Please welcome our new Administrative Assistant,
Ryan Luttermoser!

Ryan joined the OLLI program in April of 2021. He comes from the clinical side of Michigan Medicine where he started out in patient services in the Orthopedic Surgery Department and then later moved to the Arrhythmia program as an admin in Cardiology for the clinical care coordinators. During his time on the clinical side Ryan headed the DEI committee for his ambulatory clinic and was also the safety coordinator and language liaison for people who use English as a second language. In addition, he is an avid outdoor enthusiast and community volunteer participating in multiple events such as Washtenaw county conservation’s removal of invasive species and Ann Arbor’s downtown blooms day.
We are thrilled to welcome Ryan to our OLLI team!

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To make a gift to OLLI's annual fund to support OLLI operating costs, to sponsor a lecture, or to make a gift to the Friends Endowment Fund, please visit:
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Thank you, The OLLI Development Committee 

                                Save the Date! 

Please Note: Upcoming change and requirement to participate in OLLI Commons activities started Monday, April 19th! 
Do you participate in any of the free, interesting and creative activities in the OLLI Commons, such as Schmoozery, Book Beat, Happy Hour, Coffee + Show or Tell, Lunch Bunch, or Poetry Reading? Starting on Monday, April 19th OLLI will be providing improved and necessary Zoom security for all Commons events. Activities in the Commons are free and open, but to receive the Zoom links, you must register. See the OLLI Commons web page for details.

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 do not require registration. 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 Course Catalog 
OLLI Program Calendar
What's New at OLLI
OLLI Commons Calendar
Are You Looking for Volunteer Opportunities at OLLI?
*** Lead a Study Group ***
Do you have a talent, skill, or burning desire to share a favorite topic with like-minded individuals? You don’t need to be an expert to lead an OLLI study group – you need only have the interest in a topic and the self-confidence to offer leadership for a learning experience. Please complete one of the proposal forms below and send to Julie Brown, Assistant Director, OLLI-UM, at or mail to OLLI-UM, 2401 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105.  
Proposals due no later than May 10, 2021.  THANK YOU!!•  

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 Fifth Thursday Morning Lectures Series Presents – Coffee to Caravans    
Thursday, May 6th, 10:00 – 11:30 am. Online. $10.

Tracking Hemispheric Violence Through the Experience of Nicaraguan Refugees
In 2018, the Nicaraguan government repressed mass protests, forcing some 100,000 people into political exile. This lecture examines the experiences of refugees who fled to Costa Rica and the United States as an entry point for understanding webs of hemispheric violence rooted in capitalist accumulation and regional security and immigration policy. Refugees’ stories suggest that dominant narratives about the crisis elide the root causes of violence and any real vision of a more just future for the Americas.

Jennifer Goett is Associate Professor of Comparative Cultures and Politics at Michigan State University and author of Black Autonomy: Race, Gender, and Afro-Nicaraguan Activism (Stanford 2016). Her work examines grassroots social movements, state violence, land dispossession, and infrastructure megaprojects in Central America. Her most recent project focuses on Nicaraguan asylum seekers in Costa Rica and the United States. In addition, she works as a pro bono expert witness for asylum cases in U.S. immigration court.

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


Lunch Bunch meets at noon to discuss the morning’s lecture.
Craig Ramsay, a member of the
Central America subcommittee, will facilitate.
Registering once for Lunch Bunch is now required to receive the Zoom link for each session.  This is part of OLLI’s new Zoom security practices.
  Use the instructions here
We look forward to having you in these lively discussions!

Please log on prior to noon

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

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Chocolate
Barbara Wilson, co-owner of Mindo Chocolate, will start her demonstration with cacao beans and end with a finished product. Tasting chocolates is involved! Participants can purchase a chocolate sampler and taste along.

Barbara Wilson is a chocolate maker. She makes and sells mostly chocolate bars but also baking chocolate and specialty items including brownies. In school she received a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, and a master’s degree in Public Health specializing in education so she always comes back to education. What she enjoys most about her business is educating people about chocolate. She also strives to have a business that is socially responsible and environmentally friendly. She coowns Mindo Chocolate with her husband Jose Meza.

Barbara asks that if you are interested in purchasing her samples that you do so ASAP so she can get the supplies together and shipped on time. 

Here is the link: 

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

OLLI’s Fifth Thursday Morning Lectures Series Presents – Coffee to Caravans    
Thursday, May 13th, 10:00 - 11:30 am. Online. $10

Economic Profile of Central America
An overview of the economy of Central American countries, including but not limited to the population trend, the development policies, and important economic sectors in the region. Specific topics include factors of population change, historical event that shaped the development trajectory of the region, actual development policies and their effectiveness, as well as sectoral analysis such as tourism, agriculture, and others.

Dr. Leonidas Murembya is an Assistant Professor of international development (sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America), as well as of the evaluation of social research for the economics department at Michigan State University. Dr. Murembya is also an Economic Specialist for the State of Michigan, where he works with economic and workforce development agencies throughout the state of Michigan providing them with crucial economic data and analysis to make informed decisions.

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

Distinguished Lecture Series Presents
Tuesday, May 11th, 10:00 – 11:30 am. Online. $10 
The Economy: How Long Will It Take to Recover in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic?

After more than half century of progress, the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the women’s labor force participation back to many decades as they grapple with job loss and child care loss. Will this permanently set women back? How long will this take for the economy to recover? Professor Stevenson will cover
the current state of the macro economy with a focus on how the pandemic and government policy responses have affected the labor market and the shape of the economic recovery.

Betsey Stevenson is a professor of public policy and economics at the University of Michigan. She is a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a visiting associate professor of Economics at the University of Sydney, a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Research, a fellow of the IFO Institute for Economic Research in Munich. and serves on the executive committee of the American Economic Association. She served as a member of the Council of Economic Advisors from 2013 to 2015, where she advised the Obama Administration. on social policy, labor market, and trade issues. She served as the chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor from 2010 to 2011 where she advised the Secretary of Labor on labor policy and participating as the secretary’s deputy to the White House economic team.

Dr. Stevenson earned a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Wellesley College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. 

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

OLLI’s Fifth Thursday Morning Lectures Series Presents – Coffee to Caravans
Thursday, May 20th, 10:00 – 11:30 am. Online. $10

The Struggle to Survive in Central America: A Portrait of Life from a Grassroots, Human Rights Perspective
This presentation will give an overview of the forces that impact the daily lives of Central Americans who are struggling to provide for their families in a context of poverty, violence, extractive industries and impunity.  Especially highlighted will be the country of Honduras, whose residents continue to try to flee to the U.S. Border out of desperation.  The presenter has visited Honduras several times over the years since the 2009 coup d'etat, both as a participant in human rights delegations and an accompanier of human rights defenders.   She is scheduled to be in Honduras again in 2021, returning just days before her presentation if COVID restrictions allow travel at that time.  

Mary Anne is an educator, an activist and a spiritual guide.  All her adult life she has been an activist for peace and justice. Her particular area of focus for over 30 years has been on human rights in Latin America.  This work led their young family to live and work in Latin America in the late 1980’s (Bolivia) to accompany the poor there in a spirit of liberation.  She has been working in the U.S. ever since to raise consciousness about our country’s role in human rights violations in Latin America and to work for substantive change in our foreign policy.  In the last two decades, this work has taken her on multiple human rights delegations to several Latin American countries, connecting with and accompanying courageous people working in their own countries to defend those whose human rights are highly threatened.  Locally she has been part of the Latin America Task Force of Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice (ICPJ) for decades.
In 2009 Mary Anne joined with many others in Washtenaw County to address the human rights violations of immigrant people, an effort that became WICIR:  Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights.    Most recently she has been very active in forming and carrying out the work of Washtenaw Congregational Sanctuary (WCS), offering sanctuary to immigrants who are in danger of being deported.

To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. 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.

The Commons is OLLI’s free meetup place!

All groups and events in the Commons are FREE! 

To receive the Zoom link for a group or event please register beforehand – this is part of OLLI’s  improved and necessary Zoom security practices.

  Use the instructions here to register

Join us at one of next week’s meet up groups!
Coffee +Show or Tell  Tuesday, May 4    9 – 10am with Marta Skiba
Join Us!  This Tuesday we’re talking about
“Who has been your Friend the Longest?”
E-biking: The Perfect Outdoor Exercise for Seniors 
Hosted by Bruce Friedman
Wednesday, May 5  10 – 11am
Learn how new technology now offers seniors the
perfect form of outdoor exercise: e-biking.
The Schmoozery:   Wednesday, May 5   1 – 2pm with Hank Greenspan
A facilitated conversation:   At our Age…In this Age

Lunch Bunch:  Thursday, May 6   Noon – 1pm with facilitator Craig Ramsay
Tracking Hemispheric Violence through the Experiences of Nicaraguan Refugees
First Friday Happy Hour:  Friday, May 7  4:30 – 5:30
Check The Commons web page for registration information.

 See The Commons Calendar for event details
Syd Kaufman’s Recommended Mysteries:
shared from his April 27th guest visit to Book Beat.
Crime Novels
Legal - Scott Turow’s The Last Trial
Police – Josephine Teys’ The Daughter of Time
Private Detective – Robert Crais’ The Monkey’s Raincoat
Amateur - Dorothy L. Sayers’ Gaudy Night
Thriller Novels
Preventing an event from happening – Courtney Summers’ Sadie
Finding a missing Person or Object – Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl
Delving into the past – Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code
Spy Novels
Identifying and eliminating a threat to a country – Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October
Locating a mole or double agent – John LeCarre´s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Cozy Novels
Minimal violence – Rhys Bowens The Venice Sketchbook
Solving a mystery by analyzing all the clues – Agatha Christie’s Murder at the Vicarage
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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