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Please contact Lisa Barton at for an interesting opportunity!   734-998-9356

Register now! Our online catalog is available:
Click here for a link to a pdf of our Fall catalog. 

OLLI-UM Online Registration is still Open! 
Classes started: Monday, September 21

All events are open on a first come first serve basis.

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.
Important OLLI Web Resources –
Click on the links below to connect you!

OLLI Website 
Donate to OLLI
OLLI Video Catalog  
OLLI Calendar
All Things 2020 Kickoff
OLLI Commons Calendar

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. 

OLLI’s Second Thursday Morning Lecture Series
1619-Present – The Many Consequences of Slavery:  The Cost of Historical Injustices    

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Thursday, November 5th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Online. Fee $10
Racial Wealth Gaps: Historical Precedents and Present Consequences  

From forced chattel slavery and disparate land distribution via the Homestead Act to discriminatory practices and violent responses from vigilante groups and law enforcement, Blacks have frequently been shut out of opportunities to build and sustain wealth. Reviewing historical events and current trends, this talk will examine disparities in wealth by race. We will close with a discussion of the consequences of wealth inequality as well as potential solutions.

Dr. Trina R. Shanks, Professor and Director of Community Engagement at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and Founding Director of the Center for Equitable Family & Community Well-Being. She has a Ph.D. from Washington University and attended the Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Her research interests include the impact of poverty and wealth on child well-being; asset-building policy and practice across the life cycle; and community and economic development. She is national co-lead for the Social Work Grand Challenge: Reduce Extreme Economic Inequality.

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Lunch Bunch Host Betty Brown-Chappell
The Lunch Bunch welcomes sessions for discussion and personal reflection following each of the lectures in the Thursday Morning Lecture Series: 1619–Present -The Many Consequences of Slavery: The Cost of Historical Injustice. 

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

The sessions will provide an opportunity each week to discuss and reflect on the day’s lecture.  Each session will be facilitated by a member of the Lectures' subcommittee that created the series. By the end of the sessions you should be able to formulate a personal action plan.  Your plan will help to resolve the historic dilemmas discussed during the lectures.  Your plan will move you to take action on national, state and local issues.

Betty Brown-Chappell will facilitate the 1619 – Present discussion and reflection session on November 5 from 12 – 1pm. The session follows the conclusion of the lecture and Q&A.  Log on prior to 12noon at

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.

The Commons is a free and open Zoom meeting space for OLLI members. It is a community of informal groups that meet throughout the month, but it is also an available space to use for one-time events scheduled at member request, quick jump-ons or meet-ups among friends.
For events and opportunities in the Commons, search its Calendar by
clicking here.

Coffee + Show or Tell with Marta Skiba
Tuesday, November 3, 9:00 – 10:00am.  OnlineFree.  No registration required.
Hope you are able to join Marta Skiba in the OLLI Commons on Tuesday November 3rd at 9:00 for Coffee+Show or Tell. If you are able, bring a story to share with us OR you’re welcome to join us and be only a listener. Coffee+Show or Tell in the Commons lets you start the day with friends and make new connections.

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

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Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age with Hank Greenspan
Wednesday, November 4, 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Online. Free. No registration required.
The core of The Schmoozery is sharing stories and reflections that center on being at our age, in this age—whether defined by coronavirus, political and cultural transition, or other topics that seem relevant. 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.                                                                            
The Schmoozery convenes every Wednesday, from 1-2 pm, via the Zoom link below.  Please come at the start.

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

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 4:30PM – 5:30PM   Online. Free. No registration required

First Friday Happy Hour meets the first Friday of every month from 4:30 – 5:30pm. It will be what Friday Happy Hour always is – a time to relax at the end of the week, find your way to the friendliest spot, and meet some new friends. Stop by every First Friday, see who the guest host is and catch up with the action!

Zoom Link to join this programming:
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 95574902503

Pop-Up "Physics Commons" with Craig Stephan and Dick Chase will be co-hosting a "Physics Commons" immediately following on Wednesday, November 4th, following the event below! The Commons will commence 15 minutes after the Q&A ends. 

A Physicist's Adventures in Virology

To join the Physics Commons after A Physicist's Adventures in Virology concludes: 
Zoom link:
Webinar ID: 95574902503
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 10th, 10:00 am - 11:30 am. Online. Fee $10

OLLI Distinguished Lecture Series Presents 

What Happened Last Tuesday
Michael Traugott, Research Professor Emeritus, Center for Political Studies
The presidential election of 2020 will be the most critical and challenging in recent memory. Results will determine the composition of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and influence the future composition of the US Supreme Court. It will undoubtedly change the face of both major political parties. 

Professor Emeritus Michael Traugott will talk about the November election outcomes, including the campaigns, primaries, and caucuses. 

New: Reserve these dates!  
Join the OLLI Pick The Topics Party!

Ever wonder how the OLLI's Thursday morning lecture topics get selected? By you! All OLLI members are invited to our Pick The Topics Party to pick the themes for Fall 2021-May 2022 Thursday lectures!  It takes a few meetings- join us on:

Friday, November 20th, Noon-2:00pm

To sign up, you can register online, like you register for other OLLI programs, at
You can also sign up by emailing Ben Richards, OLLI Assistant Director, at
OLLI is Seeking New Members for Several Committees. Learn more here....

Looking for volunteers for OLLI’s Distinguished Lecture Committee 
The Distinguished Lecture Committee is looking for OLLI members who wish to join the committee and help choose upcoming speakers. The Committee reviews approximately 80 to 90 speakers annually to fill 10 monthly slots for the following fiscal year from September 2021 to June 2022.

The criteria for selection is based on speakers who are articulate and have an interesting subject to share with our OLLI audience. Our annual meeting will take place by Zoom in January 2021.

If you decide to become members of the Distinguished Lecture, you will join a group of OLLI members who have enjoyed fellowship and working as a team. Please email to share your interest.

Humanities Committee Volunteers Needed!
"Science is the HOW, Humanities is the WHY” - George Lucas
Wanted: Interested volunteers who wish to make a difference as OLLI continues to  develop new, meaningful Humanities study groups. If you have an interest in any of the following, we could use your help in finding facilitators in all these areas:

    Architecture            Music
    Art                          Theater
    History & Culture    Film
    Literature                Religion
    Poetry                     Philosophy & Spirituality
    Drama                     Writing

We live in an area rich with residents who are passionate and knowledgeable
in all of these area. Help us persuade them to share those interests with our 
members. If you are interested in being part of the Humanities, please contact:
Lonni Vitale

OLLI's new Commons is looking for a volunteer who'd like to host a bi-weekly Games Hour starting in November. If playing cards or other games online is your new passion, this volunteer opportunity is for you!  Email or call (734) 998-9351 if you're interested.

OLLI’s Shared Interest Group (SIGs) is looking for volunteers! 
SIGs are a new offering from OLLI – the first ones started during the winter of 2019-2020.  A SIG consists of a group of people with a shared interest to meet at regular intervals.  A SIG can involve a shared physical activity (cycling on trails), a shared craft (needlework) or some form of a discussion group (medical ethics) or a combination of discussion/education sessions and physical activity sessions.  A SIG is proposed and started by a facilitator but evolves into a long-term community of people who work together to plan and partake in meetings.  An OLLI SIG will also include an educational component which can be provided by any of the community members.  Unlike other OLLI programs, a SIG is designed to function long-term, not just for a semester or a year. 
If you want to start a new SIG, please contact the OLLI office/Ben Richards through the OLLI website.

Rebecca Van Dyke - Co-chair of SIG Committee

OLLI's new Commons is looking for a volunteer who'd like to host a bi-weekly Games Hour starting in November. If playing cards or other games online is your new passion, this volunteer opportunity is for you! Email or call (734) 998-9351 if you're interested.

To Our OLLI UM Study Group Leaders – Past, Present, and Future
A huge THANK YOU to all our OLLI members who are leading, have led or who would like to lead a Study Group!  

Many of you have facilitated outstanding courses in areas of your expertise. Many of you have led terrific study groups without being subject matter experts. Some of you have had careers in academia and transitioned to teaching older adults (a different experience).  A highly valued strength of our OLLI study group leaders is their various and diverse backgrounds and interests. 

We also want to recognize your successful transition to teaching and leading in an online environment. Until such time when we can meet together in-person, thank you for providing the ability for OLLI members to stay connected, share mutual interests, and learn together.  

To all Study Group leaders, past, present and future, thank you!
Have a great idea to lead a Study Group?  Contact Ben Richards at or Ann Tomlanovich at

Social Interaction Committee

The Social Interaction Committee needs help with
The Commons: supporting start up of a group,  collaborating with staff to organize the calendar, ensuring all components are advertised regularly
The January 2021 virtual Winter Open House: contributing experience in online program development, collaborating with chair and staff on technology design and use, creating draft copy for the December 2020 Winter/Spring catalog. 

Please contact Lynn Boyer for more information at

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.

Dr. Raymond Yung, Director, Geriatrics Center and Institute of Gerontology and Chief, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine was recently interviewed for an article in AARP. Read the article Pros and Cons of Participating in a Clinical Trial here:
From Other OLLIs Around the Country
Shared from…OLLI at Furman University 
Join us Friday afternoons this fall for Upstate Cocktails with a Curator, a limited series developed by Furman librarian and OLLI instructor, Jeff Makala. There’s a suggested cocktail for each Friday, or fill your glass with whatever you want. 

October 30th Melissa Edmundson Makala, Between the Wars, Between the Covers: Women’s Interwar Ghost Stories of the 1920s and 1930s
Just in time for Halloween, Melissa Edmundson Makala will draw on her previous research into women’s ghost stories—as well as material from her own collection of women’s supernatural fiction—to highlight an underrepresented (but incredibly productive period) in ghost fiction: the interwar years spanning the 1920s-1930s. We’ll consider how these stories were influenced by war, feminism, empire, and changing social structures. 


Cocktail: Hanky Panky

1 1/2 ounces gin
1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
2 dashes Fernet-Branca (can substitute Amaro)
Garnish: orange peel

In a mixing glass filled with ice, pour the gin, sweet vermouth, and Fernet-Branca. Add a dash of orange juice if you like. Stir well, for at least 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist an orange peel over the drink to release its oils, then lay it over the rim as a garnish.

Join Zoom Meeting:  Meeting ID: 933 3561 9088
Recorded sessions available for viewing on OLLI’s YouTube channel:


Shared from…OLLI at University of Arizona

David J. Dunford - U.S. Foreign Policy Priorities in the Next Administration
Wednesday, November 4 at 1:00 pm (Mountain Time)

Learn More and Register Here

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.

Be sure to take a look at the Free Urgent and Critical Lecture Series we will be offering on COVID-19 in the Fall – co-hosted by the Turner Senior Wellness Program.

Pandemic Update: Vaccines, Testing and Treatments
Tuesday, November 17
Dr. Emily Toth Martin
Zoom Link to join this programming: Webinar ID: 95090096277 
For audio only, please dial 1-312-626-6799, followed by 95090096277 and #  

Joy in the Time of COVID-19
Tuesday, December 15
Victor J. Strecher, Ph.D., MPH, UM Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education
Zoom Link to join this programming: Webinar ID: 98813157118 
For audio only, please dial 1-312-626-6799, followed by 98813157118 and #  

Washtenaw Community Health Department:
Michigan Medicine:

COVID-19 Resources and Services in Washtenaw County
COVID-19 Help and Services Washtenaw County - Google Docs

Grocery Store, Pharmacy & Fresh Food Hours for Ann Arbor Seniors
Mother Teresa (1910-1997) -  Founder Of The Missionaries Of Charity

Don’t forget: Make Your Voice Heard on Election Day!


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