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!

Register now for OLLI's Spring Semester 2015 — new members are welcome!

OLLI's  14-week spring session runs from Monday, March 2 to Friday, June 5, 2015. To review OLLI's spring catalog and registration procedures click here. To request a copy of the spring catalog be mailed to you click here.

Spring registration closes on Thursday, February 19th.

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

Considering OLLI? Attend an Information Session


Tuesday, February 3, 2015
10–11:30 a.m.
1840 Oak Ave., Suite 200S


Wednesday, February 4, 2015
10–11:30 a.m. Wieboldt Hall, Room 507
339 E. Chicago Ave.

Call OLLI to reserve a seat!

Evanston: Lisa D'Angelo, 847-492-8204

Chicago: Paula Foster, 312-503-7881


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]