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Above: A jammer excursion for our Osher Lifelong Learning members through Glacier National Park, July 2016.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan was established to encourage adults to continue their learning long after formal schooling is done. The Institute’s popular programs help mature adults to rediscover the piquancy of learning — the joy of discovery and feelings of accomplishment that are unencumbered by tests, grades, or drills.

This year’s programs feature:

  • Seven lecture series totaling 43 presentations, with average attendance over 250 people;
  • more than 140 study groups on a wide variety of topics;
  • casual, friend-producing programs on evenings and weekends — well-suited to people not yet retired;
  • day-long travel ventures to midwestern venues.

30 years of service to adult learners ages 50+

OLLI in Action

Watch our video to see how our programs impact our members' lives.


OLLI has an updated version of its web site. The new site is very similar to the previous version, but will:

  • Be easier for OLLI staff and volunteers to maintain without the need to know technical web page coding;
  • Work better from narrow windows such as those found on smart phones and tablets; and
  • Be more accessible for individuals with reduced vision.

If you encounter problems with or have suggestions for the new site, please send e-mail to or call the OLLI office at 734-998-9351.

Look for the Winter /Spring catalogs to hit the mailboxes around the last week in December. 

You’re invited to OLLI’s Winter Open House at Washtenaw Community College (WCC).
The Social and Study Group Committees have teamed up to plan an Open House event from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon on Friday, January 5, 2018 prior to registration. Registration for winter and spring 2018 classes begins on Wednesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m.
The Winter Open House will be held in the atrium of the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College on Friday, January 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Light
refreshments will be served, and OLLI members will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet study group instructors and learn about upcoming classes
  • Talk with committee members about upcoming lecture series, day trips, and after 5 events
  • Join a committee
  • Drop off registrations for winter and spring programs (note that no registrations will be processed until January 10)