Who We Are

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

We offer dynamic courses, speaker events, intergenerational dialogues, Town Halls, research opportunities, and more to our 3,000-member community. We seek to showcase the best, most exciting scholarship flourishing on campus and around the globe — 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 offers a wealth of course options including deep dives into history, politics, literature, music, current affairs, and more.  

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.