Online courses are open to all OLLI at UA Chapter Members

See current online course offerings below. Registration is required.

Summer 2022

Registration is required. Prior to the start of the class, students will receive a Zoom link along with a class summary. To access, click the link emailed, and prepare to listen and participate with the online OLLI community.

New to Zoom? Contact the OLLI Office (205) 348-6482 for Zoom tutorials and tips.



OL 101 Invitation to Read

June 6, 13, 27; July 11, 18, 25; Aug. 1

Noon – 1:15 p.m.

Dr. Carol Prickett

The independent publishing house NewSouth Books has invited current authors to tell us about their books. In addition, there will be two book club sessions where members discuss a selected fiction and nonfiction book plus an extravaganza where members will share recommendations and discuss books they have recently read.

June 6 – OLLI Book Club “Extravaganza”  Members are invited to bring the titles/authors/short descriptions of books they recommend to their friends

June 13 – Special Presentation by Dr. Catherine Davies and Dr. Alina Mozolevska, Laughter through Tears: Role of Humor in Ukrainian Resistance against Russian Aggression

[June 20 – No class; Juneteenth.]

June 27 – OLLI Book Club, The Sentence, Louise Erdrich

[July 4 – No class; Independence Day.]

July 11 – John Dersham, My Alabama: John Dersham Photographs a State

July 18 – James Pate, The Annotated Pickett’s History of Alabama: And Incidentally of Georgia and Mississippi, for the Earliest Period

July 25 – Chris McIlwain, The South’s Forgotten Fire-Eater: David Hubbard and North Alabama’s Long Road to Disunion

Aug.1 – OLLI Book Club, Taste: My Life Through Food, Stanley Tucci



OL 102 Exploring New Discoveries in Science

June 6, 13, 27; July 11, 18, 25; Aug.1

3 – 4:15 p.m.

Philip Malone

Come join us as we explore the latest news in science based on several articles and papers from periodicals and online sources. Subjects are presented on a basic level.




OL 103 The Minor Works of Jane Austen

June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26; Aug.2

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Dusty Folds

When we think of Jane Austen, we inevitably think about her six completed novels, but this powerhouse of English literature wrote so much more. In this class, we will explore the many other writings that Austen composed throughout her life. We will begin with her Juvenilia, a collection of stories that she wrote as a youth and that give us insight into the author developing her craft. We will then move on to her first completed work (Lady Susan), her uncompleted novel (The Watsons), and conclude with the novel she was working on when she died (Sanditon). In between, we will look at her poetry (did you know she wrote poetry?), her prayers, and her play (yes, she also wrote a play). These works not only help us see a different side of Jane Austen, but they also allow us to better understand the development of this great author.



OL 104 Unique Perspective on American History: Working at the White House

June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26; Aug.2

Noon – 1 p.m.

Keith Robinson

The White House is the most famous address in the world and serves both as the home and office of the President of the United States. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work there? In this class, we will learn about the history of the building itself and share fascinating stories from people who have worked at the White House over the years. Their unique perspective will give us a better understanding of American history and enlighten us with tales about some of the famous residents they worked for in the White House.


OL 105 Nineteenth Century French Art

Tuesday, July 12, 19, 26

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Anna Dobbins

During the late 19th century in France, we saw an increase in the works of art produced that deal with the subject of “ladies of the evening.” This course will examine this rise and how those works evolved over time covering from Édouard Manet’s The Luncheon on the Grass to Pablo Picasso’s The Young Ladies of Avignon.

OL 106 A Brief History of Iconic American Brands

June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26; Aug.2

3 – 4:15 p.m.

Dr. Derrick Griffey

Throughout the 20th century, American capitalism preserved its momentum by molding the ordinary person into a consumer with an unquenchable thirst for more stuff. That thirst led to the rise of iconic consumer brands that not only transformed what it meant to be an American, but also became the symbols of America worldwide. In this class, we will explore the history of some of America’s most iconic brands and explore the impact they played on reshaping American culture. Brands like Coca-Cola, Ford, Wells Fargo, Campbell’s Soup, etc., have been in continuous operation for 100+ years, and in that time have racked up some remarkable firsts in American history. We will also explore newer American brands that impact the landscape of American consumerism in big ways. So grab a Coke and a Hershey’s chocolate bar and join us for a stroll through the history of iconic American brands.



OL 107 Famous Opera Singers – Their Lives, Their Music, and Their Legacies

July 13, 20, 27; Aug.3

9 – 10:15 a.m.

Dr. Elizabeth Aversa

This four-week course will explore the famous opera singers of the past century and their music and their impacts. We will hear their best recordings and see them, where possible, in their acclaimed roles.



OL 108 Get Control of Your Phone Pictures

June 8, 15, 22, 29

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Kenneth Kuntz

Learn to get the most out of the camera in your phone. Tips for better pictures and how to use some of the features in the newer phones.

We will discuss how to share your pictures and measures to back up and protect them from loss. One session will cover how to use your phone to copy and preserve old prints, slides, or documents.

OL 109 Which Adobe Photo App to Use?

July 13, 20, 27; Aug.3

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Kenneth Kuntz

What are the differences between Photoshop and Lightroom? Or Lightroom Classic versus Lightroom CC? Photoshop or Elements? What is Bridge?  We will try to answer these questions with a brief introduction to the different programs and how they can be used to organize and edit a picture collection.


OL 110 Updates on Interesting Medical Topics

July 13, 20, 27; Aug.3

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Dr. Robert Pieroni

With several knowledgeable professionals, we shall discuss a broad range of medical miscellanea, including recent medical advances, current drug information and inappropriate medical practices. Topics will range from medical scoundrels to true heroes as well as intriguing medical cases, treatments and personnel, both past and present. We shall also present the light side of medical and allied practices. Audience participation is encouraged and current answers to basic medical questions by volunteers will result in monetary awards to the OLLI Scholarship Fund.


OL 111 The Cold War

June 8, 15, 22, 29; July 13, 20, 27; Aug.3

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Dr. Robert Kane

Between 1948 and the end of 1991, the Western Bloc, led by the United States, and the Eastern Bloc, led by the Soviet Union, were locked into an ideological “conflict” that could have erupted into a third global war. However, given the large nuclear arsenals possessed by both sides, this war, unlike past wars, could have resulted in the destruction of the world, not just the belligerents involved in the war. This eight-week program will examine the origins, causes, development, spread, and ultimate end of the Cold War and demise of the Soviet Union by the end of 1991.



OL 112 The Chemistry in “Breaking Bad”

June 9, 16, 23, 30; July 14, 21, 28; Aug.4

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Dr. Russell Timkovich

“Breaking Bad” was a TV series (rated TV-MA) created by Vince Gilligan that aired from 2008 to 2013. It was the fictional story of a high school chemistry teacher, Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston), who became the biggest producer of the illegal street drug methamphetamine in the Southwest. It has been praised as the greatest TV series of all time by The Associated Press, Forbes, NPR and Yahoo TV, among others. It entered the Guinness World Records in 2014 as the most critically acclaimed show of all time. This course will examine the chemistry that appeared in the show and when it was accurate (mostly) or not. To fully appreciate the discussion, it is recommended that you have seen the show and/or brush up on the episodes currently streaming on Netflix or read the episode synopses on Wikipedia. The chemistry discussed will be kept as non-technical as possible, but you may learn a few things. For example: Why will rice and beans kill you, but Lily of the Valley won’t? What is the ONE thing you never want to put in your bathtub? Why is there no such thing as Blue Sky?

OL 503 Pre-recorded Lectures

Members may search the library for selected lectures from the past. The current library includes 35 courses. Once you register you will receive an email with the access link. Courses are available on-demand from the comfort of your home through your computer or mobile device. The complete listing is on our website.


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