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Due to information received from the Interim Chancellor/Provost’s office, and based on our desire to protect the health and safety of our community from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we are cancelling all OLLI at Vanderbilt spring classes and events.

OLLI at Vanderbilt Mission Statement:
OLLI at Vanderbilt helps adults over 50 rediscover the joy of learning and build community through diverse social interaction.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Vanderbilt University is an inclusive group that strives to organize and present to the greater Nashville community stimulating intellectual and cultural noncredit courses, programs, and trips for adults over 50 of all educational backgrounds.  OLLI focuses on the joy of learning.  Interesting topics are explored with thought-provoking and engaging instructors, who are primarily active or retired Vanderbilt faculty, as well as other community experts.  In a relaxed atmosphere, with no homework, tests, or grades, you have the opportunity to ask questions, contribute ideas, and interact with people who share similar interests.  OLLI participants exercise their minds while making new friends, not only in the classroom but through other educational activities, special events and community engagement. 


Spring 2020 Catalog   Printable Registration Form

Spring courses and special events are cancelled.  

Please call our office at 615-343-0700, or email us at oshervu@vanderbilt.edu with questions, or to join the email list! 

List of Classes - Spring 2020:

(Open Enrollment Feb 10th 2020)

OLLI Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Enjoy Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory’s park-like grounds and a delicious lunch followed by our annual business meeting with OLLI at Vanderbilt updates. There will also be convenient, complimentary parking. 

OLLI Steel Drum Band - ADVANCED

If you have a long history of musical experience or have participated in the OLLI Steel Band for several sessions, this class is for you. A level up from the Intermediate OLLI Steel Band, this class moves at a fast pace and focuses on learning the different styles of music that can be played on pan. Latin, jazz, calypso, reggae, rock, and even show tunes are all offered in this class. There is a strong emphasis on proper technique and learning the subtle nuances behind playing the steel pan. The class is highly music oriented and the participants will learn several songs each session, working towards a final recording that you can share with family and friends. Students will be placed according to their preference and the availability of the desired instrument. Participation in Beginning and/or Intermediate level bands is a required prerequisite unless instructor permission is granted.


The Division of Government and Community Relations sponsors the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt and is
administered by Vanderbilt's Department of Community, Neighborhood, and Government Relations.