The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Berkshire Community
was established in 2007 following a grant from the Bernard
Osher Foundation of San Francisco to the Berkshire Institute
Lifetime Learning (BILL).
Founded in 1994 as a volunteer-run organization, BILL fostered
learning opportunities for mature adults in the culture-rich
Berkshire area. Building on this tradition, OLLI
classes, trips, special events and lectures that members value.
As part of the nationwide OLLI
network, members can enjoy educational
resources, ideas, and advanced technologies that offer an even wider
range of learning.
In addition to Berkshire Community College, OLLI is also a partner in
an impressive array of intellectual centers - Williams
College, Bard College at Simon's Rock , and Massachusetts
of Liberal Arts - as well as having access to the Clark Art Institute,
a world- class museum. These institutions give generously of their
and facilities to OLLI members.
Four to six week college level courses
enable OLLI members to indulge
their interest in Art, History, Literature, Music, Politics, Science
other subjects. Distinguished speakers stimulate and inform,
leading to thoughtful questions and lively debate.
members enjoy music, dance, theatre performances and travel
together. Being a volunteer-run organization,
opportunities to participate in its day-to-day running, to guide it
to even greater success
in enriching the lifetime learning of