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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 125 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. Some social events are as follows:

Fall and Spring Socials

Art Receptions

Veterans Day Celebration

Holiday Socials


Interested in getting involved in OLLI beyond the classes? Consider joining 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.


  • Knitting SIG—1st and 3rd Fridays at 2:00 p.m.
  • Life Story Writing and Poetry SIG — 3rd Friday at 10:30 a.m. In Person and via ZOOM
  • Mississippi Books and Authors — 4th Friday at 11:00 a.m. In Person and via ZOOM
  • HB Book Club — 2nd Friday at 10:00 a.m. In Person and via ZOOM
  • Photography SIG – 1st and 3rd Fridays at 2:30 p.m. via ZOOM
  • Ukulele SIG — 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. In Person
  • Crafting: Two Fridays a Every Month, 9:00 a.m.
  • GP Book Club: 3rd Friday of Every Month, 1:00 p.m.
  • OLLI Outdoors in South Mississippi: Monthly
  • Stringed Instrument SIG: Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m.
  • Ukulele SIG: Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.

If you’d like to register for a SIG, let us know by calling the office at 601.266.6554 or 228.214.3277.

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

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N. Academic Building
Room 225              
730 E. Beach Blvd.          
Long Beach, MS 39560

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