About Us-The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - Carnegie Mellon University

About Us

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Carnegie Mellon is a member-driven organization. Osher is a gathering of people eager to enrich their lives by attending non-credit, peer-led classes in the dynamic, creative atmosphere of an outstanding university. Three terms of classes are offered annually: Winter/Spring, Summer, and Fall. Each term has two sessions. A course catalog is mailed to members before the start of the term. Osher offers on average 135 classes per term, with the actual number during 2015-2016 ranging from 121 to 150 classes per term. Course topics include literature, history, dance, politics, astronomy, current events, art, health, drama and theater, cooking, great novels, computers, philosophy, geography, music, poetry, and more.

Most classes meet once per week for six sessions. The registration fee for an unlimited number of classes is $50/term for Members and $85/term for Prospects. A registration form is included with the course catalog for Members and sent via email for Prospects.

The Curriculum Committee works diligently to find provocative study leaders for our classes. Courses are normally held during daylight hours and most classes meet on campus. Osher has two dedicated classrooms in Wean Hall and utilizes the Martha Orringer conference room in Hunt Library for smaller classes. Off-campus class locations include the City Theater, Dance Alloy, Friends Meeting House, Rodef Shalom Temple, and Wilkins Community Center.


During the months of January through May and September through December, Osher sponsors a once-monthly evening lecture. The lectures are usually held in the Cohon University Center-McConomy Auditorium. Carnegie Mellon professors and well-known community members including physicians, authors, and media professionals are often invited to speak for one hour, with a question and answer period following the presentation. Prospects and guests are also invited to monthly lectures.

Luncheons and Other Events

Luncheons are held several times per year at popular, unique, or ethnic restaurants in the area. In previous events, Members had a brunch at the Schatz Faculty Dining followed by a tour of the Hunt Botanical Institute in April, a tour of the Vatican Treasures Exhibit at the Heinz History Center, and our annual holiday luncheon at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association.