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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.

Civic Reflection and Participation - Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues Study/Discussion Group (In-Person)
If you are interested in joining this group please email

Join other OLLI-UW members in a friendly and informal discussion and practice of Ben Franklin’s 13 Virtues in the context of events of the day. How do we live virtuously, shaped by personal goals of self-improvement in tandem with bettering our communities and the world around us? Guided by Franklin’s 13 virtues, such as humility, silence and others, we will reflect on these questions and go out into the world to practice then share our thoughts and experiences. Join this reflective and dynamic discussion to form new friendships, connection and perhaps even a new and refreshing sense of purpose. The group is open to OLLI-UW members who are interested in exploring "living virtuously" in community with others.

Dates: Tuesdays - Sept 5, 19, Oct 3, 17, Nov 7, Dec 5, Jan 9, 23, Feb 6, 20, Mar 5, 19, April 2
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Location: Mercer Island Community and Events Center, 8236 SE 24th St, Mercer Island, WA 98040

This group is facilitated by Caroline Sayre: BA Sociology, MA Urban Planning, MA Teaching English as a Second Language, Fellow Certificate Citizen University, a sometimes student of Spanish, and a former co-host of a local Ben Franklin Circle. Here's the article that initially sparked Caroline's interest in Ben Franklin's Virtues group: Benjamin Franklin Invented the Chat Room

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...

February 26: Lies My Teacher Told Me
March 25: Boys in the Boat
April 22: My Promised Land
May : Lab Girl
June 24: Invisible Kingdom
July 22: Outliers

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
February 12: Murder at the Mission: A Frontier Killing, Blaine Harden
March 11: Tom Lake, Ann Patchett
April 8: Demon Copperhead, Barbara Kingsolver
May 13: A Fever in the Heartland: The KKK’s Plot to Overtake America, and the Woman who
 Stopped Them
, Timothy Egan
June 10: The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, James McBride


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