We are very excited about OLLI-UM's 1619 Lecture Series, The Many Consequences of Slavery: The Cost of Historical Injustices and hope you will be able to participate in the lecture series.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan (OLLI-UM) presents a timely series inspired by the smajor initiative from The New York Times Magazine to memorialize the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. This special lecture series invites all to educate themselves and reflect on The 1619 Project’s goals to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.
The mission of OLLI at UM is to enhance quality of life for all by providing stimulating, meaningful, and high-quality lectures, classes, travel, and social events for an increasingly diverse group of persons 50 and older. OLLI is a volunteer-centered organization for older adults, designed by older adults. It capitalizes on the skills, knowledge, and experience of dedicated senior volunteers who actively plan and implement the learning process.
The goal of The 1619 Project, a major initiative from The New York Times ... is to Reframe American history by considering what it would mean to regard 1619 as our nation’s birth year. Doing so requires us to place the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country.  The presentations will address the impact of this perspective on our understanding of American history, and the educational, socioeconomic, political, cultural and health dimensions of U.S. society.
Further, the OLLI 1619 subcommittee encourages each lecture session attendee to formulate a personal action plan to help resolve the historic dilemmas that will be discussed during the lecture series. Please consider actions that you might take that will have national, state, local and personal significance. 

The OLLI 1619 subcommittee has also put together a resource list and you can find it here.
October 22nd, 2020 – December 3rd, 2020
  • The Cost of Historical Injustice, 1619 to Today - David Goldberg, Ph.D.
  •  And And Still We Rise: Increasing the Educational Access and Opportunity for Underrepresented Students - Joetta Mial, Ph.D., Carla O’Connor Ph.D.,
  • Racial Wealth Gaps: Historical Precedents and Present Consequences - Trina R. Shanks, Ph.D.
  • Reconstruction and the 1619 Project - Pamela Brandwein, Ph.D.
  • African American Music and its contribution to the American Musical Landscape - Louise Toppin, Ph.D.
  • Black Maternal & Infant Mortality: What’s History Got to do With It? – Kimberlydawn Wisdom, M.D.

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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 beginning Thursday October 22:    1619–Present -The Many Consequences of Slavery: The Cost of Historical Injustice. 

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

The 1619-Present subcommittee’s 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 discussion and reflection session will be led by a member of the sub-committee that created the lecture series.  

The first 1619 – Present discussion and reflection session is October 22 from 12 – 1pm.   This 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

Below is our brochure for the series- if you click on it you can see more information on the series description and information about each lecture.
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