• FALL 2019 Registration OPENS online on August 5, 2019

  • The OLLI-on-Campus Program continues to grow as our members find it invigorating to be on a college campus and to reap the benefts the location affords. The OLLI-on-Campus Managers, Joanne and Jackie, have worked hard to provide courses for our members that stimulate all parts of the mind and body. Research on the aging brain indicates that learning a new skill, working with your hands to strengthen eye-hand coordination and processing speed, and stimulating your mind with new ideas all help in healthy aging. You will see our focus on these research fndings in the courses we have planned for the Fall (e.g., Oil Painting, WARLI Art, and Jewelry Making). We hope you will reach beyond your current comfort level and try something new or engage your mind in a new area!

    Click on the Registration Tab to review the catalog and register online or fill out the registration form and mail to the OLLI office!  (remember online registration does not open until 12:01 am on Monday, August 5)


  • Quick Link to Registration for OLLI-on-Campus Courses

  • This registration button will allow you to register for courses at these sites: OLLI-on-Campus, East, and Central

    To view the catalogs for OLLI South, OLLI West/OLLI Boulder please go to their website listed under the Tab above:  Links to other OLLI Sites

  • OLLI-at-DU Locations and Information

  • To learn about classes at OLLI Boulder, OLLI Central, OLLI South, OLLI East and OLLI-On-Campus OLLI West, visit these sites:







    There are no refunds later than 10 days into the term (some exceptions may be considered).


  • About the Osher Foundation

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Denver is a membership program designed for men and women age 50 and over, who wish to pursue lifelong learning in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere.  There are no tests, no grades, no academic requirements - just a desire for learning and a penchant to be curious.

    Thanks to the generosity of the The Bernard Osher Foundation, OLLI at the University of Denver joins a network of 123 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the United States that are meeting the needs of older learners who want to learn simply for the joy of learning and personal fulfillment.

    Read more: www.osherfoundation.org.

    OLLI needs believers like Bernard Osher. The development and delivery of quality educational programs for 50+ adults is important for sustaining quality of life and healthy minds. If you would like to help fund scholarships, programming or our research, please contact us at our office, 303-871-3090.

  • Weather Closure Announcements

  • Weather Policy:  Updated Information

    Classes Cancelled: All OLLI-on-Campus classes will be cancelled if the Denver Public Schools (DPS) are closed.

    Late Start: If the school district announces a late start, OLLIonCampus classes will start at the regularly scheduled time.

    Inservice Days:  If the school district is closed for inservice during a snow day, there would be no announcement on the news.  In that event, the greeting at the OLLI office, 303-871-3090, will be changed by 7am to announce whether classes will be held or not.  

  • A Message From the OLLI-at-DU Executive Director, Barbe Ratcliffe

    Dear Friends,

    Welcome to the Fall 2019 term of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute aligned with the University of Denver (known to many as OLLI at DU).  OLLI at DU is a thriving organization comprised of over 3,000 lifelong learners all over the age of fifty!  We have six (6) unique Sites.  The catalog you are reviewing is for our OLLI-on-Campus Site.  On the inside of the back cover, we have a map of the Denver metro area and the locations of our six sites. 

    OLLI at DU is a volunteer organization started nearly twenty-five (25) years ago.  We were built on the concept of ‘peer-lead’ or ‘facilitated’ courses.  This approach provides many opportunities with amazing learning opportunities at an incredibly reasonable price!  This past year the six (6) Sites of OLLI at DU offered a total of more than 500 courses at eight distinct locations.  The majority of these courses were offered by “Facilitators” – OLLI members with a love of sharing their passions. Our OLLI-on-Camus site is unique in that it offers courses led by both peer “facilitators” and university and organization-affiliated “instructors.” Although we do offer some ‘speaker series’ type courses which draw larger numbers of attendees, our typical class size is 25-3- member attendees.  This allows for quality discussion and participation.  We have found that our members enjoy asking questions and engaging in the topic. 

    I mentioned an incredibly reasonable price.  Any of our terms is offered at a price of $130.00 for the term.  This price provides access to all of the courses offered at all of the Sites that term. We do not work on a first come – first serve basis.  Rather, the first two weeks of any term’s registration period is considered open registration request period.  At the end of this open registration, the staff reviews the registrations to determine if any of the courses are beyond the attendee limit set.  If any classes are over-requested, the staff reduces the number of requests using the priority notations made by the member.  Once we are complete with this process, we then move to a more normal first-come; first-serve process. 

    I hope, as you peruse this catalog, you see several courses of interest.  I also hope you consider the topic(s) you might like to share with the other OLLI at DU members as a “future facilitator.”


    Barbe J Ratcliffe

    Executive Director – OLLI at DU

  • OLLI-on-Campus to Launch Bagels and Coffee Speaker Series in FALL 2019

  • Tuesday Mornings on Campus with Bagels and Coffee SPEAKER SERIES

    SESSION ONE:  Held in Room 202, Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, University of Denver

    9/17/19 Why Geography Matters in the 21st Century Dr. Joseph J. Kerski; Lifelong geographer; Census Bureau; NOAA; USGS
    9/24/19 Book Talk/Discussion:  The Fundamental Roots of Suffering in the Context of the Tragedy of Israel-Palestine Richard Forer, Author of "Breakthrough: Transforming Fear into Compassion-A New Perspective on the Israel-Palestine Conflict" (books will be available to purchase from the author)
    10/1/19 Celebrating Oktoberfest: Beer, Brats, and Bavaria Jacqueline Wyant; Avid traveler; Co-Site Manager, OLLI-on-Campus
    10/8/19 China's Dynamic Economy Dr. Douglas Allen; Associate Professor, Daniels School of Business, University of Denver
  • OLLI on Campus Tuesday Mornings on Campus Speaker Series: SESSION TWO
    10/15/19 Out of the Way Places in Colorado Bruce Caughey; Author of "The Colorado Guide;" Executive Director, PEBC 
    10/22/19 Increasing Success for Women-led Startups Barbara Bauer; Executive Director, Rockies Venture Institute; Director, Women's Investor Network; Founder, Myanmar Women's Entrepreneurship Conference
    10/29/19 Immigration Issues in the Time of Trump: An in-depth discussion about what this all means for immigrants, their families, and the country Hans Meyer; Founder, Meyer Law Office P.C.; former Director of Colorado Immigration Rights Coalition
    11/5/19 Are you feeling taxed? Maximizing your assets and minimizing your taxes Jon Kraus, Executive Director for Develoment DU & Karen Shaw; Director of Development Gift Planning, University of Denver Advancement
  • Location of OLLI -on-Campus

  • Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, DU

    1999 East Evans Avenue

    Denver, CO 80210

  • Map to Ruffatto Hall

  • General Information




     The Mission of OLLI-on-Campus

    The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Denver is a thriving community of intriguing individuals committed to lifelong learning. The launch of the OLLI-on-Campus site brings to this expanding community of learners a unique offering.   

    Whereas OLLI at DU has traditionally used peer facilitators to deliver courses, the OLLI-on-Campus courses will be presented by university facilty and experienced professionals of the Denver metro community. 

  • OLLI-on-Campus - Contact Information

  • Your OLLI-on-Campus Co-Site Manager


            Joanne Ihrig 

        303-748-8682 (mobile)
       Jacqueline Kearns Wyant
             610-248-7962 (mobile)


  • OLLI DU Office at the University College

  • OLLI Office is located at:

    The University College at DU

    2211 South Josephine Street 

    Denver, CO 80208 

    Office Hours: 9:00am-3:00pm Monday through Thursday


    Map to OLLI Office

  • Events and Opportunities

  • Chancellor lunch
    Chancellor lunch
  • OLLI at DU Travel Opportunities through WorldView
    OLLI at DU Travel Opportunities through WorldView

    See our World View Tab above for information about two exciting June 2020 travel opportunities through our WorldView Program:  Ireland/No. Ireland (June 1-13) and Sorrento/Amalfi Coast (June 17-25).  Registration for these trips will begin in September and are limited to first respondees.

This portfolio last updated: 14-Aug-2019 11:15 AM