Please note that we will be closed on Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.

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. Our recorded lectures 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

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                           
Calendar Time Schedule Pencil Cartoon Graphic by Ardwork · Creative Fabrica

Membership Meeting on July 8th at 4:00 PM
Click the meeting link below:

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.
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 7, from 1pm – 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.
First Friday Happy Hour, Coffee with Marta, Book Beat, and Lunch Bunch are on summer break in July and August.  
We are delighted that these programs will return in the fall, along with an exciting new offering, the Michigan OLLI Collaboration.
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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