Happy Thanksgiving from OLLI Staff, Leadership and Volunteers! 

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OLLI Website 
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All Things 2020 Kickoff
OLLI Commons Calendar

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

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Thursday, December 3rd, 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Online. Fee. $10 
Black Maternal & Infant Mortality: What’s History Got to do With It?  

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, M.D., will discuss how slavery and the continued microaggressions affect mortality rates and what Henry Ford Health System is doing to alter outcomes.

Dr. Wisdom, is the Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity and Chief Wellness and Diversity Officer at Henry Ford Health System. She is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician, the Chair of the Gail and Lois Warden Endowment on Multicultural Health, and Michigan’s and the nation’s First State-level Surgeon General. In 2012 she was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. Since 1987 she has been on the faculty of University of Michigan (UM) Medical School’s Department of Learning Health Sciences and adjunct professor in the UM School of Public Health. Dr. Wisdom focuses on health disparities/health care equity, infant mortality/maternal and child health, chronic disease, unintended pregnancy, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating habits, and tobacco use. She has worked collaboratively with school districts, faith-based organizations and the business community.

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Lunch Bunch Host June Swartz
The Lunch Bunch invites you to participate in guided discussions and personal reflections following each of the lectures in the Thursday Morning Lecture Series: 1619–Present -The Many Consequences of Slavery: The Cost of Historical Injustice.

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

The sessions will provide an opportunity each week to discuss and reflect on the day’s lecture. 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. Each session will be facilitated by a member of the Lectures' subcommittee that created the series. June Swartz will facilitate the 1619 – Present discussion and reflection session on December 3rd 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

Distinguished Lecture Series Presents
Tuesday, December 8th    10:00 – 11:30 am. Online $10

“Women in American Soccer and European Football: Different Roads to Shared Glory on the Field and in Society” with Andrei S. Markovits, Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Michigan

Urgent and Critical Lecture Series Presents - Election 2020
Wednesday, December 9th       10:00-11:30 am. Online $10

“How Do We Heal the Widening Divide?” 
Kevin Deegan-Krause,
Wayne State University Professor of Political Science
Vincent Hutchings, University of Michigan Professor of Political Science
Jennifer Silva, Indiana University Professor of Sociology

 A Special December in the Commons
A month-long collaboration among OLLI’s at 
Aquinas College
Saginaw Valley State University
University of Michigan
Western Michigan University

Beginning December 1st and throughout the month, the Commons calendar will feature events hosted by each of the four OLLI organizations in Michigan.  OLLI-UMICH’s recurring groups will still be there, but you’ll find new opportunities to connect and learn with OLLI members across the state.  The calendar will be full of events to engage you as we move through this unusual but special December.
Check the Commons calendar frequently

Always the same access
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 95574902503

Always free. Registration never required.

          Check Out OLLI’S New “Torn from the Headlines” Series  
OLLI’s Special Projects Committee Presents
Weighty news topics break each day, and many times the immediacy and importance of the issues warrant more than just a sound bite. Our new special series - “Torn from the Headlines” - starts in January, yet get a taste of how the two-part program will work at our free pilot lecture and discussion on December 7-8. This is how it works:
*Each month, first you will hear from an expert on a timely topic from the news, with the opportunity for an extended Q&A. 
*Then, on the day following each session, join others in the OLLI Commons to continue the prior day’s discussion. 
* All sessions will be moderated by OLLI instructor and member Karen Bantel.  Relevant written materials will be provided.

In general, topics may include politics, law, international relations, science, health, the arts and more. In keeping with the fast-changing news, topics and speakers will be announced shortly before each session. That means you won’t know the topic or the speaker when you sign up for the series in advance! 
                This new series is a Pilot Program of OLLI’s Special Projects Committee                     
Pilot Program: December 7th-8th
"Can Changes in Drug Laws Mitigate Our Drug Addiction Crisis?”
December 7th, 4:00-5:00 pm -  features a brief expert overview presentation with Fred C. Blow, Director of the U-M Addiction Center in the Department of Psychiatry, followed by a moderated Q&A.
December 8th, 2:00-3:00 pm -  continues the conversation for those interested in a moderated discussion on the Commons.
Session Summary:
The US's "war on drugs" has led to mass incarceration, disproportionately aimed at 
minority populations, with very high social and economic costs.  Further, these efforts have not been effective in mitigating addiction and reducing illicit drug trafficking. Recognizing this failure, recent marijuana (and other drug) legalization in some states reflects a growing trend away from tough drug laws; other countries are also following this trend.  Expert Fred Blow will provide an overview of this issue within the framework of addiction mitigation and long-term rehabilitation.  Such issues as alternatives to incarceration in breaking drug addiction, and a more measured approach to incarceration, will be discussed.


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.

Check the Commons Calendar regularly at
On the calendar you’ll find opportunities to connect through informal groups moderated by OLLI volunteers, demonstrations, discussions that follow OLLI events and more.  
Access to events in the Commons is always
free, and no registration is required.
Bookmark or save the link below – it’s the only one you’ll ever need!
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 95574902503

Check the Commons calendar for small groups meeting through December 4th

"Please bring a holiday story you'd like to share."
Coffee + Show or Tell        Tuesday, December 1st           9 – 10 am

Book Beat                            Tuesday, December 1st             1 – 2 pm

Need Ideas for Books to Give as Gifts This Holiday? Check out OLLI Book Beat on December 1st

Book Beat is sponsoring a special holiday session on Tuesday December 1st at 1 pm. Meagen Kucaj, General Manager Nicola's Books will join us. She will be making suggestions of books for holiday gift giving - both for the adults on your list as well as the children. This will be in lieu of both the November and December regularly scheduled Book Beat. Please Join us; it will be great fun.  


The Schmoozery                Wednesday, December 2nd     1 – 2 pm

Lunch Bunch                        Thursday, December 3rd         12 – 1 pm

  Host Laurie Barnett
First Friday Happy Hour   Friday, December 4th      4:30 – 5:30 pm

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.
Thursday, November 26th
Ongoing Virtual Art Exhibit:

Friday, November 27th thru Wednesday, December 2nd
Livestream of a movie Village of Women and Q&A with the director: (need to register in advance)

Friday, November 27th Saturday, November 28th and Sunday, November 29th 
7:30 PM Livestream of Jazz at Lincoln Center Septet

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis: The Democracy! Suite (UMS Digital Presentation) | Happening @ Michigan

CAS Film Screening | Village of Women | Happening @ Michigan

Results or Roses: New and Assorted Works | Happening @ Michigan

Book Launch & Conversation: Jewish–Muslim Interactions | Happening @ Michigan
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.

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

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