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Lifelong Learning Institute Offers Curated Package of Programs

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of South Dakota is offering an exclusive online program, OLLI Platinum, with world-renowned experts, curated specifically for South Dakotans who love to learn.

In addition to regular classes and memberships, these 10 classes will be offered online from Sept. 1 to Jan. 31.

“This program is a unique, exclusive opportunity to hear some amazing speakers, ranging from explorers and scientists to artists and writers,” said OLLI director Thea Miller Ryan.

For $80, all 10 programs are available on Zoom to those who sign up. The programs include:

  1. Polar Exploration with Robert Swan and Rob Miller, Sept. 9
  2. Heaven: A History with Dr. Nathan Hitchcock, 5-part series Sept. 1 to Jan. 31
  3. Writing Isn’t Perfect: Lessons from Laura Ingalls Wilder by Sarah Uthoff, Oct. 14
  4. Coronaviruses: Past, Present and Future, with Nicole Zitterkopf, Ph.D. Oct. 19
  5. Exploring Media Literacy: A First Amendment Focus, with the staff of the Freedom Forum in Washington, D.C., Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24
  6. Sanford Underground Research Facility Progress Report: Advancing Science, Technology and Education in South Dakota with Mike Headley and Jaret Heise, Jan. 7 and 14
  7. Creative Conservation with Stephanie Arne, Jan.12
  8. Apollo 13: Houston, We’ve Had a Problem, with Thomas Durkin, Jan. 13
  9. How to Collect Art: Art Notes from an Auction House with Amelia Manderscheid, Jan. 20
  10. Making Movies: An Art of Controlled Delusion with Andrew Kightlinger, Jan. 21

For more information on OLLI Platinum, visit or send an email to to be added to the mailing list or register for the courses. 


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of South Dakota lets you keep learning your whole life. With short-term, non-credit classes, OLLI offers lifelong learning opportunities for members. OLLI programs are designed for people age 50 and over, but classes are open to all ages and education levels. There are no tests and no grades, just fun!


The Bernard Osher Foundation, headquartered in San Francisco, was started in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader. The Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts. The Foundation supports a national lifelong learning network for seasoned adults. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, operating on the campuses of 124 institutions of higher education from Maine to Hawaii and Alaska.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News