Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Rethink Learning

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

A vibrant educational and social environment serving 900 seasoned learners on Northwestern's Evanston and Chicago campuses. A stimulating, participatory learning community with no exams and no grades, our members range in age from their 50s to 90s, and people of all backgrounds are welcome. A comprehensive curriculum of peer-led study groups spans subjects from literature and history to science, politics, current affairs, philosophy and the arts. Learning takes a lifetime — and we are having the time of our lives!

Registration for OLLI's 2015 Winter Session is now open — new members are welcome!

OLLI's  winter session runs from Tuesday, January 20 to Monday, February 16, 2015. To review OLLI's winter catalog and registration procedures click here. OLLI welcomes new members for the four-week winter session. To request a copy of the winter catalog be mailed to you click here.

New members are welcome to participate in OLLI's spring semester. The spring catalog will be available in mid-January and the 14-week spring semester begins on March 2.

OLLI's 2014–2015 Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: September 8–December 12, 2014

Winter Session: Tuesday, January 20–Monday, February 16, 2015

Spring Semester: March 2–June 5, 2015

Summer Session: July 6–August  6, 2015

OLLI and Northwestern University will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday, September 1, 2014
  • Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, 2014
  • Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25, 2014
  • Wednesday, December 31, 2014 and Thursday, January 1, 2015
  • Monday, January 19, 2015
  • Monday, May 25, 2015
  • Friday, July 3, 2015

OLLI Members, Invest in OLLI — Propose a Spring 2015 Study Group!

OLLI's spring semester is a 14-week semester beginning on Monday, March 2, 2015 and concludes on Friday, June 5, 2015.


Proposals are due on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. You will need both the Instructions and the Proposal Form


Here are the upcoming call for proposal dates and the proposal due dates:


  • Fall semester call for proposal date: 3/3/2015
  • Fall semester proposal due date: 3/20/2015

  • Summer session call for proposal date:  3/23/2015

  • Summer session proposal due date: 4/13/2015

OLLI News

OLLI Commemorates 25 Years at Northwestern

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Northwestern University (OLLI) celebrates 25 years of providing a dynamic learning community for adults over 50 on Northwestern's Chicago and Evanston campuses. Inspired by Northwestern trustee Newton Minow, OLLI began as the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR), a part of Northwestern University School of Professional Studies. It was thought a peer-led program — not designed around academic credit, but for the pure joy of learning, would be a good fit for Northwestern and...  [more]