What's New at OLLI

This page provides information about additions and changes to OLLI's program offerings.

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OLLI is Always Looking for Volunteers for Committees

There are a multitude of volunteer opportunities at OLLI - We need you! Please contact OLLI Director on more ways to get involved:  Angela Bingham anabi@umich.edu  or call 734-998-9356.

Join the Lectures Committee to help create the Thursday Morning Lectures

Join a Lectures Sub-Committee to meet new people while creating Thursday morning lectures.  There are still opportunities for planning the lectures for the 2022-23 academic year.

For more information contact Frances Schultz by sending e-mail to: fschultz@umich.edu.


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Resources from OLLI Programs

Lecture Series Resources

  • Resource List for Music in Detroit: Music In Detroit and Michigan: The Legend Continues

Click here for the resource list.

  • Resource lists for the Canada and the United States: Unidentical Twins Lecture Series

Click here for the Facts and Questions resource list.
Click here for the Bibliography resource list.
Click here for the Cultural Achievements resource list.

Community Online Learning Opportunities

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Climate Emergency . . . Feedback Loops, five videos

The climate crisis continues to advance. These five videos, Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops, which were recently released clearly demonstrate the ongoing dangers that we are facing.

See https://feedbackloopsclimate.com

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.

Yo-Yo Ma and the Meaning of Life

A New York Times Magazine article by David Marchese

The immensity of Yo-Yo Ma’s talent is such that he would be globally admired if all he ever did was appear onstage or in a recording studio and then vanish after the last notes faded from his cello. That Ma has instead used his gifts in the service of spreading humanistic values — via cross-cultural musical collaboration, civic engagement and huge amounts of heart — means that his connection with the public goes far deeper than mere admiration.

On Dec. 11, Ma will release “Songs of Comfort and Hope,” an album recorded with the pianist Kathryn Stott. “People need each other for support beyond the immediate staples of life,” Ma says. “They need music.”

Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything

Vic Strecher (MPH ’80, PhD ’83 ) is a professor of health behavior and health education at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. For the last decade, he has been teaching and researching the significance of purpose and how people can find it in their lives.