The building where the OLLI offices reside, the Turner Senior Resource Center, is now open from 9-5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Turner Senior Wellness Program is now serving community members on these days. The OLLI program is not officially open in-person yet to the public.  OLLI staff will be in the building a few days per week, but will continue to work virtually some of the time, as all of our Fall programming will remain virtual. We continue to consult with MI Medicine as to when we can return programming to in-person, and are hopeful that this will begin happening in January.  We hope you are enjoying the beginning of summer. If you would like to pick something up from our offices, please contact to make sure a staff member will be onsite. Stay tuned for more information!
- OLLI Staff
Fall 2021 Registration 

OLLI has created a more equitable registration process that also addresses operational problems on the first day of registration. The new process applies only to Study Groups, Special Events, Shared Interested Groups (SIGs) and OLLI Out of Town programs. Registration for lectures and Evenings with OLLI has not changed.

Here is what you need to know for Study Groups, Special Events, and OLLI Out of Town registration:

The initial registration period will run from 9:00am on Friday, August 5th to 4:00pm on Tuesday, September 7th. You can register at any time during this period and receive equal consideration for classes that become oversubscribed.

All oversubscribed programs will be subject to a lottery to give everyone an equal chance to get in. Early registration does not increase your chances.

Everyone who applies for programs that become subject to the lottery will be notified of the outcome by Friday, September 10th.

Registration for classes that are not full will still be possible after September 10th. 

This new system will enable you to 
register at your leisure and help prevent computer crashes caused by the high volume of first-day registrations. It will also reduce the stress on the staff and registration volunteers. 


Scholarships are available for membership and all programs, including
OLLI Out of Town, which have been recently added. To request a scholarship, 
please contact the OLLI office via e-mail at or by phone 
at (734) 998-9351.

As before, you can register online and by mail. Our mailing address is 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C, Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2193

Members who are not selected will be given refunds, placed on a wait list and invited to join if space becomes available. Our goal is to issue the refunds during the week after the lottery.

All payments must be made at the time of registration.

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 

OLLI Online Video Catalog 

Did you know that OLLI has an online video catalog? Our catalog is comprised of over 200 videos of our previous lectures for you to view at your leisure.

In order to access this service, it is required that you have an OLLI membership and that you sign in using your username and password. The recordings from our current season’s lectures are $10 and are $3 from past seasons. Please see below for a link to one of the most popular videos in our catalog for you to view.

If you would like to learn more about our online video catalog, please click the icon below.

Organizational Memberships

Did you know that OLLI offers Organizational Memberships?

We now offer memberships at a group rate to organizations in our local community. This partnership will expand life enrichment programming within local community organizations and will allow members to get engaged in many of our program offerings and continuing education classes.
The Organizational Membership Package includes the Thursday Morning Lecture Series (TMLS), Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS) and Summer Lecture Series (SLS). The total membership includes 43 lectures at no additional cost. In addition to these lectures, members have access to Afternoons with OLLI and our entire video catalog of previous lectures. 

If you know of a senior living community or other local organization that would benefit from this type of membership, please contact the OLLI office via e-mail at or by phone at (734) 998-9351.


Donate to OLLI!

Interested in sponsoring an OLLI Event?

If you're interested in sponsoring a lecture, lecture series, one or more study groups, 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.

To make a gift to OLLI's Annual Fund to support OLLI operating costs 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

Lost & Found 

We have an unclaimed iPad that was left behind. If you are the owner of this iPad, please contact the OLLI office at (734) 998-9351

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 the OLLI Director on more ways to get involved:
Lisa Barton 
UPCOMING OLLI PROGRAMS                           
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Save the date: Fall 2021 registration begins August 5th at 9:00AM. 

                                                                                                         JULY 15 – 17, 2021

Thursday, July 15 • 10AM – 9PM
Friday, July 16 • 10AM – 9PM
Saturday, July 17 • 10AM – 7PM

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is a Midwest tradition that draws close to half a million attendees over four days in July. The largest juried art fair in the nation, the Ann Arbor Art Fair features nearly 1,000 artists and a footprint spanning 30 city blocks in downtown Ann Arbor. The Ann Arbor Art Fair is comprised of three independently juried, nonprofit art fairs that run consecutively: Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original; Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair; and Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair.

Author Event: Paula Yoo - From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry

Thursday, July 15: 7PM to 8:30PM

Zoom Link:
Author Event | Paula Yoo: From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry | Ann Arbor District Library (


“China Virus.” “The China Plague.” “Kung Flu.” Between March 19, 2020 and March 13, 2021, more than 6,600 hate crime and bias incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders were reported due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. But this wasn’t the first time a wave of anti-Asian racism swept the country. During the 1980s, Japanese car companies were on the rise and unfairly blamed for putting American autoworkers out of their jobs. Anti-Asian sentiments simmered, especially in Detroit. On June 19, 1982, a bar fight turned fatal, leaving Vincent Chin—a Chinese American man—beaten to death at the hands of two white men, autoworker Ronald Ebens and his stepson Michael Nitz. When Ebens and Nitz pled guilty to manslaughter and received only a $3,000 fine and three years’ probation, the lenient sentence sparked outrage in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. This outrage galvanized the Asian American movement and paved the way for the first federal civil rights trial for an Asian American. Author Paula Yoo will discuss this pivotal moment in civil rights history about a man who became a symbol against hatred and racism, and his story's relevance today.

Paula Yoo is a book author, screenwriter, and musician. Her latest YA non-fiction book, From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement (Norton Young Readers), is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and has received 5 *Starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, ALA/Booklist, Horn Book, Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. Website:


No registration is required. Check this page 15 minutes before the event for the Zoom link and phone number.
“Come As You Are”   
Memory-Making Café
With special guest, Danni of Silver Club.
After successful Memory Cafés both in-person & ’virtual’ since last fall, we are hopefully returning to a post-COVID ‘new normal’.  
So … here are our plans for the coming months … and beyond 
3rd Wed. of the month; 2:00-4:00PM
June 16, July 21, August 18


outdoors at Holy Faith Church
 (6299 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline)

• Masks are optional, but recommended

• We are also looking into providing a ‘hybrid’ Café in the future (perhaps July): in-person for those who can come & via Zoom for those who cannot or prefer not. Stay tuned for updates on that.

Our Cafés are always about having FUN!  We always include: 

• Introductions & ice-breakers;

• At least one or two activities in which everyone can participate. These may include: arts/crafts, music/sing-alongs, games, storytelling/entertainment,  etc…

• We are open to suggestions and requests for activities you would enjoy!

• There will also be more opportunity for socializing & refreshments as COVID restrictions are gradually being relaxed.

please contact Lori Venable at

Note: For more information about Memory Cafés, please see this very helpful website: 

For more information about “virtual" Memory Cafés, please see this website:

*** RSVP ***
While RSVPs are not required, we would like to know who will be attending so we can send the necessary information prior to the event(s). Please RSVP even if you “might” be able to attend. Please provide names of both attendees.

Please RSVP to:  Lori Venable
email (preferred):

text or phone: 734) 945-1707

OLLI at the University of Arizona continues to share the OLLI love with Osher members from across the country. There is no charge for you to attend these sessions!

Dear Bob... Bob Hope's Wartime Correspondence with the G. I.s of World War II
Monday, July 19th at 4:00pm EST. Online, FREE

Sharing memories of Bob Hope and a behind-the-scenes look at the writing of Dear Bob... Bob Hope's Wartime Correspondence with the G. I.s of WW2, Martha Bolton, Bob Hope's first female staff comedy writer, discusses her career and her new book written with Linda Hope.
Bob Hope’s Wartime Correspondence with the G.I.s of World War II tells the story of Hope’s remarkable service to the fighting men and women of World War II, collecting personal letters, postcards, packages, and more sent back and forth among Hope and the troops and their loved ones back home. Soldiers, nurses, wives, and parents shared their innermost thoughts, swapped jokes, and commiserated with the “G.I.s’ best friend” about war, sacrifice, lonely days, and worrisome, silent nights.

Presenter: Martha Bolton, comedy writer, author, playwright
Martha was Bob Hope's first female staff writer, writing for his TV specials, personal appearances, and military shows in the 80s and 90s. She has received nominations for an Emmy Award, Dove Award, and a WGA Award, and is the author of 88 books.

 Click HERE to Register! 

Inside the FBI with Frank Figliuzzi - NBC News National Security Analyst
Monday, July 26th at 4:00pm EST. Online, FREE

Former FBI Assistant Director, best-selling author, and current NBC News National Security Analyst joins us for a journey deep inside the world's premier law enforcement agency - to decode the mysteries and challenges of today's FBI. The threats facing America are as real as the men and women who battle to protect us. Frank answers your questions about the FBI as he reveals its mission, its cases, and its people. He'll also give us a glimpse into his new and unprecedented podcast, "The Bureau with Frank Figliuzzi."

Presenter: Frank Figliuzzi
Frank served 25 years as an FBI Special Agent and retired as its head of counterintelligence. He is the best-selling author of The FBI Way: Inside the Bureau's Code of Excellence, and a popular National Security Analyst for NBC News. He hosts the new podcast "The Bureau with Frank Figliuzzi" where he sits down weekly with active duty FBI personnel as they share their mission, their cases, and their lives.

Click HERE to Register!

To Listen to the FREE "The Bureau with Frank Figliuzzi" Podcast, Click HERE!

Voice Acting Deep Dive with Dee Bradley Baker - An Intergenerational Event
Monday, August 9th at 4:00pm EST. Online, FREE

Hollywood voice actor Dee Bradley Baker takes you on an energetic journey into the art and career of voice acting. Today voice actors have numerous venues to showcase their talents: TV, movies, animation, internet streaming services, video games, and more. Come learn about the world of voice acting from a major Hollywood talent. Members may not know the work of Dee but your kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews will! You are encouraged to invite your (teenage to 50+-year-old) family members to join in the fun. After registration, you will be sent a special registration code to share - you are guaranteed to be the cool parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle for a day!

Presenter: Dee Bradley Baker
Emmy and Annie nominated Dee Bradley Baker is one of Hollywood's most versatile and sought-after A-list voice actors. His voice is seemingly everywhere, featured in literally hundreds of television shows, movies, and top video games. He is listed on as having voiced the most characters of any voice actor ever. Over the past three decades, Dee has earned an extraordinary reputation among show creators and fans alike with his chameleon-like acting skills and his wide range of realistic creature vocal acting.

Too numerous to list, a few of his notable projects include collaborations on feature films with directors such as Jon Favreau, James Gunn, and Stephen Chiodo. Recent roles include "Star Wars" features, "Mandalorian", the highly acclaimed "Star Wars: The Bad Batch" series on Disney +, "The Junglebook" (Jon Favreau), "Dawn of the Dead" (Zach Snyder), "Space Jam." He is also featured on a long list of hit series including, "American Dad," "Family Guy," "Sponge Bob Square Pants," "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," "Avatar: the Last Airbender," and "Phineas and Ferb." Video game credits include, "Destiny 1 & 2," "Overwatch", “World of Warcraft,” “Diablo,” "Starcraft," "Halo," "Portal 2" and "Gears of War" and more! You can read his full bio here.

Click HERE to Register!

New York City Blues: Postwar Portraits from Harlem to the Village and Beyond with Larry Simon
Monday, August 23th at 4:00pm EST. Online, FREE

Author/musician Larry Simon will be presenting on his just-published book, New York City Blues (University Press of Mississippi). This first-ever book on the history of the post-World War II New York City blues scene. The presentation will feature rare audio and video clips as well as photographs from the author's personal archives. Not only is Larry Simon the author of the book but he was a very active participant in the scene.
Presenter: Larry Simon, Author/Musician
Larry Simon, guitarist, and composer from Brooklyn, New York, has recorded and toured with many jazz and blues artists including Big Jay McNeely, George Coleman, the Skatalites, Bob Gaddy, Larry Dale, Jimmy Spruill, and others. As a composer, he has written extensively for dance, film, and theater. Additionally, Simon has worked for many years collaborating with poets, including Robert Pinsky, Ed Sanders, and John Sinclair.

Larry also lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for a number of years. While there he created the still-ongoing Beat Night series, featuring music and spoken word. In 2004 he founded Jazzmouth, The Seacoast Poetry & Jazz Festival, of which he was the artistic director and producer.

Starting in the late 1970s Simon became very active in the downtown NYC experimental music scene, having composed and performed some of the earliest minimalist music for electric guitar. He was also a vital part of the “punk/funk” scene working with musicians such as Lester Bowie, Juilus Hemphill, David Sanborn, John Zorn, Henry Threadgill, and Phillip Wilson in seminal NYC clubs such as CBGB’s, Hurrah’s, Lone Star Cafe, and Tier 3. Simon was a member of composer Lamonte Young’s ensemble as well as Gamelan Son of Lion.
Larry has written for the Millennium Film Journal, Ear Magazine, the Portsmouth Herald, and Spotlight Magazine. His most recent recording is “The Dream Keeper” (with David Amram and Eric Mingus), featuring the poetry of Langston Hughes with music.
For more go to Larry Simon’s website:

Click HERE to Register!
The Commons is OLLI’s free meetup place!

To receive the Zoom link for a group or event, please register beforehand.  
Use the
instructions here to register.

The Schmoozery:  Wednesday, July 14, from 1pm – 2pm with Hank Greenspan

A facilitated conversation:   At our Age…In this Age
Join this facilitated conversation in which participants are invited
to share 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. That is, the goal is to have the best possible schmooze about things that matter.
The Schmoozery will continue meeting through the summer and into next year.

Poetry Reading:  Friday, July 16, from 7pm – 8pm with Ginny Bentz
Please bring a poem of your own or a favorite one written by someone else.   
You will have about five minutes to read aloud and to give some context, so one longer poem or two short ones work well. 
If you’d rather just listen, that’s okay too.  Sip on a glass of wine or a cup of tea as we sit back, relax, and applaud each unique offering!   
Contact Ginny Bentz at for details.

Other offerings in the Commons
First Friday Happy Hour, Coffee with Marta, Book Beat, and Lunch Bunch —are currently on summer break.  We are delighted that these programs will return in September. 
Also starting in September is an exciting new offering, the
Michigan OLLI Collaboration to be held on the second Wednesday of each month.  The Michigan OLLI Collaboration will feature one program from each of the four OLLIs in the state of Michigan, highlighting local arts. Stay tuned for more details in the OLLI Fall Catalog.
 Interested in hosting a program or event in the Commons in 2022?
Please reach out to Ginny Bentz at

See The Commons Calendar



OLLI Book Beat—Summer Reading Suggestions

Sheila Konen, of the Ypsilanti District Library, recommended these books, among others, at her May 25th guest visit to Book Beat.

* Mary Jane, by Jessica Anya Blau, Genre: Coming-of-age stories

* One Night, Two Souls Went Walking, by Ellen Cooney, Genre: Literary fiction

* How to Order the Universe, by Maria Jose Ferrada, Genre: Coming-of-age stories

* The Kindest Lie, by Johnson, Nancy, Genre: African American fiction

* The Plot, by Jean Hanff Korelitz, Genre: Psychological suspense

* The Arctic Fury, by Greer Macallister, Genre: Historical fiction

* Aquarium, Shehori, Ya’ara, Genre: Literary fiction

* Great Circle, Maggie Shipstead, Genre: Historical fiction;

* Light Perpetual, by Francis Spufford, Genre: Literary fiction

* Hummingbird Salamander, by Jeff Vandermeer, Genre: Dystopian fiction

* The Elephant of Belfast, by S. Kirk Walsh, Genre: Historical fiction



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:
Michigan Medicine:

COVID-19 Help and Services Washtenaw County - Google Docs
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