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Osher at Dartmouth
7 Lebanon Street, Suite 107
Hanover, NH 03755-2112
Phone: (603) 646-0154
Fax: (603) 646-0138
Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday
8:30 - 4:30 PM
8:30 - 1:00 PM


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2016 Summer Lecture Series: The New Medical Frontier

Registration is Open!
Click the "Account Login" button on this page to register, and visit our Summer Lecture Series page for more information.

2016 Fall Course Catalog - Updates

We've had a few changes to our fall 2016 course schedule and catalog information. Here are the changes:

  • Page 19: Geocaching with Roger Dontonville has been cancelled.
  • Page 45: Dates listed for Morris McInnes' Financial Analysis were incorrectly grouped with Thursday courses. The actual class day is Friday, and Morris' class has been updated to its appropriate spot in our online catalog.
  • Page 56: Dates listed for Ellen Frost's Japan is Back course have been updated. (Printed catalog shows October 7 as the second sessions, when it is actually October 6.)
  • Please be aware that there are some pagination differences between the online and printed versions of the catalog. Contact the office if you have any questions.

Click here to view the fall catalog.

Need help with your online registration? Click here to view our quickstart guide!

Term Dates, 2016-17:

Summer 2016
Term dates: June 6 - August 5, 2016

Fall 2016
Term dates: September 12 - November 18, 2016
Registration opens Thursday, July 28, 2016.
Registration closes Tuesday, August 19, 2016.

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)

About Us

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth (OSHER@Dartmouth) is a volunteer organization that provides lifelong educational programs year-round for residents in the greater Upper Valley.

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

Office Location

The OSHER@Dartmouth office is located on 7 Lebanon Street, Suite 107 on the first floor in Hanover. Please note, all business (course materials, registrations, payments, etc.) will be conducted this location. 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.

DOC House


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. Dartmouth Now published an article on May 21, 2015 about our affiliation with The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes. Click here to read the article!

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 25 and 85 courses are offered in each of the four terms: fall, winter, spring, and summer. The majority of classes meet one day per week for two hours. Full-length courses are five to eight weeks and mini courses are two to four weeks. Classes vary in size from 8 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 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.

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!

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 - Thursdays from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Fridays from 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
(603) 646-0154

Last Updated: 7/19/16