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Upcoming Events

Fall EventsTuscaloosa Information Session
August 10, 2017  |  5-6 p.m.  |  Bryant Conference Center

Attend and bring a friend! You’ll learn about OLLI classes, how to become a member, and what OLLI is all about. Enjoy refreshments while learning how OLLI can be the more you’re looking for.

Open to the public, no registration required.

Gadsden Open House
August 17, 2017  |  4-6 p.m.  |  UA Gadsden Center

Attend and bring a friend! You’ll learn about OLLI classes, how to become a member and what OLLI is all about. Enjoy refreshments and door prizes while learning how OLLI can be the more you’re looking for.

Open to the public, no registration required.

Greater Birmingham Open House
August 18, 2017  |  1-3 p.m.  |  Vestavia Hills Senior Lodge

Join us and bring a friend to the OLLI@ UA Greater Birmingham Fall Open House. Enjoy light music, entertainment and refreshments while learning how OLLI can be the more you’re looking for.

Open to the public, no registration required.

Tuscaloosa Fall Kick-Off

August 24, 2017  |  3-5 p.m.  |  Bryant Conference Center

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.

Open to the public, no registration required. 

Greensboro Open House
September 12, 2017  |  5 p.m.  |  The Greensboro Hotel

Attend and bring a friend! You’ll learn about OLLI classes, how to become a member, and what OLLI is all about. Enjoy refreshments while learning how OLLI can be the more you’re looking for.

Open to the public, no registration required.

Pickens County Open House
September 25, 2017  |  5-6:30 p.m.  |  Gordo City Hall

Attend and bring a friend! You’ll learn about OLLI classes, how to become a member, and what OLLI is all about. Enjoy refreshments while learning how OLLI can be the more you’re looking for.

Open to the public, no registration required. 



Eclipse 2017

August 21, 2017  |  12-3 p.m.  |  Gadsden Public Library Park

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality will be able to see one of nature's most awe inspiring sights... a total solar eclipse!! This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. The path will go directly through the City of Nashville and come as close to Gadsden as Chattanooga. While Gadsden and northeast Alabama will not be in the direct path for a total eclipse, we will be close enough for a "near total" (partial) eclipse... 95%... during the max viewing time. Depending on weather, we expect this will be spectacular during the early afternoon on the 21st.

Join your OLLI friends at the Gadsden Public Library's park (located directly across the street from the Main Library) beginning at 12 Noon on Monday, August 21. We'll have a NASA representative present to help describe the event. The eclipse will begin approximately 12 noon and end at 3 PM. However, the primary viewing time of the "near total" eclipse will happen at 1:30 PM. This "near total" eclipse will only last for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. You will not want to miss this wonderful opportunity.

The library will provide special glasses from NASA so everyone will be able to view the eclipse safely. Depending on how many are present, we may need to share the special glasses, but the library expects to have at least 75 pairs available.



Past Events



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 kimberlywinkle.com.

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 

ABOUT WASSAN AL-KHUDHAIRI
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.