University-level classes engage adults 50+


Karla Burkhart

For over 10 years, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Arizona State University (OLLI at ASU) has brought low-cost educational and cultural courses and programs to adults ages 50 and over.

Throughout spring, OLLI is offering over 95 classes in history, art, music, opera, health, creative writing, science, current events, literature, geology, religion, physics, space, Shakespeare, and more; there is something for everyone!

Here are just few of OLLI’s spring classes: Cheyenne Warriors and Women of the Great Planes; Archeoastronomy; Tax Policy, Baroque Art and Architecture; Black Widow Researchers; Butterflies; Shakespeare and Genre; Modern Politics in Latin America /Bolivia; The Border Landscape with a History; Portrait Fundamentals Workshop; Travel Writing; Internet Use in Russia; Everyday Objects and Their Use, Form and Meaning; Uncovering Systematic Oppression in Poverty; and a lecture series on “Innovative Government Policy and Practice.” 

Members of OLLI may register for lectures and classes and also receive discounted admission to cultural centers such as the Heard Museum, The Nash, Ballet Arizona, Arizona Opera, and others. OLLI at ASU has recently partnered with the Southwest Shakespeare Company, and OLLI members receive discounted tickets to their performances at the Mesa Arts Center.

Registration is now open. Sessions begin in February, March, April, and May. Membership is only $15 for the semester, lectures $10, and most courses $35. OLLI is conveniently located throughout the valley: ASU West and Downtown Phoenix campuses, Tempe Public Library, Friendship Village Tempe, and Maravilla Scottsdale.

The class schedule is available at most public libraries, senior and community centers, and online. You may register online or by phone. Call (602) 543-6440 or visit

OLLI at ASU is funded in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation, which supports university-quality educational offerings for mature students. ASU is one of 119 colleges and universities nationally to have been awarded a permanent Osher Foundation endowment to sustain and support its programs, and OLLI at ASU was recently entitled a “best practice” by the Osher Foundation.

OLLI is part of ASU’s Partnership for Community Development in the School of Community Resources and Development, which is in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Every semester, OLLI showcases a fresh lineup of classes with no tests, grades, or educational requirements.

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