OLLI at UAF: Lifelong Learning for Older Adults
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UAF is a membership organization providing learning opportunities for seasoned adults (age 50+) in the Fairbanks area. Led by its membership, OLLI offers stimulating courses, lectures, educational travel, and special interest groups.
Members explore academic and general interest courses in an atmosphere that is intellectually stimulating, but without the stress of tests and grades. Members are invited from all backgrounds. They share the common bonds of intellectual curiosity and the experience of their generation. They are self-motivated learners, eager to share opinions, knowledge, and expertise with humor and mutual respect.
OLLI is a program of UAF Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning. It has received generous financial support from the Bernard Osher Foundation and recognizes the generosity of benefactor Bernard Osher by using the Osher name.
There is at least one OLLI in every state! Click here for a map.
Fall 2016 Course Dates
Session I: Sept. 12 - Oct. 7
Add-on week I: Oct. 10 - 14
Session II: Oct. 17 - Nov. 11
Add-on week II: Nov. 14 - 18
Online registration opened 9:30 am Wed. August 24 and is ongoing.
Spring 2017 Course Dates
Session I: Feb. 13 - March 10
Add-on week I: March 13 - 17
Session II: March 20 - April 14
Add-on week II: April 17 - 21
Online registration opens 9:30 am Wed. January 25
Looking for materials from your particular OLLI class?
Click on "Classes and Lectures" in the menu at the left.
Then click on "Reference Materials"
The list is ordered chronologically with the most recently posted material at the top.
Courses are provided for the joy of learning - with no test or grades. Most meet once a week for four weeks during spring and fall sessions. They are taught by UAF faculty and retired faculty, Fairbanks professionals, and OLLI members eager to share their expertise. Over 200 courses are offered each year on a variety of topics. Some recent topics have included:
Guitar from Scratch
Scoundrels in Northern History
Get the Most Out of Your Digital Camera
Natural History of Alaskan Seabirds
Introduction to Chinese
Great Decisions (a world affairs discussion program of the Foreign Policy Association)
Philosophical Puzzles and Paradoxes
Travel programs in various locations in Alaska have been part of the OLLI learning experience. Beginning in 2017, travel opportunities will be arranged through the "Let's Travel" Special Interest Group. UAF-OLLI will no longer contract with vendors or handle payments.
Membership is open to adults 50 and older and to their adult companions. The annual fee is $35, covering one calendar year of membership (January to December). Membership includes e-newsletters, socials, special interest groups, and eligibility to register for courses and excursions.
Course fees are $15 per course
$150 for unlimited courses for a full year (Jan - Dec).