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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. 

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

List of Classes - Summer 2020:

Rethinking Pandemics: A Cultural History from Antiquity to Now

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt is excited to offer this online course in partnership with the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities! Join us and get a first-hand look at what online learning is all about and prepare to be surprised by how engaging and interactive it can be. Join Professor Holly Tucker for this online course on the history of pandemics, as seen from contemporary first-hand accounts (essays, letters, personal journals, legal documents) and artistic works (literature, art, music). In this class, we will make connections between the experiences in the past to understand in deeper ways our own experiences in the COVID-19 era. As part of our work together, we will create our own first-hand accounts and artistic works to document what life looks like now, during our own moment of pandemic. We will be hosting an information session with Professor Tucker as well as Zoom tutorials. In order to serve our OLLI members, there will be staff from OLLI and RPW available to answer any of your technological questions before and during the 6-week course.

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.