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OLLI in Action

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OLLI Announcements

  • Please join us for the OLLI Annual Meeting Thursday, May 12 at 9:15 a.m. at the Rave Cinemas in Ypsilanti and stay for the last lecture of our or 2105-2016 season, UM Profressor Ralph Williams on "Just Imagine!"
  • Looking for late spring or summer classes? OLLI has some classes that start in May and June.
  • Please join us at the Rave Cinemas in Ypsilanti for the lecture series on The Power of the Liberal Arts on Thursday mornings.

Show Your O Events

  • OLLI-UM has launched its "Show Your O" viral marketing campaign. OLLI members will receive “O” buttons and be encouraged to wear their buttons around town to provide more visibility for OLLI. OLLI volunteers are developing a list of fun and casual community events this summer for OLLI members to enjoy.

    Upcoming Show Your O Events include:

  • Ann Arbor Farmers Market
    Wednesday, May 18 @10 a.m., 315 Detroit St., Ann Arbor, 48104 (more info here)
    Celebrate spring with OLLI at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market! Gather around the office around 10 a.m. for a short talk on the history of the Farmers Market.  It's 97 years old this year! 

  • Peony Gardens
    TBD, dependent upon bloom schedule (watch your email and Facebook for the date!)
    Nichols Arboretum
    This will be late May or early June. Peak bloom in the Peony Garden typically runs from Memorial Day (late May) to the summer solstice (mid-June). The peak bloom can vary by 10 days from year to year, depending on the weather. Warm weather makes the plants bloom early. The arrival of summer, if announced by intense thunderstorms followed by windy hot days, can end the season in a snap. 

  • Voices Valiant Rehearsal
    Tuesday, June 14, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2600 Nixon Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
    Come and join members of Voices Valiant in an open rehearsal and mini lesson on creating and understanding harmony in choral music.Singing experience is not necessary, just an interest in why harmony makes choral singing such a passionate and satisfying experience.  Music will be provided. 

  • OLLI Picnic
    Wednesday, June 29 11:00 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
    Join the OLLI Social Committee for our first-ever OLLI Picnic. You bring your lunch and a lawn chair; we provide drinks and desserts!

    OLLI in the News

    • The OLLI spring newsletter is available here.
    • Learn more about OLLI and the Osher Foundation in this January 1, 2016 New York Times article, "Older Students Learn for the Sake of Learning"
    • The Wall Street Journal reports that Ann Arbor, MI, is a "magnet for the 50-plus crowd," thanks in part to OLLI at the University of Michigan. See "A Town Packed With Classrooms" in the December 6, 2012 issue of the WSJ.
    • OLLI and the UMHS Geriatrics Center are featured in this April 2014 article about aging in Ann Arbor, published in “The Ann Magazine.”
  • Welcome to OLLI
    The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan was established to encourage adults to continue their learning long after formal schooling is done. The Institute’s popular programs help mature adults to rediscover the piquancy of learning — the joy of discovery and feelings of accomplishment that are unencumbered by tests, grades, or drills.

    This year’s programs feature:

    six lecture series totaling 40 presentations, with average attendance over 250 people;

    more than 100 study groups on a wide variety of topics;

    casual, friend-producing programs on evenings and weekends — well-suited to people not yet retired;

    day-long travel ventures to midwestern venues.