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Study Groups   

Designed and led by members, study groups are free to all OLLI-UW members. Groups offer participants self-directed learning opportunities to focus on a chosen topic for a sustained period in a community of members with similar interests. Osher peer-led study groups are exclusively for OLLI-UW members. 

Non-Fiction Study Book Group (Zoom)
This group is currently full.

Dates: Mar 27, Apr 24 (4th Monday of the month)
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM

Biography, memoir, science, politics, philosophy and so much more! Revisit and reflect on old reads and experience new realizations with other books in our new community of non-fiction readers! Read authors like Jon Krakauer, Malcom Gladwell, Virginia Woolf, Rachel Carson, to name a few...

This group is facilitated by Monica Wooton, a graduate magna cum lauda from the UW in English with a writing emphasis. She teaches writing. Co-founded The Seattle Women's Art Collective a group of mature visual artist and writers. Life long Magnolian, oldest of ten, mother of four, Monica has worked on several neighborhood organizations. A founding member of the Magnolia Historical Society, in 2001, she has lead the effort of gathering over 120 personal narratives/historically researched stories, and thousands of archival photos of Magnolia's history in an award winning three book series. 

Mercer Island Current Events Roundtable (Zoom)
If you are interested in joining this group please email

Schedule: Weekly, every Wednesday from 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Join other OLLI-UW members in discussing the events of the day in an informal and friendly environment. You may also join the group as an observer. The observers will be able to sit back and relax and learn from the dialogue. Whenever they are ready to participate in the conversation, all they have to do is raise their hand. Elliot Newman facilitates this group.

North Seattle Contemporary Reads Book Group (Zoom)
This group is currently full.

Schedule: Monthly, 2nd Monday of each month
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Book Selections
April 10: The House of Broken Angels, by Luis Alberto Urrea
May 8: The Book of Longings, by Sue Monk Kidd
June 12: True Biz, by Sara Novic
July 10: The Mountains Sing, by Phantom Que Mai Nguyen
August 14: The Island of Missing Trees, by Elif Shafak
September 11: Horse, by Geraldine Brooks
October 9: South to America, by Imani Perry
November 13: Properties of Thirst, by Marianne Wiggins