The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at USD brings together curious people who want to learn for the love of it — no grades, no tests, just fun! OLLI aims to engage the mind, stimulate the senses and foster learning through an affordable program of classes, tours, lectures, films and active learning opportunities.
Classes are offered in the spring and fall each year and span a broad range of interests from history and current events to creative arts and other mind-expanding topics. OLLI instructors are a mix of university professors, peer enthusiasts and experts in particular fields.
Programming is funded by membership and course fees, donations from OLLI members and community partners and by interest from a Bernard Osher Foundation endowment.
OLLI at USD offers a wide variety of courses, tours, lectures, film viewings, active learning opportunities and events.
Membership is required to take courses, attend most events and take advantage of OLLI opportunities. With your membership you may enroll in as many courses as you can attend.
OLLI members come from all educational, professional and social backgrounds. All have a desire to stay intellectually active and engaged. OLLI is for anyone who wants to:
OLLI at USD is managed by a director with assistance from staff and member-volunteers. Member-volunteers are actively involved in committees and help by sharing their expertise and interests, organizing or teaching courses and serving on the OLLI Leadership Council.
Beyond taking courses, attending events and joining tours and travel, you can volunteer with OLLI through these activities:
Currently we offer courses at a variety of locations in Sioux Falls, Brookings, Vermillion, Chamberlain, Pierre and De Smet. Specific course locations are indicated for each course online and in the course catalog mailed to members each term.
Any non-member who wants to attend a single lecture or event may do so as OLLI's guest, at no charge, on a space available basis for select offerings. Priority is given to members. To inquire, call us or email us for more information.