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About Us

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan (OLLI-UM) is a program established in 1987 by a group of Turner Geriatric Clinic volunteers for people who share a love of learning. Under sponsorship of the University of Michigan Health System, OLLI-UM is affiliated with Elderhostel Institute Network and the Bernard Osher Foundation. The approximately 1200 members of OLLI-UM oversee and develop an extensive program of top quality lectures and offer a wide variety of study groups, travel excursions, evening and weekend events, and social/cultural gatherings.

OLLI members are a diverse group drawn from Ann Arbor and surrounding communities. Membership is intended for all enthusiastic learners over age 50, approaching or living in retirement, regardless of previous education. OLLI-UM is dedicated to challenging minds and stimulating the spirit to maintain healthy bodies.

Mission Statement

The mission of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan is to use the university community to challenge minds and stimulate spirits of people fifty years of age or older. It offers learning activities designed to enhance understanding of the world – its historic, cultural and social aspects – using a variety of non-credit academic learning formats. These generally consist of lectures, study groups and educational travel.


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of M evolved from a program called Learning in Retirement, which was established in 1987 by Turner Geriatric Clinic volunteers at the University of Michigan. The successes of the Learning in Retirement program gained recognition from the Bernard Osher Foundation in the form of substantial grants to enhance and expand programming. In March of 2007 — in recognition and appreciation of Osher Foundation contributions — the Learning in Retirement Board of Directors changed the organization name to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan and hosted a celebratory program.

In 2012, Learning in Retirement/Osher Lifelong Learning Institute concluded 25 years of service to learners aged 50+. We are pleased to have enabled so many people to enhance their lives. We are proud of our long-term affiliation with the excellence of the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center.

25 Years of Service Brochure (pdf)

Directory of Board Members (pdf)

Read our newsletter (April 2016) (pdf)

See a list of e-mail announcements sent out by OLLI.


Scholarships are available to OLLI members who need assistance paying for OLLI study groups or lectures. Please contact the OLLI office (734-998-9351) if you are interested in learning more.