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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 Spring 2023 Catalog


Spring 2023 Catalog

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

Course Catalog

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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

Twenty People Who Shaped the 20th Century

Who comes to mind when you think about the most influential people of the 20th century in the US? How about these people: Franklin Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jane Addams, Margaret Mead? And these: Walt Disney, Martha Graham, Cesar Chavez, Helen Keller, Margaret Sanger. We’ll consider all of these people and many others in our exploration. And, there will be an opportunity for you to suggest other individuals for a list of ‘most influential.’


Wednesdays, Feb. 8, 15, 22, & March 1, 10-11:30 a.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


Susan Stringer

Administrative Assistant
(515) 271-2120

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