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Celebrate the 2nd Annual OLLI Day Alabama

Friday, August 20   —   SSB 112 & Online

Register for OLLI Day Alabama

As proclaimed by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey in 2020, OLLI Day Alabama is a celebration of the hard work of volunteers, members, and staff to achieve successful lifelong learning programs in the state. The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), The University of Alabama (UA), and Auburn University are excited to be able to continue the celebration at its 2nd Annual OLLI Day Alabama.

Join us for a series of speakers throughout the day starting with a breakfast hosted at the UAH campus:

  • 8:30 am — Welcome (Breakfast will be served for members attending in person. Members can also join online through Zoom.)
  • 9:00 am — Proclamation and Presentation
    • OLLI Day Alabama Proclamation with Mayor Tommy Battle
    • Presentation of Ulysses S. Grant, The Man Behind the Uniform by Dr. Curt Fields.
      Discover Grant's early life, successes and failures, and rapid rise through the ranks with a live portrayal by Dr. Curt Fields.

Continue the day by attending either in-person at WIL 152, or online through Zoom the following notable speaker series:

  • 11:00 am — Wild Places in Alabama with Dr. Bill Deutsch. 
    Our state is home to three federally-designated Wilderness areas – Sipsey Wilderness, Cheaha Wilderness, and Dugger Mountain Wilderness. Learn about these incredibly biodiverse and geologically-fascinating areas. Presented online by OLLI at Auburn University.

  • 12:30 pm — The Osher Foundation Overview with Dr. Kelly Jane Rosenblatt, Program Director. Presented online.

  • 2:00 pm — Sitting with Elephants with Dr. Ron Dulek.
    Learn about his adventures and tips on how to approach and sit with a wild African elephant. Presented online by OLLI at The University of Alabama.

Register for OLLI Day Alabama

Presenter bios:

Dr Curt Fields portraying Grant

Dr. Curt Fields has portrayed Grant at numerous battle reenactments and was chosen to portray him at the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in 2015. He is a frequent contributor to the monthly newspaper, “The Civil War Courier,” and is a member of the West Tennessee Historical Society, The Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, the Civil War Trust, the Nathan Bedford Forrest Historical Society, The Civil War Trust, and the Shelby County Historical Society. He is the same height and body style as General Grant and, therefore, presents a convincing, realistic image of the General. He has researched and read extensively about General Grant in order to deliver an accurate persona of the man, speaking during presentations in first person, quoting from General Grant’s memoirs, articles, and letters he wrote, or statements he made in interviews.

Alabama waterfall from Bill Deutsch

Dr. Bill Deutsch is a Research Fellow, Emeritus in the AU School of Fisheries, with degrees in Zoology, Biology, Anthropology, and Aquatic Ecology. He is a member of the Alabama Paleontological Society, and regularly searches for fossils statewide and beyond. He has had a life-long interest in paleontology, and is currently writing a book titled, Ancient Life in Alabama: The Fossils, the Finders, and Why It Matters.

kelly jane rosenblatt

Dr. Kelly Jane Rosenblatt joined the Osher Foundation in March of 2020 as a Program Director, overseeing the lifelong learning portfolio and working closely with the National Resource Center (NRC) to support the 125 Osher Institutes. Kelly Jane received her B.A. from the University of San Francisco (USF) in English Literature and her Ph.D. also in English Literature from the University of Oregon. She has been on the faculty of the College of Marin, USF, and the Prison University Project (now Mount Tamalpais College) at San Quentin State Prison. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Prison University Project (and chaired that board for five years) and is the chair of the Dean’s Leadership Circle at USF’s College of Arts and Sciences. She spends her downtime with her family and new puppy. Her daughters, Mathilda and Lucie, continually push her lifelong learning, and she has recently tried surfing and taken up the cello in her attempts to keep up with them.

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Dr. Ron Dulek is the John R. Miller Professor of Management in the Culverhouse College of Business at UA. He teaches strategy and management communications in the MBA and the EMBA programs.  His book is available on-line at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target and Waldorf Publishing. All profits derived from the sale of this book are given to an African Educational Trust Fund supporting the educational needs of children in one of the major African provinces.