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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at RIT records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0087

Scope and Contents

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at RIT records consists of course catalogs published by OLLI from 2007 through 2012 which indicate courses offered and the schedule of courses per quarter.


  • 2006-2011


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Historical Information: Osher

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at RIT can trace its origins to The Athenaeum, which was formed in 1987 with the support of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Training and Professional Development office. The organization was named in honor of RIT's predecessor, the Rochester Athenaeum, one of the first institutes of higher learning in the city of Rochester. Like the original Athenaeum, this new group was to be run entirely by its members. Interested individuals over the age of 50, could join the group to participate in intellectual and social activities. Other than the age requirement, the only other requirement to join was an interest in intellectual growth; a certain level of education or an affiliation with RIT was not required.

According to one brochure, the primary idea behind The Athenaeum was "peer learning and active participation." Members were expected to share their knowledge and experiences with other members of the group. Although programs were structured to mimic a classroom setting, exams were not given and students did not receive a grade.

Members of The Athenaeum received several benefits. In addition to being able to take and lead classes in the group's facilities, members could attend brown bag lunch series, partake in social events such as luncheons and picnics, and enjoy various travel opportunities arranged by the group. Additionally, members of The Athenaeum were issued RIT student identification cards, enabling them to use campus resources such as the library, and had the option of sitting in on a select few liberal arts courses offered at the university.

In June 2006, The Athenaeum received a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation to continue its mission. As a result, the group was renamed the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at RIT (OLLI at RIT) that same year.


1 Folder(s) (1 box)




Materials related to the Osher Lifelong Learning Center at RIT, an adult education program for retirees at the Rochester Institute of Technology.


C.S. South, Shelf 225

Related Materials


This collection is housed in a box with The Athenaeum records which is the OSHER's previous name.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in February 2011.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at RIT records
RIT Archives
Lara Nicosia
17 February 2011
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Repository Details

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