Starting on Monday, April 19th OLLI will be providing improved and necessary Zoom security for all Commons events.  Advanced registration will now be  required. The Zoom links we use for the OLLI Commons are changing. See the OLLI Commons web page for details about the changes and how to obtain the new Zoom meeting link. You can register for OLLI Commons events now. The events remain free and open to the public. A paid OLLI membership is not required.

For a list of upcoming events scroll down to the Upcoming OLLI Events section below.

Welcome to OLLI

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.

OLLI's 2020-21 programs are being conducted online using Zoom.

The OLLI offices are closed to the public during the pandemic, but you can reach OLLI staff by sending e-mail to (link sends e-mail) and by calling, 734-998-9351.

30+ years of service to adult learners ages 50+

Upcoming OLLI Events

For a complete list of OLLI's offerings see the online Course Catalog.

Some upcoming OLLI events are free and open to the public. Scholarships are available.

Winter/Spring 2021 registration is open. First come, first served registration for events that are not full continues.

Due to the pandemic OLLI's 2020-21 programs are being conducted online using Zoom.


Join a sub-committee and help plan lectures in one of these topic areas:

  • Sports, Environmental Issues, Infrastructure, Social Justice and More
  • Music in Detroit and Michigan
  • Economics: Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and More

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Proposals for Fall Term classes should be submitted by May 19th, but you’re encouraged to submit them as soon as they’re ready. You can send in a form by U.S. Mail, send one in by e-mail to (link sends e-mail) or submit a form online.

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For added security, all Commons events going forward will be locked ten minutes after they begin, so please arrive promptly!

The OLLI Commons is a free and open Zoom meeting space available to OLLI members for regularly scheduled informal gatherings that meet once a month, twice a month, or every week.

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