Odyssey USA: An Adventure in Learning – The University of South Alabama’s Institute for Learning in Retirement
About Odyssey USA
Odyssey USA is a membership organization and a community of learners who share the love of learning. Odyssey members design their own classes based on the interests and intellectual curiosity of the group. Classes are challenging and thought-provoking with mind-stretching activities on a wide variety of topics. Additional activities include quarterly luncheon lectures, and field trips.
Odyssey courses are offered on a quarterly basis: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Classes are offered on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 – 4:00 PM and on Fridays from 1:45 – 4:15 PM.
Fall Term – September 27 -- November 17, 2017
Wednesdays – USA Marx Library
1:30 --Early Christian/Late Roman History
Janice Gandy, Instructor Mary Beth Allison, Coordinator
A favorite Odyssey instructor returns to present another stimulating and informative art history series. A schedule of class topics will be given at the first class meeting.
3:00 -- Aerial America -- Mid-Atlantic States
Mary Beth Allison, Coordinator
An enthusiastic Odyssey group is getting a unique look at the landscape and notable sites of from the perspective of a low-flying aircraft. The big screen, closed captioning, comfortable seats and optional snacks from Starbucks make this a popular series. Participants who have lived, worked or visited these states are encouraged to to add their own impressions. This term, we will soar over New York, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia.
Friday Classes -- Alpha Hall East Extension Classrooms
1:45 – Your Family Story, Mobile Genealogical Society
Janet Burns, Coordinator
Presenters from MGS will instruct and assist in tracking and documenting family histories on and off line. Aspects of DNA testing, usefulness and outcomes will be discussed.
9/29 Documenting oral history & establishing goals Sylvia Morris, Judy Culp
10/6 Following the paper trail, without a computer Sylvia Morris
10/13 How to use Ancestry.com Michelle Woodham
10/20 How to use Family Search.org Michelle Woodham
10/27 How to use Find a Grave Michelle Woodham
11/3 Workshop -- hands-on computer research Kara Tyson
11/10 DNA Testing D. Culberson, M. Woodham
11/17 What we have learned; how to proceed Michelle Woodham
James Swofford, Instructor Ken Reddig, Coordinator
Money sees like a mundane topic but there is much more to it than you think. Where did the concept of money come from? How does money get its value? How do governments create money? How does the banking system work? Dr. James Swofford from the USA Department of Economics and Finance will cover these topics:
Money: what it is and what it does
Monetary aggregates/what are M1 and M2?
Financial markets and what they do; problems with financial markets
Central Banking; the Federal Reserve System; monetary policy
2:45 – 3:15 – Coffee Break
3:15 – A Look at Asia
Jean Golden, Coordinator
9/29 Chinese Great Leap Forward Harry Miller
10/6 Chinese Cultural Revolution Harry Miller
10/13 Contemporary China Harry Miller
10/20 Modern Japan Harry Miller
10/27 Japanese Cultural Arts Kevin Tsai
11/3 Korea Hosik Min
11/10 Philippines Estella Dorn
11/17 Qing Dynasty Christina K. Lindemas
3:15 -- Downtown Mobile: It is a happening place!
Mary Beth Allison, Coordinator
9/29 Downtown Mobile Alliance Carol Hunter
10/6 Crescent Theater Max Morey
10/13 Exchange 202 Todd Greer
10/20 Visit Mobile Stacy Hamilton
10/27 Alabama Coasting David Calametti
11/3 Urban Emporium Kati Lovvorn
11/10 Downtown Residences TBA
11/17 Mobile Historic Development Cart Blackwell
Holiday Luncheon Lecture – December 8, 12:00 Noon, USA Faculty Club
Winter Classes -- January 10 -- March 2, 2018
Luncheon Lecture -- March 9, 2018
Spring Classes -- March 21 -- May 11, 2108
Luncheon Lecture -- May 18, 2018
Summer Classes -- June 6 -- July 13, 2018
Luncheon Lecture & Annual Meeting -- July 20, 2018
Dog Days Film Festival -- Wednesdays in August, 2018
There are no formal requirements for membership to Odyssey USA other than an interest in being a continuous learner. You also need not be retired, nor are there any academic or experience requirements.
As a membership organization, Odyssey charges a Membership Fee rather than registration fees for the courses. Members do pay for the cost of the meal at our Quarterly Luncheon Lectures and for field trips.
Membership rates are:
Annual Membership $110.00 (4 terms)
Semi-Annual Membership: $60 (2 terms)
To join, just call us at (251) 460-7200.
Odyssey’s newsletter, The Log, is published and mailed to members prior to the beginning of each quarter. It includes descriptions and schedule of upcoming classes, luncheons, and other events.
Odyssey USA is a membership organization with an Executive Board elected by members to ensure a positive and inquisitive learning environment. The 2016-2017 Officers are:
Carolyn Casteel, President
Mary Frances Hallet, Vice-President
Julie Hart, Secretary
Barbara McLeod, Treasurer
Ron Walker, Curriculum Co-Chair
Hal Alexander, Curriculum Co-Chair
Margaret Gordon, Newsletter Editor
Michael & Lady Lester, Membership & Publicity Chairs
Jane Harding, Telephone Committee Chair
Ginger Hudson, Social Chair
Ron Feuerlein, Director
Andrea Pennington, Director
Jim Beach, Director