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Dartmouth institute receives $2m grant

Union Leader Correspondent

May 26. 2014 8:34PM

HANOVER - The Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth has joined a network of 117 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at college and university campuses throughout the U.S., which offer a distinctive array of non-credit courses and activities specifically developed for seasoned adults age 50 and older.
As part of the new relationship, the Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth is to receive a $2 million endowment grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation to further enhance its initiatives.

The partnership will result in the Dartmouth institute changing its name to the “Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth” or “Osher@Dartmouth” for short.

Stew Wood, president of Osher@Dartmouth, announced the partnership before a crowd of more than 200 members at the organization’s annual meeting at Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee, Vt., according to the Osher@Dartmouth release.

“I am thrilled to announce this new partnership with the Osher Foundation, as it’s a tremendous opportunity for us to be affiliated with an organization that shares the same mission as we do, in providing opportunities for lifelong learning,” Wood said in the statement.

Headquartered in San Francisco, the Osher Foundation was founded in 1977 by businessman and community leader Bernard Osher.

The Osher Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life through support of higher education and the arts.

“The possibilities for future collaboration with Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the country are exciting, and I’m confident that our members and other participants of our programs will benefit from joining this extensive network,” Wood said.

The partnership grew out of the success of an operating grant of $100,000 two years ago from the Osher Foundation to the institute.

“The nature and variety of educational opportunities that the program offers is impressive,” Osher Foundation President Mary Bitterman, said in the statement. “From courses on literature, history, and the arts to lectures, study-travel trips, and special events, the program’s dedicated volunteers and exceptional staff consistently deliver an engaging array of learning activities to residents of the Upper Valley. We are delighted to provide this permanent support for their good work and to warmly welcome Dartmouth’s outstanding program to the national Osher Lifelong Learning Institute network.”

Osher@Dartmouth serves more than 1,700 members in the Upper Valley.

Registration is to open shortly for the annual Summer Lecture Series, which draws approximately 500 attendees per session.

This year’s series, “The Middle East: Cauldron of Crisis and Change,” is scheduled July 9 through August 20 in Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Osher@Dartmouth is offering a full schedule this fall with more than 80 courses planned on a variety of topics.

For information about upcoming programs or membership go online to

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