Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan

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, study groups, After 5 and day trips. 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 1650, from whom a leadership council 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 Lecture 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 Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Speakers are typically U-M faculty or community experts. Fee is $50 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 Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. 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 “Experiences in World War II” to Biodiversity: An Exploration of the Diversity of Life”, 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 70 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 $90 per course.

OLLI Out Of Town Day 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.

Please visit our website www.olli-umich.org for more information, and to register online. Registration can be done online or in person.

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 most events (except After 5 Programs).

Financial assistance is available for classes, lectures, and membership. 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:
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 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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Classes 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.