Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Satisfy your curiosity. Sharpen your mind. Share your passions. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Dominican University of California was designed for lifelong learners like you.

Online Courses

We're offering courses via the video conferencing platform, Zoom. View our Introduction to Zoom page to learn how to use Zoom.

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OLLI Events

Please note: Your health and safety are our first priority. In accordance with the current public health directives, we have canceled all in-person OLLI courses until further notice. 

Adult learners in Marin County and the greater Bay Area can pursue an array of enriching, educational offerings from OLLI. For more than 15 years, we’ve offered older adults fun, challenging learning opportunities on our beautiful, serene San Rafael campus. 

Each session our schedule includes non-credit courses, workshops, and clubs and “Food for Thought” luncheons. Led by expert academics and accomplished artists and writers, our courses typically meet weekly over the course of four, six, or eight weeks. Most class periods are just under two hours. In addition to courses on our main campus, you can also find classes at senior residences and other Marin County venues.

Exploration of Multiple Subject Areas

OLLI courses are not-for-credit. This means there is no homework, exams, or grades (and no pressure!) It’s learning for learning’s sake. You’ll find non-credit courses and workshops in many topical areas, including art history, film, history, politics and economics, literature and language, and science.

Eclectic and Engaging Topics

Our ever-changing selection of lifelong learning opportunities includes course and workshop titles such as: "Satire, Parody and Farce," "Galaxies, Cosmology, and the Accelerating Universe" and "Cybersecurity: A Guide for the Perplexed". OLLI clubs are very popular and include everything from Making Music to the Socratic Circus Club.

Faculty Open House

Meet OLLI faculty and learn more about how OLLI students find community, learn about engaging topics, and grow intellectually during our courses, workshops, and special events designed for lifelong learners age 50 and up. Watch a replay of this presentation.

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Meet the OLLI Team

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Kathie Henderson, PhD

Director of OLLI
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Calum MacKechnie, MEd

Associate Director, OLLI
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Michelle van Kriedt

Assistant Director, OLLI

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