Carol Mandryk

Carole Mandryk, a former dean at Harvard University and an award-winning instructor in anthropology who has taught at universities and colleges across the U.S. and Canada, has been named director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Mandryk replaces outgoing director Rebecca Goodman.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (OLLI-UHM) is an educational membership program in the College of Social Sciences that offers non-credit, college-level courses and other activities to encourage older individuals to engage their minds, enrich their lives, and serve the community. While the Institute primarily serves elder learners aged 50+, the only true requirements for participation are maturity, life experience and a desire to learn.

“I am delighted to be returning to the UH Mānoa to serve in a different capacity and play a role in OLLI-UHM’s innovative approach to lifelong learning. This is a wonderful opportunity that combines my passions for multidisciplinary approaches to knowledge, service and community engagement,” said Mandryk.

Mandryk’s professional life has spanned academic, public and political spheres. She has served as a consultant for National Geographic, NOVA and the History Channel, been featured in more than 15 interviews by print and broadcast media outlets pertaining to questions about past climatic conditions, human-environment interaction, and is a frequent invited speaker about climate change awareness, action and education.

Dr. Mandryk’s interdisciplinary background is a perfect fit for the variety of learning opportunities offered through OLLI. We are fortunate to have Carole’s experience as a teacher and scientist to build upon the success of the lifelong learning program over the past twenty years. We’re delighted to welcome her to OLLI-UHM,” said Denise Eby Konan, dean of the College of Social Sciences.

For more information, read the the College of Social Sciences news release.

Bernard Osher greets OLLI-UHM member Donald Matsumori. Also pictured, from left, Bernard Osher Foundation President Mary Bitterman, Director Carole Mandryk and OLLI-UHM student Martha Torney.