From the Director - Chris Elliott

Chris Elliott

The fall semester has always been my favorite of the entire year, even going back to my undergraduate years, there’s just a different feel on this campus once the weather begins to cool and the leaves begin to change. Maybe it’s because the campus is quiet in the summer that the fall semester feels like a time of rebirth, new classes, a chance to learn something new. That feeling has carried on with me during my time with OLLI.

For those members who travel in the summer or visit with family or just take it easy, the fall semester is a time to re-emerge and re-immerse yourself in learning – lifelong learning.

“Lifelong learning is the ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Therefore, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, rather than competitiveness and employability.” (Commission of the European Communities, 2006). I actually found that quotation on Wikipedia, a site I normally would not visit. But I have to say, they nailed the essence of lifelong learning. There is not one word in that description of lifelong learning that doesn’t belong. It’s perfect. And I think it’s how every Osher Lifelong Learning Institute nationwide looks at learning.

I hope this is how all of you – our lifelong learning members – feel about OLLI too.


Chris Elliott


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