Who We Are
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Berkeley is a dynamic learning community for inquisitive adults, age 50+. Members enjoy exclusive access to courses taught by Cal faculty and other scholars, plus opportunities to participate in lectures, workshops, intergenerational dialogues, research, clubs, activities, and more.
We showcase the best, most relevant scholarship flourishing on the campus and in the community — ideas and insights informed by today’s news, tailored for learners with decades of lived experiences.
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.
We offer four academic terms per year — fall, winter, spring and summer — and dedicate months to curating each one. 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. Each offering highlights the most incisive thinking and scholarship thriving on our campus and in our community.
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.