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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan

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Who We Are. . .

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan (OLLIUMICH) is a program established in 1987 by a group of Turner Geriatric Clinic volunteers for people who share the love of learning. Formerly named Learning in Retirement, the program is designed to enhance our understanding of the world...its historic, cultural and social aspects...through lectures, study groups and field trips.

Drawing on the rich resources of the university community, each year presents several lecture series, as well as classes and study groups. A broad range of topics includes philosophy, religion, politics, history, literature and the arts, government and world culture. Headsets are available for the hearing impaired at no charge, and all sites are barrier free.

OLLIUMICH has a membership of more than 1200, from whom a board of directors is elected. Volunteers are encouraged to participate in committees which handle curriculum, communications and membership issues. Creative minds and helping hands are always welcome. If you wish to volunteer, please contact OLLIUMICH at the Turner Senior Resource Center, (734) 998-9351 or

What We Offer. . .

Distinguished Lecturer Series
This is a series of diverse lectures given on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May. Lectures are given from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and include a question and answer period. Lectures are held at the Clarion Hotel, 2900 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Speakers are typically U-M faculty or community experts. Fee is $35 for the series.

Thursday Morning Lecture Series
OLLIUMICH offers a sequence of five lecture series from September through May. Each series consists of six weekly lectures focusing on a single topic. Lectures are presented on Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and include a question and answer period. They are given by U-M faculty members or community residents and held at the Clarion Hotel, 2900 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Fee is $30 per 6 week lecture series or $120 for all five lecture series. Also available is a combined Distinguished Lecture Series and Thursday Morning Lecture Series package pricing of $155.

Study Groups
Study groups led by volunteers who are mostly retired U-M educators or community experts, usually meet weekly at the Turner Senior Resource Center. Topics, such as art, science, current events, opera and poetry, are based on members' interests. Fee is $15 and up per term plus cost of text or handouts.

Members travel to tri-state attractions and to musical or theatrical presentations. Fees depend on activities planned during the trip.

After Five
Members unable to attend events during the daytime may meet others with similar schedules and learn about a one-time special presentation.

How to Become a Member. . .

Call the OLLIUMICH office, at (734) 998-9351 Monday through Friday, before 3:00 P.M. Staff will add your name to the OLLIUMICH mailing list and you will receive registration information for upcoming events. The annual membership fee is $20 per person from September through August. Membership is required to register for all events.

Financial assistance is available for classes and lectures. When you receive the registration materials, simply check the appropriate box. All financial assistance requests are confidential. Contact the OLLIUMICH office, (734) 998-9351 for more information.

Membership Form

Yes, I wish to become a member and receive notices and registration information for OLLIUMICH programs:
Address: __________________________
City : ________________________________
State :____________ Zip:____________
E-mail address_________________________
Please fill out and return the above information, with a check for $20 per person payable to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Send or bring in the form to: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C, Room 1163, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

Membership and Event Registration forms are also downloadable from the OLLI website:

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In addition to the learning opportunities available through OLLI, check out the offerings available at the Geriatrics Center Turner Senior Resource Center. Depending on the day, you will find healthy cooking demonstrations, health lectures, exercise classes, and computers available for learning and practice. For a complete listing of Turner Senior Wellness Program activities, please click here.