Upcoming Events in 2020

Read about events planned for OLLI's Winter/Spring and Summer terms 2020.


OLLI Winter Open House

Monday, January 13, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Washtenaw Community College

Socialize and learn more about OLLI winter/spring/summer events. This event is free and open to the public. OLLI membership is not required.

Distinguished Lecture with Sander Levin

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Washtenaw Community College

Sander Levin, Former U.S Congressman (1983-2019) and past Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Distinguished Lecture with Barbara McQuade

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Washtenaw Community College

Barbara McQuade, Professor from Practice at the University of Michigan and former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan under President Barack Obama.

Big Hearts for Seniors

May 2020, Michigan Theater

Watch for details of Big Hearted Stories, a fundraiser benefiting OLLI and the four other community service programs, Turner Senior Wellness Program, Silver Club Memory Programs, Housing Bureau for Seniors, and Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, of Michigan Medicine.

The Buzz at OLLI, a spelling bee for adults

Clockwise from Top: Buzz Teams: Barbara Walters, Alice Hartman, and Miriam Shaw and Lisa Barton, Char O’Connor, and Mike Barton; Members; Bill Furtwangler and Lynn Boyer; and Officials: Marilyn Scott, Jack Bernard, and Rachel Dewees. Photos by John White.

Spring 2020

A spelling bee for adults and a book collection for children (in 2019 we collected 253 books).

Facing the Future: The Challenge of Climate Change

What: This five-part series explores how climate change is impacting every corner of our earth, and every aspect of our lives. The monthly lectures feature national experts examining the most up-to-date information about this critical issue.
When: January - May 2020, five sessions, one per month on Fridays from 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Where: Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building

Planet in Peril, January 17, 2020

Jonathan Overpeck, Dean, UM Samuel A. Graham School for
Environment and Sustainability, William B. Stapp Collegiate Professor
of Environmental Education and Professor, Climate and Space Sciences
and Engineering

The Politics of Carbon, February 14, 2020

Barry Rabe, Professor, UM, Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of
Public Policy; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Professor of Environmental
Policy, Political Science and Environment; Director, Center for Local,
State, and Urban Policy.

Climate Law and Policy – From The UM to City Hall, March 20, 2020

Jennifer Haverkamp, Former US Climate Negotiator Graham Family
Director, UM Graham Sustainability Institute; Professor of Practice,
Michigan Law School; Professor of Practice, Gerald R. Ford School of
Public Policy.

Business Strategy and Leadership, April 17, 2020

Andrew Hoffman, Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, UM.

Local Leadership and Personal Action, May 8, 2020

Oday Salim, Staff Attorney, National Wildlife Federation, and Michael Shriberg, Great Lakes Regional Director of the National Wildlife Federation.

Following the May 8 lecture a light lunch and Climate Action Expo–displays by local environmental groups to help you learn more about climate change.


Summer Lecture Series

Part of the Thursday Morning Lecture Series, this three lecture series is 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.

The theme for the Summer 2020 Lecture Series will be "Water in Michigan".