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January 29, 2021 OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE

We are happy to announce that OLLI is undergoing an OLLI Weekly redesign. For the next few months, you will see a streamlined version of the weekly- but stay tuned for our new look, coming soon!
 
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. 
 
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 olli.info@umich.edu or call 734-998-9351

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    All Things 2020 Kickoff
    OLLI Commons Calendar
Do you have a story to tell? On May 27th, 2021 Big Hearts for Seniors will present Big Hearted Stories: Generations, a free virtual event. Applications for storytellers of all ages are being accepted through February 1st! Individual coaching will be provided to those selected. Click here to apply, or visit the BHS website for more information. 

“Big Hearted Stories 2021 is going to be an event filled with heart and connection.  Our theme "Generations" will allow our storytellers to share memories of tradition.  We are excited to take this event to a new level of entertainment and impact with special guest storytellers and a few surprises.  Our desire to honor multiple generations will make this year's event an extraordinary experience.  As it will be virtual, it will be accessible to audiences around the world.  We can't wait!” Breeda Miller- Artistic Director/Volunteer Big Hearts for Seniors

Big Hearts for Seniors is comprised of five Michigan Medicine programs that serve older adults: Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Silver Club Memory Programs and Turner Senior Wellness Program. All funds raised are used to provide critical services and supports to older adults in our community. 

While OLLI continues to meet online, a reminder that OLLI-UM through The UM Geriatrics Center strongly advises members do not meet in their homes for any OLLI volunteer work or discussions due to the current risk of COVID 19 in our community. The OLLI office is happy to direct you to The Commons, a free OLLI online meeting space to schedule any gatherings online. 

Below is an OLLI Reads offering and a FREE two session panel to complement Alice Randall's book to further explore Detroit's "Black Bottom" neighborhood. 
 

Alice Randall’s OLLI Reads event is co-sponsored by the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan

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 featuring her book Black Bottom Saints. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT DETROIT’S BLACK BOTTOM NEIGHBORHOOD IN TWO FREE PANEL DISCUSSIONS-Donations to OLLI are always appreciated for free programs. 

OLLI members can register in the online catalog or email olli.info@umich.edu to be registered, if you do this the links are below, but you will need to sign in.
IF YOU ARE NOT AN OLLI MEMBER, email OLLI.INFO@UMICH.EDU to register.
Panel Discussion: Detroit's Black Bottom and Paradise Valley Neighborhoods: The Settings for Alice Randall's Black Bottom Saints (02/01/2021)
Panel Discussion: The Demolition and Redevelopment of Detroit's Black Bottom and Paradise Valley Neighborhoods and Its Impact on the City (02/15/2021)   


Panel #1: Detroit's Black Bottom and Paradise Valley Neighborhoods: The Settings for Alice Randall's Black Bottom Saints
Monday, February 1 10-11:30 am online

Link: https://umich.zoom.us/j/98774937129
Or Telephone:
Dial 1 312 626 6799 
Webinar ID: 987 7493 7129

Moderator: Craig Ramsay
Panelists:
Jamon Jordan, educator, historian and founder of Black Scroll Network & Tours in Detroit. See more at www.blackscrollnetwork.weebly.com 
 
Lars Bjorn, retired Professor of Sociology, U of M Dearborn; co-author of Before Motown: The History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920-1960, which includes detailed coverage of many of the clubs and other venues, including The Flame Show Bar where Alice Randall's narrator, Ziggy Johnson, was master of ceremonies in the heyday of these neighborhoods; many of which are mentioned in Randall's book. Lars is also President of the Southeastern Michigan Jazz Association.
 
Jim Gallert, co-author of Before Motown: The History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920-1960, produced and hosted jazz programs on WEMU-FM and WDET-FM for over twenty-five years. See more at the website, www.detroitjazzhistory.com, where Jim and Lars Bjorn present a blog where articles are posted, along with other information about Detroit's jazz history. His vast collection of photographs on Detroit jazz and blues music appeared in Before Motown. Jim has also written biographies of several Detroit jazz musicians.
 
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

Link: https://umich.zoom.us/j/98774937129
Or Telephone:
Dial 1 312 626 6799 
Webinar ID: 987 7493 7129

Moderator: Craig Ramsay
Panelists:
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 Battle Philpot (aka Marsha Music), 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: www.marshamusic.wordpress.com



OLLI Reads Presents: Black Bottom Saints | by Alice Randall
February 8, 2021, 10:00am - 12:00pm
$10


Join Alice Randall for a discussion of her magical novel "Black Bottom Saints” which brings to life Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood, one of the most influential, artful Black communities in America.

Alice Randall’s novel brings to life Detroit’s legendary neighborhood, one of the most influential, artful Black communities in America. The novel, reminiscent of E.L. Doctorov’s Ragtime, comes alive through the voice of Joseph “Zig-gy” Johnson (1913-1968) who was a real-life nightclub impresario, dance studio instructor, and entertainment columnist for the Michigan Chronicle.


It takes its shape from the Catholic Saints Day Books with Ziggy choosing his own “52 Saints.” Randall balances the stories of these larger-than-life “Saints” (Dina Washington, Joe Louis, and Sammy Davis, Jr.) with local heroes (Charles Diggs, UAW negotiator Marc Stepp, and Maxine Powell), and creates enthralling characters whose unstoppable ambition, love of style, and faith in community made this black Midwestern neighborhood the rival of New York City’s Harlem.

Alice Randall was born in Detroit and raised in Washington DC. She is a Harvard-educated author of novels, including The Wind Done Gone, Pushkin and the Queen of Spades, Rebel Yell, and Ada’s Rules. She is also the first African American woman to write a #1 Country and Western song (XXX’s and OOO’s which celebrates Aretha Franklin). With her daughter, Caroline Randall Williams, she co-authored the acclaimed cookbook Soul Food Love which won the NAACP Image award and the young adult novel The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess, which received the Phillis Wheatley Award. 

Alice Randall is a Professor and Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University


OLLI Special Projects Presents – OLLI @ Home Series
Monday, February 1st, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Online. $10
  
                       Chaad Thomas Wine Director

Italian Cooking Demo and Wine Pairings with Paesano’s

Owner Michael Roddy, Chef Wade Grysban and Wine Director Chaad Thomas (yes, two a's) will participate in the Italian cooking demo. Chef Wade will be featured in a video demonstrating "Paesano OLLI Oxtail Ragu". The dinner is available for dine in or pick up curbside. It will be on their menu from 4 pm Friday January 29 through dinner service Thursday February 4. Paesano's recommends ordering and reserving the meal a couple days in advance. Other items and wine can also be ordered frothier menu. Orders should be placed by telephone only: 734-971-0484. 

The dinner priced at $26 is served with gnocchi, choice of soup or house salad and bread. Two wine pairings are offered at $22/bottle. 

Red: Indigenous Barbera 
White: Casa della Sala Chardonnay Bramito 
Buon Appetito! 


Click Here to View "Paesano OLLI Oxtail Ragu" Recipe

To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at www.olli-umich.org.

Medical Ethics 101 Lecture Series is sponsored by Hillary Murt and Bruce Friedman, Honoring the Healthcare Providers at Michigan Medicine for Their Bravery and Service

OLLI’s Urgent and Critical Lecture Series Presents
Wednesday, February 3rd, 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Online. $10/Lecture


Medical Ethics 101 - History of Clinical Ethics and Ethics; and Epidemics and Clinical Ethics in the Time of Crisis
Medical Ethics three-part series by Special Projects: 
LECTURE #1: (a) History of Clinical Ethics and Ethics; and (b) Epidemics; and Clinical Ethics in the Time of Crisis
Faculty: Christian Vercler, M.D.


To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at www.olli-umich.org.

OLLI’s Third Thursday Morning Lecture Series - Advances in Science
Thursday, February 4th, 10:00 am - 11:30 am. Online. $10


Formation of Habitable Worlds and the Search for Life
Prof. Bergin will outline current knowledge and observations of planet formation and how worlds like our own are constructed. Today, we are on the cusp of searching for the presence of life elsewhere. Prof. Bergin will also discuss how we will search for Earth-like worlds and begin asking “are we alone in the Universe”?

Edwin (Ted) Bergin is a Professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Michigan. Bergin received his B.S. from Villanova University in 1989, and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 1995. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Henry Russel Award, the highest honor bestowed by the University of Michigan for junior faculty.

In 2019 he was awarded the Heineman Prize for Astrophysics by the American
Astronomical Society and the American Institute of Physics 

To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at www.olli-umich.org.



The Lunch Bunch invites you to participate in guided discussions and personal reflections following each of the lectures in the Thursday Morning Lecture Series: Advances in Science 

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. Donna Clack will facilitate the February 4 12noon – 1pm discussion and reflection session on Formation of Habitable Worlds and Search for Life.
This Lunch Bunch session follows the conclusion of the lecture and the Q&A.  Log on prior to 12noon at

https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 95574902503


Open Study Groups Available for Registration!

The Science of Positivity -  A BOOK READING
Wednesdays, 10-11:30am, February 3 - March 10.  Online.  $40
POSITIVITY: WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW. Some people seem to understand the gifts of positivity better than the rest of us. We call those people resilient. They are the ones who smile in the face of adversity, reframe bad events as opportunities, and adopt a wait-and-see attitude about future threats. This doesn’t mean they never feel bad. Yet, because they they also find ways to cultivate good feelings- even in the midst of crises, their bad feelings don’t last as long. They rebound. We can all become resilient. Positivity is your birthright. Resilience is not just for the chosen few. It’s for the masses. It’s ordinary magic. Our book is POSITIVITY, by Barbara L. Fredrickson, PhD.
Instructor:  Mike Murray
To Register:  Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog.  Sign in at www.olli-umich.org.


“Poverty: Looking from Inside Out” Starting February 10th 
Wednesdays, 10 am-11:30 am, February 10 – March 3.  Online.  $30
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 www.olli-umich.org


Comparing Transitions to Democracy in 18th Century France and 20th Century South Africa
Tuesdays, 1-2:00pm, 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 www.olli-umich.org.

UPCOMING OLLI PROGRAMS
OLLI's Distinguished Lecture Series Presents...
Tuesday, February 9th, 10:00 am – 11:30 pm. Online. $10


How to Win the Game… and Keep Winning
It seems ironic that in a business which is increasingly competitive, most managers fail to appreciate the basic nature of competition. And more important they do not know how to win the game ……. Or keep on winning. The purpose of this presentation is therefore to explore the nature of competition, and thereby the methods to win the game ….and keep on winning.

John Branch currently teaches a variety of marketing and international business courses at the undergraduate, MBA and executive levels at the Stephen M... Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and serves as Co-Director of the Yaffe Digital Media Initiative. Previously he was Academic Director of the School’s weekend and evening MBA programs. In addition, he serves as Director of Educational Outreach at the University’ at the University’s William Davidson Institute. He also holds an appointment at the University’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian studies.


To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at www.olli-umich.org.

OLLI’s Urgent and Critical Lecture Series Presents… Medical Ethics 101 Three-Part Series
Wednesday, February 10th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Online. $10/Lecture; Series $25


Ethics at the End of Life: Principles and Case Discussions; and The Interplay between Medical Ethics and Evolving Medical Science
Medical Ethics three-part series by Special Projects: This lecture series is sponsored by Hillary Murt and Bruce Friedman, Honoring the Healthcare Providers at Michigan Medicine for Their Bravery and Service
 
LECTURE #2: (a) Ethics at the End of Life: Principles and Case Discussions; and (b) The Interplay between Medical Ethics and Evolving Medical Science

Faculty: Adam Marks, M.D.


To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at www.olli-umich.org.

This lecture is sponsored by Rebecca Van Dyke in honor of her father, Henry Van Dyke, a 13-year member of the OLLI Lectures Committee.

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


Human Dispersal(s) from Africa
Professor Kingston will like to review the evidence for migratory events of early hominins out of Africa as they spread out into the Old World, presumably in response to changing climatic conditions and possibly demographic pressures. 

Professor Kingston will examine environmental proxies potentially linked to these dispersal events and genetic evidence for the timing and nature of movement of early hominins.

Professor Kingston is a Biological Anthropologist interested in reconstructing the environmental context of various stages of human evolution. He conducts field research primarily in Africa at various fossil sites, ranging from localities that have yielded remains of apes predating the origin of the human lineage, sites from which fossil humans (hominins) have been recovered, and more recent archeological localities. 

He is especially interested in identifying factors that drove or mediated evolutionary innovations in our lineage. In this research, he utilizes biogeochemical approaches to reconstruct dietary ecology, climatic conditions, and vegetational structure.

To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at
www.olli-umich.org.
 
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 libarton@umich.edu. 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 
olli-umich.org/commons-calendar
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!
https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 95574902503


In the Commons February 1 – 5

    Coffee + Show or Tell:   Tuesday February 2   9 – 10am 
     We’ll be discussing how we learned to drive!

•    The Schmoozery:  Wednesday February 3   1 – 2pm

•    The Lunch Bunch:  Thursday February 4   Noon – 1pm
      Donna Clack will facilitate the after-lecture discussion on Formation of                Habitable Worlds and Search for Life.

•    First Friday Happy Hour:  Friday February 5   4:30 – 5:30pm
     Frances Schultz Chairperson of the Lectures Committee will be guest                 hostess.

Want to schedule a meeting, recurring meet-up group, or family event in the Commons?

Email olli.info@umich.edu 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.
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 @ A2Fran@SBCglobal.net  for more information.

America Without Racism: Making the Vision a Reality Registration, Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

www.eventbrite.com
FREE - Washtenaw Faces Race presents America Without Racism: Making the Vision a Reality - Friday, February 5, 2021 | Saturday, February 6, 2021 - Find event and registration information.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/america-without-racism-making-the-vision-a-reality-registration-134939510709

 
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 libarton@umich.edu. She will be happy to connect you.

COVID-19 Resources and Services in Washtenaw County
CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Washtenaw Community Health Department: https://www.washtenaw.org/3095/COVID-19
Michigan Medicine: https://www.uofmhealth.org/coronavirus-covid-19-update


COVID-19 Help and Services Washtenaw County - Google Docs
 
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