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About the Institute

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BOLLI logoBOLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Brandeis is a membership organization which brings together hundreds of vibrant and intellectually curious adults in learning and friendship. We are located on the Brandeis University Campus in Waltham, MA.

Peer-Led Study Groups

Each spring and fall we offer over 45 classes in history, politics, sociology, literature, music, art, science and film, facilitated by knowledgeable and passionate teachers and pursued in an atmosphere of congeniality and mutual encouragement. 

You can view a complete list of current BOLLI peer-led study groups here or peruse our Program Archives here.

Coinciding with class days, BOLLI also sponsors a “Lunch & Learn” lecture series bringing local and national celebrities, authors, and professors to its quarters and allowing for vigorous member Q & A.  Recent speakers have included writers Anthony Lewis, Anita Diamant and Boston Globe film critic Wesley Morris; and government specialists Michael Dukakis, Kenneth Feinberg, and Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice Judith Cowin. You can view our Lunch and Learn Lectures here.

Brandeis Faculty Seminars

During intersessions, BOLLI offers intensive seminars taught by outstanding Brandeis professors. Recent programs have included such diverse topics as:
    - King Lear
    - Health Care Reform
    - A Survey of Jazz History
    - American Foreign Policy at the Crossroads
    - Movements in Modern Art
    - Hitchcock Up-Close

You can view a complete list here.

And There’s More...

BOLLI’s own dedicated space at Brandeis fosters a dynamic, year-round lively learning community  [view list here ] featuring a five-day program with many activities - including French, Italian or Hebrew conversation groups, the long-standing New Yorker fiction discussion salon, and “Friday with Friends,” when members share their life experiences.  Recent Fridays have included personal tales of United States military service during the Korean War, and of growing up in Germany during the Second World War. 

Film screenings boasting such classics as Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal allow viewers opportunities to share critical reactions and points of view. Our Book Club, Play Reading Group, and Current Events Roundtable are other popular year-round additions to BOLLI’s offerings, and feature interactive group participation.

The Sustainable International Development (SID) program at Brandeis has developed an important and mutually beneficial relationship with BOLLI. Many of our members have become host families for SID students. All our members are invited to attend several social events held annually to support and encourage these connections.

BOLLI activities occur off-campus as well. The Theatre Committee arranges discounted viewing of outstanding Boston shows, with frequent opportunities to meet the director or cast after the performance and to dine out with BOLLI friends.  The Adventure Group sponsors trips to museums, historical sites and other local attractions. Additionally, BOLLI has recently formed an exciting association with Grand Circle Travel, featuring community trips to Costa Rica and France in 2013.

Since BOLLI is part of Brandeis, the University community welcomes BOLLI members to many campus cultural, artistic, and academic events year-round, and our members have full on-campus use of Brandeis’ world-class research library.

To learn more about BOLLI please contact Program Administrator Ilana Levine: ilevine@brandeis.edu 

National OLLI Network

Visit the National Resource Center for more information about the Bernard Osher Foundation and the OLLI National Network.

Visit the Bernard Osher Foundation.