College of General Studies
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

About OLLI

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a program in the College of General Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Established in 2005, it is supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation and is one of 118 OLLIs located on college campuses throughout the United States. The National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes located at the University of Southern Maine serves as the national center for all OLLIs.

Vision Statement

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute aspires to create a dedicated intellectual environment for older adult students, nurturing a lifelong passion for learning.The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute fosters lifelong learning through courses and programs that engage the learner, provide social interaction, and enrich lives. OLLI’s faculty, which includes University of Pittsburgh professors and retired faculty, challenge participants to understand the cultural forces of today, to interact socially and intellectually with one another, and to live empowered lives.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Staff

Sharon Gretz

Patricia Szczepanski
Program Coordinator

Chelsea Fillippa
Program Assistant

OLLI Committee Members

OLLI would not be possible without the generous support of members who give their time to these standing committees: advisory, curriculum, membership, and fundraising.

OLLI Discussion Group Leaders

Members share their knowledge and interest in a topic by leading a discussion group.