OLLI members in calligraph class
OLLI study groups give members the opportunity to try new things.

Programs & Activities

OLLI-UM offers multiple avenues by which members can explore new ideas, enhance creativity, and engage their minds.

Included below are brief descriptions of the categories of events OLLI offers followed by information on scholarships, event cancellation, other policies, and a list of OLLI venues. Click on the links for more information about a topic.

  • For a complete list of OLLI events, you can view the online catalog or a PDF of the printed catalog.
    • Winter/Spring Term 2018 events are listed in the Online Catalog.
    • Registration for Winter/Spring Term 2018 events is open now.
  • To register and pay for events online using a credit card, click on the blue "Register Online" button at the left of the page.
  • To register by filling out a "paper form", click the blue "Register for Events by Mail or in Person" menu item at the left to download the form as a PDF. Then print it, fill it out, and send it by U.S. Mail or bring it to the OLLI Office.
  • You may also register for events in person at OLLI lectures.
  • If you haven't yet paid your annual OLLI membership fee (September to August), you can do that at the same time that you register for an event.

Events

Distinguished Lecture Series

The OLLI Distinguished Lecture Series consists of ten lectures held on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., once per month from September through June. The speakers are well-informed experts from town and gown who share their specialized knowledge in an engaging manner. Each lecture is just the beginning; a stimulating question-and-answer period follows most sessions, and frequently there is an opportunity to join the speaker at a dutch-treat lunch afterwards.

Lectures are presented from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor.
 
The full ten lecture series costs $50 (package pricing only available in the fall). Two half term sessions of five lectures each are also available. Session One runs from September through January. Session Two runs from February through June. The half term sessions cost $25 each. In addition OLLI members may drop in to individual lectures by paying $10 at the door.
 
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Thursday Morning Lecture Series

There are five OLLI Thursday Morning Lecture Series each year. Each series offers six lectures on a unifying theme and a variety of speakers covering specific aspects of the theme. Learning continues in an active question-and-answer period following each lecture.

Lectures are presented from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. (with three exceptions throughout the year when the lecture is from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.) on Thursdays at Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor.

OLLI members can pay $30 per 6-week session or $125 for a pass admitting them to all five Thursday Morning Lecture series (a savings of $25 - package pricing only available in the fall). In addition, OLLI members may drop in to individual lectures by paying $10 at the door.

Also see:

Cuba: Our Neighbor in Transition, 1st Thursday Morning Lecture Series Brochure, September 14 to October 26

Populism: The Common People in Modern Politics, 2nd Thursday Morning Lecture Series Brochure, November 2 to December 14

Architecture: Shaping Buildings, Shaping Us, 3rd Thursday Morning Lecture Series Brochure, January 11 to February 22

Behavioral and Social Science: Real-World Applications, 4th Thursday Morning Lecture Series Brochure, March 8 to April 12

Faces of Addiction, 5th Thursday Morning Lecture Series Brochure, April 19 to May 24

Summer Lecture Series (Cancelled)

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.

Also see:

Voices of Local Minorities, Summer Lecture Series Brochure, June 21, June 28, and July 12 (Cancelled)

Lecture Series Packages

There are five lecture series packages:

  • Distinguished Lecture Series Package, September–June
    • 10 lectures for $50, save $50, available only in the fall
  • Distinguished Lecture Series Session 1, September–January
    • 5 lectures for $25, save $25, available only in the fall
  • Distinguished Lecture Series Session 2, February–June
    • 5 lectures for $25, save $25, available in fall and winter/spring
  • Thursday Morning Lecture Series Package
    • 33 lectures for $125, save $55, available only in the fall
    • Includes all 5 Thursday Morning Lecture Series (30 lectures)
    • Includes Summer Lecture Series (3 lectures)
  • All Lecture Series Package
    • 43 lectures for $165, save $65, available only in the fall
    • Includes Distinguished Lecture Series (10 lectures)
    • Includes all 5 Thursday Morning Lecture Series (30 lectures)
    • Includes Summer Lecture Series (3 lectures)

Study Groups: Small group learning

From “The World and Work of Emily Dickinson” to “Understanding Weather and Climate,” OLLI Study Groups offer something for everyone. For a small-group learning experience in which participants can discuss issues, share knowledge, and grow in unexpected ways, OLLI Study Groups can’t be beat! More than 75 high-quality courses are offered each term (Fall and Winter/Spring/Summer), and may last anywhere from one to 10 weeks or more.

Cost: $10 to $90 per event.

After 5: Informal learning at friendly gatherings

“After 5” provides informal learning in a congenial group setting. Local personalities present programs in the early evening to encourage attendance by pre-retirees as well as retirees. This is one OLLI activity that you do not need to be a member to attend. To register without being a member, please mail in a event registration form to the office. 

Cost: $10.00 per event, $60 for a package of 8 events (available only in the fall), $25 for a package of 3 fall events (available only in the fall), or $45 for a package of 5 winter-spring events (available in the fall or winter/spring).

Show Your O: Informal events, scheduled on short notice

Show Your O events are informal events, often scheduled on short notice. They are free. OLLI membership is not required. Show Your O events are announced via e-mail, on the front page of the OLLI web site, and in the OLLI online catalog.

OLLI Out of Town (Travel)

Southeast Michigan is replete with fascinating exhibits, museums, and neighborhoods of historical/cultural significance. OLLI in cooperation with external travel companies is happy to offer interesting and informative day trips to explore what our area has to offer.

Cost: $70 to $136 per trip (depending on the trip), which includes lunch, snacks, and tips.

Please be aware that these trips are not provided by the University of Michigan. You must be an OLLI member to participate in these trips. The OLLI membership fee is $20 per year and is paid directly to OLLI.

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WILLOW RUN Comes to Chelsea, Wednesday, August 1 
 
Seeing Detroit from the Ground Up, Thursday, August 16 
 

Please print out and complete this emergency medical form to keep with you on the trip.

Special Events

Special Events are activities that don't fit neatly into one of the categories listed above. They typically include the fall kickoff event held each September, the OLLI Open House held at the start of the winter term in January, the OLLI Annual Meeting and Election held in May, the OLLI Annual Picnic held in June, and the Big Hearts for Seniors fund raising event.

Enlightened Aging OLLI Flier, Enlightened Aging, Presented by Eric B. Larson, M.D.MPH, Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, Towley Auditorium, May 11th, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Registration Information: This event is FREE however, seating is limited and registration is mandatory. To register for this event, please register in person at 2401 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI or by phone at 734-998-9353.

First Lecture

You may attend your first OLLI lecture for free and without becoming an OLLI member. After that, membership is required in order to attend lectures. The annual membership fee is $20/year and covers the period from September through August. Once you are a member, you can drop in to any lecture for $10.

Hearing Assistance at Lectures

Headsets for the hearing impaired and attachments for a hearing loop for those that have a T-coil in their hearing aid are available at OLLI lectures at no charge. 

Dropping OLLI Lectures, Study Groups, and Other Events

Contact the OLLI Office to drop OLLI lectures, study groups and other events. If the event is dropped before the first meeting for single session events and before the second meeting for multiple session events, you will be given a credit for the event’s fee. Call the OLLI Office to use your credits as payment toward other OLLI events. If the event is dropped after the second meeting, no credit will be given, but it is still important to drop so that we’ll know who is attending and to possibly open up space for someone on a waiting list.

Credits and Refunds

Contact the OLLI Office to find out what your credit balance is and to use your available credits as payment toward other OLLI events. Credits do not expire, but you need to explicitly ask to use them. Unfortunately, at this time, you cannot use your credits online.

OLLI will issue credits for study groups that are cancelled.

The OLLI annual membership fee is not refundable.

Waiting Lists

When an event is full, members who would like to attend are placed on a waiting list. If space for the event opens up, the OLLI Office will contact the individuals on the waiting list by e-mail or phone in first come first served order to see if they still wish to register.

Lottery Events

Most OLLI events are filled on a first come, first served basis. But a few events that are expected to fill within the first few days after registration opens for a term are flagged as "lottery events". Online registration is not available for lottery events. Instead, members submit a paper registration form and a separate check for the event fee by U.S. Mail or in person by a deadline specified for the event in the print and online Catalogs. Shortly after the deadline, a lottery is held and the "winners" will be informed that they are registered for the event. Others may remain on the waiting list in case a space opens up. Checks for members who are not selected are returned.

Gift Certificates

OLLI members may purchase gift certificates and give them to others to cover the fees for OLLI lectures, study groups, and other events. Contact the OLLI Office for details.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to OLLI members who need assistance paying for OLLI study groups or lectures. Please contact the OLLI office (734-998-9351) if you are interested in learning more.

Severe Weather Class Cancellation

OLLI study groups and lectures are automatically cancelled whenever Ann Arbor Public Schools cancels school due to severe weather. Check your local television or radio stations, the AAPS Web site, or call the AAPS at (734) 994-8684 or OLLI at (734) 998-9351 for recorded messages.

Post Lecture Lunches

 Thursday Morning Lecture Series: OLLI offers a post lecture lunch at the lecture venue once every series. The dates for the individual lunches are listed in the print and online catalogs and in the lecture brochures. There is a small fee, currently $8, to cover the cost. Please register for lunch online or in-person at least one week in advance.

No Fragrances Please

Because some people have sensitivity to fragrance, we request that fragrances of any kind not be worn to OLLI programs.

OLLI Venues

A list of venues where OLLI holds its lectures, study groups, and special events.

Parking Passes

Parking passes may be purchased in advance for some events held at the UM's North Campus Research Complex (NCRC).