The Equal Opportunity Registration Period for Study and Shared Interests Groups has closed. Winter/Spring 2020-21 registration continues for courses that are not oversubscribed. 
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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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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’s Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and OLLI Reads Presents
Monday, February 15th  10-11:30 am. Online. Free

OLLI’s Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and OLLI Reads are Co-hosting two panels related to Alice Randall’s appearance for OLLI Reads on February 8, 2021. Second panel information below.


Panel #2:  The Demolition and Redevelopment of Detroit's Black Bottom and Paradise Valley Neighborhoods and Its Impact on the City
Monday, February 15  10-11:30 am online 

Or Telephone:
Dial 1 312 626 6799 
Webinar ID: 987 7493 7129

Moderator: Craig Ramsay
June Manning Thomas, Professor Emerita of Urban Planning, Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan. Author of articles and books on city planning efforts, including the redevelopment of parts of Detroit after WWII, including Black Bottom. See her book, Redevelopment and Race: Planning A Finer City in Postwar Detroit, and her contributions as co-editor of the volume, Mapping Detroit: Land, Community and Shaping a City.

MARSHA MUSIC (aka Marsha Battle Philpot), self-described primordial Detroiter and Detroitist; author of The Detroitist: An Anthology About Detroit, activist and daughter of Joe Von Battle, owner of Joe's Record Shop on Hastings Street in Black Bottom and on 12th Street after urban renewal forced him to move. Marsha also has lived in Lafayette Park, designed by famous architect, Mies van der Rohe, and the centerpiece of the residential redevelopment of Black Bottom in the 1950s. See more at her website:

OLLI Special Projects Presents – OLLI @ Home Series
Monday, February 15th, 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Online. $10

All About Succulents  
The day after Valentine’s Day, Dani Vignos, owner of University Flower Shop, will offer us a glimpse into her shop and how to create interesting and attractive succulent gardens. 

Mike Palmer, a horticulturist at the Matthaei Botancial Gardens, will talk about the care and propagation of succulents at home. He will treat the audience to beautiful slides from the greenhouse and talk about how to successfully grow succulents at home. Spoiler alert: Succulents do not like to be watered too often.

Mike Palmer, Greenhouse Research Coordinator, has been with Matthaei Botanical Gardens since 1990, joining the staff after he received his B.S. in Commercial Horticulture from Purdue University. At Purdue he focused his studies on woody plants and plant propagation, with emphasis on botanical nomenclature and public gardens. At Matthaei, Mike coordinates research in the greenhouses and is gatekeeper for research projects on the grounds.

University Flower Shop, established in 1931, is a floral design studio and shop in Ann Arbor’s historic Nickels Arcade. Led by owner and designer, Danielle Vignos, he shop creates custom floral arrangements and wrapped bouquets for any mood and all occasions. The flower shop team team is always in search of interesting and seasonal ingredients to keep minds inspired and guests intrigued. 

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

OLLI’s Urgent and Critical Lecture Series Presents 
Tuesday, February 16th, 10:00 - 11:30 am. Free
Mental Health Perspectives During the COVID-19 Pandemic 
As the pandemic continues without a specific end in sight, many of us here and around the world continue to struggle emotionally. Two experts will shed light on how those struggles are manifesting themselves today and what we can anticipate in the mental health realm going forward. Dr. Sheria Robinson-Lane will focus on pandemic impacts in older adults. Dr. Sheila Marcus will speak to mental health implications of the pandemic on adults and children as well as strategies for managing associated ongoing stress.

Sheria Robinson-Lane, PhD, RN, is a gerontologist with expertise in palliative care, long-term care, and nursing administration. She has focused her career on the care and support of older adults with cognitive and/or functional disabilities. Dr. Robinson-Lane is interested in the ways that older adults adapt to changes in health, and particularly how adaptive coping strategies effect health outcomes. Her research is focused on reducing health disparities for minority older adults with cognitive impairments and their informal caregivers. Prior to coming to coming to the University of Michigan School of Nursing, Dr. Robinson-Lane completed an NIHfunded advanced research rehabilitation training program in community living and participation with the University of Michigan Medical School.

Sheila M. Marcus, MD, is a Clinical Professor in the UM Department of Psychiatry and Division head of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She leads a statewide program MC3 which assists primary care providers throughout the state in caring for individuals with mental health concerns. During COVID pandemic, she has assisted primary care providers and first-line providers with psychological first aid and balancing the stress of the pandemic with work and home obligations.

To Join Click Here: Webinar ID: 992 2927 1737, audio only 1-312-626-6799 followed by 992 2927 1737 and #
Zoom Link:

OLLI Special Projects Presents – Medical Ethics 101 Three-Part Series. Sponsored by Hillary Murt and Bruce Friedman, Honoring the Healthcare Providers at Michigan Medicine for Their Bravery and Service
February 17, 2021, 10:00 - 11:30 am. Online. $10
LECTURE #3: (a) Key Legal Cases in Medical Ethics; and (b) Ethics of Human Research.
Faculty: Edward Goldman, J.D

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

Afternoons with OLLI Committee Presents

Wednesday, February 17th, 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Online. $5

Washtenaw Refugee Coalition – Refugees Given a Voice
Over the recent years we have all become more aware of the plight of refugees and asylum seekers. Individuals and families from around the world are fleeing from war, poverty, and oppression. Attempts to enter our country have been met with physical and regulatory obstruction, all in conflict with values many of us hold dear. Refugees and asylum seekers, who are often invisible to those in power, must rely on others to plead their collective cases to Congress.

A group of Ann Arborites have decided to take action to address this injustice. The Washtenaw Refugee Coalition is a new interfaith group of passionate and dedicated individuals who are learning how to advocate on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers. You will be fascinated to hear the story of the group’s founding, the training they have received, and actions they have been taking. You may even find their cause to be one you want to embrace.

Beth Wilensky is the founder and leader of the Washtenaw Refugee Coalition. Beth has served on the Board of Jewish Family Services (a local organization providing services to refugees), and is a Clinical Professor of Law in the Legal Practice Program at the University of Michigan. 

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

OLLI’s Third Thursday Morning Lecture Series - Advances in Science    
Thursday, February 18th, 10:00 - 11:30 am. Online. $10                      

Welcome to the Anthropocene
Today’s rapid environmental change from human actions and ongoing geologic activity of our planet require that modern human society is able to prepare, absorb, respond and adapt to adverse conditions, captured by the concept of ‘Societal Resilience’. Scientific understanding of the challenges is required for meaningful action.

Ben van der Pluijm is BR Clark Collegiate Professor of Geology and Professor of the Environment at the University of Michigan. His research areas are
Structure/Tectonics, dealing with the geologic evolution of Earth’s crust from minerals to mountains, and Geohazards and Societal Resilience, dealing
with planet-human interactions. 

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: Advances in Science   Click on OLLI Commons Calendar for a full description of the Lunch Bunch activity.

These guided discussion and personal reflection sessions are free--no registration is required.

Each session will be facilitated by a member of the Lectures' subcommittee that created the series. Dick Chase will facilitate the February 18 12noon – 1pm discussion on Welcome to the Anthropocene.
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 Reads Presents…
The Spirit Ambulance: Choreographing the End of Life in Thailand | by Scott Stonington
Wednesday, February 24th, 3:00 pm – 5:00 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 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
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
(1) February 18, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Plasticity, epigenetics, & evolution 
by Prof. David Pfennig, Univ. of North Carolina

(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
We are seeing important new initiatives by the Biden administration to begin to address poverty. How many of us really understand what it is like to be living in poverty? What stereotypes might affect how we think about those struggling? What might be done to help on a local level?  The OLLI study group, "Poverty: Looking from the Inside Out" begins on Wednesday, February 10. It is led by Suzanne Van Dam who leads a local program helping motivated residents work their way out of poverty. You will find this offering (page 47 in the catalog) to be rewarding.
Instructor:  Suzanne Van Dam

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!

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

In the Commons February 15 – 19
•   Coffee + Show or Tell   Tues February 16th 9 – 10am
Our coffee group will be sharing what they love about where they live.

•    The Schmoozery: At our Age, In this Age   Wed February 17th   1 – 2pm
The Schmoozery: At Our 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.

•    The Lunch Bunch:  Thursday  February 18th   Noon – 1pm
Dick Chase will facilitate the after-lecture discussion on Welcome to the Anthropocene.

Poetry Reading with Ginny Bentz:  Friday February 19th, 7- 8pm
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.
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.
Other Community Online Events and Learning Opportunities
...Shared by Turner Senior Wellness Programs 

Turner African American Services Council (TAASC) – MLK Day 2021 Recording

Thank you all again for participating in TAASC's MLK Day on January 23, 2021. If you were registered but unable to attend, please enjoy this recording of the event. If you were able to attend and would like to share the event with a friend or family member, please feel free to share the link. Thank you again and enjoy!

To view click this link:

The giant tap-dancing noses scene from Shostakovich's The Nose (The Royal Opera)
To view click this link:

Ndlovu Youth Choir - Jolene (Official Music Video)
To view click this link:

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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COVID-19 Help and Services Washtenaw County - Google Docs
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