About the Institute

Never Stop Learning!

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth (Osher at Dartmouth) is a volunteer, non-credit continuing education program for adults. It was established in 1990 by Charter from Dartmouth College under the Office of the Provost. Originally called ILEAD (Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth), the name was changed when ILEAD joined the Osher network of Lifelong Learning Institutes. The Charter was amended in January 2014. The By-Laws, approved or amended, must be consistent with the provisions of the Charter.

Osher at Dartmouth member and Study Leader Hank Buermeyer compiled a history of our program in 2010: "The History of ILEAD: The First Twenty Years, 1990-2010"


To provide lifelong educational opportunities, both in-person and virtually. The institute principally serves adult residents of the greater Upper Valley and members of the Dartmouth community.


To be recognized as a national leader for excellence in lifelong education.

Core Values

  • An unwavering commitment to lifelong education;
  • An inclusive community of people committed to our mission;
  • A large, diverse, high quality program, led by dedicated and talented volunteers;
  • A welcoming social environment, within and beyond the classroom;
  • Financial sustainability, member affordability, and planned growth; and
  • Strong, growing relationships with Dartmouth College and the Osher Foundation, with appropriate access to their facilities, services and expertise.


Between 55 and 90 courses in a wide variety of subject mattered are offered in each of the three terms: fall, winter, and spring. Courses are offered in-person, on Zoom, or via HyFlex. In recent years, our participants have:

  • had backstage access to the production of local theater
  • engaged in conversations with several prominent politicians
  • painted watercolors
  • learned tips about selling on eBay
  • traveled to Botswana, the Basque Country, and Cuba
  • written memoirs and screenplays
  • There is truly something for everyone throughout the year!

Learn more about this term's Courses.


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 Osher at 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.

Learn more about becoming an Osher Member.


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