Darren Zook, UC Berkeley Dept. of Political Science. Photo by Christina Hernandez

Who We Are

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Berkeley is a dynamic learning community for explorers, age 50+. An OLLI @Berkeley membership opens up a world of discovery: smart, curated courses (with no exams or grades) taught by Cal faculty and other scholars; opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research; and a year-round lineup of lectures, workshops, interest groups, clubs and activities.

Mission

Our mission is to create and facilitate a public space for the community and campus to experience the joys and benefits of lifelong learning. We celebrate the insatiable curiosity of older adults and their ongoing quest to learn about, engage with, and contribute to the world around them.

Curated Learning

We offer four academic terms per year — fall, winter, spring and summer — and dedicate months to crafting each one. Supported by a Curriculum Committee of member volunteers, we seek to shine a light on a diverse range of voices and subjects, from explorations of how the brain works to journeys through philosophic fiction, the politics of everything, and the wonders of Verdi. Our interdisciplinary courses, ongoing speaker events, creative workshops and annual forums showcase some of the most exciting ideas and scholarship flourishing on our campus and in our community.

History

OLLI @Berkeley was established in 2007 with generous support from the Bernard Osher Foundation and is one of more than 120 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes affiliated with colleges and universities across the country. All OLLI’s offer intellectually stimulating, non-credit courses and learning opportunities for people 50 and better.