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News and Events 

Come check out these events listed to learn about OLLI courses, how to become a member, and what Lifelong Learning is all about.

Luncheon with David Blazevich – Senior Program Director

Tuesday, July 31, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Bryant Conference Center

David Blazevich was appointed Senior Program Officer of The Bernard Osher Foundation in October, 2006. Prior to joining the Foundation, David was the Director of Special Program Initiatives and Foundation Relations at KQED, San Francisco’s flagship public broadcasting affiliate. He will be spending some time at the Tuscaloosa OLLI to have the opportunity to meet some of our members. We are excited to host David and we hope you will take the time to come meet him!

Tuscaloosa Open House and Award Presentation

August 13, 2018 | 2-4 p.m. | Bryant Conference Center

Enjoy refreshments while discovering everything OLLI has to offer. Also, there will be a brief review of the year's accomplishments as well as board elections.

Gadsden Open House

August 23, 2018  |  4-6 p.m.  |  UA Gadsden Center

Enjoy refreshments while discovering everything OLLI has to offer.

Greater Birmingham Open House

August 17, 2018  |  1-3:30 p.m.  |  Vestavia Hills Senior Lodge

Learn about summer courses and opportunities to get involved!

Past Events 

Eclipse 2017 - August 21, 2017 

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America was treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality was able to see one of nature's most awe inspiring sights... a total solar eclipse!! This path, where the moon completely covered the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - was seen and stretched from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.

Tuscaloosa Fall Kick-Off - August 24, 2017  

Enjoy refreshments to kick-off the fall semester – all while getting to know your fellow OLLI members. Also, the Judy Bonner Excellence in Teaching Award will be presented at 4 p.m. along with a few other special recognitions.

Discovering Alabama: An Evening with Doug Phillips - March 2, 2017

OLLI members enjoyed a private showing of Alabama Private Forests with Dr. Doug Phillips, creator and producer of Discovering Alabama.

OLLI Collegiate Classic - February 25, 2017

As you have probably heard, OLLI@UA proudly supports The University of Alabama Adapted Athletics program. To show their gratitude for all of our support, the wheelchair basketball teams honored OLLI by naming their biggest basketball tournament of the year after us. The OLLI Collegiate Classic was held February 25, 2017.

OLLI members to attended this special event along with the hundreds of students and fans from communities near and far.

Redefining Woodworking: Kimberly Winkle Visits UA - February 23-25, 2017

Jewelry and Furniture, Forms and Structures: Kimberly Winkle Redefines Woodworking

Thursday, February 23

Woodshop Demo
9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Woods Hall, Room 104

Wine and Cheese / Meet the Artist
3 - 5 p.m., Bryant Conference Center, Birmingham-Central Room

Friday, February 24

Artist Talk "What it Takes to be an Artist"
1 - 3 p.m., Woods Hall, Room 115

Saturday, February 25

Milk Paint Demo and Discussion
10 - 11:30 a.m., David Paterson's Woodshop, 6800 Jade Pointe, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406

Learn more about Kimberly Winkle and her work by visiting her website at

Photographer Deborah Luster Visits UA - February 22, 2017 

Bryant Conference Center - Birmingham Room

Deborah Luster's work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, New Orleans Museum of Art, and other notable public and private collections. She was born in Bend, Oregon and currently lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Galway, Ireland.

Learn more about the artist by visiting DEBORAHLUSTER.COM.

“Curating Contemporary Art” - February 9, 2017 

“Curating Contemporary Art” lecture was given by Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and
Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art 

Wassan Al-Khudhairi is the Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art. She holds a Master of Arts with Distinction in Islamic Art and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Georgia State University. Al-Khudhairi was previously Co-Artistic Director at the Gwangju Biennale Foundation in South Korea, where she collaborated on the curation of the ninth edition of the Gwangju Art Biennale. Al-Khudhairi has lectured around the world on the subject of modern and contemporary art, specifically related to the Middle East. Other past experience includes positions at the Brooklyn Museum and the High Museum of Art.

This is How We Roll - A Season with Alabama Wheelchair Basketball - October 26, 2016

This is How We Roll - A Season with Alabama Wheelchair Basketball Red Carpet Premiere 

“This Is How We Roll” is an episodic documentary series following the men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams at The University of Alabama. Told from the viewpoint of two members of the team, each episode takes the viewer deeper into the lives of the college athletes, on and off the court, as they seek a national championship.

The series is produced by Power 10 Films and directed by Daniel Koenig. The cast features the 2015 Alabama Wheelchair Basketball Team with Caitlin McDermott and Jannik Blair starring.

Cuba: Art and Culture - March 18-26, 2016

OLLI traveled to Cuba!   The 8-night itinerary included tours of Havana and the nearby countryside, a day at the Bay of Pigs, 2 nights at a beach resort on the Veradero Peninsula and visits to dance and art centers in the city of Matanzas.

The Night of Champions - February 25, 2016

OLLI was proud to sponsor  a special event honoring The University of Alabama’s Adapted Athletics program and 2015 National Champions of Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis.  Participants had the opportunity to meet the athletes, get autographs and take photos while learning how UA is leading the way in adapted athletics.

This event was sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Alabama, the College of Education and the College of Continuing Studies.