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                                Save the Date! 

Please Note: Upcoming change and requirement to participate in OLLI Commons activities started Monday, April 19th! 
Do you participate in any of the free, interesting and creative activities in the OLLI Commons, such as Schmoozery, Book Beat, Happy Hour, Coffee + Show or Tell, Lunch Bunch, or Poetry Reading? Starting on Monday, April 19th OLLI will be providing improved and necessary Zoom security for all Commons events. Activities in the Commons are free and open, but to receive the Zoom links, you must register. See the OLLI Commons web page for details.

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
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Are You Looking for Volunteer Opportunities at OLLI?
*** Lead a Study Group ***
Do you have a talent, skill, or burning desire to share a favorite topic with like-minded individuals? You don’t need to be an expert to lead an OLLI study group – you need only have the interest in a topic and the self-confidence to offer leadership for a learning experience. Please complete one of the proposal forms below and send to Julie Brown, Assistant Director, OLLI-UM, at or mail to OLLI-UM, 2401 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105.  
Proposals due no later than May 10, 2021.  THANK YOU!!•  

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 Fifth Thursday Morning Lectures Series Presents – Coffee to Caravans    
Thursday, April 29th, 10:00 – 11:30 am. Online. $10.

Religion in Central America After 1960 
I first discuss Catholicism after 1960.  Next, I discuss the boom of Protestantism, especially Pentecostalism, from 0 to 20, 30, or even 40% in some countries.  I also briefly discuss the spectacular membership explosion of Mormonism, which I studied firsthand in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. The final major change in the Central American religious landscape is the rise of the no religion category, going up from near 0 to 4-10% in only 40 years.
Henri Gooren (PhD Anthropology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands) is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Religious Studies at Oakland University in Rochester MI.  His books are Rich among the Poor (1999), Religious Disaffiliation and Conversion: Tracing Patterns of Change in Faith Practices (2010), and the Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions (ed. 2019). Gooren publishes extensively on conversion models and on multiple religions in Latin America: 12 encyclopedia entries, 17 book chapters, and 19 journal articles. 

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


Lunch Bunch meets at noon to discuss the morning’s lecture.
Katherine Woo, chair of the 
Central America subcommittee, will facilitate
Registering once for Lunch Bunch is now required to receive the Zoom link,
as part of OLLI’s Zoom security practices.
  Use the
instructions here
We look forward to seeing you!
on whatever Lunch Bunch Thursdays work for you.
to register. Then join us.

Log on prior to noon

OLLI Special Projects Presents – OLLI @ Home Series
Monday, May 3rd, 3:00 - 4:30 pm. Online. $10

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Chocolate
Barbara Wilson, co-owner of Mindo Chocolate, will start her demonstration with cacao beans and end with a finished product. Tasting chocolates is involved! Participants can purchase a chocolate sampler and taste along.

Barbara Wilson is a chocolate maker. She makes and sells mostly chocolate bars but also baking chocolate and specialty items including brownies. In school she received a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, and a master’s degree in Public Health specializing in education so she always comes back to education. What she enjoys most about her business is educating people about chocolate. She also strives to have a business that is socially responsible and environmentally friendly. She coowns Mindo Chocolate with her husband Jose Meza.

Barbara asks that if you are interested in purchasing her samples that you do so ASAP so she can get the supplies together and shipped on time. 

Here is the link: 

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

OLLI’s Fifth Thursday Morning Lectures Series Presents – Coffee to Caravans    
Thursday, May 6th, 10:00 - 11:30 am. Online. $10

Tracking Hemispheric Violence through the Experiences of
Nicaraguan Refugees 

In 2018, the Nicaraguan government repressed mass protests, forcing some 100,000 people into political exile. This lecture examines the experiences of refugees who fled to Costa Rica and the United States as an entry point for understanding webs of hemispheric violence rooted in capitalist accumulation
and regional security and immigration policy. Refugees’ stories suggest that dominant narratives about the crisis elide the root causes of violence and any real vision of a more just future for the Americas.

Jennifer Goett is Associate Professor of Comparative Cultures and Politics at Michigan State University and author of Black Autonomy: Race, Gender, and Afro-Nicaraguan Activism (Stanford 2016). Her work examines grassroots social movements, state violence, land dispossession, and infrastructure megaprojects in Central America. Her most recent project focuses on Nicaraguan asylum seekers in Costa Rica and the United States. In addition, she works as a pro bono expert witness for asylum cases in U.S. immigration court. 

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

Distinguished Lecture Series Presents
Tuesday, May 11th, 10:00 – 11:30 am. Online. $10 
The Economy: How Long Will It Take to Recover in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic?

After more than half century of progress, the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the women’s labor force participation back to many decades as they grapple with job loss and child care loss. Will this permanently set women back? How long will this take for the economy to recover? Professor Stevenson will cover
the current state of the macro economy with a focus on how the pandemic and government policy responses have affected the labor market and the shape of the economic recovery.

Betsey Stevenson is a professor of public policy and economics at the University of Michigan. She is a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a visiting associate professor of Economics at the University of Sydney, a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Research, a fellow of the IFO Institute for Economic Research in Munich. and serves on the executive committee of the American Economic Association. She served as a member of the Council of Economic Advisors from 2013 to 2015, where she advised the Obama Administration. on social policy, labor market, and trade issues. She served as the chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor from 2010 to 2011 where she advised the Secretary of Labor on labor policy and participating as the secretary’s deputy to the White House economic team.

Dr. Stevenson earned a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Wellesley College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. 

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

OLLI’s Fifth Thursday Morning Lectures Series Presents – Coffee to Caravans
Thursday, May 13th, 10:00 – 11:30 am. Online. $10

Economic Profile of Central America
An overview of the economy of Central American countries, including but not limited to the population trend, the development policies, and important economic sectors in the region. Specific topics include factors of population change, historical event that shaped the development trajectory of the region, actual development policies and their effectiveness, as well as sectoral analysis such as tourism, agriculture, and others.

Dr. Leonidas Murembya is an Assistant Professor of international development (sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America), as well as of the evaluation of social research for the economics department at Michigan State University. Dr. Murembya is also an Economic Specialist for the State of Michigan, where he works with economic and workforce development agencies throughout the state of Michigan providing them with crucial economic data and analysis to make informed decisions. 

To Register: Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog. Sign in at
Last Class - OLLI's Study Group Committee Second Series of “Science Pop-Ups”! 

Series 2, hosted by Craig Stephan. The last afternoon talk is Thursday, April 29th from 1:00-2:30 pm. 
April 29
The Artificial Intelligence Revolution in Medicine
by Prof. Oge Marques, Computer Science and Engineering. Florida Atlantic University

$10/Lecture; Series $35Visit OLLI’s Website Course Catalog for more details including speaker bio's and lecture abstracts, and to register.  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.

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 new improved and necessary Zoom security practices.

  Use the instructions here to register.  

Join us at one of our upcoming groups!
OLLI Book Beat:  Tuesday, April 27 4 – 5pm **new time
Guest Host: Syd Kaufman, OLLI Study Group Leader and facilitator for the Mystery Book Club Shared Interest Group (SIG), will be presenting the literary genre we call ‘mysteries’ and making suggestions of books we might like to read.   Please join us for the fun!  

The Schmoozery:   Wednesday, April 28th   1 – 2pm with Hank Greenspan
At our Age…In this Age

Lunch Bunch:  Thursday, April 29th Noon – 1pm with Katherine Woo
Religion in Central America After 1960

E-biking: the Perfect Outdoor Exercise for Seniors 
May 5th    10 – 11am
Host:  Bruce Friedman
                     Use the instructions here to register.
New technology now offers for seniors the "perfect" form of outdoor exercise: e-biking. Simply put, an e-bike is a bicycle with an electric motor and battery attached for "assistance" when riding at the level you personally select. Here are some of the major points to covered in the presentation:
  • The "anatomy" and components of a typical e-bike
  • The different models of e-bikes available in the market with typical prices
  • Profile of a typical senior e-bike aficionado
  • A brief tutorial about the interaction of gearing and motor assistance for a smooth and safe ride
  • Hints about how to most enjoy your bike rides such as distance traveled and paths-versus-road riding

Check The Commons web page for registration information.
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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