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The OLLI programs at The University of Alabama, Auburn University and University of Alabama in Huntsville share some of  their best academic courses through this OLLI Shares initiative. Our members who pay the course package may register for these specially selected courses at other OLLI’s at no additional cost.  Registration is required prior to the deadline.  You will receive a confirmation email with zoom link once your registration is complete.

The deadline to register for Spring 2022 courses is Wednesday, January 12.



OL107 The First 50 Years of American History
Jan. 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8 (eight weeks)
1:30-2:45 p.m.
Instructor:  Dr. Richard Rhone
Perhaps one of the least familiar eras of American history is the first 50 years of our country’s existence. Covering the period from the end of the Revolution until the 1820s, class sessions will focus on the people, personalities, culture, opinions, triumphs and tragedies of the time. Hopefully, we will recognize that people can have differing opinions and still retain common goals. Our approach will not dogmatically judge our 18th-19th century ancestors with our 21st century personal opinions. Our goal is to learn and cherish the lessons of history so that we can hope to avoid the tragedies of past mistakes and yet enjoy the blessings of past successes. At the same time, perhaps we will gain an appreciation as Americans for our ancestors, famous and not famous, who sacrificed to give us the material blessings we possess as well as the blessing of liberty that we enjoy.

OL114 Alaska
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9  (eight weeks)
12-1:15 p.m.
Instructor:  Anthony Davolos
Join us for a fun and interactive course on the wonders of Alaska and the communities that have made Alaska home over the years.  Then enjoy a class dedicated to the gold rush that defined some iconic Alaskan villages.  Also, a special guest will join us live from Alaska.

Course Cancelled – OL110 Stories of Survivors
Instructor: Farrah Hayes
This class will focus on the lives of eight Holocaust survivors who settled in Alabama. We will focus on their lives before, during and after WWII. The course features guest speakers that will allow us to learn more about these survivors. Additionally, we will learn how we can help keep their memories alive.


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OL127 Private Lives and Public Places
Monday, January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7 (seven weeks)
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Donna Bohanan, Instructor
Private Lives and Public Places will examine some of the cultural and social institutions, beliefs, and values that shaped the daily lives of early modern Europeans.  Among topics to be considered are carnival, the witchcraze, etiquette, and parent-child relations.  This class will rely heavily on the visual image, specifically genre paintings, as historical documents.

OL129 England in the Late Middle Ages 
Tuesday, Jan. 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22; Mar 1 (seven weeks)
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Joseph Kicklighter
In this term we shall talk about English history from the 14th to the 16th centuries. We will consider the Hundred Years War, the Plague and the Wars of the Roses. During this period England undergoes great changes including losses of virtually all French lands, the population decline from disease and the precarious nature of the crown as many of the monarchs die by violence.

OL130 Rivers of Alabama
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; Mar. 2 (seven weeks)
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Bill Deutsch
Learn the histories of rivers in Alabama. Topics include the origin of the river map on the Alabama Great Seal, river geography, geology and hydrology, the state’s world-class aquatic biodiversity, and more.



OL133 The First Ten Days of the Battle of the Bulge
Monday, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7 (five weeks)
10:30 am – 12:00 p.m.
Tennent Lee

In December 1944, Hitler made one last attempt to change the fortunes of war on the Western front. Some of the American Army behaved badly. But there were many small units, some as small as an 18-man platoon, who held or at least slowed the German advance. Discuss these brave GIs and how they gave their blood to buy time for reinforcements to join the battle in detail. Get to see images of the battlefield at the time of the battle while comparing them to pictures from 2018 taken by the instructor.

OL128 Human Flourishing: Positive Psychology, Character Strengths, and Humor
Tuesday, February 8, 15, 22, March 1 (four weeks)
8:30 – 10:00 am
Bill Confer
“Positive psychology” has been investigating some of the components of living well and functioning more fully in an uncertain world. Join us to discuss the progress of social science in identifying, understanding, and promoting psychological strengths– including the benefits of virtuous conduct, mirth, and laughter. *Dr. Bill Confer retired from clinical psychology after 38 years of practice. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Professional Psychology and the American Board of Sleep Medicine. His first degree was in English literature and he currently studies etymology as a hobby.

OL131 Understanding Evolution: The Fundamentals
Thursday, January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3 (six weeks)
8:30 – 10:00 am
Harriett Somerville, Instructor

The first edition of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was published in 1859, but the biological mechanism driving evolution was not fully understood until the twentieth century and later with advances in genetics and molecular biology. Based on the Great Course DVD, What Darwin Didn’t Know, and instructor-led discussion we will examine DNA, genetic variation, and genetic drift. Explore the relationship between geology, geography, and natural selection.



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