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A Monumental and Rapturous New Anthology of Black American Poetry

New York Times article by Parul Sehgal

The new Library of America anthology “African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song,” edited by Kevin Young, is a monumental tribute to that persistence, from the colonial period to the present. It features poems on injustice, harassment, hunger — protests on the page — but also rapturous odes to music and food, to gawking at beautiful strangers, to boredom and birth pains and menopause, and, yes, to moon, elms and lilacs, too.

Resources from OLLI Lectures

Click on one of the headings below to see the information from a specific lecture.

Vaccine Development and Clinical Trials

Information shared in conjunction with the Urgent and Critical Lecture Series lecture, Pandemic Update: Vaccines, Testing, and Treatments, November 17, 2020.

Shared by Raymond Yung, Chief, Division of Geriatrics and Director of the Geriatrics Center and Institute of Gerontology.

Vaccine Development

I hope this message finds you safe and well. You may have heard a lot recently about the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. There are actually several different kinds of COVID-19 vaccines that are being developed. The University of Michigan is now involved in testing two of these candidate vaccines and we wanted to give you some general information about how these vaccines are developed and tested. We have also included two links below that explain the trials and the different kinds of COVID-19 vaccines and how they work.

From Ensuring the Safety of Vaccines in the United States, January 2018:

Vaccine development begins in the laboratory before any tests in animals or humans are done. If laboratory tests show that a vaccine has potential, it is usually tested in animals. If a vaccine is safe in animals, and studies suggest that it will be safe in people, clinical trials with volunteers are next.

Clinical Trials

Typically, there are three phases of clinical trials. Vaccines that are being developed for children are first tested in adults. FDA sets guidelines for the three phases of clinical trials to ensure the safety of the volunteers.

Phase 1 clinical trials focus on safety and include 20–100 healthy volunteers. In Phase 1, scientists begin to learn how the size of the dose may be related to side effects. If possible at this early stage, scientists also try to learn how effective the vaccine may be.

If no serious side effects are found in Phase 1, next is Phase 2, which involves several hundred volunteers. This phase includes studies that may provide additional information on common short-term side effects and how the size of the dose relates to immune response.

In Phase 3 studies, hundreds or thousands of volunteers participate. Vaccinated people are compared with people who have received a placebo or another vaccine so researchers can learn more about the test vaccine’s safety and effectiveness and identify common side effects.

Clinical trials are conducted according to plans that FDA reviews to ensure the highest scientific and ethical standards. The results of the clinical trials are a part of FDA’s evaluation to assess the safety and effectiveness of each vaccine. In addition to evaluating the results of the clinical trials, FDA scientists and medical professionals carefully evaluate a wide range of information including results of studies on the vaccine’s physical, chemical, and biological properties, as well as how it is manufactured, to ensure that it can be made consistently safe, pure, and potent.

Learn More

To learn more about COVID vaccine trials at Michigan Medicine, see:

To learn more details about the different kinds of COVID-19 vaccines in development, see:

If you would like to learn more about the participation of older adults in the vaccine trials at the University of Michigan, please send an email to agingresearch@umich.edu.

Fall 2020 programs

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

OLLI Art Show

The link below is for the OLLI Art Show. You can navigate the Art Show by double-clicking on a specific image. You can also change how the images are displayed by clicking on the button that looks like four tiles in the upper right of your screen. Also, keep in mind there are three pages worth of beautiful art! 

Click here to view the complete Art Show by OLLI's Monday Painters study group participates.

Peaceful Waters by Lind Babcock

OLLI Out of Town Slideshow

 Click here to view the OLLI Out of Town slideshow.

Journey on the Underground Railroad