investigation of Black High School Seniors From 1971-1982,” noting that the struggle

Carla O’Connor’s discussion will talk about the program launched in 2016 as part of University of Michigan’s (U-M) reinvigorated commitment to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, Wolverine Pathways is a free, year-round, supplementary educational program serving 7-12th grade scholars who reside in Detroit, Ypsilanti, and Southfield. The goal is to increase scholars’ probability of admission to the most selective colleges in the US,
including U-M. How has Pathways been a resource in maximizing educational opportunity and access and what does its future promise?

Dr. Mial, earned a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan. She taught English, Journalism and Speech Communication before serving as Assistant Principal at Ann Arbor Huron High School, 1974-1986, and Principal from 1986-1994. After retirement she consulted with the North Central Association and the James Comer School Improvement program. She has served in leadership positions at the African American Cultural Historical Museum, SOS Community Services and is a member of Bethel AME Church. 

Dr. O’Connor, Director, Wolverine Pathways, University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Professor of Education at the University of Michigan. Dr. O’Connor, University of Michigan Wolverine Pathways, is a free year-round program that partners with the families, schools, and communities of Detroit, Ypsilanti, and Southfield to support academic success, college admission, and career exploration. She received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University. A sociologist of education, Carla O’Connor has expertise in the areas of African American achievement, cultural studies, urban education, and ethnographic methods.

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The Lunch Bunch welcomes sessions for discussion and personal reflection following each of the lectures in the Thursday Morning Lecture Series: 1619–Present -The Many Consequences of Slavery: The Cost of Historical Injustice. 

These discussion and personal reflection sessions are free--no registration required.

The sessions will provide an opportunity each week to discuss and reflect on the day’s lecture.  Each session will be facilitated by a member of the Lectures' subcommittee that created the series. By the end of the sessions you should be able to formulate a personal action plan.  Your plan will help to resolve the historic dilemmas discussed during the lectures.  Your plan will move you to take action on national, state and local issues.
Bev Geltner will facilitate the
1619 – Present discussion and reflection session on October 29th from 12 – 1pm.   The session follows the conclusion of the lecture and Q&A.  Log on prior to 12noon at

Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 95574902503

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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.

The Commonsis a free and open Zoom meeting space for OLLI members. Click on The Commons Calendar to join meetings

Monday, October 26th, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Online. Free

The New Member Exchange provides new and potential members with the opportunity to talk with an active volunteer. All questions welcome!  Ask about programs, the culture of volunteerism, OLLI committees, how OLLI communicates with its membership, pric​ing and registration, zoom experience, OLLI’s relationship with the University of Michigan --- and any others!

Tuesday, October 27th, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Online. 
The Book Beat with hosts Laurie Barnett and Marjorie Oliver
We appreciated the enthusiastic response to last month’s Book Beat on the Commons.   If you are a reader, if you want new ideas for books to read, or if want to share some of your favorites, please tune in to Book Beat the 4th Tuesday of the month at 1 PM - that’s October 27th. 

Here’s just a small sample of some of the fictional titles that OLLI members shared last time.  
  • Heads of the Colored People: Stories by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
  • Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
  • Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
  • The Heretics Daughter by Kathleen Kent
  • The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante 
  • Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
  • Leave Her to Heaven by Ben Ames Williamss
  • Beartown by Frederick Bachman
  • Followers: A Novel by Megan Angelo
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celest Ng
  • Secrets of Saffron Hall by Clare Marchant
  • The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
  • In the Woods by Tana French
  • Squeeze Me by Carl Hiassen


Wednesday, October 28th, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Online. 
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Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age with Hank Greenspan
The Schmoo​zery: At Our Age is a facilitated conversation in which participants are invited to share 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. 

New: Reserve these dates!  
Join the OLLI Pick The Topics Party!

Ever wonder how the OLLI's Thursday morning lecture topics get selected? By you! All OLLI members are invited to our Pick The Topics Party to pick the themes for Fall 2021-May 2022 Thursday lectures!  It takes a few meetings- join us on:

Friday, October 30th, Noon-2:00pm
Friday, November 20th, Noon-2:00pm

To sign up, you can register
online, like you register for other OLLI programs, at

You can also sign up by emailing Ben Richards, OLLI Assistant Director, at


"Physics Commons" with Craig Stephan and Dick Chase will be co-hosting a trial "Physics Commons" immediately following the next UM "Saturday Morning Physics" lectures, one of them tomorrow.  These Commons events will be a chance to meet other attendees to informally discuss and raise questions about the talks.  If they prove useful, we will likely continue the series in the spring when the talks resume.

The upcoming UM talk is from 10:30 to 12:00 (1-hour lecture, 1/2 hour Q&A):
Nov. 14 Alec Thomas, UM NERS and Physics Professor, on "The Light Fantastic"

See for details and joining instructions.

The Physics Commons will open for discussion at 12:30:
Zoom link:
Webinar ID: 95574902503
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 

We hope to see you there!
OLLI is Seeking New Members for Several Committees. Learn more here....

Humanities Committee Volunteers Needed!
"Science is the HOW, Humanities is the WHY” - George Lucas
Wanted:  Interested volunteers who wish to make a difference as OLLI continues to 
develop new, meaningful Humanities study groups.   If you have an interest in any of
the following, we could use your help in finding facilitators in all these areas:

    Architecture            Music
    Art                          Theater
    History & Culture    Film
    Literature                Religion
    Poetry                     Philosophy & Spirituality
    Drama                     Writing

We live in an area rich with residents who are passionate and knowledgeable
in all of these area.  Help us persuade them to share those interests with our 
members.  If you are interested in being part of the Humanities, please contact:
Lonni Vitale

OLLI's new Commons is looking for a volunteer who'd like to host a bi-weekly Games Hour starting in November.  If playing cards or other games online is your new passion, this volunteer opportunity is for you!  Email or call (734) 998-9351 if you're interested.

OLLI’s Shared Interest Group (SIGs) is looking for volunteers! 

SIGs are a new offering from OLLI – the first ones started during the winter of 2019-2020.  A SIG consists of a group of people with a shared interest to meet at regular intervals.  A SIG can involve a shared physical activity (cycling on trails), a shared craft (needlework) or some form of a discussion group (medical ethics) or a combination of discussion/education sessions and physical activity sessions.  A SIG is proposed and started by a facilitator but evolves into a long-term community of people who work together to plan and partake in meetings.  An OLLI SIG will also include an educational component which can be provided by any of the community members.  Unlike other OLLI programs, a SIG is designed to function long-term, not just for a semester or a year. 
If you want to start a new SIG, please contact the OLLI office/Ben Richards through the OLLI website.

Rebecca Van Dyke - Co-chair of SIG Committee

OLLI's new Commons is looking for a volunteer who'd like to host a bi-weekly Games Hour starting in November.  If playing cards or other games online is your new passion, this volunteer opportunity is for you!  Email or call (734) 998-9351 if you're interested.

To Our OLLI UM Study Group Leaders – Past, Present, and Future
A huge THANK YOU to all our OLLI members who are leading, have led or who would like to lead a Study Group!  
Many of you have facilitated outstanding courses in areas of your expertise.  Many of you have led terrific study groups without being subject matter experts.  Some of you have had careers in academia and transitioned to teaching older adults (a different experience).  A highly valued strength of our OLLI study group leaders is their various and diverse backgrounds and interests. 
We also want to recognize your successful transition to teaching and leading in an online environment. Until such time when we can meet together in-person, thank you for providing the ability for OLLI members to stay connected, share mutual interests, and learn together.  
To all Study Group leaders, past, present and future, thank you!
Have a great idea to lead a Study Group?  Contact Ben Richards at or Ann Tomlanovich at


Social Interaction Committee

The Social Interaction Committee needs help with
The Commons: supporting start up of a group,  collaborating with staff to organize the calendar, ensuring all components are advertised regularly
The January 2021 virtual Winter Open House:  contributing experience in online program development, collaborating with chair and staff on technology design and use, creating draft copy for the December 2020 Winter/Spring catalog.
Please contact Lynn Boyer for more information at

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.

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Admission is free, but those wishing to attend must either register at: or by using the registration button on the enclosed PDF flyer

The World’s Most Magnificent Libraries

From Other OLLIs Around the Country

Shared from…OLLI at Furman University 
Join us Friday afternoons this fall for Upstate Cocktails with a Curator, a limited series developed by Furman librarian and OLLI instructor, Jeff Makala. Short (30 minutes) sessions will give you a quick introduction to significant objects and documents in collections across the Upstate. There’s a suggested cocktail for each Friday, or fill your glass with whatever you want. 

October 23rd, Brenda Burk, Head of Special Collections and Archives, Clemson University Libraries 
With a Tiger Paw in hand, join Brenda Burk, Head of Special Collections and Archives at Clemson University, in exploring the adventures of a simple typewriter.

Join Zoom Meeting:  Meeting ID: 933 3561 9088
Recorded sessions available for viewing on OLLI’s YouTube channel:


Cocktail: The Tiger Paw
2 oz. citrus vodka
2 oz. lemon juice
1 T sugar
4 oz. orange soda. 
Add vodka, lemon juice, ice and sugar in a mixing glass and shake. Pour into a cup, add orange soda, and stir.


Shared from…OLLI at University of Arizona
ASU Institute of Human Origins Connecting the Human Past to the Global Future with Founding Director, Donald Johanson Ph.D. 
Monday, October 26 at 1:00 pm (Arizona Time - Currently Pacific)
Learn More and Register Here


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.

Be sure to take a look at the Free Urgent and Critical Lecture Series we will be offering on COVID-19 in the Fall – co-hosted by the Turner Senior Wellness Program.

Pandemic Update: Vaccines, Testing and Treatments
Tuesday, November 17
Dr. Emily Toth Martin
Zoom Link to join this programming: Webinar ID: 95090096277 
For audio only, please dial 1-312-626-6799, followed by 95090096277 and #  

Joy in the Time of COVID-19
Tuesday, December 15
Victor J. Strecher, Ph.D., MPH, UM Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education
Zoom Link to join this programming: Webinar ID: 98813157118 
For audio only, please dial 1-312-626-6799, followed by 98813157118 and #  

Washtenaw Community Health Department:
Michigan Medicine:

COVID-19 Resources and Services in Washtenaw County
COVID-19 Help and Services Washtenaw County - Google Docs

Grocery Store, Pharmacy & Fresh Food Hours for Ann Arbor Seniors

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