Open to the Public

The following special bicentennial lectures and weekly bonus courses are open to the public and there is no charge. Feel free to bring your friends, or come alone and make new friends! Events marked with the Alabama Bicentennial are related to the state's bicentennial.

Organized by OLLI Chapter

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TuscaloosaGreater BirminghamGadsdenGreensboroPickens County



The First 200 Years: A Quick, Quirky Review of Tuscaloosa’s History 

Presented by Jim Ezell
alabama bicentennial logoSept 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

Talking about Books: UA Press

Presented by UA Press Authorsalabama bicentennial logo
Sept 9, 23; Oct 14, 21
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Coordinator: Ann Prentice
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

Sept 9 - Early Alabama: An Illustrated Guide to the Formative Years, 1798–1826 by Mike Bunn
Sept 23 - Visions of the Black Belt: A Cultural Survey of the Heart of Alabama by Valerie Pope Burns
Oct 14 - The Old Federal Road in Alabama: An Illustrated Guide by Raven M. Christopher
Oct 21 - Alabama Creates: 200 Years of Art and Artists by Elliot A. Knight editor

Discovering Alabama

Presented by Doug Phillipsalabama bicentennial logo
Sept 17, 24; Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

UA Museums: An Inside Look

Coordinator: Katherine Edgealabama bicentennial logo
Sept 11, 18, 25; Oct 2, 9, 16, 24*, 30
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa
*Oct 24 (Thursday) will meet at Smith Hall, shuttle provided

Spotlight on Alabama

alabama bicentennial logoSept 12, 26; Oct 3, 10, 17, 24
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

Sept 12 Alabama Bicentennial Quilt by Yvonne Wells

Sept 19 No class this dates

Sept 26 Moundville Moments: Did you know? by Alex Benitez

Oct 3 The Alabama Indigenous Mound Trail by Mathew Gage

Oct 10 Cultural Resource Management by Matthew Gage

Oct 17 Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Celebration by Cathy Randall

Oct 24  The Annotated Pickett’s History of Alabama by James Pate


Alabama Heritage on the Bicentennial

Presented by Alabama Heritage editors and writers - Ed Bridges, Mike Bunn,               
Jim Lewis, Tom Reidy, and Sam Webb
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa

Alabama: The First Decade

Presented by Chris McIlwain
Oct 3, 10, 17, 24
3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa


Bonus Programs

Wednesdays, Noon – 1:15 p.m.

Bryant Conference Center

Sept 11 Collusion at the Bay of Pigs: The CIA, The Mafia and the Plan to Assassinate Fidel Castro

Presenter: Dr. Howard Jones

Sept 18 France Remembers: 100 Years of Gratitude

Presenter: Mort Jordan

Sept 25 Opera Preview 2019 - 2020

Presenter: Paul Houghtaling

Oct 2 Tuscaloosa’s Treasure

Presenter: Carole Taylor

Oct 9 Not a Question of If, But When

Presenters: Cpt Steve Rice and Sgt Lachlan Chronister

Oct 16 Crooks, Scoundrels, and Other Politicians

Presenter: Steve Flowers

Oct 23 History of Alabama’s Early Transportation

Presenter: Milton Denny

Oct 30 History of Alabama’s Early Transportation, continued

Presenter: Milton Denny



Milestones of Birmingham’s History

Presented by Vulcan Park & Museum Representativesalabama bicentennial logo
October 7, 14, 21, 28
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
North Shelby Library

Alabama’s Constitution

Presented by Howard Walthall, Professor of Law, Cumberland School of Law, Samford Universityalabama bicentennial logo
December 10
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Vestavia Hills Civic Center

Social and Political Climate of Antebellum Alabama

Presented by Skip Campbell, Ph.D., Director/Adjunct Professor, Gadsden Center, UA
October 2, 9
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Vestavia Hills Civic Center

Alabama’s Encyclopedia

Presented by Laura Hill, Communications Editor, Encyclopedia of Alabama
Thursday, October 3
10:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Bessemer Public Library 

Bonus Programs

“The Guardians”: A Documentary about Property Asset Theft (A collaboration of New Horizons and OLLI)

Coordinator: Sandra Vinik, lawyer, member of New Horizons and OLLI
Thursday, September 5
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Coffee served at 9:00)
Shades Valley Presbyterian Church

Alabama’s Encyclopedia

Instructor: Laura Hill, Communications Editor, Encyclopedia of Alabama
Thursday, October 3
10:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Bessemer Public Library

The Moon’s Purpose, Composition, and Impact

Instructor: Gene Byrd, Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UA
Thursday, October 3
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest

Growing Up in Venezuela and Watching the Change From Afar

Instructor: Carlos Izcaray, Music Conductor, Alabama Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday, October 22
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Homewood Public Library

Human Trafficking

Instructors: Helen Smith, Victim Specialist, Birmingham Division, FBI; and Lisa Rhodes, nurse practitioner and
member, North Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force
Wednesday, November 6
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Homewood Public Library

Sorting Out Social Media

Instructor: Jade Butler, social media specialist
Monday, December 2
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Vestavia Hills Civic Center

Home Weatherization

Instructor: Clay Pittman, founder and owner, Allied Installation
Monday, December 9
Hoover Senior Center
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

“Wild Strawberries:” An Ingmar Bergman

Swedish Film on Santa Lucia Day
Friday, December 13
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Homewood Public Library



Alabama Before Statehood

Instructor: Skip Campbell
September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: UA Gadsden Center, Rm 111
Presented by Mike Goodson

Bonus Programs

1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Thursdays

UA Gadsden Center, Room 110

September 12: Get to Know How Your Court System Works

Presenter: Cassandra (Sam) Johnson, Circuit Clerk, Etowah Cty

September 19: Operation Rolling Thunder: How not to Conduct an Air Campaign

Presenter: Dr. Robert Kane

September 26: Guess Who?

Presenter: Stan Moss

October 3: The Egyptians – How They Played

Presenter: Catherine Hawkins

Oct 10: Sloss Furnaces and the World Wars

Presenter: Ty Malugani

October 17: The Two Linebacker Operations: The Correct use of Air Power, 1972

Presenter: Dr. Robert Kane

October 24: The Origin of Nursery Rhymes

Presenter: Stan Moss

October 31: Halloween Party

Coordinator: Shirley du Pont



Bridge for Beginners

Presenter: Sandra Busby
Tuesday, September 10
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location Noel-Ramey House, 909 Market St, Greensboro

Sarah Kemble Knight: From Colonial Boston to Magnolia Grove

Presenter: Winnie Cobb
Tuesday, October 8
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Magnolia Grove, 1002 Hobson St, Greensboro

Russian Imperial Style

Presenter: Ian Crawford
Tuesday, November 12
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Noel-Ramey House, 909 Market St, Greensboro


Open House and Bicentennial Buffet

Presented by Teresa Plowman and Vicki Housealabama bicentennial logo
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Gordo City Hall, 25226 Hwy 82


Bonus Programs

Local Fruit and Vegetable Gardening

Tuesday, October 15
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Gordo City Hall, 25226 Hwy 82

19th Century Crafting

Facilitator: Teresa Plowman
Tuesday, November 19
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Gordo City Hall, 25226 Hwy 82

The Life of Colonel John McKee

Presenter: Craig Patterson
Tuesday, December 10
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Gordo City Hall, 25226 Hwy 82