Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bismarck State College

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bismarck State College (OLLI@BSC) offers intellectual and cultural experiences to seasoned adults (50+) in the Bismarck Mandan community.

Similar to OLLI@UND classes previously offered at BSC, OLLI at BSC offers classes and activities that range from free movies to favorite OLLI presenters and classes specific to members. $40 per year includes classes designed specifically to OLLI members, BSC arts, theater events, exclusive programs and more. Your OLLI membership is a small investment offering big rewards.

OLLI@BSC is a stimulating community of inquiring adults, age 50 and above, exploring new areas of knowledge and traditional disciplines through courses, lectures, and events. There are no examinations or grades. OLLI faculty are experts in their fields and enthusiastic about teaching OLLI members, who bring a broad range of life experiences and knowledge to enrich the exchange of ideas. OLLI@BSC invites members to discover new friends, new knowledge, and new ways to bring meaning and enjoyment to life.

Become a member today your membership will help ensure that the OLLI program can continue.


OLLI@BSC offers courses, lecture series, and special events for the community and provides a creative forum for new ideas and expressions. The OLLI classroom is a place where BSC distinguished faculty and other leading experts share their research and interests.


  • A forward-thinking curriculum of courses, events, creative workshops, and lectures
  • An interdisciplinary forum for BSC faculty
  • An ongoing learning community of peers
  • An intellectual and cultural connection to the College and the Community
Members will be receiving the next catalog featuring the fall classes, some of the courses available to you will include:
  • The Mexican War (1846-1848) as a Prelude to the Civil War - Dr. Larry Skogen
  • Mythologies of the World - Ann Vadnie
  • Unraveling the Mystery - Jane Schulz
  • Songs that make History Come Alive - Perry Hornbacher
  • The Greeks not Geeks! - Pat Pins
  • and more...
OLLI@BSC classes and registration

Course registration will be available by August 13th. Courses will run from September - December.

Upcoming Events

The GameChanger ideas festival is an annual one-day event in October that brings together the nation's brightest minds and individuals from communities across North Dakota. In 2018 the theme is "The Pursuit of Health and Happiness." Explore how Humanities can impact medical care and why creating a meaningful life full of purpose has more health benefits than ever thought before.

OLLI members will receive a reduced ticket price for Gamechanger.For the full schedule, speaker bios, additional events, and to purchase tickets visit gamechangernd.com. Select the tab at the top that says "Tickets". Select the number of tickets you would like and there should be a box that asks for a promotional code. Enter "OLLI" and a $10 discount will be applied to the order.

About the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes Program

Headquartered in San Francisco, The Bernard Osher Foundation was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader. The Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts.