1619-Present - The Many Consequences of Slavery - There's still time to register! Starting this Thursday, October 22nd!

October 22, 2020 10:00-11:30am
This lecture is being sponsored by Linda Bennett and Bob Bagramian to celebrate the life of Congressman and Civil Rights Leader John Lewis.
The Cost of Historical Injustice, 1619 to Today
Speaker: David Goldberg, Ph.D.

“Normative” accounts of U.S. history represent a form of myth-making that downplays and/or ignores the pervasiveness of white supremacy and racial capitalism, and the enduring impact they continue to have in the form of structural racism. In the spirit of the 1619 Project, I refute the false notion of American exceptionalism and show how racial slavery and structural racism have been foundational to both the nation’s past and present. I argue that normative history in and of itself is a form of structural racism, in that it purposely distorts the past in order to prevent people from learning from our racial history and reckoning with its continued impact on Black lives today.

David Goldberg is Associate Professor of African American Studies at Wayne State University. He is currently working on two books related to the life and times of Detroit’s General Baker Jr.

The Commons is open at 1:00-2:00pm tomorrow, October 21, for The Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age. Please join us: https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503 

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.

See Welcome to OLLI-UM Online for an overview of OLLI's Fall 2020 programs.

This year’s programs feature:

30+ years of service to adult learners ages 50+

OLLI's Fall 2020 Term

OLLI is active online!

  • OLLI is live streaming lectures and providing other online content to keep you engaged and informed.
  • All of OLLI's Fall 2020 programs are being conducted online using Zoom.
  • See Welcome to OLLI-UM Online for an overview of OLLI's Fall 2020 programs.
  • The OLLI offices are closed to the public, but you can reach OLLI staff by sending e-mail to olli.info@umich.edu and by calling, 734-998-9351.

Fall 2020 Registration

  • OLLI's Fall Registration is open. Registration for all events that are not oversubscribed is continuing on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Online registration is preferred, but registration forms may also be sent in by U.S. Mail. In-person registration at the OLLI office is not available this term.
  • Annual OLLI-UM membership fee is $25 and covers the period from September 1st to August 31st. Lecture and class fees vary.
  • Scholarships are available

Using Zoom

  • Zoom is a video conferencing platform that provides high definition, interactive collaboration tools for communication. All of OLLI's Fall 2020 programs are being conducted online using Zoom.
  • You will receive a Zoom Meeting ID and link specific to your OLLI event by e-mail before the events you have registered for begin.
  • 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.
  • If you are signed in, you can also see Zoom information on your payment History web page.
  • A video tutorial is available to help you get started with Zoom.
  • Additional information about using Zoom is available online.


Weekly e-mail highlighting events at OLLI as well as community events that may be of interest to OLLI members:



Proposals for winter-spring term classes should be submitted by October 30th but you’re encouraged to submit them as soon as they’re ready. You can drop off a form, mail one in, e-mail it to ribenjam@umich.edu (link sends e-mail) or submit a form online.

Learn More

The OLLI Commons is a free and open Zoom meeting space available to OLLI members for one-time events at member request or for regularly scheduled informal gatherings that meet once a month, twice a month, or every week.

A calendar showing OLLI Commons events is available.

Learn more

Ever wondered how the Thursday lecture topics get picked? All members are invited to a Pick The Topics Party to pick the themes for Fall 2021 to May 2022 Thursday lectures!  It takes a few meetings, so reserve these dates and join the OLLI Lectures Committee on:

  • Friday, October 30th, Noon to 2:00 pm
  • Friday, November 20th, Noon to 2:00 pm

To sign up, you can register online, like you register for other OLLI programs, at www.olli-umich.org.
You can also sign up by emailing Ben Richards, OLLI Assistant Director, at ribenjam@med.umich.edu.