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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. 

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.

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

Schedule: 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...

May 20: My Promised Land
June 24: Lab Girl
July 22: Invisible Kingdom

Previous reads include: Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Tim Egan, David and Goliath by Malcom Gladwell, All About Love by bell hooks. The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama

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
June 10: The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, James McBride
July 8:  Banyan Moon by Thao Thai
August 12: Solito by Javier Zamora
September 9: The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
October 14: Prequel by Rachel Maddow
November 11: Night Watch by Jayne Anne Phillips
December 9: The Sun Walks Down by Fiona McFarlane
January 13, 2025: The River We Remember by William Kent Krueger
February 10, 2025: Too High and Too Steep by David Williams
March 10, 2025: The Women by Kristin Hannah


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