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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:

Evolution of the play, opera, Shakespeare
Social Safety Nets, Public Finance, Taxes and Spending.

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’s Fourth Thursday Morning Lectures Series Presents – Graphic Books & Memes - This lecture is sponsored by Linda Grekin and dedicated to every adult who broadened and expanded a child's life with the gift of a book. 
Thursday, April 1st, 10:00 – 11:30 am. Online. $10. 

Graphic Novels Grow Up with Young Readers
This talk examines the recent history of graphic novels in relation to children’s and young adult literature, focusing on how graphic novels have gained acceptance within every stage of childhood reading. Graphic novels now mature alongside their young readers, steadily increasing in depth and complexity. The growth of graphic novels corresponds with the growth of diverse literature, with graphic novels providing a unique format for sharing stories of underrepresented people and social justice issues.

Ramona Caponegro, Associate Professor of Children’s Literature at Eastern Michigan University, teaches classes on illustrated texts. She has published essays about representations of incarceration and other social justice issues in children’s and young adult literature, children’s book awards, and early readers. She is a member of the Ezra Jack Keats Award 35th Anniversary Leadership Team, co-chair of the Pura Belpré Award 25th Anniversary Task Force, and chair of the Phoenix Picture Book Award Committee.

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

Lunch Bunch meets at noon to discuss the morning’s lecture.
Rebecca Van Dyke 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 – 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

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 1
Food addiction
by Prof. Ashley Gearhardt, Dept. of Psychology, University of Michigan

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.
For added security, all Commons events going forward will be locked ten minutes after they begin, so thanks for arriving promptly!

In the Commons March 29 – April 2

Events in the Commons are always free
No registration required
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 95574902503

Wednesday March 31st   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 1st Noon – 1pm

Lunch Bunch meets at noon to discuss the Thursday morning lecture
Graphic Novels Grow Up with Young Readers
Rebecca Van Dyke 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

 Friday April 2nd     4:30 – 5:30pm
First Friday Happy Hour meets the first Friday of every month from 4:30 – 5:30pm.  It will be what Friday Happy Hour always is – a time to relax at the end of the week, find your way to the friendliest table, and meet some new friends. 

Guest Host is Steve Nason, facilitator of the new Shared Interest Group (SIG) Bicycling for Fun and Fitness on Paved Trails. Stop by every First Friday to see who the guest host is and to catch up with the action!
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503

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 meeting.
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

Want to schedule a meeting, recurring meet-up group, or family event in the Commons?
Email with 1 or 2 sentences about your plan and your phone number.  Lisa Barton or a representative of the Social Interaction Committee will be in touch with you to schedule the Commons event and put it on the Commons calendar.
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
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.

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