Winter/Spring 2020-21 registration continues for courses that are not oversubscribed. There are still many study groups open!
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 or call 734-998-9351

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    All Things 2020 Kickoff
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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 Special Projects Presents – OLLI @ Home Series
Monday, March 1st, 3:00 - 4:30 pm. Online. $10

If you enjoy drinking hot tea, did you ever wonder why your homemade tea does not seem to taste quite as delicious as that purchased at professional tea shops? If you are interested in a new experience, or are already an avid tea drinker, please join us for a fun filled Olli@Home tea tasting event featuring Lisa McDonald, owner of the TeaHaus in Kerrytown. Lisa is one of only seven European trained tea sommeliers in the U.S.  TeaHaus teas are all tested in Germany for pesticides and heavy metals.  This is because Germany has the strictest quality-controls and they surpass even U.S. organic standards.

Together we will learn about the different types of teas, their taste and their origins. Lisa will also demonstrate how to professionally brew tea and we will be able to follow her instructions and brew our own delightful cups of tea at home. 

Participants will have an opportunity to purchase a sampler of different teas and tea infused treats from TeaHaus before the event. Please click on to place your order. The cost of the sampler which includes various teas and tea infused treats is $10.00. If your order needs to be shipped to your address, the total price of the sampler will be $13.00.

You can pick-up your order at the TeaHaus walk-up window or in the store.   If you are picking up your sampler, please place your order no less than 48 hours before the class. In addition, if you plan to have your order shipped, please allow at least 14 days for arrival.     

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

OLLI’s Third Thursday Morning Lecture Series - Advances in Science   
Thursday, March 4th, 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 a guided discussion following the lecture Welcome to the Anthropocene (This lecture was previously scheduled for February 18.) Dick Chase will facilitate this discussion.

This guided discussion is free--no registration is required.

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 Special Projects Presents… 
                  Torn from the Headlines March Topic!!

This monthly series goes behind the headlines with a two-part program each month. Hear first from an expert on the topic with an opportunity for an extended Q and A. On the day following the session, join a continued facilitated discussion in the Commons. Registration now open--$10 per topic which includes both Monday and Tuesday sessions. Future topics and speakers to be announced based on current happenings.

Please join us Monday, March 8th and Tuesday, March 9th for a look at GM’s
“Aspiration” for Zero Emission Vehicles by 2035: How will this impact the Industry? and a lively discussion about how this recent announcement is raising both business and political issues.

GM announced that it “aspires” to have all of its global light-duty vehicles, including full-size pickups and SUVs, to be zero emissions by 2035. The Environmental Defense Fund calls GM's move an "extraordinary step forward.”  Should electric cars be the focus, or is the optimum approach to combine them with fuel efficiency efforts?  Should we consider GM CEO Mary Barra as a leader on this issue or has she been inconsistent?  How does the timing of this decision relate to the election of and transition to the Biden Administration, and what role will it play?  What can we expect from the competing auto companies, both in the U.S. and globally?
Monday, March 8, 2021 4-5 pm—One hour Q & A with John M. DeCicco, Research Professor emeritus, University of Michigan Energy Institute. Facilitated discussion with Karen Bantel, Ph.D., OLLI member and instructor; former U-M Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 2-3 pm—Facilitated discussion with participants.  Moderated by Karen Bantel. 

      John DeCicco                   Karen Bantel
John M. DeCicco is a research professor emeritus retired from the University of Michigan Energy Institute. His work addresses global energy and environmental challenges through an interdisciplinary approach anchored in physical science while drawing insights from economics, other social sciences and public policy.

As a nationally recognized leader on energy issues, Professor DeCicco’s research has focused on transportation sector energy use and CO2 emissions, including vehicle efficiency, petroleum use, biofuels, electrification and consumer issues as well as the role of atmospheric CO2 removal in offsetting the CO2 released from the combustion of liquid fuels. His past studies were influential in the development of automotive fuel economy and GHG emissions standards and his recent work addresses methodological challenges related to biofuels and atmospheric CO2 levels.
He remains active in research and also teaches the “Mobility and the Environment” module for the Foundations of Mobility online credential offered by the University of Michigan. His Cars and Climate website includes brief summaries of his work and perspectives on the issue.

Over the years he has analyzed many other energy and environmental topics, including energy use in buildings, energy-related consumer behavior and the impacts of electricity generation. He directed the University of Michigan Energy Survey from Fall 2013 through Winter 2019; co-chaired the university’s conference on Transportation, Economics, Energy and the Environment (TE3) from 2014 through 2019; and serves as a lecturer and speaker for both academic and general audiences.

Before returning to academia in 2009, he spent over twenty years working on energy and environmental policy at nonprofit organizations, including positions as a senior fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund, transportation director for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and staff scientist at the National Audubon Society. He has testified numerous times before Congress and has more than 200 published papers, articles, reports and formal public policy submissions to his credit. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Princeton University.


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Distinguished Lecture Series Presents
Tuesday, March 9th, 10:00 - 11:30 am. Online. $10

The Political Power of Optimism
We are in a historical moment when longstanding social problems have taken
on new urgency. The Black Lives movement and the MeToo movement emerged out of decade-long frustrations with the persistence of deep racial and gender inequalities. How do we understand the political possibilities for overcoming durable forms of social inequalities? The talk draws on core ideas from sociology to consider the political power of optimism and voice in driving social reform efforts.

Sandra R. Levitsky is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor of Sociology. She holds a Sociology from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on American social policy, political mobilization, and relationship between law and social change. Her book, Caring for our Own: Why There is No Political Demand for New American Social Welfare Rights, examines the politics of long-term care. Her current research examines the changing legal environment around Title IX and campus sexual assault. 

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

Thursday Morning Lectures Series Presents – Graphic Books & Memes
Thursday, March 11th, 10:00 - 11:30 am. Online. $10

Creating Comics/Graphic Novels from Concept to Publication
The title is no lie, Comfort and Adam will indeed teach you how to create comics / graphic novels from concept to publication. This talk will cover the
entire process from concepting, scripting, thumbnails, color, digital and print publishing, and marketing. They will show examples and explain how one step
leads into the other so you can feel confident in your knowledge of this subject… and who knows, maybe even start your own book someday.

Comfort and Adam are the award nominated creative team responsible for the critically acclaimed series The Uniques, Rainbow in the Dark, Kitty Game, and
The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics. They’re guests of the biggest comic conventions across the US, meeting fans and spreading knowledge via
panels and seminars.

Comfort and Adam believe in the philosophy that great stories and art can be both fun and challenging, and you don’t have to choose between entertaining
an audience and making them think.

The duo lives in Grand Rapids, MI with their five cats, and can frequently be seen walking up and down the trail behind their house talking about stories
before sequestering themselves away to draw for their customary twelve hours a day. More at: or social @ComfortAndAdam.

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

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

Steve Mangigian, right, with Sr. Elvar, head of the La Florida Coffee Co-op in Cajamarca, Peru
A Coffee Experience with Steve Mangigian, Managing Partner at Zingerman’s Coffee Company
Perk up with an afternoon coffee tasting experience with Steve Mangigian, including a discussion about the history of coffee, “cupping” and how to brew a great cup and how to select a new favorite coffee.

Participants may purchase a coffee sampler directly from Zingerman’s Coffee for pop in and pick up. Steve Mangigian is the Managing Partner at Zingerman’s Coffee Company and Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory. 

After growing up in Philadelphia, Steve has spent most of his adult life in Ann Arbor. He has held a number of positions in a variety of industries before coming to Zingerman’s. He would never have guessed that he would end up being a business owner in the coffee industry – when he had his first cup of coffee at age 19, he disliked it so much that he couldn’t swallow it. 

Steve found his way to the Zingerman’s Coffee Company in 2006 where his passion, knowledge and love for coffee grew. Steve is involved in every aspect of the coffee business from sourcing to roasting to building the wholesale base of customers. 

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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

[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
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!

In the Commons March 1 – 5

Events in the Commons are always free
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 95574902503
Tuesday March 2nd   9 – 10am     Coffee + Show or Tell
Facilitator:  Marta Skiba, retired school psychologist and OLLI volunteer.

Coffee+Show or Tell in the Commons lets you start the day with friends and make new connections. We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday mornings from 9 - 10am. We generally have a topic question, but the conversation is informal and friendly and winds through the answers! This Tuesday we're talking about the most useful thing in our house!  We look forward to having you join us!
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503.  

Wednesday March 3rd   1 – 2pm   The Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age.   
Facilitator:  Hank Greenspan, Ph.D.  psychologist, essayist, oral historian, playwright, lifelong committed schmoozer and OLLI volunteer.

The Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This 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.  That is, the goal is to have the best possible schmooze about things that matter.
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503.

Thursday  March 4th  Noon – 1pm     The Lunch Bunch:  
Dick Chase
will facilitate the after-lecture discussion on Welcome to the Anthropocene (rescheduled from February 18)

Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503

Friday March 5th      4:30 – 5:30pm

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 table, and meet some new friends. 

Stop by every First Friday to see who the guest host is and to catch up with the action!
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503

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.
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

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