Never Too Late to Learn

The U’s Osher Institute marks 20 years of enriching minds of adults aged 50+

For two decades, adult learners aged 50 and better have found a home at the U. But these pupils aren’t taking classes for grades or degrees, but rather for the joy of learning, thanks to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the U. Part of a nationwide network of 125 institutes across all 50 states, OLLI offers an array of courses, lectures, and special activities.

Longtime Osher member and UMFA docent emerita Anne Dolowitz BS’64 (left) discovers the joys of ukulele with instructor Marci Villa.

“We were very pleased to be one of the earlier Osher programs in the country,” says Jill Meyer BA’88, director of OLLI. “And thanks to our roster of over 250 longstanding instructors, we are able to offer a wide variety of courses each term.”

Classes range from art history to Western films and everything in between, she notes, and new courses are offered each session. OLLI runs some 70 classes in the fall, winter, and spring, and about 40 classes in the summer term, ensuring a steady stream of opportunities for its members to explore new topics and ideas. 

In 2024, the institute is proud to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a year-long celebration. Each month will offer a course, special event, or other activity for its 1,600 members, many of whom have been involved with the program for 10-15 years. 

The courses are taught by distinguished emeritus faculty, scholars, and community experts. For example, some are led by Stephen C. Hall, a retired United States Air Force colonel who has taught World War II history at Georgia Tech, Morehouse College, BYU, and the U. 

“We find that a lot of people benefit from structure and opportunities to challenge and engage their minds after they retire,” Meyer says. “Whether you never had a chance to take fun classes in college or you just want to learn something new, Osher is an outstanding resource. Come check us out.”  

For a full list of courses and 20th anniversary events, visit


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