Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes

Cropping up on colleges and universities around the country are the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes(OLLI) which have become a center for lifelong learning.  Designed specifically for senior adults, these programs provide courses specifically geared toward the mature learner.

Osher provides classes designed for people who just love to learn.  They tend to be more academically based than many continuing education schools but without the homework, examinations or grades.  This is perfect for adult learning.

A recent Osher school offered classes in Classical Mythology, British Colonialism and Shakespeare’s Secrets.  Classes were also offered discussing current topics, such as Climate Change, The Election of ’08, Ecology, Evolution and Diversity.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes were established through the Bernard Osher Foundation.  A respected San Francisco businessman, his foundation supports higher education and the arts.  The foundation initiated programs for adult learners in the fall of 2000.  Modeled after lifelong learning at the University of San Francisco and University of Southern Maine, the foundation sent a request for proposals in 2002.  Since then, almost 120 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes have come to reside on college campuses in 48 states.

Many of the instructors are active or retired professors, as well as community members with a love for teaching.  The classes usually last a couple of hours for four to eight weeks.  The classes may be held on the college campus or in rooms around the community, such as local senior centers.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes promote continuing education, interaction or critical thinking that is necessary for a healthy and active senior lifestyle.  Find out if there is a campus near you at Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes.



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