In the fall of 2004, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) debuted at San Diego State University with 16 students and seven courses that included Religions of the World, The Impolite Subjects: Sex, Religion, and Politics, and Disease and History.
Today, the Osher Institute boasts more than 650 members and offers more than 130 courses that include book clubs, lectures, workshops and more.
SDSU's OLLI is one of 119 unique Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes in the United States, supported by The Bernard Osher Foundation. The mission of each one is to provide high-quality, university-based learning to adults age 50 and better. A fascinating array of topics every semester is exactly what draws so many members to SDSU's OLLI. There are no tests, grades or exams, just the thrill of learning with like-minded peers.
"I return because I always find courses that let me entertain material from the perspective of a life lived versus undergraduate wide-eyed discovery,” said member Laura Bottaro-Costner.
To strengthen the life-long learning mission of SDSU's OLLI, a crowdfunding effort is underway to raise $2,000 by June 24. Tax-deductible donations will directly impact the OLLI’s ability to expand course offerings, annual events, lecture series, and panel discussions. To donate, visit SDSU Strive.
Explore the online summer catalog and visit the blog, which celebrates the life journeys of OLLI members. From Holocaust survivors to long-lost friends to award-winning writers, OLLI members are a fascinating group.