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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Oregon University (OLLI at SOU) is the Rogue Valley’s premier choice for staying intellectually stimulated and socially connected. This 2000-member organization offers non-credit classes in two locations – Ashland and Medford. 

The program is geared towards those aged 50+, but there is no official age restriction on membership. A $125 annual fee entitles members to enroll in an unlimited number of classes (space permitting) from over 100 courses offered in each of three terms, from September to June. There is no fee charged per course. 

The astonishing range of courses offered includes topics in art, dance, film, games, health, history, literature, music, personal development, science, technology, and writing. Learning is a pleasure for members and instructors alike, because there are no tests or grades. Classes are open to all, with no prerequisites. Members can establish connections with other curious minds through lively class discussions, social activities, and shared interest groups, and well as by participating in OLLI operations and governance. 

OLLI membership fees are kept low through member donations and the generosity of the Bernard Osher Foundation. Support of lifelong learning for older adults is a key area of focus for the Osher Foundation.

For more information about OLLI, including a course catalog and a listing of free public lectures and events, visit or call 541-552-6048.

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