Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Rethink Learning

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

A vibrant educational and social environment serving more than 800 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!

 OLLI's 2014 Spring Registration is Now Open

OLLI's spring semester is March 3 through June 6, 2014. 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.

OLLI's 2013–2014 Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: September 9–December 13, 2013

Winter Session: Tuesday, January 21–Monday, February 17, 2014

Spring Semester: March 3–June 6, 2014

Summer Session: July 7–August  8, 2014

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

  • Monday, September 2, 2013
  • Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29, 2013
  • Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25, 2013
  • Tuesday, December 31, 2013 and Wednesday, January 1, 2014
  • Monday, January 20, 2014
  • Monday, May 26, 2014
  • Friday, July 4, 2014

Considering OLLI? — Attend an Information Session


February 6, 2014

10–11:30 a.m.

339 E. Chicago Ave, Wieboldt Hall, Room 504


February 5, 2014

10–11:30 a.m.

1940 Oak Ave. Suite 200 S

Call OLLI to Reserve a Seat!

Chicago:  Paula Foster, 312-503-7881

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


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 Continuing 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]