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Please contact Lisa Barton at for an interesting opportunity!   734-998-9356

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. 

Tuesday, November 10th, 10:00 am - 11:30 am. Online. Fee $10

OLLI Distinguished Lecture Series Presents 
What Happened Last Tuesday

The presidential election of 2020 will be the most critical and challenging in recent memory. Results will determine the composition of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and influence the future composition of the US Supreme Court. It will undoubtedly change the face of both major political parties. He will talk about the November election outcomes, including the campaigns, primaries, and caucuses. 

Prof. Traugott has studied mass media impact on American policies. He has a particular interest in the use of surveys and polls and how they are used to cover campaign and elections. Retired from the University of Michigan, he is now Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies and Professor Emeritus of Political Science in the College of Literature, Science and Arts as well as Research Professor Emeritus of Political Science in the Institute of Social Research.

Dr. Traugott, Research Professor Emeritus. Retired from the University of Michigan, he is now Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies and Professor Emeritus of Political Science in the College of Literature, Science and Arts as well as Research Professor Emeritus of Political Science in the Institute of Social Research.

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

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Thursday, November 12th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Online. Fee $10
Reconstruction and the 1619 Project   

This presentation will offer a view of Reconstruction as it relates to the 1619 Project. Framing Reconstruction as a struggle to reconceive the nation, the lecture will cover the Union coalition; the multiple versions of antislavery; the “language” of race and rights; points of consensus and division in the post-war Republican Party; the Reconstruction Amendments and their early judicial interpretation; the roles of violence and economic depression in the defeat of Reconstruction; and the multiple legacies of Reconstruction.

Dr. Pamela Brandwein, Professor Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan Pamela. Her research and teaching interests include constitutional law and politics; race, politics, and civil rights; and American political development. A specialist in the law and politics of Reconstruction, her most recent book, Rethinking the Judicial Settlement of Reconstruction (Cambridge, 2011), revises conventional wisdom about the Supreme Court’s settlement of Reconstruction. She has twice been honored to deliver Leon Silverman lectures at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Lunch Bunch Host Craig Ramsey
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. Craig Ramsay will facilitate the 1619 – Present discussion and reflection session on November 12 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

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

Free in the Commons Wednesday November 11th

Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age with Hank Greenspan

Wednesday, November 11, 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Online. 
The core of The Schmoozery is sharing stories and reflections that center on being at our age, in this age—whether defined by coronavirus, political and cultural transition, or other topics that seem relevant. 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. The Schmoozery convenes every Wednesday, from 1-2 pm, via the Zoom link below.  Please come at the start. 

Wednesday, November 18th, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Online. Fee $5

Afternoons with OLLI Presents 
Love Starts Here: The Humane Society of Huron Valley and its Role in the Community 
For more than 120 years, the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) has been serving the community, saving animals and helping people. HSHV is still the only animal shelter in Washtenaw County, taking in all types of unwanted, injured, lost, stray, abandoned, and abused animals. Today, they help over 14,000 animals and their people every year. HSHV is governed by a board of directors and is supported by generous individual and corporate donors.

The presentation will explore how the HSHV engages within our community, and share their vital work in areas of Adoption, Cruelty & Rescue, and Humane Education. We’ll learn how the Humane Society has gone virtual during COVID-19, and will be introduced to some of their adoptable animals.

Jessie Hitt, is the Humane Education Manager at HSHV. She has a master’s degree in Humane Education from Valparaiso University and has worked at HSHV for the past seven years. 

Check out the many resources on their website at

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, 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
OLLI is Seeking New Members for Several Committees. Learn more here....

Looking for volunteers for OLLI’s Distinguished Lecture Committee 
The Distinguished Lecture Committee is looking for OLLI members who wish to join the committee and help choose upcoming speakers. The Committee reviews approximately 80 to 90 speakers annually to fill 10 monthly slots for the following fiscal year from September 2021 to June 2022.

The criteria for selection is based on speakers who are articulate and have an interesting subject to share with our OLLI audience. Our annual meeting will take place by Zoom in January 2021.

If you decide to become members of the Distinguished Lecture, you will join a group of OLLI members who have enjoyed fellowship and working as a team. Please email to share your interest.

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.

Unsettling Histories: Legacies of Slavery and Colonialism – University of Michigan Museum of Art
Through the acts of shredding, cutting, shrouding, tarring, erasing, breaking and nailing, the Kalamazoo-born artist Titus Kaphar sheds light on unspoken truths in our country’s history, examining how histories have been rewritten, distorted, reimagined, and understood.

Flay (James Madison), is one of several portraits in a series where Kaphar scrutinizes the Founding Fathers of the United States. As national figures, the Founding Fathers are revered as great men who fought against the tyranny of British rule and achieved liberty for the colonies. The complications of their story comes from the fact that many of these men simultaneously participated in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. This “flayed” portrait of Madison features fringes of cut canvas hung with nails, clearly revealing/unveiling his lesser widely known role as an owner of more than 300 enslaved individuals. For Unsettling Histories, this work will serve as the centerpiece of our reinstalled gallery.
From Other OLLIs Around the Country

Shared from…OLLI at University of Arizona

Revitalization Lexicography: Wielding a Dictionary in the Effort to Bring Back the Tunica Language 
Monday, November 9th at 1:00 pm (Mountain Time)
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 #  

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