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OLLI at Northwestern

About OLLI

Curiosity never retires.

What is OLLI

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a vibrant member-driven program of Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies. Members of our cooperative learning community generate an exciting and intellectually challenging curriculum of more than 100 study groups per semester, serving over 1500 adults on the Evanston and Chicago campuses. Composed of seasoned learners from all walks of life, OLLI members pursue learning for pure pleasure: there are no tests and no grades.

A Study Group Approach

OLLI offers year-round sessions of study groups: small, two-hour, seminar-style discussions that meet weekly in the daytime on Northwestern’s Evanston and Chicago campuses. Study groups are proposed, designed, and facilitated by fellow members and cover a wide range of topics including civic engagement, contemporary issues, creative arts, history and government, literature, science and technology, and social sciences.

 

Learn More About OLLI

Attend one of our upcoming, free information sessions and sign up to receive our weekly newsletter

Information Session

FREE Information Sessions

Our "A Taste of OLLI" information sessions are a chance for non-members to learn about the peer-led structure of OLLI, how our study groups work, and events we have throughout the year.  If you are interested in learning more, register for one of our upcoming sessions.

Newsletter

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

OLLI emails out a weekly newsletter with information about current and upcoming events, registration, and other news. We automatically send it to our membership. If you are not a member but would like to receive our newsletter, click on the purple bar below to sign up for our mailing list.  To read a current issue of the newsletter, click here.
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Benefits

In addition to thought-provoking study groups and opportunities to engage with peers who have similar interests, members enjoy:

  • Workshops, lectures, special events and cultural opportunities beyond study groups
  • Full access to seven Northwestern libraries and campus computer labs
  • Free campus and inter-campus shuttles (with membership that includes Wildcard)
  • Northwestern student discounts including museums, theater subscriptions, movies, newspapers, magazines and more (with membership that includes Wildcard)

 

History of OLLI

OLLI was founded in 1987 as the Institute for Learning in Retirement. The program was renamed the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in 2005 in recognition of generous support from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The Osher Foundation supports a national network of Lifelong Learning Institutes. Northwestern's program is proud to be one of the 123 OLLIs in the U.S. Join our OLLI community for a variety of learning experiences, for the pleasure of learning, and the spirit of friendship!

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