What is the Bernard Osher Foundation?

BOLLI is funded in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation, which supports educational programs, arts, and integrative medicine centers. BOLLI at Brandeis is one of 117 lifelong institutes in the United States funded by the Foundation.

“It’s the belief of the Bernard Osher Foundation that people are living longer and this longer life should be coupled with increased learning. The more engaged seasoned adults are, the more constructive citizens they will be,” said Mary Bitterman, president of the Foundation.

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Here are a few things our members are saying about BOLLI:

“BOLLI is the kind of place where you can be comfortable expressing your point of view.”

“The background of people is so broad…it’s an education just talking to the people around you…there’s time for that too.”

“BOLLI has been the joy of this stage of my life."


BOLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Brandeis, is a vibrant year-round community of intellectually curious adults who enjoy exploring a wide ranging curriculum, including art, current events, drama, economics, film, history and government, language, literature, music, science, and social issues.

BOLLI learning takes many different forms.  Especially popular is our distinguished lunch and learn lecture series, offered each fall and spring. In the winter and summer terms members take in the seminars and lecture courses offered by expert Brandeis faculty. All year round BOLLI members enjoy play readings, book discussions, theatre parties, autobiographical reflections, literary salons, social events, lectures and much more; and always share in the wealth of activities Brandeis University offers, including intergenerational events especially designed to bring BOLLI members and traditional Brandeis students together in learning.

We invite you to discover the joys of being a member of BOLLI, “where learning and friendship thrive.”