Fall 2023 Online Courses

OLLI membership and semester course package registration is required.

Remember, members of OLLI at UA may take courses in Tuscaloosa, Greater Birmingham, Gadsden, and Online


OL 101 Understanding Psychological Metaphor (OLLI Shares)

Sept. 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16,

8:30 – 10 a.m.

Dr. William (Bill) Confer

Explore the power of analogical thinking and metaphorical understanding in shaping human experiences. Delve into the psychology of meaning, uncover the influence of heroic quests on personal growth, and analyze the distinction between genuine heroes and those seeking fame. Join us for an enlightening journey of discovery.


OL 102 Remedial Opera for Everyone (OLLI Shares)

Sept. 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

9 – 10:15 a.m.

Elizabeth Aversa

Explore the essence of opera dated from 1600 to present, learn how to appreciate its beauty, and delve into its rich history. Uncover what sets opera apart and why it remains a timeless and extraordinary art form. Prepare for an informative and enjoyable journey!


OL 103 Talking About Books: UA Press and OLLI Book Club

Sept. 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Noon – 1:15 p.m.

Carol Prickett and Jan Mercier

Join our book community for lively book discussions, author talks and personal recommendations with fellow avid readers. The term kicks off with a book extravaganza, where members share their favorite reads. Participate in book club discussions about “Mad Honey: A Novel” by Jodi Picoult and “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. UA Press Director JD Wilson will be a guest speaker and authors Tennent McWilliams, James Delgado and Julie Buckner Armstrong will share about their latest works.


OL 104 The Religion Roller Coaster of Tudor England

Sept. 11, 18, 25; Oct. 2

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Keith Robinson

This course will survey the Tudor period (1485-1603), the zenith of royal power in England and a time of sweeping religious change. We will discuss the Tudor monarchs and how their political and personal aims had major implications on religious life and practice in England and Europe.


OL 105 Exploring New Discoveries in Science

Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

3 – 4:15 p.m.

Philip Malone

Stay updated on the latest scientific discoveries as we delve into news articles and papers from reputable sources. Explore a wide range of subjects in science, presented in a clear and accessible manner. Join us to explore the fascinating world of scientific advancements and stay informed about the latest breakthroughs.


OL 106 Common Ethics in World Religions (OLLI Shares)

Sept. 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24

10:30 a.m. – Noon

Dr. Richard Brooks

Explore shared ethics across major religions. Analyze religious texts, examine distortions for self-interest, and discuss their impact on global peace. Discover common ground and gain insights into fostering understanding and harmony among diverse beliefs.


OL 107 Emperors of Rome: the Julio-Claudian Dynasty (OLLI Shares)

Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.

John Mason

Explore the transformative era when a patrician general shattered the Roman Republic, giving rise to a dynasty that reshaped the course of history. Discover the profound impact of this period through the study of key figures and events. Uncover why Suetonius regarded it as a pivotal and influential time in world history. “Alea iacta est!” (The die is cast!)


OL 108 Lost Chapters in American History (OLLI Shares)

Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Dr. Richard Rhone

Uncover forgotten stories from our national history. Dive into intriguing events and fascinating characters that have been lost in time. Explore tales of goat glands, cannibalism, U.S. army camels, mail-order brides and more. Prepare for a mix of disturbing, sad, and humorous stories that shed light on our shared past. Get ready to discover the hidden gems of history.


OL 109 History’s Greatest Mysteries

Sept. 12, 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

3 – 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Derrick Griffey

Join us as we explore intriguing mysteries from human history. Each week, we’ll dive into captivating and unexplained events, from nearby and distant lands. Discover tales of the unknown, unsolved and the bizarre. Engage your imagination and develop your own theories while immersing yourself in the mysterious unknown.


OL 110 Hospice: What is it and how can it help your friends and family?

Sept. 13, 20, 27

Noon – 1:15 p.m.

Katherine Northcutt

Gain a deeper understanding of hospice care in this informative course. Discover what hospice truly entails, debunking common misconceptions and learn how to provide support to loved ones facing a terminal diagnosis. Explore practical strategies and gain the confidence to navigate these challenging conversations with compassion and empathy.


OL 111 U.S. Military in Alabama from the 1800s

Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Dr. Robert Kane

Discover Alabama’s military history with Dr. Robert Kane. Explore pivotal events and locations such as the War of 1812/Creek War, Civil War, World Wars, Redstone Arsenal, Fort Rucker, Anniston Army Ammunition Depot and Maxwell AFB/Gunter Annex. Gain valuable insights into the military’s significant influence on Alabama’s development and heritage.


OL 112 Intriguing Medical Topics

Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Dr. Robert Pieroni and Peggy Hamner

Join us for an engaging discussion on updated medical topics of interest where each week, we will cover diverse subjects such as diagnoses, treatments, medication safety, and intriguing medical stories. Audience participation is encouraged, with correct answers to medical questions resulting in monetary awards to the OLLI Scholarship Fund. Don’t miss this enlightening and interactive session!


OL 113 The Art of Habit Stacking

Oct. 18

3 – 4:15 p.m.

Dr. Abby Horton

Discover the power of habit change for achieving your health and wellness goals. This course will guide you in cultivating healthy habits and implementing effective “habit stacking” techniques for long-term success in maintaining your well-being. Join us to unlock the secrets of sustainable health and wellness through habit transformation.


OL 114 Staying Informed Without Stressing Out

Thursday, Sept. 28

9 a.m. – Noon

Kate Smith, Dr. Lynn Snow

Online workshop where attendees will discover how to navigate the stress and challenges of consuming and discussing the news in our polarized world. Explore techniques rooted in mindfulness, media literacy and dialogue to foster understanding and maintain relationships. Learn how to access accurate information, engage in constructive conversations and cultivate a balanced approach to staying informed.


OL 115 Heart Health and Cognition

Sept. 28

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Dr. Milady Murphy

Improve heart health and cognition as you age. Join this insightful lecture and discover effective strategies for maintaining a healthy heart and enhancing cognitive function. Explore practical tips and lifestyle changes that can contribute to a vibrant and fulfilling life as you navigate the aging process.


OL116 Local Naturalists on Local Nature, Part III (OLLI Shares)

OL117 The Mormon Experience (OLLI Shares)

OL118 The Early Middle Ages in the West, 300-800 (OLLI Shares)

OL119 The Instruments of Folk and Roots Music – Whatever Happened to Folk Music? (OLLI Shares)