Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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OLLI is a unique learning community for adults age 50 years old or better. OLLI offers the very best continuing education with no tests and no grades. Distinguished SSU faculty and other Bay Area educators enjoy sharing their expertise with OLLI students, whose life experience and intelligence enrich the exchange of ideas.

OLLI at SSU is one of over 100 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes nationwide. The program is supported by student fees, donations, and the earnings on an initial endowment generously provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Joining OLLI at SSU means discovering new friends, new knowledge, and new ways to bring meaning and enjoyment to your life. Courses are taught in six week sessions (Fall, Winter, and Spring) at two locations. Areas of study range across many subjects:

  • Arts
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Food & Wine
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social & Political History
  • World Cultures


Please note that the following is the correct biography for Heidi Chretien. We apologize for the error in the OLLI catalog.

Heidi Chretien, Ph.D., divides her time between SSU and Dominican University where she teaches graduate Humanities, Art History, and Women's History. A native of California, but raised in New York, she received her Ph.D. in Art History/History from SUNY Buffalo and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy. She ended up staying in Florence for many years teaching for Syracuse University and New York University at Villa La Pietra.