Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Denver (OLLI at DU) is an adult learning membership program designed for inquiring adults, age 50 and "better," who wish to pursue lifelong learning in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere. Thanks to the generosity of The Bernard Osher Foundation, OLLI at DU joins a network of more than 120 institutes across the U.S. that are helping older learners find personal fulfillment.
Where Curiosity Never Retires
Community education at an adult learning center helps imaginations thrive and at OLLI at DU, curiosity never retires! Our OLLI members and class facilitators exchange ideas, build on their knowledge, and discover new friends. Join us as we bring learning to life in a friendly, enriching environment.
Proudly Serving Denver for 20+ Years
Who are OLLI members?
Our members come from diverse backgrounds and professions and share the desire to stay intellectually active and engaged. No one is a stranger for long at OLLI because everyone who joins has the same desire to learn and share expertise in the company of peers.
What does OLLI offer?
Classes cover academic subjects in history, music, political science, writing, literature, philosophy, science, religion, global issues, and more. Workshops and seminars expand the OLLI academic curriculum for adults. OLLI sites around the Denver metro area offer classes where members participate in interactive learning.
When are classes held?
Lifelong learning through OLLI meets for three eight-week terms during the year. The fall session begins in mid-September, the winter term begins in mid-January, and the spring term at the end of March. Each class meets weekly for two hours either in the morning or afternoon for four, six, or eight week periods.
How are classes taught?
Most discussion classes are facilitated by OLLI members who have the professional knowledge of, or a scholarly interest in, a subject. Some are lecture classes taught by retired faculty members, community and civic leaders, and independent scholars.
OLLI Site Locations
See below for when catalogs will be posted and classes begin.
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About OLLI Membership
To join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Denver and start connecting with like-minded peers who seek enriching educational opportunities, simply register for classes and become a member of this lifelong learning organization.
- Take classes at any or all of the OLLI locations
- Participation in as many classes, workshops and seminars as desired (space available)
- Reduced price participation in OLLI sponsored events
- Receipt of the OLLI newsletter three times per year
- Notice of non-advertised DU events (usually at no cost because of being affiliated with DU)
- Invitations to social events
- OLLI Membership Card that allows participation and discounts at DU and the community
- Use of the DU library at the Anderson Academic Commons
Hear from Our Members
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"I met wonderful interesting people who were open-minded who came from all different backgrounds."
Your membership fee includes unlimited classes (space available). You are an OLLI member for any given academic year if you enroll in a class during any of the three terms. Some OLLI activities and classes have an extra charge. A materials fee may apply to some classes. If so, it will be noted in the term catalog under the class listing.
Some OLLI activities and classes have an extra charge. Members are responsible for purchasing their own books. A materials fee may apply to some classes not requiring the purchase of a book.
As a membership organization, OLLI at the University of Denver functions and thrives because of volunteer support. Members facilitate classes, act as class assistant, form curriculum, promote membership, and contribute to marketing. Contact an OLLI manager to express your interest!
As the world becomes more integrated, OLLI at DU is pleased to offer the WorldView program. Each year, this program brings focus on one country: the history, the food, the conflicts, and the relationship with the U.S. The year culminates with an international trip to the WorldView country for our members.
Giving to OLLI
Our Giving Program
OLLI at DU continues to thrive through the generosity of The Bernard Osher Foundation, the University of Denver, and most importantly, our generous OLLI members. We are grateful for the strong support of our members! The University of Denver planned giving program offers options such as gifts of stock, bonds, mutual funds, life insurance, bequests, and retirement plan assets. For more information, please contact the Office of University Advancement at the University of Denver at 303-871-2739.
- Please send checks to:
- 2211 South Josephine Street
- Denver CO 80208
Please indicate if you want your donation to go to a specific OLLI site (Central, South, West, East) or to the general OLLI fund.
- Jennifer Fortenberry
- Site Manager
- Joanne Ihrig
- Site Manager
- Paul Simon
- Site Manager