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.
To access our online registration site
Click the link below to set up or access your account, or to browse our course offerings.
If you are a current member of OLLI or were a member last year, you already have an account. Click on "forgot password" in the login box of the ProClass page. You'll be prompted to enter your email address, and the system will send you an email with your username and password.
If you are new to OLLI, click on "New user? Start here" to create an account.
As of 12/11/14, online credit card payment is now available!
Fall 2015 Course Dates
Session I: Sept. 14 - Oct. 9
Add-on week I: Oct. 12 - 16
Session II: Oct. 19 - Nov. 13
Add-on week II: Nov. 16 - 20
Online registration opened Wed. August 26 at 9:30 am Alaska time.
Spring 2016 Course Dates
Session I: Feb. 29 - March 27
Add-on week I: March 28 - April 1
Session II: April 4 - 29
Add-on week II: May 2 - 6
Online registration will open Tues. Feb. 16 at 9:30 am Alaska time.
Registration help will be available on a walk-in basis 9:30 - 11:30 am on Feb. 16 in the Old UPark building.
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 100 courses are offered each year on a variety of topics. Some recent topics have included:
- Musicals by Andrew Lloyd Weber
- Epigenetics and the Aging Brain
- Digital Photography
- Alaska's 1964 Earthquake
- Conversational French
- Zumba Gold
- Edible Wild Plants
- Great Decisions (a world affairs discussion program of the Foreign Policy Association)
- Eureka! Insights Which Changed Our Minds and Our World
Travel programs in various locations in Alaska have become part of the OLLI learning experience. Members enjoy 4 - 7 days of learning and adventure with friends.
Explore Yukon Island (near Homer)
Nizina River Wild: Rafting Adventure
Talkeetna: The First 99 Years
Sheep Mountain Lodge (on the Glenn Highway)
Click "Travel" in the menu at the left of the page for more information about this year's excursions.
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).