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Lecture TOMORROW!   

Friday, May 29 from 1:30-3 pm online

Special Clements Library Talk for OLLI Members
'Over There' With the American Expeditionary Forces in France During the Great War
Louis Miller, Reading Room Supervisor, Clements Library

'Over There' With the American Expeditionary Forces in France During the Great War.
Over 2 million Americans served overseas during the First World War. In this presentation Clements Library employee Louis Miller examines the experiences of American soldiers in France during the "war to end all wars." Miller will discuss some of the exceptional and heartbreaking stories from that conflict using original documents and artifacts mostly pulled from Clements Library collections.

Louis Miller graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2013 with a major in history and minor in religious studies. After working a year at the Bentley Historical Library, he entered the School of Information at the University of Michigan, graduating in 2016 with a Master's specializing in archives and records management. He has worked as a full-time employee at UM William L. Clements Library since January 2016. Miller’s research focuses on the experience of American soldiers during the First World War and the commemoration of that conflict. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Claire and their two cats.
No registration needed.
Link to Louis Miller’s talk: https://umich.zoom.us/j/93368891769
US: +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799
Webinar ID: 933 6889 1769

Recommended books:
Bodies of War; WI and the Politics of Commemoration in America, 1919-1933 by Lisa M. Budreau
Yanks, The Epic Story of the American Army in WWI  by  John S. D. Eisenhower
Torchbearers of Democracy; African American Soldiers in the WWI Era by Chad L. Williams

Coming Up Next Week

Tuesday, June 2 10-11:30 am online
OLLI Elections Committee presents
A Bucket of Warm (Spit): Electoral and Policy Implications of Vice-Presidential Selection
Jeff Bernstein, EMU Professor of Political Science
Long-derided in American politics, the vice-presidency comes into sharp focus every four years when presidential nominees make their selections.  Who do they select, and why?  Do these selections have consequences for election results?  How consequential will Joe Biden's selection be in the 2020 campaign?  And, ultimately, does it matter who sits in this position that John Nance Garner, FDR's first vice-president, derided as being "not worth a bucket of warm spit."  (Note: he didn't actually say "spit.")
Link to Jeff Bernstein's talk: https://umich.zoom.us/j/93969183125 
 US: +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 876 9923  
Webinar ID: 939 6918 3125

Recommended Resources from Dr. Bernstein:
Jared Cohen, Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America
Barton Gellman, Angler: The Cheney Vice-Presidency
Joel K. Goldstein, The Modern American Vice-Presidency
Thursday, June 4 10-11:30 am online
OLLI Elections Committee presents
Suffrage at 100: Women’s Rights, Civil Rights, and Voting Rights from 1920 to COVID-19
Liette Gidlow, Associate Professor of History, Wayne State University

The Nineteenth Amendment is popularly celebrated for enfranchising half of all Americans overnight. But who actually gained the ability to vote after the woman suffrage amendment was ratified? In “Suffrage at 100,” Liette Gidlow, Ph.D., explores the “long history” of the Nineteenth Amendment, connecting it to the voting rights struggles of the 1960s and today.
Liette Gidlow is an associate professor of history at Wayne State University and the Mellon-Schlesinger Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, where she is participating in the Long Nineteenth Amendment Project at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. 
Link to Liette Gidlow's talk: https://umich.zoom.us/j/92178734924 
US: +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 876 9923 
 Webinar ID: 921 7873 4924

Recommended Resources from Dr. Gidlow:
Anderson, Carol. One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy
Gordon, Ann D. and Bettye Collier-Thomas, eds., African American Women and the Vote, 1837-1965  

Archived daily newsletters from this week:

May 28, 2020
May 27, 2020
May 26, 2020

Click here for the OLLI Online NEW brochure featuring the 5th OLLI Thursday Morning Lecture Series "Money, Trade, and Power - What Makes the World Go Round", which continues this Thursday, May 7th at 10 am, and highlights our climate change lecture "Local Leadership and Personal Action" on Friday 5/8, and upcoming special events including OLLI Reads, the OLLI Lunch Bunch, and more!

OLLI Zoom Training Recording - This recording that is for members to learn how to attend a zoom class or meeting will be available soon on the OLLI website.
This training was hosted by Ben Richards, OLLI Assistant Director and it will help OLLI members learn more about how to navigate Zoom. A special thanks to Peyton Bland, Jeff Ogden, and Bill Hoge for their help in the creation of OLLI's video catalog.

To stay up to date on any new developments regarding COVID-19, feel free to visit the below links for additional resources. 

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Washtenaw Community Health Department: https://www.washtenaw.org/3095/COVID-19
Michigan Medicine: https://www.uofmhealth.org/coronavirus-covid-19-update
Essential Services that Remain Open from Washtenaw Community Health Department https://www.washtenaw.org/3100/COVID-19-Essential-Services-Updates
COVID-19 Resources and Services in Washtenaw County
This is a community list of resources that folks and organizations have offered during the COVID-19 crisis. COVID-19 Help and Services Washtenaw County - Google Docs

Photograph of the stage at Washtenaw Community Collage during the October 21, 2019 OLLI Reads event
OLLI Reads and community partners enjoying WDET’s Stephen Henderson and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s presentation on October 21, 2019 as part Michigan Humanities’ Great Michigan Read!

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:

  • Seven lecture series totaling 43 presentations, with average attendance over 300 people;
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OLLI's Winter/Spring 2020 Term

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