The following May OLLI Opportunities, one-time lectures, are free and open to the public.  Registration is Required.  If you have questions, please call the OLLI Office, (205) 348-6482.

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May 18, 10:00 a.m.

Peggy Hamner

Jellyfish live in every ocean and play an important role in marine communities. This presentation introduces you to their many beautiful forms and surprises you with scientific research on their behavior, which is more complex than you would expect! We will discuss jellyfish from Canadian bays to the tropical Pacific, from coastal waters to the deep sea. You’ll gain a greater appreciation of these wondrous creatures in the ocean realm of our blue planet.



Through My Lens: Travel to Myanmar and the Galapagos Islands
May 18, 1:00 p.m.

Philip Malone

Two videos, about 26 minutes each, feature my photos taken at these exotic places on different sides of the world. I will narrate each video in real time.



Alabama Players of WWII
May 19, 10:00 a.m.

Ken Gaddy

Over 300 Alabama football players served our country during World War II. Some were in their forties when the war began, some left school in their early twenties and many served before coming to the Capstone. We will highlight a few of the brave men featured in the Bryant Museum book, “When Winning Was Everything” by author Delbert Reed.


Our Shadow Wars of Tariffs and Sanctions – China

May 19, 1:00 p.m.

Renato Corbetta, Associate Professor, Political Science, UAB

Renato will describe the political ramifications of tariffs on China.


City of Tuscaloosa

May 20, 10:00 a.m.

Brendan Moore

A look at how the City of Tuscaloosa is responding to the current pandemic.


Viva Italia!

May 20, 1:00 p.m.

Francine Marasco and Dot Martin

In 2015, we rented a villa outside of Florence (Tuscany) for a month as our base. Using Rick Steve’s Travel Guide, we did a side trip every day. Please join us for this nostalgic journey with family and friends. And remember – Forza Italia.


Depression-Proofing Your Retirement, Aging and Legacy

May 21, 10:00 a.m.
Bob Coulson


How do I plan, prep and practice depression-proofing (economically and emotionally) for the new normal in my retirement, aging and legacy? As a result of pandemic pandemonium, we have been disrupted, disconnected and/or distanced in mind, body, spirit and energy. We were pushed from comfort zone to panic zone to twilight zone of transitions. Like post-9/11, we need to be prepared for post-pandemic change. Let’s explore how to be prepared and depression-proof your Retirement 360, Aging Wellness and Lifetime Legacy. Your takeaways will include new perspectives and free online resources to gain clarity, confidence and control.


Classic Comedy Film “The Pink Panther”

May 21, 1:00 p.m.

Ward and Martha Haarbauer

French police inspector Clouseau attempts to foil high society thieves who have targeted a prized jewel called the Pink Panther. After the movie, theater experts Ward and Martha Haarbauer will discuss the film and theatrical effects.


What is the Process of Producing a Play?

May 22, 10:00 a.m.
Tina Turley

Tina Turley, Theatre Tuscaloosa’s executive producer, explains the process for producing a play, from choosing the play through the final performance.


Come to Your Census: How We Make Alabama Count

May 22, 1:00 p.m.

Jay Williams

The Census is important, easy and fast. Being counted impacts community resources for the next decade. Our program highlights the importance of the 2020 Census, why being counted is important, how community members can increase the count and how individuals can participate with minimal barriers.


Our Shadow Wars of Tariffs and Sanctions – Iran

May 26, 10:00 a.m.

Brian Motii, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Montevallo

Brian will describe conditions in his native Iran and effects of sanctions.


Love Stories That Made History

May 26, 1:00 p.m.

Keith Robinson

St. Augustine said, “Better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.” This class will look at some of the great love stories that have shaped history. We will discuss famous couples from various periods, focusing on how their love stories shaped their times and ours. Join us as we examine great love stories, from Adam and Eve, royals and prime ministers, to presidents and first ladies, and connect their stories to history – for better or for worse.


TSO: The Music Lives On

May 27, 10:00 a.m

Jenny Mann

The mission of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra is to foster and encourage the appreciation of music through live concert performances and educational programs that are diverse, enriching and of the highest quality.


Cybersecurity for 50+

May 27, 1:00 p.m.

Jacob Blackwood

Practicing cyber safety can go a long way toward protecting your identity and sensitive personal information while online. Blackwood will review the importance of strong passwords when using online services. This class will give you tips and tricks when creating passwords, demonstrating how to make them strong and secure.


Alabama Fraternities and Sororities During the 1960s

May 28, 10:00 a.m.

Earl Tilford

Explore some Capstone history from its chartering in 1820 through 1970, with focus on the three Universities of Alabama (in Tuscaloosa) and how they developed


Classic Comedy Film “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein”

May 28, 1:00 p.m.

Ward and Martha Haarbauer

Watch “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” live and then join theater experts Ward and Martha Haarbauer as they discuss the film and its theatrical effects


Laughter in the Opera House

May 29, 10:00 a.m.

Elizabeth Aversa

Don’t worry, not all operas are sad. Join us to listen and laugh during this preview of an upcoming course in Comic Opera.


Arthritis Exercises and Awareness

Mary 29, 1:00 p.m.

Carolyn Rhodes

Learn breathing techniques, range of motion, strength and balance to prevent falls. Safe exercises are introduced using Arthritis Foundation information.





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OLLI Programming is currently being offered through ZOOM.
In person programming has been suspended until further notice.