Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

About OLLI at USM

About OLLI at USM





OLLI started as Senior College in 1997 at the University of Southern Maine. It began with a vision—a simple idea, really: to provide a stimulating program for older learners. Thanks to dedicated community and university leaders and volunteers, OLLI has now expanded into one of America’s fastest growing and leading programs in lifelong learning.


A very generous endowment gift from the Bernard Osher Foundation in 2000 encouraged expanded programming opportunities. In recognition of the Osher Foundation’s gift, the organization’s name was changed to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or OLLI.


SAGE lectures are now housed in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the Wishcamper Center

 Now in its 27th year, SAGE at the University of Southern Maine provides academic lecture and discussion programs chosen by its members, in topic areas such as history, culture, the arts, geography, anthropology, and science. Using University and community resources, the SAGE program provides a format in which enthusiastic learners can discover new realms of intellectual challenge and academic pursuit.


SAGE lectures will be posted on the OLLI Courses and Lectures at USM page.