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About Osher@Dartmouth

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The deadline for winter 2015 is August 15th
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An Idea of Continued Learning

Stew Wood, President
Stew Wood, President

The Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning at Dartmouth (Osher@Dartmouth) was established by the College as the Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth (ILEAD) in November 1990 by 38 members of the Upper Valley intrigued with the “idea of continued learning.” The founders relished the challenge of their own self-administered and peer-taught discussion programs. By 2010, the 20th anniversary of Osher@Dartmouth, over 25,700 people have participated in the institutes programs.

Osher@Dartmouth member Hank Buermeyer, who has served on several committees and spent several terms as a study leader, compiled a history of our program in 2010:

Click here to read "The History of ILEAD: The First Twenty Years, 1990-2010"


Our program is open to everyone; aside from our annual membership fee, there are no enrollment criteria or educational prerequisites. Members may enroll in any the Osher@Dartmouth course they wish, and will receive first notice of upcoming lectures and events. Membership will often qualify you for a special discounted price on many of our special trips and workshops.


Osher@Dartmouth follows a trimester program, offering courses during the fall, winter, and spring. Each term lasts approximately eight weeks. Courses may take place during a single day, or meet once each week for the full eight weeks of the term. The type of class usually depends on the subject under study and the study leader's own vision of that subject. Group discussions allow class members to explore new subjects and make new friends. Hands-on activities and excursions outside the classroom might excite new interests and broaden your view of the world.

In the last year alone, Osher@Dartmouth participants have toured the conservation studio at the Boston Museum, engaged in a question-and-answer session with several local best-selling authors, learned the best tips and techniques for solving crossword puzzles, traveled to Switzerland, Santa Fe, and Fiji, and have seen their memories of World War II professionally preserved on DVD. There is truly something for everyone throughout the year!

Study Leaders and Volunteers

Our Study Leaders come from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions. We've enjoyed classes taught by seasoned professors from the Dartmouth campus, as well as visiting experts in art, literature, politics, and science. These wonderful volunteers contribute their time and expertise free of charge!

Osher@Dartmouth members can also become Study Leaders in courses of their own design. If you have passion for any topic, our Study Leader mentors will help guide you through the process of creating a course proposal and bringing it to life during one of our three terms.

Study Groups vary in size from eight to twenty-five participants.  Lecture-style and movie Study Groups vary in size from thirty to eight participants.  Study groups traditionally meet once every week for two hours at the D.O.C. House on the Dartmouth College campus or other local facilities, including Kendal at Hanover, Lebanon College, Hanover Senior and Community Center, and many more.

Being an Osher@Dartmouth Member offers so many opportunities...

  • The chance to meet new friends and share common experiences
  • Regular Study Travel opportunities, both abroad and in the U.S.
  • Day trips to historical and cultural sites
  • Special lectures by experts in their field
  • Membership in Osher@Dartmouth allows you to become a part of the Dartmouth community

The Osher Institute Officers 2013

Photo by Sarah Chamberlin - Osher@Dartmouth 2013 Annual Meeting  

Left to Right: Stew Wood, President; Linda Secord, Secretary; and C.J. Smith, Treasurer

Leadership Council Members

Many the members contribute to our organization by actively participating on committees like our Leadership Council. The Osher@Dartmouth Leadership Council provides guidance to all other committees within the organization. This year's members include:

  • Anne Baird
  • Jeff Bendis
  • Martha Clark
  • Mike Galbraith
  • Sandra Johnson
  • Deborah Luquer
  • Bruce Macdonald
  • Lu Martin
  • Joe Medlicott
  • Sylvia Paxton
  • Stephanie Reininger
  • Linda Secord, Secretary
  • C. J. Smith, Treasurer
  • Skip Sturman
  • Stew Wood, President
  • Mary Ella Zietz, Dartmouth Provost Office Liaison

Visit our Google Drive folders for more information on our programs and committee activities!

The Osher Institute on Drive


Administration Folder     Curriculum Folder     Finance Folder     Google Drive Folder

Leadership Folder     Marketing & Communications Folder     Member Services Folder     Newsletters Folder

Photos & Images Folder     Planning Folder     Special Events Folder     Special Lectures Folder

Study Leader Support Folder     Study Travel Folder     Summer Program Folder

Last Updated: 5/28/14