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7 Lebanon Street,
Suite 107
Hanover, NH
Phone: (603) 646-0154
Fax: (603) 646-0138

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About Us

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth or for short, OSHER@Dartmouth, is a volunteer organization that provides lifelong educational programs for residents in the greater Upper Valley. It is based on the campus of Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Established by the College in 1990 as the Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth (ILEAD), the name was changed in 2014 when ILEAD formally became a member of the Osher network of lifelong learning institutes.

Our program offers year-round opportunities to study timely and provocative subjects by participating in courses, attending lectures, interacting at social events, taking part in group journeys, and much more! Please browse through our website for more information on our upcoming programs and activities. We hope to see you at an upcoming event!

OSHER@Dartmouth will celebrate our 25 year anniversary from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016!



Our New Office Location

The OSHER@Dartmouth office has relocated to Suite 107 on the first floor of 7 Lebanon Street in Hanover. Thank you to our members for their patience and understanding during the transition. Please note, all business (course materials, registrations, payments, etc.) will now be conducted at the new office. 

Term Dates: 

Winter 2016
Term dates: January 11 - March 4, 2016

Spring 2016
Term dates: March 21 - May 20, 2016
Registration opens Tuesday, January 26, 2016.
Registration closes Thursday, February 18, 2016.

Summer 2016
Term dates: June 6 - July 29, 2016
Registration opens Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
Registration closes Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Fall 2016
Term dates: September 19 - November 11, 2016
Registration opens Thursday, July 28, 2016.
Registration closes Tuesday, August 23, 2016.
Course proposals due: April 15, 2016 (see study leader page for more information)

Winter 2017
Term dates: January 9 - March 3, 2017
Course proposals due: August 15, 2016 (see study leader page for more information)

Spring 2017
Term dates: March 20 - May 19, 2017
Course proposals due: October 31, 2016 (see study leader page for more information)



Dartmouth Now published an article on May 21st about our affiliation with The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes. Click here to read the article!

Our History

OSHER@Dartmouth was established by the College as the Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth (ILEAD) in November 1990 by 38 Upper Valley residents, who were not only intrigued by the "idea of continued learning" but also relished the challenge of establishing a self-administered and peer-taught discussion program. By the 20th anniversary of the organization in 2010, over 25,700 people had participated in the institute's programs, and today, it has over 1,700 members. The name was changed in 2014 when ILEAD formally became a member of the Osher network of lifelong learning institutes.

Membership is open to anyone who is interested in learning, and simply requires payment of an annual fee. The calendar year runs from July to June. In addition to the annual membership fee, members pay a modest fee for each course they take, and can take as many courses as they wish each term.



Between 45 and 80 courses are offered in each of three terms: fall, winter, and spring. The majority of classes meet one day per week for two hours each. Full-length courses are five to eight weeks and mini courses are two to four weeks. Classes vary in size from eight to 25 participants. Lecture-style and movie classes vary in size from 30 to 80 participants.

Placement in a course is on a first-come first-served basis. Group discussions allow participating class members to explore new subjects, nurture new interests, and make new friends. Members can also become Study Leaders in courses of their own design.

When you take classes at OSHER@Dartmouth, you gain opportunities to do so much...

  • Explore new subjects
  • Meet new people
  • Enjoy diverse class styles that incorporate lecture, discussion, hands-on activity, and film presentations
  • Access to Dartmouth's renowned library system (effective with enrollment in a course)


Special Events, Trips, and Lectures

Membership in OSHER@Dartmouth involves more than our engaging selection of courses - there are numerous opportunities throughout the year to participate in special trips and events, and to attend a wide variety of intriguing lectures. Visit our Events & Lectures page for the latest schedule!

OSHER@Dartmouth members have had opportunities to see productions at Boston's Wang Theater, travel to Switzerland and Egypt, and sit in the audience as speakers from around the globe have discussed topics as diverse as Somalian pirates, art as a form of therapy, and the ants of New England. A new opportunity for personal growth, experience, and adventure is always on its way when you're a member of OSHER@Dartmouth!

Summer Lecture Series

Each summer's lecture series is based on a stimulating and provocative main theme that changes from year to year. Lectures take place once a week during July and August at Spaulding Auditorium in the Hopkins Center for the Arts on the Dartmouth College campus. Visit our Summer Lectures Series page for more information!


The OSHER@Dartmouth offices are located at 7 Lebanon Street, Suite 107, in Hanover, NH. Many of our classes take place at the D.O.C. House (shown below), at the edge of Occom Pond on the Dartmouth College campus; several courses each semester meet at other local sites, including Kendal at Hanover, the Wilder Center, and Hanover Senior and Community Center.



What Are You Waiting For?

With so many exciting opportunities for learning, for adventure, and for friendship, why would you wait? Contact the OSHER@Dartmouth office today and become a member!


OSHER@Dartmouth Office Hours:

Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Fridays from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

Phone: (603) 646-0154     E-mail:

Last Updated: 2/10/16