Programs

Soldiers' everyday life and combat experiences during the American Civil War were almost identical. Regardless of a soldier's side, he shared a typical lifestyle with the men he fought against. Using items from the period, reproduction equipment, and photos, attendees will gain insight into America's great conflict and the men who fought in it.


This course contains no sessions.
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On January 7, 1979, Bob Lujano contracted a rare form of meningitis, and all four limbs had to be amputated. From that day on, Lujano's goal became to live a life of independence like everyone else. Bob tells his story of how being excluded led to discovering the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle for all people, especially persons with disabilities.


This course contains no sessions.
Manitou Cave is a 320-million-year-old Alabama treasure with a long and varied geological, biological, archaeological, cultural and historical significance. The cave was an underground ceremonial location for the Cherokee in the early 1800s before their forced removal on the Trail of Tears, a salt peter mine during the 1860s, one of the first tourist attractions in Alabama in the 1880s, a Cold War fall-out shelter and more.


Wednesday, February 15, 2023, Vestavia Hills Library
Andersonville was a military prison in Georgia during the Civil War. This course will discuss the wretched conditions of the camp, the trial of Captain Henry Wirz and how the national cemetery came to be.


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Tyler will present how industry impacted different genres of music in the late 1800s/early 1900s.


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Join us for the latest information on protecting yourself, your property and your loved ones. Capt. Cody will address the safety issues that are pertinent to current times. As more adults spend their later years alone, awareness of everyday hazards becomes increasingly essential. Learn how to be aware and perhaps prevent yourself from becoming a victim.


Thursday, February 2, 2023, UA Gadsden Center
The Mitford family is an aristocratic English family. The sisters gained widespread attention for their stylish and controversial lives as young people and their public political divisions between communism and fascism. Join us for the exciting story of these scandalous sisters.


Thursday, February 9, 2023, UA Gadsden Center
In the late 19th century, Mackinac Island became a popular tourist attraction and summer colony. Because of its historical significance, the entire island is listed as a National Landmark. Michigan is also home to a tulip festival that rivals the tulips of Holland, and then there are the mushroom houses. Join us for an armchair trip to see these sites.


Thursday, February 16, 2023, UA Gadsden Center
Language... how important is it in communication? Is it all about grammar? Does our language clearly describe our intent and entertain our listeners? Or can language just be fun? Those wacky expressions, where did they come from? Who made up that word/ phrase? Language, and the use of words, can indeed be fun and entertaining.


Thursday, February 23, 2023, UA Gadsden Center
Have you wondered how two opposing sides ever arrive at an agreement? Our speaker's job is to work to achieve this. She is a mediator - and brings people to compromise and agree, especially in domestic issues. Curtner-Smith will discuss the "what", "when" and "how" mediation can be used in family issues like divorce and parental custody.


This course contains no sessions.
If you take a drive south on U.S. 69 through the Hillcrest area and Moundville in Hale County, you come to the small town of Greensboro (population just under 3,000). As with many small towns in Alabama and America, its heyday was in the past as a cotton producing area. Dotted with historic homes in varying degrees of maintenance, it wasn't a place to attract new residents or keep the young.


This course contains no sessions.
It's time to start planning our gardens for spring! Houseplants, terrariums, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, ferns, roses, food crops or containers gardening? all start with great soil! Pam Sloan, a master gardener, will share timely information for spring gardening answering questions on ground preparation, plant selection, scheduling planting, and maintenance


This course contains no sessions.
Most of us are inundated with media - social, political and religious. We hear the words "bot," "clickbait," "fake news," "gaslighting"! Is your head spinning yet?!? Well, Scarlett Gaddy is going to help us stop the spin - or at least some of it.


Wednesday, February 8, 2023, Bryant Conference Center
Cities must have destinations and road maps just as the travelling individual does. Ashley Crites and her colleagues at the City of Tuscaloosa have been involved in a multi-year process to develop a plan for our city to take us into the next decade and beyond.


Wednesday, February 15, 2023, Bryant Conference Center
"Now taking the field is The University of Alabama's Million Dollar Band". Tide fans hear this and start to loudly cheer with pride and anticipation at their appearance. Game appearances, concerts, community events - they are part of our culture at UA and in Tuscaloosa. Our speaker is a former member and president of the Friends of the Million Dollar Band (MDB), Ronny Johnston, who will tell us how he became "one in a million."


Wednesday, February 22, 2023, Bryant Conference Center
The White House is easily recognized as a symbol of America, most often visible at holidays and official events. But a rare glimpse into the interiors only occurred when Jacqueline Kennedy was First Lady and gave us regular citizens a tour. From her desire came the White House Historical Association, founded to collect, and exhibit the best of American history and culture.


Wednesday, March 1, 2023, Bryant Conference Center
Did you know that there is a way for citizens to save and share historic photos of our area?! The Tuscaloosa Area Virtual Museum is just such a place. First neighborhoods, trolley tracks, building that are no longer here, original Bama Theatre - all of these are photos you can find on the TAVM.


Wednesday, March 8, 2023, Bryant Conference Center
UA's College of Community Health Sciences and University Medical Center host a lecture series to explore medicine and health trends. Faculty physicians and other allied health professionals will present lectures incorporating science, research, and clinical applications relevant to the OLLI audience. Ample time for questions will be allowed.


January 17, 2023 to March 7, 2023, Bryant Conference Center
Have you wondered how two opposing sides ever arrive at an agreement? Our speaker's job is to work to achieve this. She is a mediator - and brings people to compromise and agree, especially in domestic issues. Curtner-Smith will discuss the "what", "when" and "how" mediation can be used in family issues like divorce and parental custody.


This course contains no sessions.
If you take a drive south on U.S. 69 through the Hillcrest area and Moundville in Hale County, you come to the small town of Greensboro (population just under 3,000). As with many small towns in Alabama and America, its heyday was in the past as a cotton producing area. Dotted with historic homes in varying degrees of maintenance, it wasn't a place to attract new residents or keep the young.


This course contains no sessions.
It's time to start planning our gardens for spring! Houseplants, terrariums, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, ferns, roses, food crops or containers gardening? all start with great soil! Pam Sloan, a master gardener, will share timely information for spring gardening answering questions on ground preparation, plant selection, scheduling planting, and maintenance


This course contains no sessions.
Most of us are inundated with media - social, political and religious. We hear the words "bot," "clickbait," "fake news," "gaslighting"! Is your head spinning yet?!? Well, Scarlett Gaddy is going to help us stop the spin - or at least some of it.


Wednesday, February 8, 2023, Bryant Conference Center
Cities must have destinations and road maps just as the travelling individual does. Ashley Crites and her colleagues at the City of Tuscaloosa have been involved in a multi-year process to develop a plan for our city to take us into the next decade and beyond.


Wednesday, February 15, 2023, Bryant Conference Center
"Now taking the field is The University of Alabama's Million Dollar Band". Tide fans hear this and start to loudly cheer with pride and anticipation at their appearance. Game appearances, concerts, community events - they are part of our culture at UA and in Tuscaloosa. Our speaker is a former member and president of the Friends of the Million Dollar Band (MDB), Ronny Johnston, who will tell us how he became "one in a million."


Wednesday, February 22, 2023, Bryant Conference Center
The White House is easily recognized as a symbol of America, most often visible at holidays and official events. But a rare glimpse into the interiors only occurred when Jacqueline Kennedy was First Lady and gave us regular citizens a tour. From her desire came the White House Historical Association, founded to collect, and exhibit the best of American history and culture.


Wednesday, March 1, 2023, Bryant Conference Center
Did you know that there is a way for citizens to save and share historic photos of our area?! The Tuscaloosa Area Virtual Museum is just such a place. First neighborhoods, trolley tracks, building that are no longer here, original Bama Theatre - all of these are photos you can find on the TAVM.


Wednesday, March 8, 2023, Bryant Conference Center