September 30th -- Exciting Upcoming OLLI Programs and Events

OLLI's Fall 2019 registration is open - Check out our fall catalog for a multitude of exciting offerings!
To see the fall 2019 brochure, which has the Distinguished Lecture Series Session 1, The First 2019 Thursday Morning Lecture Series, and other events, click here


This Week at OLLI*

See below for upcoming OLLI programs!
Welcome to OLLI's weekly email where we will highlight events at OLLI, as well as community events that may be of interest to OLLI members. You'll really want to read this whole email as there are many great offerings! To view the community events please scroll down.


The First Thursday Morning Lecture Series

Thursdays, September 12 - October 17

Thursday, October 3 - 10:00-11:30am
Education Inequality and Income Inequality in South Africa since the End of Apartheid with Professor David Lam.

Speaker’s Synopsis: When apartheid ended in 1994, South Africa had one of the highest levels of income inequality in the world. Inequality in education was both a cause and a consequence of high income inequality. After 25 years there has been little change in income inequality, in spite of improvements in levels of education and education inequality. This presentation analyzes trends in education inequality and income inequality and examines how they interact in South Africa’s highly unequal society.

David Lam is Director of the Institute for Social Research and Professor of
Economics at the University of Michigan. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where he has done collaborative research since 1996. His research in South Africa analyzes links between education, labor markets, and income inequality.


Upcoming OLLI Out of Town Trip

A Current Look at Flint
Tuesday, October 15, 7:45am-6:15pm
Join OLLI for a current, first-hand look at Flint to see this city’s remarkable journey of progress. This trip is being offered in conjunction with OLLI’s Great Michigan Read program on October 21, 2019, featuring Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s book, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. On this day trip, OLLI members will visit and learn about exciting developments occurring in the city, including:

Educare Flint, a learning network for early childhood education to lessen the achievement gap
The Hurley Children’s Clinic
Flint Fresh: enjoy a Flint Fresh lunch and learn about this non-profit food hub that works to get healthy food to Flint residents

The day will, also, include a progress report from Flint city officials, and a guided bus tour of the city’s murals which highlight the recent Flint Public Art Project, showcasing artists from all over the world.
Click here to view the flyer for the trip.

To register, call the office at 734-998-9351 or visit our website:
Day/Date: Tuesday, October 15
Time: 7:45am-6:15pm
Location: Meet at Meijer
3825 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti
Cost: $75.00 (includes lunch, snacks and tips)

Must be an OLLI member to register. Make checks payable to: OLLI at UM
Send checks to:
2401 Plymouth Rd.,
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-5786

Meet at Meijer
3825 Carpenter Rd


OLLI STUDY GROUP UPDATES - The classes below either have new dates, have been cancelled, or have been moved to a new location.

  • Current Events 2 with Paul Wenger - No class on October 22
  • Homer's Iliad with Marilyn Scott - NEW START DATE: October 11
  • Outdoor Sculpture of U of M Campus with Fred Mayer - NEW DATE: November 13
  • Time Management Skills and Tools with Eric George - CANCELLED
  • Reading Women’s Lives with Beth Spencer – NEW CLASS DATES: March 25, April 22, May 20, and June 24
  • Political Ideologies: Conservatism, Liberalism, and Socialism with Craig Ramsay – NEW DATES: September 17 – November 12 (no class on October 8)
  • Understanding the Revolutionary Changes in Business and Jobs - ONLY ON October 21 - NEW location, Trinity Lutheran Church
  • On Listening to Holocaust Survivors - NEW START DATE: October 23, NEW END DATE: December 11
  • Oxford Style Debates Covering Key Issues of Our Time - NEW CLASS DATES: October 22, November 11, and December 2
  • Doing God's Will - From the Crusades to the Holocaust - NEW START DATE: September 23
  • Advanced German - NEW START DATE: October 1, NO CLASS on 11/5 and 11/12
  • Journey with Contemporary Writers from Around the World - NEW END DATE: December 9
  • Gallery Walks - NEW DATES: October 11, October 18, October 25, and November 1
  • American Musical Theater - Golden Age of Broadway, 1943-1968 - NEW LOCATION: Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, Conference Room 150
  • National Issues - CANCELLED


We are sharing the below OLLI event in October because it compliments a community event being put on by the Ann Arbor District Library that we've shared below - you may want to attend both!

OLLI READS in collaboration with Michigan Humanities’ Great Michigan Read
Presents Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD

Discussing her book: What the Eyes Don’t See –
A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City

Day/Date: Monday, October 21
Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
Location: WCC, Morris Lawrence Building

9:30am Coffee
10:00-11:00am Discussion with Mona
Hanna-Attisha, followed by Q&A
11:00am-Noon Light Lunch and Book Signing
*This event is free and open to the public; advanced registration is required and seating is limited.
*The 2019-20 Great Michigan Read is presented by Michigan Humanities and supported by national, statewide, and local partners, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Meijer Foundation.


Community Events

See below for upcoming community events that may be of interest to OLLI members, courtesy of the OLLI Special Projects Committee.
Consider showing your OLLI pin when attending UM events like the ones below to meet other OLLI members.

LRCCS Noon Lecture Series | A Whiff of Nirvana: On Why Chinese Buddhists Were Not Vegans
Miranda Brown, Professor of Chinese, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan
Medieval Chinese Buddhists were some of the world's most strident animal rights activists. Monks and devout lay people swore off meat and wrote moving accounts about the suffering of animals. Yet the concern with animal welfare did not make vegans out of them. Monasteries kept loads of cream in their pantries and sheep on their lands. This talk explains why.
Miranda Brown is a Professor of Chinese Studies in the Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures who has taught Chinese history at the University of Michigan since 2002. In old age, she has discovered her true passion: Chinese food. She is now writing a book on the history of dairy in premodern China. In her free time, she chronicles her efforts to re-imagine Chinese food with lots of milk in her blog ( and on Twitter (@Dong_Muda).
Weiser Hall- 110, 500 Church St., Ann Arbor, Tuesday, October 1, 12:00-1:00pm
Information about the event here:

WCED Panel. Brazil under Bolsonaro: What Is Emerging? What Is Submerging?
Moderator: Robert Jansen, associate professor of sociology
U-M. Presenters: Guilherme Casarões, lecturer in international relations, Fundação Getúlio Vargas São Paulo Business School (FGV EAESP); Marília Corrêa, WCED Postdoctoral Fellow, U-M; Benjamin Lessing, assistant professor of political science, University of Chicago.

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro became notable to the public as a controversial right-wing congressman. His brash criticism of left-wing politicians, praise of military dictatorship, support of pension reform and privatizations, defense of the “traditional Brazilian family,” and the promise to address Brazil’s rampant crime rates through violent policing helped him gain the support of many conservative segments. Meanwhile, during his first nine months in office, his government is already facing criticism for his divisive rhetoric, attacks on the press, laxing of environmental regulations, and cuts to education, leading many public figures to denounce him as an authoritarian figure. In this panel, Benjamin Lessing, Guilherme Casarões, and Marilia Corrêa will discuss different aspects of Bolsonaro’s government and Brazil’s current political landscape.
Weiser Hall- 1010, 10th Floor Event Space, 500 Church St., Ann Arbor, Wednesday, October 2, 4:00-5:30pm
Information about the event here:

LACS Event. A History of Coffee in Three Cups
Casey Lurtz, Assistant Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University
Do you know where you coffee came from? If you're at Zingerman's Coffee Company, probably yes. More and more, roasters and coffee shops emphasize how and where they source their beans. But how did coffee get to those places - Costa Rica, Brazil, and Ethiopia - in the first place? And what happened when it got there?
Join us for a conversation with Casey Lurtz, author of the recent book From the Grounds Up: Building an Export Economy in Southern Mexico. We'll talk about how coffee spread outward from Eastern Africa and how its introduction reshaped local societies and economies. Looking at the multiplicity of ways in which coffee has been grown, we'll think beyond roasting and brewing to understand how the histories of where coffee is cultivated flavor our morning cup.
This talk will be paired with sample tastings of three distinctive coffees brewed at Zingerman's Coffee Company.
Zingerman’s Coffee Company, 3723 Plaza Dr. #5, Ann Arbor, Wednesday, October 2, 7:30-9:00pm
Information about the event here:

Stephen Jones: Hatology
Penny Stamps Speaker Series
Born in Cheshire, England, and schooled in Liverpool, milliner Stephen Jones is a fashion icon. Coming of age during London’s street fashion boom in the late 1970s, Jones first made a name for himself as an uncompromising style-blazer at the legendary Blitz nightclub, where he was perpetually crowned with a striking hat of his own idiosyncratic design. By 1980, Jones had opened his first millinery salon in the heart of London’s Covent Garden. Those premises soon became a place of pilgrimage and patronage, as everyone from rock stars to royalty, from Boy George to Diana, Princess of Wales, identified Jones as the milliner who would help them make arresting headlines. Nearly forty years later, Jones’s era-defining edge continues to attract a celebrity clientele which includes Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Mick Jagger, and the Royal Family. Now, as ever, at the forefront of fashion, his beguiling hats routinely grace the most celebrated magazine covers and enliven window displays of the world’s most stylish stores. From runways to racecourses, from pop-promos to royal garden parties, millinery by Stephen Jones adds the exclamation mark to every fashion statement.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, Thursday, October 3, 5:10-6:30pm
Information about the event here:

Historical Fiction’s Power for Global Dialogue
Ruta Sepetys, Author
4-5 pm: Meet the author, signed books available for purchase
5:30-6:45 pm: CREES Distinguished Lecture
7 pm: Screening of "Ashes in the Snow"

What determines how history is preserved and recalled? Why do some stories become part of the collective consciousness while others remain untold?
In this lecture, Sepetys will examine the fragile tension between history and memory as well as story and historical fiction as a framework for human understanding. She will discuss the power of family narrative and witness testimony and her approach for creating fiction from facts. Published in over sixty countries, Sepetys will present the varying global interpretations and teaching methods of the history contained in her books on World War II and its aftermath for Lithuanians, Poles, and Germans, to illustrate how the historical fiction genre —and the human dynamics surrounding historical events—might be used to facilitate awareness, dialogue, and progress.  
The lecture will be followed by a screening of “Ashes in the Snow,” Marius A. Markevicius, director (98 min., 2018), based on the novel "Between Shades of Gray," by Ruta Sepetys.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, Friday, October 4, 5:30-7:00pm
Information about the event here:

Faculty Recital: Martin Katz, piano with SMTD alumnus Jesse Blumberg, baritone
Baritone Jesse Blumberg, an alumnus of SMTD, joins Prof. Katz as a special guest. Half of this recital will feature texts of Friedrich Rückert, set to music by both Clara and Robert Schumann, as well as Gustav Mahler’s complete cycle Rückert Lieder. Songs by Argento, Cipullo, and Ravel will complete the afternoon’s program.
Earl V. Moore Building – Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits Dr., Ann Arbor, Sunday, October 6, 2:00pm
Information about the event here:

Wallace House Presents “Held Hostage: Ensuring the Safe Return of Americans Held Captive Abroad”
Joel Simon of the Committee to Protect Journalists and Diane Foley of the James W. Foley Foundation
Each year, it’s estimated that hundreds of American journalists, humanitarian aid workers, business people and tourists are taken captive by foreign governments, terrorist groups and criminal organizations. How can we better understand U.S. hostage policy and the risks and challenges of bringing our fellow Americans home? Join us for a discussion on negotiating with hostile actors, growing threats to journalists and aid workers both at home and abroad, and the safety measures they should undertake.
Weill Hall (Ford School) – Annenberg Auditorium – Britton Recital Hall, 735 S. State St., Ann Arbor, Monday, October 7, 4:00-5:30pm
Information about the event here:


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