OLLI Commons

 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.

Regularly scheduled OLLI Commons events include:

Lisa Barton, OLLI’s Executive Director

First Friday Happy Hour 

Zoom Link to join this programming:
https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503
Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799

First Friday Happy Hour meets the first Friday of every month from 4:30 – 5:30pm.  It will be what Friday Happy Hour always is – a time to relax at the end of the week, find your way to the friendliest table, and meet some new friends. 

The first First Friday Happy Hour is Friday September 4th.  Guest host will be Lisa Barton, OLLI’s Executive Director.  Stop by every First Friday, see who’s hosting and catch up with the action!

Hank Greenspan

The Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age 

Zoom Link to join this programming:
https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503
Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799

The Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age is a facilitated conversation in which participants are invited to share stories and reflections about aging, generations, hopes, and related topics in “uncertain times.” The specific issues and themes are less important than the chance to learn from each other’s experiences and insights in these times—and perhaps in any times.  That is, the goal is to have the best possible schmooze about things that matter.

The Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age will start on Wednesday, September 30th and be held every Wednesday from 1:00-2:00pm.

Hank Greenspan hosts the Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age. He is a psychologist, essayist, oral historian, and playwright recently retired from UM.  He has been a committed schmoozer his whole life.

Lynn Boyer

Lunch Bunch

Zoom Link to join this programming: 
https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503
Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799

The Lunch Bunch is back and will continue to focus on discussing and responding to specific OLLI lectures while also considering relevant supplemental material.  From time to time this year, the group will come together for lectures other than those on Thursday mornings and may invite guests to join them for additional insights.

The Lunch Bunch meets for the first time this fall on Thursday September 10 from 12pm – 1pm and Thursdays thereafter.

The Lunch Bunch is hosted by Lynn Boyer who chairs OLLI’s Social Interaction Committee.  She actively supports OLLI’s commitment to both mental and social engagement through her volunteer work on its committees and the Leadership Council. 

Marta Skiba

Coffee + Show or Tell

Zoom Link to join this programming:
https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503
Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799

Hello, I’m Marta Skiba; and I’m looking forward to our Coffee + Show or Tell zoom meet – up!.  It will be fun to meet new people, find out about each other and learn what you have been doing to entertain yourself both before and during the pandemic. 

We will meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 9 – 10am. Our first time together will be Tuesday September 8th at 9am. 

 I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I grew up in Flint during prosperous years but have now lived in Ann Arbor for 55 years. I am a retired school psychologist with 5 children and 10 grandchildren.  Numerous hobbies have been tried during my lifetime.  Some of my hobbies have been camping, reading, gold mining, Southern gospel music, a little traveling and spending time with family and friends. I love living in Ann Arbor and enjoying the many opportunities in town.

OLLI Book Beat

Zoom Link to join this programming: 
https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503
Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799

OLLI members are always looking for a good book to read! Learn about new book releases (fiction and nonfiction) each month and share your favorite titles in these informal sessions with other book lovers.

Laurie Barnett and Marjorie Oliver will host the first OLLI Book Beat but watch for periodic guest hosts!

Begins Tuesday, September 22, 1 – 2 pm. And then Every Fourth Tuesday of the Month, 1 - 2 pm.  Look for us on the OLLI website calendar.

Ann Tomlanovich will be the guest host for the first New Member Exchange. Ann has volunteered in many capacities with OLLI including as a greeter at the Turner Senior Resource Center and now as chairperson of the Study Groups Committee.

The New Member Exchange

Zoom Link to join this programming: 
https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503
Zoom Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799

The New Member Exchange provides new and potential members with the opportunity to talk with an   active volunteer.   All questions welcome!  Ask about programs, the culture of volunteerism, OLLI committees, how OLLI communicates with its membership, pricing and registration, zoom experience, OLLI’s relationship with the University of Michigan — and any others!

Each month’s gathering will feature a different guest host or co-hosts.  Come more than once and get the full range of OLLI experiences from persons who have made OLLI their primary source for learning and volunteering and remaining socially active in retirement.

The New Member Exchange meets for the first time this fall on Monday September 28 from 1 – 2pm.  Thereafter, join in every 4th Monday from 1 – 2pm.

Physics Commons

Craig Stephan and Dick Chase will be co-hosting a trial "Physics Commons" immediately following the UM "Saturday Morning Physics" lectures on October 17th and November 14th. These Commons events will be a chance to meet other attendees to informally discuss and raise questions about the talks. If they prove useful, we will likely continue the series in the spring when the talks resume.

The Physics Commons will open for discussion at 12:30 pm.
Zoom Link to join this programming: https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503
Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503, Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799

The upcoming UM talks are on Saturdays from 10:30 to 12:00 (1-hour lecture, 1/2 hour Q&A). See https://lsa.umich.edu/physics/news-events/saturday-morning-physics.html for details and joining instructions.

Some of the topics covered in this talk include, how can we design smart marine propulsion and energy harvesting devices to keep our oceans blue? What are the interesting physics fundamentals that govern how bodies move in water? How can we take advantage of advances in materials, manufacturing, sensing and control?

  • Nov. 14: Alec Thomas, UM Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences and Physics Professor, on "The Light Fantastic".

Since the invention of Chirped Pulse Amplification (Strickland and Mourou, Physics Nobel 2018), lasers have become increasingly powerful by squeezing energy into inconceivably short pulses. The pulses of intense light produced by these lasers, such as the new ZEUS facility being constructed at U-M, can generate precision beams of high energy particles for new technologies, produce the conditions of extreme astrophysical environments in the laboratory and create matter from (almost) nothing.