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 

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 
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’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


Lunch Bunch meets Thursdays at noon to discuss the morning’s lecture. This week, Carol Levin will facilitate the rescheduled
Superhero Therapy: Graphic Medicine and Therapy.

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

OLLI Special Projects Presents - Torn from the Headlines
Monday, June 7th, 4:00 – 5:00pm. Online. $10.

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 broke recently, prompting many questions about the strength of our cybersecurity. Why was the Russian hacking not detected by any of the government agencies that have cybersecurity roles? Is our reliance on private companies for our nation’s cybersecurity strategy appropriate, or does this pose a vulnerability? The Cybercrime Support Network works with federal, state and local law enforcement and consumer protection agencies to help consumers and small businesses affected by cybercrime. Ms. Judge’s extensive background includes her role as Director of Government Affairs at the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) where she worked with Google, FTC, FBI, SBA, DHS, NIST, congressional leaders and other key stakeholders across the country to educate consumers and businesses on how to protect sensitive data.

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 
Thursdays, June 10th - 24th, 10:00 – 11:30am. Online. $5 each, $15 for series. 

Food Insecurity: Around the State and Close to Home
In a country with supermarkets bulging at the seams with food products why, in recent years, have millions of Americans lacked consistent access to enough food for a healthy active life? In 2018, 37 million Americans (11.5%) experienced food insecurity and Michigan was well above the national average at 13.6%. 1 Further, according to the October 2020 estimate from Feeding America, the coronavirus pandemic has markedly worsened the situation and 50.4 million people, including 17 million children, have experienced food insecurity in 2020. 2 Join our summer series on food insecurity to learn more about the extent of the problem before and during the pandemic, the populations most affected, the federally supported programs that address food insecurity, the organizations that provide solutions right here in Washtenaw County, and an innovative private initiative to create win-win-win programs benefitting needy households, local farmers and vulnerable communities.

Click Here for More Information!

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

Learn More about Jewish American Heritage Month!
Please visit for informational resources.

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 The Schmoozery (which will continue to meet every Wednesday
from 1 – 2pm through the summer), you register once for The Schmoozery. After you
register once, then on a weekly basis, you’ll receive an email reminder with a Zoom link for that week’s Schmoozery.

Join us at one of next week’s meet up groups!
Book Beat: Tuesday, May 25 4 – 5pm (NEW TIME!)
Guest Host: Shelia Konen, Librarian Ypsilanti District Library
- Sheila will be making recommendations on titles and authors for summer reading.
- This is Book Beat’s last meeting of the program year. We’re taking off June, July and August to catch up on our reading! We’ll be back in September! Watch for the date and time.

The Schmoozery:   Wednesday, May 26  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 27  Noon – 1pm with facilitator Carol Levin
Join the group to discuss the rescheduled lecture
Superhero Therapy: Graphic Medicine and Therapy
- Register for the Lunch Bunch now and receive the link each week. Join us whenever you want to discuss the 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.

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