• OLLI DU Online REGISTRATION FOR FALL TERM 2021 BEGINS AT 12:01 am on Monday, August 2, 2021

    OLLI DU Managers and Facilitators are working tirelessly to bring you a wide selection of courses virtually!  We will have approximately 140 course offerings and 24 webinars - which are set to begin in mid-September.  We will once again use the Zoom "enterprise" platform provided by the University of Denver.  Online Catalog and registration will be available at 12:01 am on Monday, August 2 (late Sunday night). 

    NOTE: YOU MUST SET UP A PRO-CLASS ACCOUNT in order to register for OLLI Courses.

    Beginning in Fall Term 2020, OLLI at DU moved to a different registration program and every registrant, no matter how long you have been an OLLI member, MUST SET UP A NEW ACCOUNT.  We highly encourage you to do this prior to registration opening on Monday, August 2, 2021 (at 12:01 am).

    If you joined us for the Fall 2020, Winter 2021, or Spring 2021 terms or for a Summer Seminar, you do not need to set up a new account on ProClass; simply login to your OLLI account. If you have forgotten your password, simply click "forgot password."

    SET UP or LOGIN TO A PRO-CLASS ACCOUNT HERE: https://reg134.imperisoft.com/OLLIatDU/search/registration.aspx

    Click here for a WORD DOCUMENT with STEP-BY-STEP DIRECTIONS for setting up a PRO-CLASS ACCOUNT:

    ProClass Registration Process2020-08-10-Ron.docx

    Click here for a VIDEO with STEP-BY-STEP DIRECTIONS for setting up a PRO-CLASS ACCOUNT:

    Video ProClass Fall2020GetAccountMembershipFillCart.mp4

    Click here for a POWERPOINT PRESENTATION outlining the steps for setting up a PRO-CLASS ACCOUNT:

    ProClass Training PPT 08 04 v2.pptx

    "Open registration" will close midnight on Sunday, August 9, 2021.  We will begin filling courses at this time. To become familiar with Zoom, please go to http://portfolio.du.edu/ollionline 

  • OLLI at DU Locations and Information

  • To learn about classes at OLLI Boulder, OLLI Central, OLLI South, OLLI East, OLLI-On-Campus and OLLI West, as well as our virtual offerings at OLLI Online, 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.

  • OLLI On Campus Tuesday Morning Speaker Series: An American Mosaic

  • Celebrating the contributions of various ethnic groups to our American society today

    The Tuesday Mornings "on Campus" Speaker Webinars have been extremely popular; both in-person and during our four terms of online presentations! Our webinars were engaging, thought-provoking, and at times just FUN. Although we can't meet in person yet, the Tuesday Mornings on Campus Speaker Webinars" is so popular we are continuing them virtually during our FALL 2021 term. 

    Six of this Fall term's On Campus webinars will focus on "AN AMERICAN MOSAIC: the contriburions of various ethnic groups to our American soceity today."  There will be two additonal webinars in addition to the six focused on An American Mosaic. You may sign up for all eight webinars or for just one. 

    And, If you have heard a speaker and would like to share their information with the On Campus Site Manager, Jackie Wyant, we are always looking for engaging topics (jacqueline.wyant@du.edu )

    On Campus Speaker Webinars FALL 2021.pdf

  • 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-o On Campus courses will be presented by university facilty and experienced professionals of the Denver metro community. 


    OLLI at DU has transitioned to NEW Registration Software.  Beginning with the Summer Seminars 2020, we began using a software program entitled "PRO-CLASS." 

    Any person who wishes to register for an OLLI at DU course, Summer Seminar or special event, will need to set up a ProClass account. 

    The first time you set up a ProClass account, you are considered "NEW" to ProClass (in many cases you are not NEW to OLLI) so you will need to click "NEW MEMBER"

    OLLI staff are highly recommending that you set up a ProClass Account PRIOR TO registration opening for the term.  You can set up this account at any time and be ready to select your courses when registration opens - On FEBRUARY 22, 2021 for Spring Term 21.


    URL Link To Set Up a ProClass Account 

  • Important Dates for OLLI at DU- Fall Term 2021

    July 31 - Fall Term 2021 catalog posted to this site 

    August 2 - Fall Term 2021 "open registration period" begins

    August 9 - OPEN registration ends and courses begin to fill; you may still register after this date but only for courses that haven't reached capacity

    September 13 - Fall 21 term begins

    November 5 - Fall 21 term ends

  • Testimonials from Our Members

  • What our Members Said About our Spring Term 2020 Online Courses by On Campus Instructors

    Get Your Kicks on Rte 66 with Dr. Mark Payler:

    Mark couldn't possibly have made this class more fun or informative for us. His photography and personal vignettes along The Route were incredible. He has made many resources available to us and offered helpful recommendations for planning a trip on our own. I enjoyed each and every one of our guest speakers and I am grateful that he arranged for them (on very short notice, I imagine) to speak to us. Mark handled Zoom easily and was able to regroup quickly on the one brief occasion when we had audio difficulties. Thank you so much, Mark! I definitely got my kicks on Route 66!

    The Early Irish in Colorado with Dr. James Walsh

    “Dr. Walsh's enthusiasm for the topic is palpable and infectious. He focused on information that was understandable, accessible and fueled people's interest. Very interesting class. Made Irish history come to life.”

    Classical Music Insights with Betsy Schwarm

    “This was a truly wonderful class with great music and a simple overview of classical music. Betsy is open, enthusiastic, and has a huge bank of information to share. She clearly has the ability to answer questions and elaborate on most things. By far, this Zoom class fulfilled my expectations since it is a more traditional lecture/discussion format.”

    Tracing Your Family History with Carol Cooke Darrow

    “Carol's course takes into account a vast amount of material and as she will admit, is far too much to absorb in a few hours. What we have accomplished through her guidance is to get at least a taste of the work and some initial steps toward the goal of researching our family's history. The materials she sends to us contains hundreds of methods for this research and an orderly approach to the work ahead.
    Carol is so passionate AND knowledgeable about genealogy.  She is a great teacher. And, best, she has offered to help us when stuck on-going! Even after class ends. On-line worked great!”

    Virtual Poetry Café with Linda Keller

    “This was so great. Linda was flexible enough to change her plan a little, letting us comment after each poem, which made it even better. GREAT JOB!!”

    German Conversation and Culture with Linda Susak

    “Well-paced class, with instructor highly skilled in balancing new learners and more experienced language learners together. Participation was encouraged.”

    “We had some absolute beginners and some who had studied German before, but Linda called on everyone according to their ability.”

    Introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation with Kara Traikoff

    “Excellent! I now have a much better understanding of mindfulness and hope to be able to improve my practice going forward.”

    “Facilitator was very good in the online environment - knew the software, used effectively, had a nice presence. Kara has a lovely voice and peaceful manner which are valuable for this class.”


  • OLLI On Campus - Contact Information

  • Your OLLI On Campus Site Manager

    Jacqueline Kearns Wyant
             610-248-7962 (mobile)


  • Letter from the On Campus Site Manager, Jacqueline Wyant

    Welcome to Fall Term 2021 and OLLI at DU's continued offering of OLLI Online courses via Zoom.  19 of the 139 OLLI at DU course offerings this fall are being led by our team of OLLI On Campus instructors.  This term's courses and webinars being offered by On Campus instructors is quite rich and I know you will find something of interest. 

    Want to try your hand at art?  The creating sacred mandalas course with Mitra Verma will be both fun and informative! 

    Want to learn about the first cameras and still pictures?  Join Mark Payler for an eight-week romp through the History of Photography. 

    Want to learn more about the drivers of climate change - both man-made and natural?   Join Rumya Sundaram, a PhD candidate at the University of Miami's School of Marine and Atmospheric Studies?   

    Want to be engaged in deep discussions?  Join DU's Dheepa Sundaram and Zach Chrisman for a look at Masculinity & Christian Nationalism OR DU's Santhosh Chandrashekar for a look at Intersectionality (systems of discrimination and disadvantage) OR DU's Rabbi Yossi Serebryanski for a course on Outsmarting Anti-semitism OR CU-Denver's Jim Walsh for a look at the American Labor Movement and a History of Workers' Rights

    How about a look at operas which are based on myth and legend taught by Gordon Williams, our instructor from Australia who makes sure he gets up super early to offer his class for OLLI members here?

    We are thrilled that the On Campus Program for OLLI at DU continues to grow! We have increased from five courses in Winter Term 2019 to over 30 courses during this past Spring 2021 term.  When we resume in person, our OLLI On Campus members have told us that they enjoy the invigorating feeling of being on a college campus and reaping the benefits the location affords. We are moving toward a return to in-person learning for the Winter 2022 term; however, we still intend to offer a number of courses online.

    Our On Campus Manager, Jackie Wyant, has 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 and rich discussion all help in healthy aging.  Painting in particular has been shown to be of particular benefit in aging.

    So, look through our lineup of courses and you will find these other gems:  Writing a Short Story; Researching your Family History, Communication and Relationship Skills, Mindfulness, Singers/Songwriters of Rock & Roll,  Art History and Music from between the Wars, The Great Irish Diaspora throughout North America,  and a course on Myth, Storytelling and Folk Art in India.  

    Have a great Fall term and please reach out to me at jacqueline.wyant@du.edu if you have any questions or suggestions for courses or instructors!  Happy learning!

  • 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

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