Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Membership in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNM allows adults 50 and better to choose from a diverse set of thought-provoking courses taught year round by current and emeritus University of New Mexico faculty members and renowned experts from the local community. The emphasis of the academically-based, daytime, evening and weekend courses is on building an accessible and affordable experience of the best of the University's learning environment.

There are no entrance requirements, no tests, and no grades. In fact, no college background is needed at all — it's your love of learning that counts.

Membership only costs $20 and is good now through - December 2021.

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Member Benefits

  • Access to all upcoming OLLI lectures and courses.
  • Free members-only events throughout the year including free monthly lectures and movie nights.
  • Free book and materials check out at the four main campus libraries ($35 value)
  • A discount to Amore Neapolitan Pizzeria, Albuquerque's first and only certifiably authentic, hand-crafted, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza.
  • 10% discount on all Personal Enrichment courses through UNM Continuing Education.
  • Discounts at many Popejoy and all Keller Hall events
  • Discount for Albuquerque International Association(AIA) Lectures.
  • Discounts on membership at YMCA of Central New Mexico

Membership Fee

The membership fee is to help support the program and is a requirement of all lifelong learning programs supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Fees vary among university sites. Our annual membership is $20. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a non-profit, member-based organization.

Who Can Join?

Those who know that life is best enjoyed through learning become Osher members. OLLI is geared toward individuals aged 50 and better. There is no age limit! Whether you are working, retired or semi-retired, you can be a part of OLLI at UNM. You do not need college experience, only a desire to learn and be a part of the Osher community.

OLLI Instructors

OLLI at UNM Continuing Education offers education and training from the most talented, experienced and dedicated instructors, and just like our students, a love for learning brings them here! View OLLI instructors here.

Our Partners


19017 - Free OLLI Member Events
19073 - Don’t Make Me Talk About THAT – Discussions about End of Life Topics - A Free Offering
19210 - How Do We Commemorate the Past?
19211 - What's the Future for the Republican Party?
19212 - What John Maynard Keynes could teach Progressives about Policy -Making?
19216 - A Law Camp for Adults
19292 - America's Fascist Movement
19371 - Savvy Social Security for Boomers
19372 - Savvy Medicare Planning for Baby Boomers
19405 - African Americans in the Civil War
19407 - Constructing Paris, 1595-1775
19432 - Medieval England, 1066-1485
19447 - The Search for Y-DNA Adam
19453 - Anthropological Genetic History: The Huns Connection to Hungary
19454 - Poisoners throughout History
19456 - Anthropological Genetic History: The Mongol Empire & Genghis Khan, Part One
19462 - Knights Templar, Gothic Cathedrals and the Grail
19463 - Ancient Egypt Live Online
19480 - Medieval France
19481 - Pre-Modern European Migrations
19487 - The Powerful History of Southwest France
19488 - The Minoans and the People of the Sea
19492 - Henry Hudson & British Exploration of the Northeast
19494 - Anthropological Genetic History: The Lombard Connection to Italian Families
19497 - The Plague: Survivors, Descendants, and the Impact on the Iberian Peninsula, Part I Live Online
19498 - From Heretic to National Hero: Jan Hus and the Hussite Wars Live Online
19499 - Anthropological Genetic History: The Mongol Empire & Genghis Khan Part Two
19501 - Microsoft Word Tools for the Writer
19503 - Writing and Being - Taking Back the Gift of Language
19504 - Self-Publishing: Getting your Work Out There!
19512 - The Joy of Poetry
19519 - Writing Effective Scenes
19534 - Shakespeare and His Sonnets
19547 - The Life of Ernest Hemingway
19551 - Jane Austin Revisited Live Online
19556 - Writing True: Memoir and Memoir-Based Fiction
19562 - Writing Speculative Fiction Short Stories
19563 - Crash Course in Memoir Writing
19584 - Fiction Writing
19585 - Exploring West African Literature and Myth
19591 - Writing Memoir
19598 - Blogging Your Way to Writing Success
19602 - Rock and Roll and Social Justice
19618 - Christmas Music of Earlier Times
19629 - Brazilian History Through Music Live Online
19706 - Mars and Venus in Space: Gender Differences in Space Travel
19714 - Testing Your DNA
19715 - Understanding DNA Results and What They Mean For You
19717 - Planetary Geology Live Online
19720 - An overview of Science in the Garden
19725 - Geology of the Jemez Mountains
19727 - The History of Geology
19728 - Geology of the Grand Canyon Live Online
19734 - Geology of the Pacific Islands Live Online
19741 - Safer Mushroom Collecting for Beginners
19747 - Genetic Ancestry DNA Testing and Fighting Crime
19765 - Microbes that Changed History
19789 - Weapons of the American Civil War
19795 - Great Extinction Events Over Earth's History
19800 - Understanding the New Testament Live Online
19802 - Social Influence and Persuasion
19805 - Social Influence and Persuasion
19807 - Celtic Animals of Myth and History
19813 - Buddhism Live Online
19819 - The Science of Love
19829 - The Lost Tomb of Jesus
19839 - Eckhart Tolle and Byron Katie
19851 - Why Do We Have the Personalities We Do?
19874 - Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP):  The NLP Meta-Model
19878 - What Enables Us to be Resilient? Live Online
19890 - Brighten Your Mental Well-Being
19894 - I Can’t Remember! Some Memory Techniques That Might Help
19910 - Newgrange: Neolithic Complex of Treasures
19912 - Mythic Paris – Beauty Everywhere!
19913 - Using DNA Matches to Build Your Family Tree Live Online
19916 - The History of Roman Cuisine Live Online
19966 - The Hidden Jews of Colonial New Mexico
19975 - DNA and New Mexico History
19976 - The Search for Mt-DNA Eve
19977 - Anthropological Genetic History: The Athabascan (Navajo/Apache) Connection to New Mexican Families
19979 - Anthropological Genetic History: The Meso-American Connection to New Mexico Families
19980 - Anthropological Genetic History: The Hisatsinom (Anasazi) Connection to New Mexican Families
19982 - The DNA of Christopher Columbus
19983 - The Spanish Conquest of the New World
19990 - Hernán Cortés: Conqueror of Mexico
19995 - “The Vexed Indian Problem:” A History of American Indian Policy
19996 - “The Peace Policy:” A History of American Indian Policy, the Reservation Phase, 1850-1887
19997 - “One Quarter of a Section:” A History of American Indian Policy, the Allotment Phase, 1887-1934