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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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (BOLLI) at Boston is a membership-based community of mature adults who enjoy learning and want to spend time with like-minded people.

BOLLI's mission is to foster accessible lifelong learning, individual growth, and social connection for mature learners age 50+ by providing stimulating opportunities to enrich the intellectual, social, and cultural lives of members, regardless of educational background.

Through a modestly priced membership, BOLLI provides noncredit courses, special lectures, social events, theatre outings, and field trips in the United States and abroad.

No specific background is required to join, just an interest in academic learning, the desire to participate actively with your peers, and an open mind