Who We Are

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Berkeley celebrates the insatiable curiosity of older adults, ages 50+, and their ongoing quest to learn about, engage with, and contribute to the world around them. 

We are a learning community of 2,500 members who join us for courses, speaker events, intergenerational dialogues, research opportunities, Town Halls, meetups, and more — an exploration of ideas and insights informed by today’s news, tailored for learners with decades of lived experiences.  

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. 

Curated Learning

We offer four academic terms per year — fall, winter, spring and summer — and dedicate months to curating each one. We strive to shine a light on a diverse range of voices and subjects, from international documentary filmmaking to the poetry of resistance. Each term provides members with a wealth of course options including deep dives into history, politics, literature, music, current affairs, and more — all taught by Cal faculty and other distinguished scholars.

History

OLLI @Berkeley was established in 2007 with generous support from the Bernard Osher Foundation and is one of 125 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the country.    

Land Acknowledgement

OLLI @Berkeley recognizes that the campus sits on the territory of xučyun (Huichin), the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo speaking Ohlone people, the successors of the sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County. We also recognize that every member of the Berkeley community has, and continues to benefit from, the use and occupation of this land, since the institution’s founding in 1868. Read more about the Ohlone land.