MOLLI History

Although many people have played a role in its success and how it has been shaped over the years, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Montana (affectionately known as MOLLI) was first started in 2005. President George Dennison had read about other Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes and asked Sharon Alexander who was dean of Continuing Education (now the School of Extended & Lifelong Learning) how we could establish an institute at University of Montana. At the same time Rustem Medora, a professor in the School of Pharmacy, had heard about them too. An initial small committee was formed that included Daniel Kemmis, Rustem Medora, Herbert Swick, Sue Talbot, and Dean Sharon Alexander. This team laid the groundwork of the program and together they wrote by-laws, formed the MOLLI Council and its various committees, and began to implement their vision of what MOLLI would be. In Fall 2005, MOLLI had two “appetizer” lectures presented by Rafael Chacón and Mehrdad Kia. In January of 2006, five classes were offered taught by William Bevis, David Emmons, Esther England, Tom Huff, and Mark Johnson. The offerings were a success and MOLLI has continued to grow to be the program that we all know and love today.