Online courses are open to all OLLI at UA Chapter Members

See current online course offerings below. Registration is required.

Fall 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 Opera’s Greatest Composers: Verdi & Wagner (OLLI Shares)
Sept.12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
9 – 10:15 a.m.
Dr. Elizabeth Aversa 

This course explores the music of two composers who were born in the same year (1813) and who changed the way the world listens to opera.   


OL 102 Understanding Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain  
Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
John Harper 

Bitcoin is the name of the best-known cryptocurrency, the one for which blockchain technology was invented. This course will help you make sense of this medium of exchange and learn of its impact today. 


OL 103 The Road to Pearl Harbor (OLLI Shares)
Sept.12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17
10:30 – Noon
Tennent Lee 

This course looks at that fateful day in December 1941 when the Japanese attacked the naval base at Pearl Harbor. Learn about the economic/political events which led to the attack. The course will also examine the various conspiracy theories which still continue to circulate today. For instance, why did the attack come as a surprise to the U.S. military? Did our leaders know about the attack and let it happen? What did they know and when did they know it? 


OL 104 Speech! Speech!
Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17
1:30 – 3 p.m.
Keith Robinson 

There are many great historical speeches. We will examine the context of a few and discuss their lasting significance, reviewing such speeches as  

-Chief Joseph surrenders -October 5, 1877      

Chief Joseph (2017) – Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat Scene (1/10)  

-Darkest Hour May 13, 1940      

Darkest Hour (2017) – We Shall Fight on the Beaches Scene (10/10)    

-Franklin D Roosevelt – Dec. 8, 1941 “Day of Infamy” Speech (Full Speech)    

-General Douglas MacArthur Farewell Speech to Congress –   April 19, 1951      

-Challenger: President Reagan’s Challenger Disaster Speech – 1/28/86 – 


OL 105 Exploring New Discoveries in Science
Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
3:00 – 4:15 P.m.
Philip Malone  

We will explore the latest news in science, based on several periodicals and online sources.  Using articles and papers from these sources, we will examine what discoveries are happening in the world of science. Subjects are presented on a basic level. 



OL 106 Philip Henry Gosse: Naturalist-artist in Alabama, 1838 
Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4 
9:00 – 10:30am 
Gary Mullen, Instructor  

This course will focus on the life of Philip Henry Gosse (1810-1888), a young naturalist who came to Alabama in 1838 as a school master in Dallas County. He later published an account of his experiences in this frontier setting titled Letters from Alabama: Chiefly Relating to Natural History (1858), providing what is regarded as the finest account of the natural history of the Black Belt region during Alabama’s early plantation period. He also produced a collection of exquisite watercolors of Alabama insects and plants that he titled Entomologia Alabamensis. This course will tell his life story and extraordinary accomplishments, including his recognition as the “Father of Jamaican Ornithology” and Fellow of the Royal Society of London.  


OL 106 B Princess Royal: The History of a Title and the Women Who Have Held It
Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4
10:30 – 11:45 am
Dusty Folds 

Since its creation in 1642, only seven women have held the British title “Princess Royal.” The current holder of the title, Princess Anne, has often been called the most demanding working royal because of her numerous philanthropic and official duties. In this eight-week course, we will learn about the evolution of this royal title that carries no official power, and we will look at the seven remarkable women who have been called Princess Royal.

OL 123 Ancient Life in Alabama (OLLI Shares)
Oct. 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1
9:00 – 10:30 am
Bill Deutsch 

The course will cover the history of paleontology in the world and Alabama, highlighting the key people and fossils that advanced understanding of deep time and life on Earth. Alabama fossils will be displayed in class along with images in PowerPoint presentations. Optional field trips to the Auburn University Paleontological Collections, Alabama Museum of Natural History and the McWane Science Center will be offered.

OL 107 Significant Events that Shaped the Wild West (OLLI Shares)
Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Dr. Richard Rhone 

The American Wild West is full of historical events that continue to be remembered today. Unfortunately, the modern movie and television industry take the events and perhaps distort them for entertainment and tickets sales. We’ll try to give an accurate account of four significant events that shaped the Wild West in reality as well as fiction.  

OL 124 America’s Longest Conflict- The Apache Wars (OLLI Shares)
Oct. 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Dr. Richard Rhone
For over 25 years the American military was involved in a supreme struggle with the Apaches for control of the American Southwest. At one point in time, over one-fourth of the entire American Army was involved in this campaign, which perhaps began with the kidnapping of a 12-year-old boy and ended the imprisonment of the Apache leadership and their families in Florida, Alabama and Oklahoma. We’ll discuss the politics and battles as well as the personalities including Geronimo, the Apache Kid, Mickey Free, and Cochise, as well as Generals Crook and Miles. 


OL 108 Whatever Happened to Folk Music, Part VII (OLLI Shares)
Sept. 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1 
2:30 – 4 p.m.
Mike Reinke

The continuation of a sequential, multi-term course, with slide-based Zoom presentations that explore the origins and evolution of North American folk and roots music. The course features numerous audio and audiovisual examples of songs that range from centuries-old British ballads to popular songs during the so-called “folk music revival,” to songs released in the last 10-20 years, best classified as “Americana.” It incorporates the folk music of African Americans and discusses how this music was separated commercially from Anglo-American folk music. The subject matter is entirely new each term. During Fall Term 2022, we will complete the topic “Black and White Folk Music Intertwined: Religious Songs,” and begin the topic “Folk and Roots Music: Instrument Fundamentals.” 


OL 109 Sampling of World History Through a Literary Lens
Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1
3 – 4:15 p.m.
Derrick Griffey 

The variety of literary expression across cultures, continents and centuries is staggering.  This course samples some of that variety. Come join us as we sample world masterpieces of literature from the ancient world to the 20th century, spanning the continents as we go.  If your tastes run from Japanese poetry to Russian prose to French comedy, this is the literature course for you.  This class will be taught in parallel with Derrick Griffey’s Monday history course, matching literature to its corresponding historical time period.  You can enjoy both classes or take them independently.  We will see what is going on in history and literature during the same time period. 


OL 110 Psychological Reality and Unwarranted Beliefs
Sept. 14, 21, 28 Oct. 5, 12, 19
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Dr. Bill Confer 

Why do so many people believe in things that are untrue? Because psychological reality is not a duplication of physical reality and because we live in a world of uncertainty and complexity, the same imaginative qualities that can lead to creativity and innovation render us susceptible to mistaken beliefs, exploitation by various influencers, and unwarranted belief in conspiracy theories. Please join us as we review the psychological science underlying as building blocks of psychological reality, then relate those results to what we know about social influence and cultural contributions to mixing fantasy and reality into fantastic belief. 


OL 111 The Asian Pacific War (OLLI Shares)
Sept. 14, 21, 28 Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov 2
9:00 –10:30 am
Frank Broz 

This course is designed to view WWII in the Pacific as not just a U.S. vs. Japan event, but as a major part of a world war with many other nations involved. A key focus early in the war will be the role of China, as the instructor believes that WWII began there in 1937. We will look at battles, tactics and the weapons used by each participant and how these changed as the war went on. The course will try to show how the Japanese’s attempt to rule Asia eventually led to the end of colonial rule and created the Asia we know today. 

OL 112 Interesting Medical Topics
Sept. 14, 21, 28 Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov 2
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Dr. Bob Pieroni 

Accompanied by several knowledgeable professionals, we shall discuss a wide variety of updated medical topics that have been selected to be of interest to an OLLI audience.  Diverse topics will include current diagnoses and treatments, as well as inappropriate and potentially dangerous medicines and practices.  Other topics ranging from the humorous to the darker aspects of the medical, nursing, pharmacy and biology professions will be presented along with other intriguing medical vignettes.  Audience participation is encouraged and correct answers to basic medical questions by volunteers will result in monetary awards to the OLLI Scholarship Fund.

OL 113 The Holocaust – The Jews from Prejudice to Extermination 
Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov. 2
1:30 – 2:45 pm
Dr. Robert Kane 

Between Jan 1933, when Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany, and May 1945, when World War II ended in Europe, the Nazis and their European collaborators murdered about 5.5 million European Jews.  In addition, the Nazis murdered about 500,000 Romanis, 350,000 mentally and physically handicapped Germans and other racial minorities.  After the end of the war, historians gave the name “Holocaust” to the Nazi mass murder of the Jews and other minorities.  The course will describe how prejudice against Jews in the ancient world developed into racial anti-Semitism by the late 1890s and how racial anti-Semitism led to the Holocaust during World War II. 


OL 114 Canine Psychology
Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5
1:30 – 2:45 pm
Dr. Russ Timkovich  

What is your pooch really thinking when it gives you that big slurpy kiss on the face?  What does your dog think about that big hug you give them?  Did dogs descend from wolves?  What does a dog think when it looks at a rose?  Are dogs inherently members of a pack?  How did the human-canine relationship arise?   What does the MRI of a dog brain tell us?  Is your dog right-handed or left-handed?  What on earth is operant conditioning?  What are the differences between positive and negative reinforcement?  We will explore these and similar questions to better understand what makes Fido tick.  This is not a course in dog training, but the material may better equip you to live with a pet dog. 


OL 115 World Literatures
Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov. 2
3:00 – 4:15 pm
Dave Murdock 

The variety of literary expression across cultures, across continents, and across centuries is staggering.  This course samples some of that variety. Come join us as we sample world masterpieces of literature from the ancient world to the 20th century, spanning the continents as we go.  If your tastes run from Japanese poetry to Russian prose to French comedy, this is the literature course for you.  This class will be taught in parallel with Derrick Griffey’s Monday history course matching the literature to the historical time period.   You can enjoy both classes, or take them independently.  We will see what is going on in history and literature during the same time period. 


OL 116 Zumba
Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov. 2
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Angie Vitt   

Fitness fun while in your own home. Angie incorporates basic stretching and exercises to warm up your body and get ready to move to the music. Zumba is a fun way to help you lose weight, tone your body and improve or maintain cardiovascular and mental health. 


OL 121 Military Blunders, Season 3  (OLLI Shares)
Sept. 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
John Mason 

Winston Churchill once said, “War is mostly a catalog of blunders.” Throughout the course of military history, an argument could be made that more battles are lost through a series of incompetent command decision, failure of planning, underestimating of opponents or simply arrogance on the part of one of the combatants than are won. In this course, we’ll look at six instances where one side — who should have won — lost due to one of these blunders. It seems to be a lesson that some just never learn. 



OL 117 Living Better Workshop
Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3
9:00 – 10:15 am
Bob Coulson  

Certified Senior Advisor Bob Coulson facilitates this eight-week workshop on living better today and for tomorrow. Everyone wants to be better prepared and ready for what’s up and what’s next. This interactive workshop will provide new knowledge, skills, and abilities for surviving and thriving with change, crisis and chaos. You will gain new knowledge of the trends in minimalism (less is more), longevity, finances, healthcare, caregiving, technologies and whole person wellbeing for your brain, body and bonding. You will gain better organizing skills using simple checklists that optimizes your time and energy and reduce stress. You will gain new abilities to assess information reliability (bias, fake news, propaganda and scams) to improve your personal safety and security. This workshop bridges and braids old-school wisdom with new-school smarts.

How to deal with the fears of getting older (geroscophobia). Together, we will share our sage wisdom on what to do about the fears of losing independence, health decline and health care, being scammed or running out of money, not being able to live at home, the incapacity to do daily living activities, managing care provider services, organizing personal affairs, giving up driving and/or pets, getting hurt and /or falling, writing advanced directives for money, health, physical and digital property, end of life and legacy management. Each day, every participant will receive a checklist to complete and archive. 


OL  118 Sounds of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (OLLI Shares)
Sept. 15, 29; Oct. 13, Nov. 3
10:30 –11:45 a.m.
Christopher Confessore and Maria Wilson 

Join ASO POPS Conductor, Christopher Confessore as he takes you on a four- week journey through the sounds, sights, music and people of our state’s flagship orchestra! Chris will inspire you through conversations about the pieces, musicians and experiences that have shaped our orchestra through the past 100 years. 


OL 119 Wellness 101 for Seniors…. And Others
Sept. 15 and 22
10:30 – 11:45 am.
Dr. Milady Murphy  

Part One: I will discuss slowing down the aging process through positive lifestyle changes. These changes will be practical for implementation into one’s lifestyle. All of these suggested lifestyle choices will be based on the scientific and medical literature.

Part Two: In this presentation I will focus on activities that promote strength, balance and endurance to improve independence as we age. These recommended activities are also based on the scientific and medical literature relevant to our aging population. 


OL 120 Everyday Genetics
Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3
1:30 – 2:45 pm
Ed Stephenson 

An introductory class in genetics, taught using examples from everyday life. Topics to be covered include phenotypes and genotypes; basic heredity; DNA, proteins and how they work; the genetics of viruses and cancer; the use of DNA in forensics, human ancestry and deep human history; and other topics. No prior knowledge of biology is assumed.

OL 122 Alabama Creek Indians History
Sept. 29 & Oct. 6
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Lou Vickery 

In this course, we’ll learn about the history of the Alabama Creek Indians, exploring topics from the fascinating life of General Alexander McGillivray, “the Emperor of the Creek Nation,” to the enormity of the “Trail of Tears” and the devastating impact it had on the Creek – and so much more. Covering multiple facets of their history, you will come away from this course with a better understanding of the Creek and their impact on our state. 

OL 501 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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