Adam Brunner, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Temple University, explains how the program is structured, how it works and the range of courses offered through the program. “Since OLLI is a membership organization, members not only attend classes, they also volunteer for a wide range of roles that are essential to the day-to-day and long-range success of the program,” Brunner says. “We are part of Temple University and almost all of our classes are held at Temple’s Center City campus at 1515 Market Street—right across from City Hall and right above Suburban Station, a major transportation hub—which really has a lot to do with why we’re so successful.”
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Temple University is a lifelong learning academy where people 50 years and older attend classes and pursue the joy of learning without the traditional academic requirements of tests and grades.
OLLI at Temple University is supported, in part, by an endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation. At present, the Foundation supports 119 lifelong learning programs on university and college campuses across the country, with at least one grantee in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Foundation also supports a National Resource Center for Osher Institutes which is located at Northwestern University.