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Programs & Activities

Quick Links Distinguished Lecture Series, Thursday Morning Lecture Series,
Summer Lecture Series, Lecture Series Packages, Study Groups,
After 5, Show Your O, OLLI Out of Town (Travel), Special Events
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First Lecture, Dropping Events, Credits and Refunds, Waiting Lists,
Gift Certificates, Scholarships, Severe Weather Class Cancellation,
No Fragrances Please, OLLI Venues

OLLI-UM offers multiple avenues by which members can explore new ideas, enhance creativity, and engage their minds.

Included below are brief descriptions of the categories of events OLLI offers followed by information on scholarships, event cancellation, other policies, and a list of OLLI venues. Click on the links following the orange arrows () for more information about a topic.

  • For a complete list of OLLI events, you can view the online catalog or a PDF of the printed catalog.
    • Fall Term 2017 events are listed in the online catalog now.
    • Online, in person, and mail-in registration for Fall Term 2017 events began August 23rd at 9:30 am.
  • To register and pay for events online using a credit card, click on the blue "Register Online" button at the left of the page.
  • To register by filling out a "paper form", click the blue "Register by mail or in person" button at the left to download the form as a PDF. Then print it, fill it out and send it by U.S. Mail or bring it to the OLLI Office.
  • You may also register for events in person at OLLI lectures.
  • If you haven't yet paid your annual OLLI membership fee (September to August), you can do that at the same time that you register for an event.
  • The OLLI membership fee can also be paid separately by filling out a paper form and sending it together with a check to the OLLI office or pay online using a credit card by signing in using your OLLI account, viewing the Shopping Cart, and checking out.


Events

Distinguished Lecture Series

The OLLI Distinguished Lecture Series consists of ten lectures held on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., once per month from September through June. The speakers are well-informed experts from town and gown who share their specialized knowledge in an engaging manner. Each lecture is just the beginning; a stimulating question-and-answer period follows most sessions, and frequently there is an opportunity to join the speaker at a dutch-treat lunch afterwards.

Lectures are presented at Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor.

The full ten lecture series costs $50 (package pricing only available in the fall). Two half sessions of five lectures each are also available. Session One runs from September through January. Session Two runs from February through June. The half sessions cost $25 each. In addition OLLI members may drop in to individual lectures by paying $10 at the door.

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Also see:

Distinguished Lecture Series Brochure (pdf), September 12 to January 9


Thursday Morning Lecture Series

There are five OLLI Thursday Morning Lecture Series each year. Each series offers six lectures on a unifying theme and a variety of speakers who cover specific aspects of the theme. Learning continues in an active question-and-answer period following each lecture.

Lectures are presented from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor.

OLLI members can pay $30 per 6-week session or $125 for a pass admitting them to all five Thursday Morning Lecture series plus the three lectures in the Summer Lecture Series (a savings of $40 - package pricing only available in the fall). In addition OLLI members may drop in to individual lectures by paying $10 at the door.

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Also see:

Cuba Our Neighbor in Transition, 1st Thursday Lecture Series Brochure (pdf), September 14 to October 26

Populism: The Common People in Modern Politics, 2nd Thursday Lecture Series Brochure (pdf), November 2 to December 14


Summer Lecture Series

Part of the Thursday Morning Lecture Series, this three lecture series will be held on Thursdays in June and July from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor. Fee $15 for the series or $10 per lecture at the door. OLLI membership is not required.

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Lecture Series Packages

There are five lecture series packages:

Distinguished Lecture Series Package, September–June

  • 10 lectures for $50, save $50, available only in the fall

Distinguished Lecture Series Session 1, September–January

  • 5 lectures for $25, save $25, available only in the fall

Distinguished Lecture Series Session 2, February–June

  • 5 lectures for $25, save $25, available in fall and winter/spring

Thursday Morning Lecture Series Package

  • 33 lectures for $125, save $40, available only in the fall
  • Includes all 5 Thursday Morning Lecture Series (30 lectures)
  • Includes Summer Lecture Series (3 lectures)

All Lecture Series Package

  • 43 lectures for $165, save $50, available only in the fall
  • Includes Distinguished Lecture Series (10 lectures)
  • Includes all 5 Thursday Morning Lecture Series (30 lectures)
  • Includes Summer Lecture Series (3 lectures)

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Study Groups: Small group learning

From “The World and Work of Emily Dickinson” to “Understanding Weather and Climate,” OLLI Study Groups offer something for everyone. For a small-group learning experience in which participants can discuss issues, share knowledge, and grow in unexpected ways, OLLI Study Groups can’t be beat! More than 75 high-quality courses are offered each term (Fall and Winter/Spring/Summer), and may last anywhere from one to 10 weeks or more.

Cost: $10 to $90 per event.

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After 5: Informal learning at friendly gatherings

“After 5” provides informal learning in a congenial group setting. Local personalities present programs in the early evening to encourage attendance by pre-retirees as well as retirees. This is one OLLI activity that you do not need to be a member to attend. To register without being a member, please mail in a registration form to the office. You may obtain a form using the Forms menu item above.

Cost: $10.00 per event, $60 for a package of 8 events, $25 for a package of 3 fall events, or $45 for a package of 5 winter-spring events.

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Show Your O: Informal events, scheduled on short notice

Show Your O events are informal events, often scheduled on short notice. They are free. OLLI membership is not required. Show Your O events are announced via e-mail, on the front page of the OLLI web site, and in the OLLI online catalog.

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OLLI Out of Town (Travel)

Southeast Michigan is replete with fascinating exhibits, museums, and neighborhoods of historical/cultural significance. OLLI in cooperation with external travel companies is happy to offer interesting and informative day trips to explore what our area has to offer.

Cost: $110 to $136 per trip, which includes lunch, snacks, and tips.

Please be aware that these trips are not provided by the University of Michigan. You must be an OLLI member to participate in these trips. The OLLI membership fee is $20 per year and is paid directly to OLLI.

Please print out and complete this emergency medical form to keep with you on the trip.

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Special Events

Special Events are activities that don't fit neatly into one of the categories listed above. They typically include the fall kickoff event held each September, the OLLI Open House held at the start of the winter term in January, the OLLI Annual Meetng and Election held in May, the OLLI Annual Picnic held in June, and the Big Hearts for Seniors fund raising event.

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First Lecture

You may attend your first OLLI lecture for free and without becoming an OLLI member. After that, membership is required in order to attend lectures. The annual membership fee is $20/year and covers the period from September through August. Once you are a member, you can drop in to any lecture for $10.

Dropping OLLI Lectures, Study Groups and other events

Contact the OLLI Office to drop OLLI lectures, study groups and other events. If the event is dropped before the first meeting for single session events and before the second meeting for multiple session events, you will be given a credit for the event’s fee. Call the OLLI Office to use your credits as payment toward other OLLI events. If the event is dropped after the second meeting, no credit will be given, but it is still important to drop so that we’ll know who is attending and to possibly open up space for someone on a waiting list.

Credits and Refunds

Contact the OLLI Office to find out what your credit balance is and to use your available credits as payment toward other OLLI events. Credits do not expire, but you need to explicitly ask to use them. Unfortunately, at this time, you cannot use your credits online.

OLLI will issue credits for study groups that are cancelled.

The OLLI annual membership fee is not refundable.

Waiting Lists

When an event is full, members who would like to attend are placed on a waiting list. If space for the event opens up, the OLLI Office will contact the individuals on the waiting list by e-mail or phone in first come first served order to see if they still wish to register.

Gift Certificates

OLLI members may purchase gift certificates and give them to others to cover the fees for OLLI lectures, study groups, and other events. Contact the OLLI Office for details.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to OLLI members who need assistance paying for OLLI study groups or lectures. Please contact the OLLI office (734-998-9351) if you are interested in learning more.

Severe Weather Class Cancellation

OLLI study groups and lectures are automatically cancelled whenever Ann Arbor Public Schools cancels school due to severe weather. Check your local television or radio stations, the AAPS Web site, or call the AAPS at (734) 994-8684 or OLLI at (734) 998-9351 for recorded messages.

No Fragrances Please

Because some people have sensitivity to fragrance, we request that fragrances of any kind not be worn to OLLI programs.

OLLI Venues

Click here for a list of venues where OLLI holds its lectures, study groups, and special events.