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.

Welcome to OLLI

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a close-knit community of adults, ages 50+, who believe in lifelong learning, engagement and exploration. Our not-for-credit courses and workshops include art history, film, history, politics and economics, literature and language, and science. There are no mandatory exams, assignment or grades. We invite you to continue your journey of lifelong learning through our courses, lectures, and clubs. 

Course Highlights

Exploring Our Hidden Brain: How Emotions Shape Our Decisions - Carl & Kim Weichel

September 12 - November 7 (8 weeks) | 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. | In-person, Guzman Lecture Hall
How do our emotions influence our behavior and life choices? How does our “hidden brain” make important decisions in our lives without our awareness? The book and NPR radio series “The Hidden Brain” by Shankar Vedantam draw intriguing arcs from social psychology to our embedded cultural norms. We’ll listen to podcasts, review research, and then enjoy interactive discussions.

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OLLI at Dominican truly saved my sanity during the pandemic.  I took nearly every class that was offered and fell in love with new topics along with my favorites.  The instructors are excellent, and the classes brought helpful structure and JOY to my days.

– Barbara, 2021

Upcoming Events

OLLI Week Kicks off August 15

Heidi Kuhn, Founder and CEO of Roots of Peace based in Marin County, will be a guest speaker on Monday, August 15, to kickoff the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's (OLLI) Week. OLLI Week will run from August 15-19 from 10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. and include lectures from Darren Zook, John Rothmann, and more!

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Past Events

Summer 2022 Open House

Meet the OLLI Dominican faculty and learn about our exciting array of summer courses. Leaders of our discussion groups will also be there to share their information.

This is your opportunity to find out about our summer courses and activities. Anyone can attend, including non-members who would like to learn more about OLLI.

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Contact Information

Due to health and safety guidelines, our offices will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment only. Email inquiries are available every day.

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Meet the OLLI Team

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Calum MacKechnie, MEd

Interim Director, OLLI
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Arian Ahmadi

Associate Director, OLLI

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