Please Welcome our New Community Outreach Coordinator, Jason Page!
OLLI is excited to welcome Jason Page as our new Community Outreach Coordinator!  Jason shares that he:  "is very excited to join the OLLI team. I have spent more than a decade at Glacier Hills and look forward to continued growth in geriatrics outside of senior housing. I am excited to meet all of you!"  Jason will begin at OLLI on Friday, June 11th.

We are thrilled to welcome Jason to our OLLI team!

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, please visit:
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Thank you, The OLLI Development Committee 


Please Note: Waiting Rooms added to all Zoom meetings starting May 18th!
Starting Tuesday May 18th, UM will automatically be adding waiting rooms to all Zoom meetings for added security. When you join a meeting, a waiting room screen will appear until the host lets you in. You don't need to do anything differently when joining a meeting, but we wanted to make you aware of this additional security measure. This change will affect study groups and the Commons, but not webinars. 

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?
*** 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 @ Home...Stay In or Go Out as You Explore the Treasures of Washtenaw County
Monday, May 17th, 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Online. $10

Sauerkraut and Beyond: The Art and Necessity of Traditionally Fermented Foods
David Klingenberger, owner and chief fermentation officer of the Brinery, will introduce OLLI members to the art of fermentation. The presentation will look back to the Brinery’s origins and the commitment that David has both to working with local farmers and to producing healthy nutritious foods. Learn about what goes into the fermentation process and what the Brinery offers to the community!

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

Urgent and Critical Series Presents: Shelter in Place: How the Pandemic is Changing our Cities, Neighborhoods, and Homes
Tuesday, May 18th, 10:00 – 11:30 am. Online. FREE to the public

Many of us are thinking about how the pandemic will impact our lives going forward. This includes architects and designers who are imagining the changes that the pandemic will bring to urban spaces, neighborhoods, and homes. Kit Krankel McCullough, an architectural and urban designer and faculty member for UM Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, will discuss some of the ways our surroundings are adapting to post-pandemic life and provide us with an inside look at what might be in our not- so-distant future.

To join: Zoom Link:
Webinar ID: 981 2731 7960 , audio only 1-312-626-6799  
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Afternoons With OLLI: A Band for All Ages with Josh Grekin
Wednesday, May 19th, 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Online. $5

The Little Bands Music School is an innovative music program in which students learn music from a constructivist perspective. The program serves all ages including children as young as four and adults. The foundation of the program is the multi-instrumental band program. Students join a 5-piece band. The instrumentation of the band is piano, guitar, bass, drums and voice. Students follow a detailed curriculum of songs and compose their own songs. 

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


Lunch Bunch meets Thursdays at noon to discuss the morning’s lecture. This week, Frances Schultz, chair of the Lectures Committee, will facilitate.

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.
We look forward to having you in these lively discussions!

Please log on prior to noon

OLLI’s Fourth Thursday Morning Lectures Series Presents – Graphic Books & Memes (Rescheduled from March 25)
Thursday, May 27th, 10:00 – 11:30 am. Online. $10.

Superhero Therapy: Graphic Medicine and Therapy
Comics and graphic memoirs are powerful venues for not only sharing but to fight the stigma surrounding mental health issues. They are one way these stories are increasingly being told, explored, and processed as part of paths toward healing for both the creator of the comic and the consumer of the comic. Comics and graphic memoirs offer special affordances as a method, allowing the external and internal experiences to co-exist in the same narrative space. Presentation will share examples of what these processes might look like from the perspective of the individual as well as the therapist and touch on ways to use comics creation as part of personal storytelling, when the individual is ready to do so.

Marna M. Clowney-Robinson, LLMSW, MLIS is a Clinical Social Worker and Librarian. As a mental health provider, she specializes in identity issues, eating disorders, and trauma. In addition, she serves as an Access and Public Services Librarian at the University of Michigan Library. At the intersection of social work and librarianship, she utilizes bibliotherapy to treat eating disorders, has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR) discussing issues related to eating disorders within minority populations, and does research focused on trauma-informed approaches in academic libraries. 

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

Alden B. Dow and Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Southeast Michigan
Friday, May 28th, 3:00 – 4:30pm. Online. $10.

This presentation by Craig McDonald, Director of the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio and the Foundation Representative of the Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundations, will focus on Dow’s architectural achievements in southeast Michigan, including Ann Arbor. Dow was the architect of Ann Arbor’s City Hall, Downtown Public Library, and the UM Administration Building.
When OLLI resumes in-person travel, we look forward to scheduling a day trip to Midland to view, first hand, Dow’s home, studio, and gardens and other architectural accomplishments in Midland.

To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at
Friendship Bridge: Going Beyond Microcredit in Guatemala
Monday, May 17, 4:00pm EST, FREE

Friendship Bridge is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers women in Guatemala to build a better life through the vehicles of microfinance, education, and health services. In this session, we will be discussing the intricacies of microfinance in third-world settings, how that has helped us shape our programs and offerings, and how providing support based on client feedback has led to creating a distinct and fast-growing organization for women’s empowerment in Guatemala.

Friendship Bridge’s history began with its work in Vietnam providing medical education and shipping medical supplies to impoverished populations in war-ravaged areas. In 1994, we shifted our focus from medical supplies to microcredit and began offering small loans to impoverished women. Our clients, indigenous women who were deemed ‘unbankable,’ started or expanded small businesses and began creating their own sustainable solutions to poverty.

In 1998, Friendship Bridge expanded its work to Guatemala, another war-ravaged country suffering extreme poverty and offering limited opportunities to women. Friendship Bridge shifted out of Vietnam as operations in Vietnam became unsustainable due to an unfavorable political climate. Focusing solely on Guatemala, and aided by investment from American donors, the seeds of the Microcredit Plus program we know today were planted. By 2003, almost 3,000 clients were borrowing from Friendship Bridge. By 2006 the number tripled to 9,000 clients, and today we reach more than 22,000 women through our Microcredit Plus program. Learn more:

Presenter: Dana Hayes, Friendship Bridge


Peace Corps Service When You’re 50+
Monday, May 24, 4:00pm EST, FREE

Whether you're fresh out of college, mid-career, or ready to retire, Peace Corps service is the opportunity of a lifetime. Join us to learn about volunteer experiences firsthand from a panel of local Returned Peace Corps volunteers who served later in life*. Ask questions about service, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.

Presenter: Anastasia Bannikova, Regional Peace Corps Recruiter for Arizona
Anastasia has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, Ukraine, and Armenia where she had many adventures. She is currently working as a Peace Corps recruiter. Prior to Peace Corps, Anastasia has worked in a variety of fields, including immigration law, journalism, and the music industry in Boston and Philadelphia.


LGBT Older Adults: A Step Forward in Understanding presented by Judy Lewis of SAGE Metro Detroit
Tuesday, June 1, 2-3:30pm


Register here-- or call 734-998-9353

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.


Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month at the DIA!
Please visit for details.

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

You register only once for each Commons activity that interests you. For example, if you’d like to attend Poetry Reading (which meets on the third Friday of the month at 7pm), 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!
Coffee + Show or Tell: Tuesday, May 18    9 – 10am with Marta Skiba
Join Us! This Tuesday we’re talking about
“What was your favorite food as a child?”
- Coffee + Show or Tell will meet through June 15. It will take a break during July and
August and be back on September 7 with a new title – Coffee with Marta.

The Schmoozery:   Wednesday, May 19   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, May 20  Noon – 1pm with facilitator Frances Schultz
The Struggle to Survive in Central America: A Portrait of Life from a Grassroots, Human Rights Perspective
- Register for the Lunch Bunch now and receive the link each week. Join us whenever you want to discuss the lecture you just heard!

Poetry Reading: Friday, May 21   7 – 8pm with Ginny Bentz
You’re invited to a Poetry Reading!
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.

- Poetry Reading will continue through the summer on the third Friday of the month from 7 – 8 pm and into the fall.
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.

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