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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 (OLLI) was established to encourage adults to continue their learning long after formal schooling is done. The Institute's popular programs help mature adults to rediscover the piquancy of learning — the joy of discovery and feelings of accomplishment that are unencumbered by tests, grades, or drills.

Drawing on the rich resources of the university community, OLLI 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.

OLLI has a membership of more than 1300, from whom a board 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 OLLI at the Turner Senior Resource Center, (734) 998-9351 or olli.info@umich.edu

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 Rave Cinema, 4100 Carpenter Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Speakers are typically U-M faculty or community experts. Fee is $45 for the series.

Thursday Morning Lecture Series
OLLI 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 Rave Cinema, 4100 Carpenter Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Fee is $30 per 6 week lecture series or $125 for all five lecture series. Also available is a combined Distinguished Lecture Series and Thursday Morning Lecture Series package pricing of $165.

Study Groups
From "Shakespeare's Life, Times, and Work" to "What Health Insurance Companies Don't Want You to Know," 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! Approximately 60 high-quality courses are offered each term (Fall and Winter/Spring/Summer), and may last anywhere from one to 10 weeks or more. Fees range from $15 to $70 per course.

Trips
Southeast Michigan is replete with fascinating exhibits, museums, and neighborhoods of historical/cultural significance. OLLI is happy to offer interesting and informative day trips. You must be an OLLI member to participate in these trips. OLLI membership is $20.

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

About Town
"About Town With OLLI" connects you with old and new friends as you share Ann Arbor's social and cultural life. When you register for About Town ($15) you will be included on an email list for invitations to upcoming social/cultural events. Anyone on the list can coordinate an event and invite others to meet up. Interested in checking out the newest restaurant? Want to explore the nature trail you've heard good things about? Eager to listen to top-notch symphony or see a theatrical performance? Send the word out via the email list and find new friends happy to accompany you. About Town is what you make of it when you invite members to attend a concert, sporting event, movie, walk in a park, art exhibit, or anything that interests you. (Or you can simply respond to others' invitations.) Cost: $15.

How to Become a Member. . .

Call the OLLI office at (734) 998-9351 Monday through Friday. Staff will add your name to the 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. All financial assistance requests are confidential. Contact the OLLI office at (734) 998-9351 for more information.

Membership Form

Yes, I wish to become a member and receive notices and registration information for OLLI programs:
Name:______________________________
Address: __________________________
City : ________________________________
State :____________ Zip:____________
Telephone:(____)__________________
E-mail address_________________________
Please fill out and return the above information, with a check for $20 per person payable to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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

Membership and Event Registration forms are also downloadable from the OLLI website: http://www.olli-umich.org/forms_for_downloading.html

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Study group on birdingClasses for Seniors at TSRC

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.