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

Registration is ongoing as many OLLI events remain open! 
Click here for a link to a pdf of our Fall catalog. 

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 17th, 10:00 am - 11:30 am. Online. Free.

OLLI Urgent and Critical Lecture Series Presents 
Pandemic Update: Vaccines, Testing, and Treatments 

In her follow-up to her talk to OLLI in May, Dr. Martin will explore what we’ve learned during the first nine months of the COVID-19 epidemic and how recent scientific advances have impacted the vaccine and antiviral landscape.

Dr. Emily Toth Martin is on the faculty of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her research focuses on building a greater understanding of the epidemiology of viral respiratory diseases (including RSV, bocavirus, and influenza) through the use of molecular epidemiology. In particular, her work aims to identify strategies to reduce infections, particularly in individuals with chronic comorbidities and in hospital infectious environments (including MRSA / VRE coinfection).

Shared by...Raymond Yung, Chief, Division of Geriatrics and Director of Geriatrics Center and Institute of Gerontology
Information in conjunction with this week’s Urgent and Critical Lecture Series
I hope this message finds you safe and well. You may have heard a lot recently about the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. There are actually several different kinds of COVID-19 vaccines that are being developed. The University of Michigan is now involved in testing two of these candidate vaccines and we wanted to give you some general information about how these vaccines are developed and tested. We have also included two links below that explain the trials and the different kinds of COVID-19 vaccines and how they work. 

If you would like to learn more about older adult participation in the vaccine trials at the University of Michigan, please send an email to


Vaccine Development Vaccine development begins in the laboratory before any tests in animals or humans are done. If laboratory tests show that a vaccine has potential, it is usually tested in animals. If a vaccine is safe in animals, and studies suggest that it will be safe in people, clinical trials with volunteers are next.

Clinical Trials Typically, there are three phases of clinical trials. Vaccines that are being developed for children are first tested in adults. FDA sets guidelines for the three phases of clinical trials to ensure the safety of the volunteers. Phase 1 clinical trials focus on safety and include 20–100 healthy volunteers. In Phase 1, scientists begin to learn how the size of the dose may be related to side effects. If possible at this early stage, scientists also try to learn how effective the vaccine may be. If no serious side effects are found in Phase 1, next is Phase 2, which involves several hundred volunteers. This phase includes studies that may provide additional information on common short-term side effects and how the size of the dose relates to immune response. In Phase 3 studies, hundreds or thousands of volunteers participate. Vaccinated people are compared with people who have received a placebo or another vaccine so researchers can learn more about the test vaccine’s safety and effectiveness and identify common side effects. Clinical trials are conducted according to plans that FDA reviews to ensure the highest scientific and ethical standards. The results of the clinical trials are a part of FDA’s evaluation to assess the safety and effectiveness of each vaccine. In addition to evaluating the results of the clinical trials, FDA scientists and medical professionals carefully evaluate a wide range of information including results of studies on the vaccine’s physical, chemical, and biological properties, as well as how it is manufactured, to ensure that it can be made consistently safe, pure, and potent.

To see more about COVID vaccine trials at Michigan Medicine

To learn more details about the different kinds of COVID-19 vaccines in development:

If you would like to learn more about the participation of older adults in the vaccine trials at the University of Michigan, please send an email to

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

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 19th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Online. Fee $10
African American Music and its Contribution to the American Musical Landscape   

The music of African Americans has received concurrently praise for its innovation and criticism for its lack of cultural conformity. This lecture will discuss the history of the music as it moves from its roots in Africa through to the present day. By examining responses to the music, we will explore the lasting implications and impact of this music on the American musical landscape and more broadly American culture.    

Professor Louise Toppin, is currently Professor of Music at The University of Michigan and was the Distinguished University Professor, Chair of the Music Department at UNC Chapel Hill. She has received critical acclaim for her operatic, orchestral, and oratorio performances in the United States and worldwide. Represented by Joanne Rile Artist Management, she has recorded eighteen compact discs and specializes in repertoire of African American composers. She co-founded the George Shirley Competition and directs Videmus, which encourages performance and scholarship of African American music. 

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Lunch Bunch Host Faye Askew-King
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. Faye Askew-King will facilitate the 1619 – Present discussion and reflection session on November 19th 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


Coffee + Show or Tell with Marta Skiba 
Tuesday, November 17th, 9:00 am – 10:00 am.  Online.  Free.  No registration required.
Hope you can join us! You are invited to show us the oldest thing that is still in use in your home.  Only want to see what these treasures are? You're welcome to join in and just hear the stories! I look forward to seeing you!
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 95574902503


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

Wednesday, November 18, 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Online. Free. No registration required. 
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. Please come at the start.
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 95574902503


"Physics Commons" with Craig Stephan and Dick Chase

The last UM Saturday Morning Physics lecture for this semester, titled "The Light Fantastic", will be given by Prof. Alec Thomas this Saturday, Nov. 14, 10:30-12:00, followed by the OLLI Physics Commons at 12:30.

Here is a link to the lecture description:

and the Physics Commons

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.
From Other OLLIs Around the Country

Shared from…OLLI at Furman University
Join us Friday afternoons this fall for Upstate Cocktails with a Curator, at 5 p.m. a limited series developed by Furman librarian and OLLI instructor, Jeff Makala. There’s a suggested cocktail for each Friday, or fill your glass with whatever you want.
November 13th 5 p.m.
Jeffrey Makala, Assistant Director for Special Collections and University Archivist, Furman University Libraries

A Key Document Relating to Furman’s History of Slavery
Since its founding in 1826, Furman has occupied 6 campuses in 4 South Carolina cities and towns. When the Furman Theological Institution was located in Winnsboro from 1836 to 1851, it owned a 557-acre plantation, where it hired local enslaved labor to grow corn and cotton alongside its academic work. Learn more about this period in Furman’s history and why this unsuccessful agricultural experiment led to Furman’s ultimately moving to Greenville and being chartered as a university in 1851. 
Cocktail: Rob Roy
2 oz. Scotch of your choice
¾ oz. red vermouth
Dash of bitters
Shake everything with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry. 
Join Zoom Meeting:  Meeting ID: 933 3561 9088 Recorded sessions available for viewing on OLLI’s YouTube channel:


Shared from…OLLI at University of Arizona

The Prehispanic Ethnobotany of Paquimé and its Neighbors 
Monday, November 16th 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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COVID-19 Resources and Services in Washtenaw County
COVID-19 Help and Services Washtenaw County - Google Docs

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