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About the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

History and Purpose

Thanks to the generosity of the The Bernard Osher Foundation, the network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the United States is meeting the needs of older learners who want to learn simply for the joy of learning and personal fulfillment. The University of Richmond Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning is one of 119 institutes across the country, all supported by the National Resource Center.

Established in 2004 at the School of Professional & Continuing Studies, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Richmond offers an extensive array of courses in the liberal arts in the fall, spring and summer semesters. These offerings are a combination of undergraduate credit courses for audit, special interest mini-courses, free lectures, community service projects, performing arts events and more.

If you’re 50 or better with a curious mind and a keen interest in learning, we’d love for you to join us. You can become an OLLI member for as little as $75 per year.

Osher Strategic Plan

The Osher Institute embarked on a strategic planning process in June 2014. The objective of this planning process was to assess current conditions and trends and identify near-term and longer-term initiatives to enhance and improve the program for lifelong learning. The strategic plan report was approved and implementation has begun. Each year we’ll report on our progress.

Additionally, as part of our strategic plan, we committed to conducting a membership survey every two years. To meet that commitment, we survey our members every two years in the fall. A Powerpoint provides an overview and analysis of the results, starting in 2016.

Osher Speakers Bureau

Need a speaker for your club or book group? The Osher Speakers Bureau can provide presentations on the history and current offerings of the University of Richmond’s Osher Institute. For more information contact Peggy Watson at or call (804) 287-6344.

Osher Leadership Council

Members of the Osher Leadership Council take an active role in shaping the work of the Institute — selecting topics for courses, recruiting faculty, planning trips and gatherings, and leading project teams of Osher members for Curriculum, Development, Leader Support, Marketing, Membership and Newsletter.

The current members of the Osher Leadership Council are listed below. If you are interested in serving on an Osher project team, please contact the office at (804) 287-6344 or by e-mail.

  • Charlie Huffstetler, Chair
  • Lee Ann Pickering, Vice Chair
  • Landon Woody, Past Chair
  • Ruth Blevins
  • Marlene Ebert
  • Peter Goodman
  • Jeff Keil
  • Don Miller
  • Bill Pawelski
  • Linda Ventura

Contact Us

Osher Institute
Special Programs Building 100
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: (804) 287-6608
Fax: (804) 287-1264

Monday-Friday: 8:30am–5pm
Closed for University holidays