Winter/Spring 2020-21 registration continues for courses that are not oversubscribed. There are still many study groups open!
Click the image below to view the PDF of the OLLI Winter/Spring catalog to register. 
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

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    Click on the links below to connect you!

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    Donate to OLLI
    OLLI Video Catalog  
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    All Things 2020 Kickoff
    OLLI Commons Calendar
Are You Looking for Volunteer Opportunities at OLLI?

Join The Lectures Committee to meet new people while creating Thursday morning lectures.  We are looking for new members to join one of the following committees:
Great Lakes Native Americans
Global Waters
Nature in Southeast Michigan
Social Safety Nets and Public Finance 

Contact Frances Schultz @  for more 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.

OLLI Reads Presents…
The Spirit Ambulance: Choreographing the End of Life in Thailand | by Scott Stonington
Wednesday, February 24th, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Online. $10

With his unique perspective as both a cultural anthropologist and a physician, Scott Stonington explores decision-making at the end of life in contemporary Thailand in his book The Spirit Ambulance. Stonington spent two years in Thailand studying how families struggle to craft good deaths for their elders in the modern world while honoring their Buddhist traditions.

Stonington’s gripping ethnography documents how Thai families attempt to pay back a “debt of life” to their elders through intensive medical care, followed by a medically assisted rush from the hospital to home to ensure a spiritually advantageous last breath. The result is a powerful exploration of the nature of death and the complexities arising from the globalization of biomedical expertise and ethics around the world. Ray Yung, M.D., Chief of the Geriatrics Center, will be introducing Dr. Stonington. 

Scott Stonington is a medical and cultural anthropologist at the University of Michigan and an internal medicine physician. He has a Ph.D in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco, and a MD from UC San Francisco. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Stonington is an Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the Department of Anthropology as well as the International Institute (Core Faculty for Global Environment and Health), a Hospitalist in the Department of Internal Medicine at VA Medical Center and a Primary Care Physician at St. Joseph Mercy Neighborhood Family Health Center in Ypsilanti.

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

OLLI’s Fourth Thursday Morning Lecture Series – Graphic Books and Memes
Thursday, February 25th, 10:00 am - 11:30 am. Online. $10

“It’s Not Brain Surgery”: Graphic Medicine, Graphic Justice, and More About Comics for Grown Ups.”
Graphic Medicine describes the genre of comics and graphic novels around healthcare, as told from personal and professional perspectives. Many think of
comics as for children, but that could be risky with some of these! The personal experiences described can be tender or gritty, and touch on topics such as
specific conditions, social justice, dying, lived experiences, resilience. Visual aspects of storytelling take advantage of new literacies, offering insights not possible through other mediums.

Patricia F. Anderson (@pfanderson) is the Emerging Technologies Informationist at UM, in which she’s made apps, books, comics, and a videogame, which officially makes this the coolest job ever. Her job lets her hang out with microbiome researchers, precision medicine folk, health IT geeks, makerspace gurus, and talk  about explorations in personal genomics and 3d printing. Her other publication areas include social media, search engines, wearables, text mining, tech mining, textual analysis, and systematic reviews. 

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

The Lunch Bunch invites you to participate in guided discussions following each of the lectures in the Thursday Morning Lecture Series: Graphic Books and Memes.  Click on OLLI Commons Calendar for a full description of the Lunch Bunch activity.

This guided discussion is free--no registration is required.

Each session will be facilitated by a member of the Lectures' subcommittee that created the series. Carol Levin will facilitate the February 25th 12noon – 1pm discussion session on “It’s Not Brain Surgery”: Graphic Medicine, Graphic Justice, and More About Comics for Grown Ups.

This Lunch Bunch session follows the conclusion of the lecture and the Q&A.  Log on prior to 12noon at:

Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 95574902503

OLLI Out of Town Committee Presents…
The Many Dimensions of Chicago
Friday, February 26th, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Online. $10

This presentation by Susan D. Turner, a Canadian architect and resident of downtown Chicago for the last 12 years, will cover several storylines of Chicago. Its history will be outlined, touching on its founding, the great fire, the Chicago River, the Columbia Exhibition and Burnam’s plan. With a virtual walking tour down Dearborn Street, you will experience the development of skyscraper construction. The Dearborn Street walk will, also, show you great works of art: Picasso, Miro, Calder, Chagall, and Tiffany. 

Of course, you will want to see some of the tourist attractions:
the Theatre District, Marshall Fields and the Mag(nificent) Mile, Jeweler’s Row, the Art Institute, Millennium Park/Grant Park, the Museum Campus, and glimpses of many public art pieces. Between attractions, Susan will tell you about Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, how the Windy City got its nickname, and factoids about the many inventions that came out of Chicago. 

Susan is not a certified tour guide, but her research and love of Chicago more than make up for it! She wonders how to show us a bit of Chicago virtually in 60 minutes when it usually takes ten days to accomplish it in person.

To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at
OLLI Special Projects Presents – OLLI @ Home Series
Monday, March 1st, 3:00 - 4:30 pm. Online. $10

If you enjoy drinking hot tea, did you ever wonder why your homemade tea does not seem to taste quite as delicious as that purchased at professional tea shops? If you are interested in a new experience, or are already an avid tea drinker, please join us for a fun filled Olli@Home tea tasting event featuring Lisa McDonald, owner of the TeaHaus in Kerrytown. Lisa is one of only seven European trained tea sommeliers in the U.S.  TeaHaus teas are all tested in Germany for pesticides and heavy metals.  This is because Germany has the strictest quality-controls and they surpass even U.S. organic standards.

Together we will learn about the different types of teas, their taste and their origins. Lisa will also demonstrate how to professionally brew tea and we will be able to follow her instructions and brew our own delightful cups of tea at home. 

Participants will have an opportunity to purchase a sampler of different teas and tea infused treats from TeaHaus before the event. Please click on to place your order. The cost of the sampler which includes various teas and tea infused treats is $10.00. If your order needs to be shipped to your address, the total price of the sampler will be $13.00.

You can pick-up your order at the TeaHaus walk-up window or in the store.   If you are picking up your sampler, please place your order no less than 48 hours before the class. In addition, if you plan to have your order shipped, please allow at least 14 days for arrival.     

To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at
Open Study Groups Available for Registration!
OLLI’s Study Group Committee Announces a New Series! 
"Science Pop-Ups"
Hosted by Craig Stephan and comprising two (perhaps more) series of talks on a variety of scientific topics by experts in the field from all over the U.S. and Canada.  The talks will be held on Thursday afternoons starting variously at 1:00, 2:00, or 3:00, depending on the availability and time zone of the speaker.  The talks are nominally 45-60 minutes in length, with plenty of time afterwards for questions and discussion.  They do not presuppose any scientific expertise on the part of the participants. 
Series 1 consists of five talks. $10/Lecture; Series $35

(2) February 25, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
What happened to the mammoths? Exploring the cause of North America’s most recent mass extinction  
by Prof. Todd Surovell, Univ. of Wyoming

[March 4, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Brain aging and what you can do about it  
by Prof. Thad Polk, Univ. of Michigan
N.b.:  This talk, scheduled earlier, is not part of this series and must be registered for separately.]

(3) March 11, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Ten years later: Nuclear power after Fukushima  
by Prof. M.V. Ramana, Univ. of British Columbia
March 11 is the tenth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. 

(4) March 18, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
The Search for the Fountain of Youth  
by Prof. Corinna Ross, Texas A&M Univ.

(5) March 25, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
The scientific quest for the origin of life 
by Prof. Nick Hud, Georgia Inst. of Technology

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

Crisis in U. S. – North Korean Relations – Dealing with an Enigmatic, Hostile Power
Tuesdays, 1-2:30 pm, February 23 – March 23.  Online.  $35
This program places participants in the shoes of national security decision-makers facing major crises with North Korea. The first crisis is the Korean War, where our group will review the historical context, the players, and organizations involved. The second crisis is hypothetical but a very plausible, present-day scenario where U.S. and North Korean relations deteriorate and threaten to escalate into a major conflict. The heart of the class is role-playing through a simulated National Security Council (NSC) meeting, designed to have participants suggest and discuss courses of action for the President. Background readings and supportive materials are easily accessible through the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) website as well as provided by the course leader. 

Instructor:  John Fogarasi is both a lecturer and practitioner of U.S. foreign policy, having taught political science/international affairs earlier in his career and later as a senior U.S. Diplomat for over 30 years with assignments in Europe, Asia and North America. From 2002-2006, John served as Minister-Counselor at theU.S. Embassy to South Korea. 

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

Comparing Transitions to Democracy in 18th Century France and 20th Century South Africa
Tuesdays, 1-2:00 pm, February 23 - April 13.  Online.  $45
In comparing transitions to democracy in late 18th century France and late 20th century South Africa, this study group will explore some of the fundamental factors that may determine the viability of democracy in a given society. Why were black and white South Africans able to cobble together the relatively peaceful resolution of their political conflicts that consistently eluded supposedly enlightened 18th century Frenchmen? Why was a process of negotiation successful in South Africa but largely absent from the French Revolution? What role did political leadership, in particular that of Nelson Mandela, play in shaping these distinct outcomes? 

Instructor:  Barry Shapiro is Professor Emeritus of History, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, and is a specialist in the study of the French Revolution.

To Register:  Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog.  Sign in at
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.
For added security, all Commons events going forward will be locked ten minutes after they begin, so thanks for arriving promptly!

In the Commons February 22 – 26
Monday February 22    1 – 2pm   New Member Exchange

The New Member Exchange provides new and potential members with the opportunity to talk with an active volunteer.   All questions welcome!  Ask about programs, the culture of volunteerism, OLLI committees, how OLLI communicates with its membership, pricing and registration, zoom experience, OLLI’s relationship with the University of Michigan --- and any others!

Each month’s gathering will feature a different guest host or co-hosts.  Come more than once and get the full range of OLLI experiences from persons who have made OLLI their primary source for learning and volunteering and remaining socially active in retirement.
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503.  

Tuesday February 23   1 – 2    Book Beat    

Guest Host: Gerry Lapidus, crowd favorite Study Group instructor!  
Gerry has led more than 50 OLLI book discussion classes including The Second Mountain and the Quest for a Moral Life and The Soul of America. He'll be sharing his recommendations for non-fiction books.  Join us for an hour with one of OLLI's truest book lovers! 

The monthly Book Beat is an informal gathering of OLLI’s book lovers who are always looking for the next good book to read. OLLI's Book Beat meets every 4th Tuesday of the Month  1-2 pm.  Look for us on the OLLI Commons Calendar at
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503.  

Wednesday February 24    1 – 2pm   The Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age.   
Facilitator:  Hank Greenspan, Ph.D.  
psychologist, essayist, oral historian, playwright, and lifelong committed schmoozer 

The Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age is a 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—and perhaps in any times.  That is, the goal is to have the best possible schmooze about things that matter.
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503.

Thursday February 25th    12noon – 1pm   
The subcommittee planning the Graphic Books and Memes lecture series will facilitate the Lunch Bunch discussion following the first lecture “It’s Not Brain Surgery”: Graphic Medicine, Graphic Justice, and More About Comics for Grown Ups” and subsequent lectures. Carol Levin will guide the February 25th Lunch Bunch discussion.  

The Lunch Bunch follows the conclusion of the lecture and Q&A.  Log on prior to 12noon at   Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503

This guided discussion and personal reflection session is free--no registration is required.
Want to schedule a meeting, recurring meet-up group, or family event in the Commons?
Email with 1 or 2 sentences about your plan and your phone number.  Lisa Barton or a representative of the Social Interaction Committee will be in touch with you to schedule the Commons event and put it on the Commons calendar.

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
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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