Sunday, April 7, 2024

In this issue:

  • Meet OLLI Northwestern’s New Director, Emily Ferrin
  • This Week is OLLI Study Group Idea Week; All Members are Welcome to Attend Online Session/s — April 8–11
  • Evanston Brown Bag Lunch Week — April 15–18
  • Panelist Event, Why is Black Maternal Mortality So High in the US and What Can Be Done — Wednesday, April 24
  • Celebrate, Say Hello and Say Good-Bye — May 7 (Chicago), May 10 (Evanston)
  • Is Movie Going Dead or Alive? — Thursday, May 9
  • Field Trip to Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures at the U of C — Friday, May 24, Registration Deadline Friday, May 10
  • Antisemitism: From the Margins to the Mainstream — Friday, May 17
  • In Case You Missed It — Recordings of recent speaker events
  • OLLI NU to participate in Northwestern’s Mesulam Center 30th Annual Alzheimer Day — Friday, May 3
  • Notification of Passing — Richard Phelan

Meet OLLI Northwestern’s New Director,

Emily Ferrin

I am absolutely thrilled to be writing to you today as the newest member of OLLI Northwestern community. I am beyond excited to join this incredible journey with each and every one of you.

From the moment I walked through the doors of OLLI, I knew I had found a special place filled with warmth, enthusiasm, and a genuine love for learning. As someone who has dedicated their career to education and the pursuit of knowledge, I feel incredibly honored to have the opportunity to lead such an inspiring group of lifelong learners.

Read Emily’s Full Letter Here.


All Members Welcome

Do you have an idea for a study group?

Join Us Online for OLLI Study Group Idea Week — April 8–April 11

Location: Online Meetings via Zoom

Registration is not required.

Summer and Fall planning, idea exchange, and connections. Join us as we begin forming and sharing study group ideas, making connections among coordinators, and creating an exciting and creative list of catalog selections. Be a part of the energy for more outstanding terms at OLLI!

All members are welcome to attend one or several sessions!

Rooms are available to participate in the zoom meetings for those who have on-campus study groups that day:

  • Chicago — Room 410
  • Evanston — Room 10

Hosted by the OLLI Chicago and Evanston Study Group Committees.

Contemporary Issues and Community Engagement

Monday, April 8, 12:00pm–1:00pm

Join meeting here.


Monday, April 8, 3:30pm–4:30pm

Join meeting here.

History & Government

Tuesday, April 9, 12:00pm–1:00pm

Join meeting here.

Science, Technology, Medicine, Health (STMH)

Wednesday, April 10, 12:00pm–1:00pm

Join meeting here.

Creative Arts

Wednesday, April 10, 3:30pm–4:30pm

Join meeting here.

Social Sciences (Philosophy, Sociology, Economics, etc.)

Thursday, April 11, 12:00pm–1:00pm

Join meeting here.


Bring Your Lunch

Evanston Brown Bag Lunch Week

Date: Monday, April 15 through Thursday, April 18

Time: 12:00pm–1:00pm

Location: Evanston Office, 500 Davis Street, 7th Floor Lounge

Open to all OLLI members. Meet New Members as well as Members New to you! Bring your lunch and your appetite to meet, mingle, and engage with others. Drinks and dessert provided.

Hosted by the Evanston Membership Enrichment Committee.

Registration is not required.

Members who wish to arrange lunches in Chicago — here is a list of nearby restaurants compiled by the Chicago Membership Enrichment Committee.

In-Person Panelist Event

Why is Black Maternal Mortality So High in the United States and What Can Be Done

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Time: 12:00pm–1:00pm

Location: In-person, Evanston

and Live-stream to Chicago Wieboldt Hall

According to the US Centers for Disease Control, in the US, Black women are nearly three times as likely as white women to die from a maternal cause. As a number of high-profile cases recently demonstrated, Black women and their infants are at higher risk of morbidity and mortality regardless of income or education. Kristin Meyer, Management Analyst for the City of Evanston’s Department of Health and Human Services, will moderate a panel discussion including Debra Wesley, MSW, President of Sinai Community Institute, and Camille Williamson, LCSW, DSW, Program Manager for Health Equity at the American Medical Association. The discussion will focus on why this is happening, what can be done, and what this says about the broader issues of racial health care disparities in the US.

Hosted by the OLLI Evanston Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

Register for In-person in Evanston here

Register for Live-stream to Chicago Wieboldt Hall here

Live stream viewing in Wieboldt Hall; there will not be a Zoom link available to watch remotely.

*This event is free and open to all 2024 OLLI spring members. Registration is required through the OLLI online registration system (Augusoft).

End of Year Celebrations!

Say Good-Bye to Kari, Hello to Emily, and Celebrate An Outstanding Year

Say Good-bye to our prior director, Kari Fagin. Say Hello to our new director, Emily Ferrin. Celebrate another outstanding year at OLLI and all the joy that is yet to come. 


Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Time: 4:00pm–6:00pm

Location: Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine Potocsnak Family Atrium, 303 E. Superior St.

Enjoy wine and cheese.

Cost: $20

Register and Pay Here

Registration deadline Sunday, April 28.


Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 1:00pm–3:00pm

Location: Evanston OLLI, 500 Davis Center, Suite 700

Enjoy champagne and desserts.

Cost: $10

Register and Pay Here

Registration deadline Wednesday, May 1.

Coming Up...In-person, Chicago

Is Movie Going Dead or Alive?

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2024

Time: 12:00–1:00 pm

Location: In person, Chicago Wieboldt Hall

Live-stream to the OLLI Evanston office 

Join Chicago Tribune Film Critic Michael Phillips for a conversation about how we watch movies today, and what we are in danger of losing. We will look at viewing habits, changing tastes, the Pandemic, and our own living rooms—and how these things have imperiled the theatrical experience. We all have great memories of movie-going in our collective past. Is it really time to say goodbye to the theatrical film-going tradition?


Hosted by the OLLI Academic Enrichment Committee.

Register for in-person Chicago Here

Register for live-stream to the Evanston office Here

This event is free and open to all 2024 OLLI spring members. Registration is required through the OLLI online registration system (Augusoft).

Field Trip!

Take a Trip to Ancient West Asia and North Africa Without Leaving Chicago (and for a fraction of the cost)!

Tour the Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures (ISAC, previously known as the Oriental Institute) at the University of Chicago

Date: Friday, May 24, 2024

Registration closes May 10

  • 9:00am: Bus departs Evanston (500 Davis St.)
  • 10:00am: Bus departs Chicago (Wieboldt Hall)
  • 11:00am–1:00pm: ISAC Tour, followed by lunch at Baker Commons on campus
  • 2:30pm: Bus departs University of Chicago

Location: 1155 E. 58th Street, Chicago, IL

Cost: $52 per person

Discover how people thousands of years ago forged a collective identity — confronting, as we do today, issues of autonomy, diversity, and unity. The field trip incudes:

  • Museum visit highlighting the museum collections
  • private guided tour for OLLI members only
  • includes a one hour film
  • Lunch together at Baker Commons on the U of C campus in a private dining room
  • Motorbus to the museum, to Baker Commons, and back to campuses

Hosted by the OLLI Academic Enrichment Committee, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, and Membership Enrichment Committee.

Register and Pay Here.

Cost: $52 per person. Registration is open to current OLLI members. Register through the OLLI Online Registration System (Augusoft). Includes bus transportation to and from the event, admission to the museum, and lunch. 

Coming Up...Online Speaker Event

Antisemitism: From the Margins to the Mainstream

Date: Friday, May 17, 2024

Time: 12:00–1:30 pm

Location: Online via Zoom

In the US, nearly 60% of hate crimes are antisemitic in nature, even though Jews account for less than 3% of the population. Yehudit Barsky (Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy) will provide OLLI members with an understanding of how extremist movements have spread antisemitic ideology throughout the world. She’ll examine the lightning-speed spread of antisemitism through social media, and how both the far right and far left have embraced this hateful ideology. Ms. Barsky will also discuss what can be done about this frightening rise of hate.


Hosted by the OLLI Academic Enrichment Committee.

Register Here

This event is free and open to all 2024 OLLI spring members. Registration is required through the OLLI online registration system (Augusoft).


Exclusively for Current OLLI Members

Recordings of Recent Lectures and Events

Click the lecture title/s below to view recordings. You must log into your account for access to the link. Recordings are located within General Information...Lectures/Training tab.

Two Years In: Why is Support for Ukraine Waning? — April 1, 2024

  • Speaker: Peter Slevin, Professor, Medill School of Journalism

Recognizing Misinformation and Overcoming Conflicts: How to Reduce Polarization in Political Discussion — March 12, 2024

  • Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Wang


Notification of Passing — Richard Phelan

It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of former OLLI member Richard “Dick” Phelan. Dick meaningfully contributed to our community, and he will be fondly remembered by his friends at OLLI.


During this difficult time, our thoughts are with Dick’s family and friends. Read his obituary here.

OLLI NU is proud to be part of Northwestern’s Mesulam Center 30th Annual Alzheimer Day — Friday, May 3

Researchers and health professionals join with community members to learn about the latest developments.

Northwestern’s Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease is world-renowned for research on aging and diseases that cause dementia—research that is fully integrated with patient support and caregiver training. In partnership with the Mesulam Center, OLLI’s Chicago Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is proud to participate in Alzheimer Day with an information table at the Vendor Fair on Friday, May 3 at Feinberg Pavilion Conference Center on the Chicago Campus.

Learn more here.

Hosted by the Chicago Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee in conjunction with the Academic Enrichment Committee and the Chicago Membership Enrichment Committee

Volunteer to Help a Child Succeed!

OLLI Northwestern University’s Partnership with Fourth Presbyterian Church’s Chicago Lights Tutoring Program

Mentor a student and share your love of learning! Participate in OLLI’s exciting new partnership with the Fourth Presbyterian Church’s Chicago Lights Tutoring Program, 126 East Chestnut Street and Michigan Avenue in Chicago.


You can volunteer weekly in-person on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 6:00pm–7:30pm or on Mondays via Zoom. Discount parking is available at 900 North Michigan Avenue (Bloomingdale’s).  


Interested? To learn more about this program visit the website at and then contact Mark Dennison, Program Manager: Please let Mark know that you learned about this program from OLLI.


Northwestern Library holds over 8 million items making it the 11th largest private university library. 

Need help finding resources for your study group, or have other library-related questions? Email Tracy Coyne:

OLLI Research Guide

Additional information: Click Here.

OLLI Office Information

Chicago Office:

339 East Chicago Avenue

Wieboldt Hall, 4th Floor

Chicago, IL 60611

M-F 8:30am–4:30pm


Evanston Office:

500 Davis Street 

Suite 700

Evanston, IL 60201

M-F 8:30am–4:30pm


Staff work remotely on Fridays. You can reach OLLI staff at

National Resource Center for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (NRC)

The mission of the National Resource Center is to help OLLIs thrive by connecting OLLIs to each other and to resources, collaborating with OLLIs and partner organizations, consulting with OLLI leaders to find solutions, and celebrating the camaraderie and growth of OLLIs and their members. Members can subscribe to their monthly newsletter to find out what is happening at OLLIs across the country.

To access the NRC website — Click Here

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