In 1993, The Academy for Lifetime Learning, Inc. was founded with seven courses offered the first term. It attracted the attention of seasoned adults and grew rapidly. In 2005, The Academy became one of 119 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes in the U.S. after an endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation to UAH. OLLI at UAH has since grown to over 1000 members and offers 70+ courses each term.

To celebrate, we are hosting a 25th anniversary speaker series. These presentations are free and open to the public. Show your friends what OLLI is all about!


  • 10/26: Pulitzers and Politics: The Alabama Legacies of Harper Lee and George Wallace – Wayne Flynt, noted Alabama historian, author, and Professor Emeritus at Auburn University

Between 1933 and 1977, the South contained one fourth of the nation's population, one third of its poverty, and produced 40% of its winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. What does this say about the region and especially Alabama?

Dr. Wayne Flynt was born Oct. 4, 1940, in Pontotoc, Mississippi. He grew up primarily in Alabama, attended Samford University as a ministerial student, and double majored in History and Speech. Flynt attended graduate school at Florida State University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1965 in American History.

During his 40-year teaching career at Samford and Auburn universities, Flynt won 18 teaching awards, including top teaching honors at Samford and for the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn and among the graduate faculty at Auburn. Dr. Flynt authored fourteen books, including his most well-known, Poor but Proud: Alabama’s Poor Whites and Alabama in the Twentieth Century. He has served as a community activist for decades championing for the socio-economically disadvantaged and for education reform.

Wayne Flynt

 

  • 11/9: Behind the Scenes of Louis Comfort Tiffany – Treasures from the Driehaus Museum – Peter Baldaia, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Huntsville Museum of Art

Hear from the Huntsville Museum of Art’s Director of Curatorial Affairs, Peter Baldaia, as explains how the Museum planned, organized, and executed the blockbuster exhibition, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection, on view from October 21, 2018 through January 13, 2019.

Having over 35 years museum experience, Mr. Baldaia has worked for the Huntsville Museum of Art since 1994. He has organized hundreds of major exhibition of historical and contemporary art. Mr. Baldaia attended the Rhode Island School of Design where he received his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts. He received his graduate degree in Art History and Museum Studies from Boston University.

Peter Baldaia

 

  • 12/7: Reelin’ in the Years: Pop Music from 1950s-1990s – Bob Labbe, pop music historian and WLRH radio host

Join the guru of the oldies himself, Bob Labbe, of the the radio show, Reelin’ in the Years. Labbe will speak about the history of pop music from 1950-1990, the era of the 45-rpm record. Labbe has more than 20,000 45-rpm records in his personal collection, which he uses in his travels through four decades of pop music, intertwined with pieces of pop music trivia and interviews with some of the biggest names in pop music history.

Beginning in radio straight out of high school in Huntsville, Alabama, Bob attended Elkins Institute in Nashville and home-schooled Columbia School of Broadcasting. He worked as an awarding-winning sportscaster on Channel 31 in Huntsville for many years before leaving TV in 1991. He is a freelance writer for numerous publications, including The Huntsville Times and the Madison Weekly Magazine, and hosts his weekly radio show on WLRH on Friday nights.

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