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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Drake University is a lifelong learning organization tailored for those who seek stimulating discussion, cultural understanding, and intellectual exploration.



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OLLI at Drake is a membership organization, open to all persons interested in lifelong learning. Learn more about becoming an OLLI at Drake Member by clicking the link below.

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OLLI at Drake Fall 2022 Catalog


Fall 2022 Catalog

OLLI at Drake provides opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural stimulation and growth.

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Mission Statement

We are a volunteer-supported program of Drake University open to all persons who seek opportunities for lifelong learning. We offer an environment of sharing and fellowship that provides opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural stimulation and growth.

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OLLI at Drake Featured Course

How to Save the World 
Join Professor David Skidmore as he discusses the role that transnational advocacy networks (TANs) play in world politics. TANs are political networks of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and activists that focus on specific issues and span two or more countries. TANs seek social change consistent with core principled ideas through coordinated campaigns, such as those aimed at banning landmines, addressing climate change, ending child labor, and ensuring corporate accountability.This is a two-session hybrid class. Students can register to join the class in person or via Zoom. David Skidmore is a professor of political science at Drake University. 

Fridays, October 7, 14 2–3:30 p.m

Harkin Institute & online via Zoom


I love being an OLLI at Drake member because...

"The RaySociety (now known as OLLI at Drake) is a community treasure. I love the breadth of classes offered, the amazingly talented instructors who offer their expertise, and the ways it connects me to vital issues and perspectives."

—Linda Appelgate, BN'90 GR'90

Contact OLLI at Drake


Tracy Beck

OLLI at Drake Manager
(515) 271-1847

Lisa Cooper

Lisa Cooper

Program Coordinator
(515) 271-3452

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Susan Stringer

Administrative Assistant
(515) 271-2120

Supporters just like you help to make a difference every day.