Courses

Learners aged 50 and better are invited to join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Membership runs for a full 12-month period, August 1st to July 31st.

If you wish to purchase your membership only at this time, you may do that by adding OLLI Membership 2020-21 to your cart and follow the checkout process. You will always be able to come back and add the 2020 Fall Course Package at anytime!

PARTICIPATING IN ONLINE CLASSES
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August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021, Meetings take place at multiple locations!
Purchasing the Course Package allows you to register for events for the 2020 Fall semester.
August 3, 2020 to December 31, 2020, The 2020 Fall Semester will be held Online using Zoom
Instructor: Dr. Ralph Lane
Today's NUTRITION FACTS panel is a result of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990, which amended the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938, that gave FDA the authority to require and enforce food labeling on virtually all packaged foods/beverages. Label design and nutrition information will be discussed and how this information is interpreted in meeting our nutritional needs daily. The function of Ingredients that compose the food/beverage, and "Facts Up Front", which highlights calories and nutrients we need to limit will also be discussed.

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October 12, 2020 to November 2, 2020, The 2020 Fall Semester will be held Online using Zoom
Instructor: Dr. Steve Kavanaugh
This course provides an overview of how energy is produced, converted, delivered, used by, and billed to homeowners. A recent addition to the course was a discussion of electric vehicles. The goals are to understand energy terminology, provide information, and basic tools to help homeowners make informed decisions about what is best for our pocketbooks and environment. The four main topics include (1) energy production, generation, and distribution, (2) the efficient house (3) air- conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps and appliances, and (4) alternative energy and the future.

September 14, 2020 to November 2, 2020, The 2020 Fall Semester will be held Online using Zoom
Instructor: Dr. Terry Olivet
Broadway World recently published a list of the greatest (in its opinion) Broadway show tunes from 1920-2020. Rationale for their selection will be discussed, but most of the class time will be used to share performances of all 101 tunes in a hit parade countdown format. No complete show will be performed. The course will be similar, but not the same as, my previous course, "Why the Heck Did They Just Stop and Break into Song?"

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September 14, 2020 to November 2, 2020, The 2020 Fall Semester will be held Online using Zoom
Instructor: Philip Malone
Come join us, as we explore the latest news in science, based on three periodicals, The Science News, Scientific America, and Discovery. Using articles from these three magazines, we will examine what discoveries are happening in the world of science. Subjects will be presented on a basic level so that anyone interested in science can enjoy and learn.

September 14, 2020 to November 2, 2020, The 2020 Fall Semester will be held Online using Zoom
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Coordinator: Ann Prentice
The University of Alabama Press has invited six authors to talk about their books and answer your questions. Also, the OLLI Book Club will meet on Oct 5 and Nov 2 with Carol Prickett and Jan Mercier leading the discussions.

Sept 14 Judith Paterson, Sweet Mystery: A Book of Remembering
Sept 21 Bertis English, Civil Wars, Civil Beings, and Civil Rights in Alabama's Black Belt
Sept 28 John Giggie, Dixie's Great War: World War I and the American South
*Oct 5 OLLI Book Club (fiction), Isabel Allende, A Long Petal of the Sea
Oct 12 Steven Trout, Portraits of Remembrance: Painting, Memory, and the First World War
Oct 19 Ben Severance, A War State All Over: Alabama Politics and the Confederate Cause
Oct 26 Steven Brown, Alabama Justice: The Cases and Faces That Changed a Nation
*Nov 2 OLLI Book Club (non-fiction), Erik Larson The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

September 14, 2020 to November 2, 2020, The 2020 Fall Semester will be held Online using Zoom
Instructor: Keith Robinson
Let's all go to the movies and learn some history, too. If possible, take time to watch the movies before each class. We will review selected scenes and discuss the history behind each film. How closely (or not) does each movie match the historical record? "Edu-tainment" at its best! Movies: Becket, Cleopatra, Free State of Jones, Thirteen Days, and All the President's Men.

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Instructor Dr. Robert Kane
This will be an eight-part series on the major aspects of World War I, originally known as the Great War, until after 1945. It will include the first major conflict of the industrializing world, which encompassed much of the world in terms of areas of fighting and combatant nations.

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Instructor: Mary Burke
The Bible has not been hand copied and illuminated since the Middle Ages. In 1998, Saint John's Benedictine Abby in Collegeville, Minnesota, commissioned renowned calligrapher, Donald Jackson, to hand write and illuminate the Bible. Some compare this magnificent work of religious art from our time to Michelangelo's painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. This class will deal with understanding the Benedictine monastic roots of illumination. This will help us understand how and why the Saint John's Bible came to be. It is a fascinating story of collaboration between artists and theologians to create a Bible for the new millennium.

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Instructor: Dusty Folds
While Jane Austen's novels have not been out of print since they first appeared 200 years ago, a surge of film adaptations in the mid-1990s led to an increase in Austen's recognition and introduced her to a new set of fans. Since then, we have continued to see more adaptations of her six completed novels, recent film retellings of her juvenilia, as well as, her incomplete work, biopics of the author, and films about reading her novels. In this eight-week course, we will explore these various film versions and examine how the retelling of Austen affects our understanding of the author and her works. (Prior or current reading of Austen is not required to take this class.)

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Coordinator: Lisa McKinney

A University of Alabama student will guide you through the process of learning software and demonstrating its use on the screen, as you work alongside, to learn the skills.

Week 1: Word. Learn how to create professional and attractive letters and make other written documents such as posters, name cards, and flyers in Microsoft Word.

Week 2: Excel. Learn how to create spreadsheets and use the mathematical and analytical tools available in Microsoft Excel. Excel can be used to keep track of your financial information, record and sort data and information, create charts, and create formulas to make calculations that you perform on a routine basis.

Week 3: PowerPoint. Learn how to create presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint that are visually appealing and interesting for your friends, family, volunteer organizations, and church.

Week 4: Internet Search and Cloud Storage. Unlock the potential of the Internet as you learn to navigate the search engines and find information quickly. Learn the basics of how the Cloud storage system works, how to utilize search engines, and how to use the web securely and efficiently.


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Coordinator: Lisa McKinney
Q&A about your smartphone and/or smartpad: Connect with a University of Alabama student who will answer your questions directly. What features and settings on your device (iPhone, iPad, Android) have you been wanting to learn? Each participant will be paired with their own tutor and receive guidance in a Zoom breakout room.

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Instructor: Steve Wiggins
This class will examine common legal issues encountered by seniors (and their families) and discuss available options and solutions.

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Instructor: Dr. Sarah Pederson
This course is designed to provide an overview of basic medical options available to people as they navigate through a hospital setting. Whether you or your loved ones make regular visits to the hospital or just want to have more information to be able to plan what you desire for your health care, this class will provide information, examples, and answers to questions. The final week will offer tangible information to use for actual planning and will include materials to help you complete your advance directives or update them if you already have some. Give the gift to yourself and your loved ones of talking about your care hopes and plans, so you can continue to enjoy your life, feeling you're better prepared for any "what ifs."

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Instructor: Farrah Hayes
This course will take a unique approach to understanding the Holocaust through the experiences of survivors. From those who survived inside the concentration camps, to those who survived as hidden Jews, we will explore the physical, psychological, and long-term impact of these experiences on the lives of the survivors and their families.

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Instructor: Dr. David Keellings
This course is an introduction to climate change science and introduce students to the physical science of climate change through an exploration of the Earth's atmosphere and what drives changes in the climate system. Together, we will investigate the impact of climate change through observations and examine possible future consequences. We will also explore potential solutions to the problems of climate change.

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Instructor: Dr. Ward Haarbauer
How, where, and what type of theatre existed during the Renaissance? Who sponsored and paid for it, and who were the actors? Who made up the audience?

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Marshall Clay, Member and Senior Advisor for The Welch Group, a Wealth Management Company in Birmingham, will share insights on two important topics.

Oct 27: Rules of Investing Understanding the rules of any game before playing is essential! Without an understanding of the rules, you will never be able to truly optimize your performance. We will focus on specific rules of investing to keep your mind clear and decisions sharp, in good times and in bad.

Nov 3: Developing a Money Management Process to Last This class will focus on the importance of goal setting and the creation of a disciplined buy and sell side process. This class will help participants evaluate the effectiveness of their own process and to determine if any changes need to be made.


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Instructor: Dr. Ed Stephenson
This is an introduction to genes and gene function. No prior knowledge of biology is assumed. Topics will include what genes are, what they do, and how they work, all using examples from common experiences, such as cat coat color, human blood types, and human genetic diseases. Specialized topics will include biotechnology, genetically modified organisms, the genetics of cancer, genetic screening as used in forensics, genealogy and ancestry, and others.

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UA's College of Community Health Sciences and University Medical Center are hosting a lecture series to explore medicine, health care, and health trends. Faculty physicians will lecture on issues and advances in medicine and research, incorporating science, research, and clinical applications. You will learn ways the body works, hear about advances that are changing how we see disease and health, and find out where cutting-edge research is headed.

Sept 15 - Dr. John McDonald, Post-Menopausal Bleeding
Sept 22 - Dr. Brett Bentley, Osteoarthritis
Sept 29 - Suzanne Henson, Congestive Heart Failure and Nutrition
Oct 6 - Dr. Jennifer Clem, Osteoporosis
Oct 13 - Dr. John Burkhardt, Geriatric Depression during Covid-19
Oct 20 - Dr. Tom Weida, Covid-19 General Update
Oct 27 - Dr. Nathan Culmer, Telehealth
Nov 3 - Dr. Catherine Skinner, Women's Health and Cancer Screening


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Instructor: Dr. Cathy Ayers
Conflict is inevitable. Understand your natural approach to conflict and learn other approaches that are suitable to other situations. Topics will include what influences have led you to approach conflict as you do, five basic approaches, communication skills associated with approaches, and getting others to collaborate. Content is relevant for both those who dislike conflict and those who want "more tools" for dealing with conflict.

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The history of American Wild West is one of myths and legends, hardships, and triumphs. There is certainly disagreement as to which events were most important in settling the West, but at least four stand out as having great significance in creating the iconic images associated with the Wild West in literature and entertainment. We'll study each event and let you decide who were the bad guys and who were the heroes.
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Instructor: Dr. Richard Rhone
Far too often, when studying the American Revolution, one hears only of the Founding Fathers. Yet, numerous remarkable women influenced the beginning of our country. Some of these ladies will be obvious, but others, less so. But, all, in their own way, had a significant influence on the Revolution and our country's successful founding.

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Instructor: Kenneth Kuntz
This class is aimed at all levels of photographers. Do you want to feel more comfortable handling your pictures on a computer? Topics will include: Organizing images so that they can be recalled, setting up an effective and safe backup scheme, Cloud storage - iCloud and Google Photos, and copying old family prints and slides with minor retouching.

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Instructor: Dr. Doug Phillips
This course features selected programs from the Public Television Series, Discovering Alabama, to highlight the state's diverse natural aspects - rivers, forests, wildlife and more.

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Instructor: Cristin Brawner
Montevallo, Alabama, is a small town with a rich history and a vibrant civic life. Join Montevallo community leaders and active citizens for interactive discussions about what it takes to create a civic culture where community members collaborate effectively, solve problems together, and have an active role in shaping the future of their city. Montevallo's youth civic leaders will also share the community's unique approach to preparing young people for active citizenship and engaged civic leadership.

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Instructor: Mark Harris
We will discuss Alabama's historic Dixie Art Colony and how the artists associated with the colony served as historians during the Great Depression. The course will also include information about Alabama's WPA New Deal Art Project and how the DAC artists helped document everyday life in the South.

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Instructor: Zainab (Zee) Suntai
Have you ever wondered "why do we do what we do?". Human Behavior in the Social Environment takes a holistic approach to understanding how humans interact with their social environment by considering the biological, psychological, and social factors that influence behavior. We will review theories of human behavior, including Freud's theory, Erikson's psychosocial stages, cognitive development theory, moral development theory, and many others. Finally, we will use our knowledge of these theories to understand issues of mental health and learn how to identify the symptoms of common mental illnesses and, more importantly, how to help ourselves and others.

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Instructor: Bob Coulson
Retirement 360 uses a comprehensive and "tailored to you" approach for individuals who are "concerned, pre-retired", "what's next, retired", and/ or "I will never retire." You will learn how to co-create your best retirement by assessing six retirement life arenas: work, health, finances, relationships, leisure, and life-long learning. Your will better understand what you are prepared for and may need to prepare to optimize your retirement lifestyle and resources with new insights. Additional course material $60 is optional but recommended. Details on how to purchase the material will be given to you in class.

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Coordinator: Lisa McKinney
Q&A about your smartphone and/or smartpad: Connect with a University of Alabama student who will answer your questions directly. What features and settings on your device (iPhone, iPad, Android) have you been wanting to learn? Each participant will be paired with their own tutor and receive guidance in a Zoom breakout room.

This course contains no sessions
Coordinator: Lisa McKinney

A University of Alabama student will guide you through the process of learning software and demonstrating its use on the screen, as you work alongside, to learn the skills.

Week 1: Word. Learn how to create professional and attractive letters and make other written documents such as posters, name cards, and flyers in Microsoft Word.

Week 2: Excel. Learn how to create spreadsheets and use the mathematical and analytical tools available in Microsoft Excel. Excel can be used to keep track of your financial information, record and sort data and information, create charts, and create formulas to make calculations that you perform on a routine basis.

Week 3: PowerPoint. Learn how to create presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint that are visually appealing and interesting for your friends, family, volunteer organizations, and church.

Week 4: Internet Search and Cloud Storage. Unlock the potential of the Internet as you learn to navigate the search engines and find information quickly. Learn the basics of how the Cloud storage system works, how to utilize search engines, and how to use the web securely and efficiently.


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Instructor: Elizabeth Aversa
Participants in this class will develop an appreciation, and hopefully, a love of Opera. We will look and listen to operas first performed in the period from 1800 through 2000.

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Instructor: Shirley du Pont
Over 150 years ago, the first intercollegiate football game was played. Thus, began an American tradition that still has no equal. For so many, college football is more than a weekly TV show. It is a way of life that dictates your Saturday, your New Years' plans, and the colors your baby wears home from the hospital. Over the last 150 years, we have seen once-in-a-lifetime touchdown runs, impossible goal-line stands, and unbelievable trick plays. Join us, as we look at some of these unforgettable moments in football history.

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Instructors: Dr. Bob Pieroni and Hannah Boge
Many of the major advances in medicine have been made through self- experimentation. Physicians, nurses, scientists, and the general public have all played a role. Today, many of us would not be alive if it were not for their sacrifices. Occasionally, self-experimentation has been ill-conceived and harmful or simply laughable. We shall discuss a variety of these experiments. Emphasis will be on Alabama, including local residents. Multiple areas will be covered, including contributions made in Infectious Disease and Vaccines (especially COVID-19), Pharmacology, Anesthesiology, and Physiology, among others of interest to a general audience.

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Instructor: Dr. James E. (Ed) Shotts
We will explore the art and science of healthy living and identify steps we may take to transition from the role of passive patient to the role of becoming an active participant in our health care. The specialty of Mind-Body medicine gives focus to the immense effect that thought, feeling, and belief have on our overall health, our immunity, stress management, and our sense of well-being. Mind-Body Medicine can be accepted as a third major treatment option, standing as an equal, along with side drugs and surgery. Ongoing research continues to expand and reveal the many important connections between the mind, body, and health. We now have scientific proof that the mind can heal the body. Other topics to be covered include stress management and resiliency training and balance and fall prevention.

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Instructor: Beth White
This course will teach professional design principles and give practical advice from Beth White, retired professional florist. Each week, you will be learning techniques to execute a design to enjoy in your home. Your bag of design tricks will be filled with "how to's", as you create floral masterpieces. We will learn together, marveling at each other's creations.

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A guided discussion on navigating the challenges of life in a pandemic, this course will be a forum to share information, experiences and commiserate with OLLI friends, old and new. Each week, the moderator will present a range of topics affecting us all in these uncharted waters. This is an interactive time to celebrate our victories and mourn our defeats together. We will learn from each other, share our joys and sorrows, together.
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Instructor: Dr. Earl Tilford
There have been three Universities of Alabama since it opened: 1831 to 1865; 1871 to June 11, 1963; 1963 to the present. We will examine this fascinating subject, from its founding to the Twenty-first Century.

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Instructor: E.E. (Skip) Campbell
This is the story of the most important exploration expedition in American history and the participants in it. In this class, we will view a film and discuss the exploration expedition led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, into the interior of North America in the early 19th century. We follow the Corps of Discovery, as they wind their way across the unknown territory gained in the Louisiana Purchase by the United States, in their futile search for the legendary Northwest Passage. Along the way, they discovered new things as they depended on the aid of Native Americans, like their adept guide, Sacagawea, as they conducted the most important exploration mission in American history.

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Instructor: Derrick Griffey
Sears, Roebuck, and Company, better known as just "Sears," was founded in 1893, as a mail-order catalog company. By the 1970s, Sears had become one of the largest retailers in the world and marked that achievement by constructing the tallest building in the world in 1973, as their world headquarters in Chicago. However, less than 30 years later, the company found itself in financial trouble, and by 2018, found itself in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Sears is not the only American icon that has a similar story. The lifetime of Sears and several other great American brands have spanned and embodied the rise of modern American consumer culture. They witnessed and contributed to the suburbanizing wedge of postwar shopping malls and strip malls. They helped atomize the industrial economy, through manufacturer outsourcing in the 1970s and 1980s. They played a key role in the diffusion of mass consumer culture and commercial values. For better and for worse, their logos are the symbols of American capitalism. and now, they're disappearing. Take this class and we'll put the top down on our 1963 Pontiac Bonneville convertible and drive out to the suburbs and check out these new- fangled shopping malls.

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Instructors: Katherine Pearson, James Lowery
Learn about the history of Birmingham neighborhoods and former industrial districts with Vulcan Park & Museum. Every year Vulcan's Spring Walking Tour series highlights three areas in Birmingham with an in-depth exploration of their history and design and a look at how new development is shaping the area. Katherine Pearson, Chair of Vulcan's Walking Tour Committee, will provide an in-depth look at how the program began and has developed over the years and the process for creating the tours. Then we will explore three Birmingham areas: Avondale, Five Points South, and the Vulcan-Kiwanis Trail with the guides who created and led the tours for those areas.

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Instructor: Dr. Scott Bridges
This course will be based on answering questions about racism, creativity and capitalism in today's society.

Sept 17 - A Day with Adam Smith, Father of Capitalism, exploring his two famous books: Wealth of Nations and Theory of Moral Sentiments. Adam Smith stated that the more important of the two books was Theory of Moral Sentiments. What the Hell Happened?

Sept 24 & Oct 1 - Alabama succession (1861), from the notes of Tuscaloosa's succession delegate, Mr. William Russell Smith. Contemporary observations of leaders: Church, Government, Economy, and Community. What the Hell Happened?

Oct 8 & 15 - D. W. Griffith - Birth of a Nation (1915) vs. Intolerance (1916). Why do we know about one but not the other? One is about racial hatred, the other about love through the ages. Both were critically acclaimed. What the Hell Happened?

Oct 22 - Dissent - Is it important in Tuscaloosa? When was the last time you heard a "debate" in Tuscaloosa? Why is critical dissent a vital ingredient of creative problem solving? What the Hell Happened?

Oct 29 & Nov 5 - How do you talk to your grandchildren about racism? Invited guests will be grandparents who are black and white. Let's compare notes. (Note: No use of Hell with the grandkids.)


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Instructor: Philip Malone
Join us, to explore eight destinations, without having to leave your home. Various places will be visited through the journey of your fellow OLLI members.

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Instructor: Ted Sexton
Policing policies and paradigms have changed rapidly since Ferguson, as have citizen expectations. This course will offer an overview of current law enforcement issues in the United States and will focus on the challenges faced in providing service from routine calls to high risk active shooters. Policing today includes issues from enhanced community policing to issues in homeland security. Join us, as we discuss these important issues and many more.

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Instructor: Bob Coulson
Longevity 20/20 uses an integrated and interdependent approach for how to do "aging solo", "aging as a couple", and/or "helping others age well." You will learn how to co-create your longevity wellness using optional aging paradigms, assessments, aging mastery domains, tracking guideposts, care mapping and management, and leveraging universal design, community opportunities, and technologies that may enable aging well and in-place better.

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Instructor: Bob Coulson
Legacy 3.14 uses an expansive conscious aging approach to awakening or renewing your life meaning, purpose, and legacy. You will learn how to co-create your desired senior lifestyle by using a conscious aging - sage-ing process of life review, repair, and reframing. This will include interactive activities of life wisdom sharing, deep listening, socialized meditation dyads, contemplation practices, journaling, and aging reflection exercises. You will also explore the possibilities and opportunities of an extended life span and discover your wisdom gifts to share.

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Instructor: Nadia DelMedico
Let's get together and talk about art. Each week we will focus on an art concept, experience, or theme, from artists and museums around the world. A guided discussion exploring the ideas expressed in the video is the heart of this course. Bring your imagination.

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Instructor: Kay Kelley
May it please the court is the first sentence uttered by lawyers addressing the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has been recording oral arguments since 1955 but still do not allow any cameras. The audio used to be released with the case decision, but under social distancing oral argument audio is released the day of the argument as the public does not have the opportunity to observe and listen in person. We will listen to portions of the arguments and review the facts and holdings in the following cases which are still the law of the land as respects their issues.

* Protests and Demonstrations: Cox v. Louisiana (1965) & Texas v. Johnson (1989)
* Preventing Publication of a Book or a Newspaper Article: New York Times v. United States (1971)
* President's Executive Privilege: United States v. Nixon (1974)
* Criminal Law: Gideon v. Wainwright (1963), Miranda v. Arizona (1966) & Terry v. Ohio (1968)

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Virtual meetings may be a part of our lives for some time, so come learn more about Zoom. We will cover topics such as: How to do virtual backgrounds; Chat as a communication tool; Advanced audio and video settings; How to schedule and conduct a Zoom meeting; How to use sharescreen, whiteboard and annotations; How to record; Security and ways to stop Zoom bombing.
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Instructor: Dr. Nada Memon
The goal of this lecture series is to inform and educate the public about the electrical system of the heart, medical issues related to this system and various treatment options. The classes will answer these questions: What is atrial fibrillation and how is it treated? Is passing out related to my heart? How do pacemakers and defibrillators work? Why is my heart racing? Why do I need to be on a blood thinner? Why do I need all these heart tests and what do they mean?

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Presenter: Brendan Moore
Brendan Moore, Executive Director of the Office of Urban Development, City of Tuscaloosa Brendan will provide a follow-up to his May 2020 presentation. He will give updates, answer questions, and (although, he is not a seer), may provide some understanding of what is in store for our community.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020, The 2020 Fall Semester will be held Online using Zoom
Presenter: Ross Vaughn
Dr. Vaughn, a well-established physician in Tuscaloosa, has been involved in our city's historical preservation events for years, sharing his interpretation of Dr. Drish and his contributions to the medical community. Join him, as he presents the history of Dr. John R. Drish, an infamous physician from the early days of Tuscaloosa, and provides a perspective of the practice of western medicine in the 19th century.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, The 2020 Fall Semester will be held Online using Zoom
Presenter: Bill Fitts
Shakespeare wrote King Lear during an epidemic that closed theaters and kept people in their homes. Samuel Pepys recorded life in seventeenth century London during a deadly outbreak of bubonic plague. Titian and Edvard Munch are among the painters who created enduring art during the widespread pestilence. Does quarantine inspire? Does social isolation spark creativity? For some. Bill Fitts, author of the Needed Killing series (cozy mysteries), and Song of Narne (fantasy novels), will talk about the creative process in the time of plague. A Q&A will follow the talk.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, The 2020 Fall Semester will be held Online using Zoom
Presenter: Penny Davis
Join UA Law School Professor, Penny Davis, as she gives an overview of recent changes in the area of family law. The course will touch on marriage, divorce, and child custody laws. The format will include a PowerPoint presentation with time for questions and answers.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, The 2020 Fall Semester will be held Online using Zoom
Presenter: Marvin Clemons
Railroad historian and author, Marvin Clemons, presents the story of Birmingham's iconic Terminal Station, built in 1909, and considered an architectural masterpiece and the finest railway station in the South. The station was demolished in 1969 to make way for a commercial development that was never built, and 50 years later, nothing remains where the station once stood but a vacant lot.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, The 2020 Fall Semester will be held Online using Zoom
Presenter: Natalie Davis
Natalie Davis is the Howell T. Heflin Professor Emerita of American Politics, Birmingham-Southern College. Davis will review election projections, what to look for, and what the outcome will mean for our country. She will explore the Presidential contest, including the impact of the Electoral College, the possibility of the Senate changing from Republican to Democratic, and the Alabama race for U.S. Senate.

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Presenter: Dr. Mark Johnson
During the early nineteenth century, the nation was at a crossroads between an old worldview and a new one, based on democracy, individual liberty, and freedom. In the new state of Alabama, there was a perfect scenario for conflict, as the old world transitioned to the new one. In Madison County, especially, people struggled over the type of society they wanted to create, and they debated everything about this new emerging world order, including the role of barbecue, in its political process. Join us as Dr. Mark Johnson unpacks this interesting story.

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Presenter: Amy Echols
Amy Echols, the enthusiastic director of Northport's nationally known Kentuck Art Center and Festival, will share a broad overview of the history of Kentuck's 49 years of "putting on" a festival in Kentuck Park, including a look at the many moving parts that happen before, during, and after the Festival.

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Presenter: Katie Ghossein
Nutrition plays an important role for maintaining optimal health throughout our lifetime. Join Wellness Dietitian, Katie Ghossein, for an informational session describing various nutritional needs as we age. You will learn information about specific nutrients and general healthy eating patterns to ensure you are on the right path for a long, healthful life.

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Presenter: Tyler Malugani
As thousands of people moved into the larger Birmingham District to work in the various fields of industry, they brought their families, their possessions, and their culture. This aspect of industry is highly fascinating as we look into how their music styles evolved as their experiences with industry grew. The music created during this period of Alabama history provides a glimpse at the lives of the men and their families at this time.

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Presenter: Tom Bailey
The story of Alabama's five capitals - St. Stephens, Huntsville, Cahawba, Tuscaloosa, and Montgomery-begins in a rough semi-civilized Washington County village and ends at the old cotton town of Montgomery. Between 1817 and 1846, the capitals criss-crossed the state from north to south and east to west, following the political powers and fortunes of the times, and amid more noble arguments that the capital should be near the center of the state. It is the story of Alabama's government, buildings, and laws. It is the story of towns, some of which sprang up and died when the capital moniker came and went. Most of all, the story of Alabama's capitals is the story of its people: some whose undying devotion to statehood brought Alabama to life; some who used state government in their rise to power and financial prominence; some whose generosity and pureness of heart kept Alabama on solid moral and financial ground; and some whose prejudices held back this state when it should have moved forward. The Five Capitals of Alabama paints a dramatic picture of where we began, where we are today, and the twisting journey taken along the way.

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Presenter: Katie Ghossein
After being diagnosed with cancer you may have many questions related to nutrition both during and after treatments and beyond. Join Wellness Dietitian, Katie Ghossein, for an informational session to discuss nutrients, eating patterns and general nutrition recommendations to help you manage treatment side effects, boost your immune system, and create healthy eating habits to promote overall well being.

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Presenter: Mike Bunn
The British colony of West Florida-which once stretched from the mighty Mississippi to the shallow bends of the Apalachicola and portions of what are now the states of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana-is the forgotten fourteenth colony of America's Revolutionary era. The colony's eventful years as a part of the British Empire form an important and compelling interlude in Gulf Coast history that has for too long been overlooked. For a host of reasons, including the fact that West Florida did not rebel against the British Government, the colony has long been dismissed as a loyal but inconsequential fringe outpost, if considered at all. But the colony's history showcases a tumultuous political scene featuring a halting attempt at instituting representative government; a host of bold and colorful characters; a compelling saga of struggle and perseverance in the pursuit of financial stability; and a dramatic series of battles on land and water which brought about the end of its days under the Union Jack.

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Presenter: Mayor Ashley Curry
Mayor Curry will discuss the growth and development, the challenges and the people of Vestavia Hills. Areavibes.com, a national website that evaluates cities, recently voted Vestavia Hills the most livable city in Alabama. Come and learn why!

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Presenter: Erick Shavey

The key to a good garden is a solid foundation, and that foundation is your soil. Prepare it right, and your gardening will be easier and more rewarding. What you do now and in the coming months can make a huge difference in the success of next year's garden.

1. DON'T COMPOST YOUR TOMATO AND PEPPER PLANTS
2. CLEAN OUT THE WEEDS FROM THIS YEAR'S GARDEN
3. ADD ORGANIC MATTER NOW
4. PLANT A COVER CROP

All four of these steps are great ways to ensure a healthy, productive garden next year, and without having to use harsh chemicals and fertilizers. Eric will tell us all the ins and outs of preparing for a productive garden next year.


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Presenter: Dave Murdock
Dave Murdock, English instructor at Gadsden State Community College, will provide new insights to the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. He is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. Poe was the first well-known American writer to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career. Poe was also known as a writer of fiction and became one of the first American authors of the 19th century to become more popular in Europe than in the United States. Join us, as we spend an evening with Poe.

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