OLLI will be virtual this Fall!

OLLI is planning to offer all programming virtually this Fall.  Our Fall catalog is being designed right now, and we are excited for all of the wonderful programming that is planned.  We do hope to be back in person as soon as safety permits, and will continue to provide timely updates on when programming will begin to transition back to in-person gatherings. 

- OLLI Staff and Leadership 

Thank you for supporting
Big Hearted Stories: Generations!

We had our Big Hearts for Seniors event on May 27th, thanks to everyone who joined us! If you missed it, you can still watch the free event recording HERE.


Donate to OLLI!
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, Click Here: 

Thank you, The OLLI Development Committee 

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 
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?
*** OLLI Special Projects Committee is currently recruiting volunteers!***
Looking for a fun and stimulating volunteer opportunity and a way to contribute? Join the Special Projects Committee, the OLLI "New Program Incubator". This is the committee that developed the Climate Change series, the COVID series, Torn from the Headlines, OLLI @home and OLLI Reads. Join us if you like generating new program ideas and making them happen.  

Contact Jane Spinner at or Laurie Barnett at if interested or to get additional 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.

Interested in sponsoring an OLLI Event?

If you're interested in sponsoring a lecture, lecture series, or special event at OLLI, please let us know!  These sponsorships can be dedicated to someone special, or in honor of a special person or occasion. For more information, please contact Lisa Barton at, or at 734-998-9356.

OLLI Special Projects Presents - Torn from the Headlines
Monday, June 7th, 4:00 – 5:00pm. Online. $10.
(This was incorrectly listed in the brochure as June 8.)

      Stacey Wright                 Karen Bantel

Cybersecurity: Personal, Corporate and Governmental Risk and Strategies for Addressing Vulnerabilities
News of extensive Russian hacking of a number of U.S. government agencies and major corporations – that went undetected for nine months - broke recently, prompting many questions about the strength of our cybersecurity.  The ransomware attack on Colonial’s pipeline is the latest major occurrence. A number of government agencies – the military's Cyber Command, the National Security Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security as examples – all have cybersecurity roles.  How does hacking occur? Why was the Russian hacking not detected by any of our agencies?  As the breach was detected by a private commercial cybersecurity company, is our reliance on private companies for our nation's cybersecurity strategy appropriate, or does this pose a vulnerability?  What remediation should the Biden Administration pursue to ensure that another serious breach does not occur? 
These issues and more will be explored with cybersecurity expert Stacey Wright, CISSP, who is Vice President of Cyber Resiliency Services at Cybercrime Support Network (, a nonprofit that works with federal, state and local law enforcement and consumer protection agencies to help consumers and small businesses affected by cybercrime.
The session will be moderated by OLLI member and former Professor of Business Strategy at the Ross School, Karen Bantel.

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

Distinguished Lecture Series Presents 
Tuesday, June 8th, 10:00 – 11:30am. Online. $10.

Sovereignty Sharing in Fragile States 
In many parts of the world, countries emerging from conflict suffer from grave deficits in the rule of law. Weak courts, police, and anticorruption mechanism allow insecurity, graft, and impunity to fester. This talk will discuss the power and pitfalls of sharing sovereignty, drawing examples in West Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Central America.

John Ciorciari is an Associate professor of Public Policy and Director of the Ford School’s Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan. His research focuses on international law and politics in the Global South and is the author/editor of several books on international politics and law, including a new book entitled “Sovereignty Sharing in Fragile States”. John received his AB and JD from Harvard University, and an MPhil and Dphil from Oxford, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

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

Summer Lecture Series Presents 
Thursday, June 10th, 10:00 – 11:30am. Online. $5. 

No Food for Thought: Food Insecurity and Health Outcomes Across the Life Course
Cindy Leung, Sc.D., Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences, is a nutrition epidemiologist at the U-M School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the experience of food insecurity and its negative influence on health. She is especially interested in using this research to inform the development of federal programs and policies to help alleviate food insecurity and promote good health for vulnerable populations. Dr. Leung earned her M.P.H. from UC Berkeley and her Sc.D. in Nutrition and Epidemiology from Harvard University.

Food insecurity has been a persistent social and health concern in the U.S. for the past several decades. This presentation will discuss the negative health outcomes associated with food insecurity for various populations across the life course, how national food insecurity has changed as a result of the COVID pandemic, and how our food assistance programs have responded to alleviating food insecurity.

For more information and resources about the series,
click here.

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

Lunch Bunch meets at noon to discuss the morning’s lecture.
On Thursday, June 10, Camille Orso will facilitate the discussion on the lecture
“Food Insecurity: Around the State and Close to Home.”
Registering once for Lunch Bunch is now required to receive the Zoom link for each session.  Registering once means you will receive the link each week, allowing you to join after any lecture you just heard and would like to discuss.
This is part of OLLI’s new Zoom security practices.
  Use the instructions here to register
We look forward to having you in these lively discussions!

Please log on prior to noon



Summer Lecture Series Presents 
Thursday, June 17th, 10:00 – 11:30am. Online. $5. 

Fair Food Network: Hungry People, Local Farmers, and Vulnerable Communities

Kate Krauss became Fair Food Network’s (FFN) Executive Director in 2019 after four years as the organization’s COO. Before joining FFN, Kate was Managing Director of Slow Food USA. She recently re-joined Slow Food as a member of its national board of directors. Kate, who has over twenty years of non-profit experience, began her career in television journalism. She is a graduate of Columbia University.

Ms. Krauss will provide an overview of FFN’s work toward greater equity in our food economy, increased access to healthy food for everyone, and a more sustainable ecological future. She will describe its Double Up Food Bucks program that matches locally grown fruit and vegetable purchases up to $20 a day for individuals eligible for SNAP funds (formerly “food stamps”). The FFN, started in southeastern Michigan in 2009, works with community partners in almost every county in Michigan and has expanded its programs across the U.S.

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

OLLI is honored to share the obituary of Helen Hill, past member and loved instructor who touched so many here in Ann Arbor both before and after she moved to California.
Helen’s students and peers honored her in 2014:
In appreciation of Helen Hill for twenty years of teaching Memoirs and Personal Essays:
With quiet grace, a sharp eye, and a ready laugh, she encouraged each while creating an atmosphere of mutual support and respect.

Helen Hill Obituary (1915 - 2021) - Ann Arbor, MI - Ann Arbor News (
Helen, you will be missed but your contribution to OLLI will always be part of who we are.

- OLLI Staff and Leadership

A Cartoonist's Perspective in 2021 with David Fitzsimmons
Monday, June 14, 4:00pm EST, FREE

Always a popular presenter David is back and updated for 2021, complete with his own COVID-19 cartoons. Topics include: Why and how freedom of speech ensures the survival of democracy, a history of social protest art with an emphasis on how political cartooning came to emerge as an art form, the endangered state of political cartooning today, my philosophy: how humor helps individuals, communities, nations, and political theories to endure, today’s struggle: The global survival of journalism in an age of ever-growing censorship.

Presenter: David Fitzsimmons
Dave Fitzsimmons, is the Cartoonist, and Columnist, for The Arizona Daily Star, where he began drawing cartoons back when Geronimo was just a paperboy. Right around 1986. A Pulitzer Finalist, Fitz’ cartoons are syndicated to over 800 news publications around the world. The Arizona Press Club voted him the best columnist in the state. What do they know. No one in the news or in his audience is safe when his pen is uncapped. Described as a “Flaming moderate at the fringe of America’s center”, Fitz is a snappy dresser who loves reading hate mail from readers and making his kids laugh.


Juneteenth is today. What it means, why it matters, how to celebrate - CNET
Juneteenth - June 19, 2021
To learn more about this national observance, click here.

Looking for Summer Reading?
Check out these book recommendations from English professors at the University of Michigan! Click here to read the article.


The Commons is OLLI’s FREE meetup place!

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

You register only once for each Commons activity that interests you. For example, if you’d like to attend the Poetry Reading (which meets on the third Friday of the month at 7pm through the summer), you register once for Poetry Reading. After you register once, then on a monthly basis, you’ll receive an email reminder with a Zoom link for that month’s Poetry Reading.

Join us at one of next week’s meet up groups!
 You register only once for each Commons activity that interests you. For example, if you’d like to attend the Poetry Reading (which meets on the third Friday of the month at 7pm through the summer), you register once for Poetry Reading. After you register once, then on a monthly basis, you’ll receive an email reminder with a Zoom link for that month’s Poetry Reading.

Join us at one of next week’s meetup groups!

The Schmoozery:   Wednesday, June 9, from  1 – 2pm with Hank Greenspan
A facilitated conversation:   At our Age…In this Age
 The Schmoozery will continue meeting through the summer and into next year.
Lunch Bunch:  Thursday, June 10,   Noon – 1pm with facilitator Camille Orso
Join the group to discuss the lecture Food Insecurity: Around the State and Close to Home.

Register for the Lunch Bunch now and receive the link each week. Join us whenever you want to discuss the Thursday lecture you just heard!
Check The Commons web page for registration information.

 See The Commons Calendar for event details


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.

COVID-19 Resources and Services in Washtenaw County
Washtenaw Community Health Department:
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