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2021 Monthly Meetings

 Agenda for all Meetings:

9:30 a.m. Announcements and socializing. 10 a.m. The virtual meeting begins and is broadcast to the in-person audience.

 Guest Policy:

Monthly meetings are an SVSU-OLLI member benefit. Guests are welcome to attend one OLLI monthly meeting without a charge.  This gives a non-member a chance to check our program out. If you come more than once you either need to join OLLI or pay a $10 fee per meeting. 

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Ever wonder what’s going on in other parts of Michigan?  Join OLLI This Fall on the second Wednesday of the month for a viewing party and virtual meeting in collaboration with the other Michigan OLLIs.

Viewing parties will begin at 9:30 a.m., as usual, with the virtual meeting kicking off at 10 a.m.

The meeting will be broadcast to the in-person audience in the Curtiss Hall Banquet Rooms. RSVP is required.

 

Bring your own coffee and enjoy a morning with friends, while learning something new! Registration is required.

 

 

September 8, 2021--OLLI at Aquinas Presents: Virtual Tour of the Frederik Meijer Gardens

Take a virtual tour of the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids with Curators of Education Eve Choi and Amber Oudsema.  Opened in 1995 through the joint efforts of philanthropist Frederik Meijer and the West Michigan Horticultural Society, Meijer Gardens combines thought-provoking sculpture with beautiful flower and horticulture displays.  Annually, 700,000 visitors come to view this spacious 158-acre park, which continues to add world-class sculptures and gardens to its collection.  Meijer Gardens’ mission is to promote the enjoyment, understanding, and appreciation of gardens, sculpture, the natural environment, and the arts.

The in-person viewing party begins at 9:30 a.m. with announcements. The virtual meeting begins at 10 a.m.

October 13, 2021--OLLI at U of M Presents: Detroit’s Black Bottom and Paradise Valley Neighborhoods

A panel discussion including panelists Jamon Jordan, educator, historian, and founder of Black Scroll Network & Tours in Detroit; Lars Bjorn, retired Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan - Dearborn and co-author of Before Motown: The History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920-1960; and Jim Gallert, producer and host of jazz programs on WEMU-FM and WDET-FM for 25 years as well as co-author of Before Motown, which gives details on clubs such as The Flame Show Bar that appear in Randall’s book. OLLI UM’s Craig Ramsay will introduce this program and moderate a discussion afterward, incorporating questions from the audience.

 The in-person viewing party begins at 9:30 a.m. with announcements. The virtual meeting begins at 10 a.m.

November 10, 2021--OLLI at Western Michigan University Presents: Unveiling American Genius w/the KIA

OLLI at Western Michigan University provides a reimagining of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts permanent collection. Entitled “Unveiling American Genius,” it illuminates the ingenuity that springs from all corners of American society.  Honoring KIA’s ongoing commitment to an ever more diverse and more inclusive representation of American artists in its holdings, it features key stories that women, African Americans, Latinx, and other artists have told about our culture, our art, and our history.  The presentation shows abstract and contemporary works as well as traditional genres of painting such as landscapes, still life, and portraits.  The KIA opened in 1924 as a nonprofit organization and now owns nearly 5,000 fine artworks.  It includes 10 galleries, the Kirk Newman Art School, and the KIA Gallery Shop.

The in-person viewing party begins at 9:30 a.m. with announcements. The virtual meeting begins at 10 a.m.

December 8, 2021--OLLI at SVSU Presents: Frankie Lymon: Three Wives and an Unmarked Grave

OLLI at Saginaw Valley State University completes the programming with Dr. J of the Michigan Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Dr. J will delve into the twisted life, career, and death of boy rocker Frankie Lymon, the lead singer of the Teenagers (1954-Present), America’s first all-teenage rock and roll group.  Lymon’s soprano voice made audiences swoon.  He sang The Teenagers’ first and biggest hit, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” at just 13 years of age.  It reached number six on Billboard’s Pop Singles Chart, and was later covered by The Beach Boys, Diana Ross, and many more.  Dr. J leads the way through the dramatic twists and turns of Lymon’s life after this smash hit, into a failed solo career, heroin addiction, three wives, and one unmarked grave.

The in-person viewing party begins at 9:30 a.m. with announcements. The virtual meeting begins at 10 a.m.

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Contact Us

olli@svsu.edu
(989)964-4475(989)964-4475

Director

Katherine Ellison

Office

Curtiss Hall 201

Hours

Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.