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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Our Members


Members at a social function

Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi (OLLI) are active adults who share a love of learning.  Members enjoy innovative and enriching programs in an inclusive environment with others who share their interests. Many members are retired, but it is not a requirement to join, nor do you need to be a graduate or otherwise affiliated with Southern Miss.  OLLI is for all people of all educational backgrounds and our members come from a wide range of backgrounds, vocations, and connections to local community.


OLLI is one of 124 such institutes across the country and is the only lifelong learning institute supported by The Bernard Osher Foundation in Mississippi. We are member-led and member-driven. Our advisory board and standing committees enable members to participate fully in the organization and provide direction to the institute. 

We know there is much fun to be had in the classroom, but we also know that it's important to have fun and socialize with one another beyond the classroom. Our social committee hosts several social events each year that build camaraderie and community among our members. Upcoming not-yet-scheduled social events are as follows:

Fall Social

OLLI Art Receptions

Veterans Day Celebration

OLLI Holiday Social


Interested in getting involved in OLLI beyond the classes? Consider joining (or starting) a SIG! Special Interest Groups are a chance for members to focus on one particular area of interest beyond what we’re able to offer in our classes. They are completely member-driven and some meet on campus while others meet around town. As of now, there are eleven SIGs at OLLI:

  • Advanced Tai Chi SIG – Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30 am
  • Current Events Discussion Group SIG – Mondays, 10:00 am
  • Knit and Crochet SIG – Mondays, 12:30 pm
  • Life Story Writing SIG – 1st Friday of each month at 11:30 am
  • Mississippi Writers Book Club SIG – 4th Friday of each month at noon
  • OLLI Book Club SIG – 2nd Friday of each month at 10:00 am  
  • Photography SIG – 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 11:30 am
  • Plus One SIG - Mondays at Noon
  • Poetry SIG – 3rd Friday of each month, 11:30 am
  • Sing-Along SIG – 2nd, 3rd and 4th Mondays of each month at 2:00 pm
  • Texas Hold 'Em -- 1st Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm
  • Book Club: 3rd Friday of Every Month, 1:00 pm in Elizabeth Hall

If you’d like to start a SIG, let us know by calling the office

at 601.264.2780 or 228.214.3277.

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3601 Pearl Street               Peck House                            118 College Drive, #5055 Hattiesburg, MS 39406     

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Elizabeth Hall 104               730 E. Beach Blvd.          
Long Beach, MS 39560

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