Lifelong Learning

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Odyssey USA

Odyssey USA is a community of adult learners who share intellectual curiosity and who participate in  educational opportunities offered them through The Center for Continuing Education (CCE).  Courses are designed to stimulate the mind and to encourage personal growth throughout life.  Topics are challenging and thought-provoking with mind-stretching activities on a wide variety of subjects.  These courses are open to any adult in the community, or thanks to technology, any adult in the world! Most courses are offered both in the classroom and on Zoom.  There are four terms per year, and each term lasts six weeks.  



▼   Odyssey Membership 

To become a member, simply register for one or more courses in any term throughout the year.  There are two terms in the spring and two terms in the fall.  Memberships expire on July 30 of each calendar year.  


▼   Summer Special Wednesday Course:  

Summer Time Special Course
Wednesdays June 2, 2021 - July 7, 2021

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.  The Timeless Canterbury Tales

Offered on Mobile Main Campus & Via Zoom

Presented by Maurice Gandy

The timeless CANTERBURY TALES by Geoffrey Chaucer parade past the modern reader the greatest portrait gallery in the long history of English Literature. The characters’ roles, status and personal stories perfectly reflect the hierarchy of society during the late Middle Ages in England--1385-1400. But the personalities—the human foibles, the ironies, the humor, the variety—would be right at home at a Mardi Gras parade in the 21st Century.

▼   Wednesday Classes:  

Wednesday Classes: April 21, 2021 -May 26, 2021, 


1:30 - 2:30 p.m.   Understanding Acrylics Paints &  Their Applications

Offered on Mobile Main Campus Only

Presented by Marcy Matherne 

Have you ever wondered if there is an artist in you just waiting to be discovered?  Well, there is no time like the present to find out!  In this second course on understanding acrylics,  you will continue to learn about painting with this versatile medium.  

It is water-soluble when wet, yet because it is a plastic polymer, it dries into a flexible, water-resistant and durable surface.  This course will include information on theory and technique combined with practical application and hands-on exercises.  (Yes, you will be painting!)  Many artists wear an apron or an old shirt over their street clothes.  If you wear long sleeves, make sure they have a snug fit at the wrist.  Bring two plastic containers for water (butter tubs work great) and paper towels.  Paints, canvas and other supplies will be provided.

Beginning students are welcome in this class, as well as those who have taken it before.

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Master Gardening

Offered on Mobile Main Campus & Via Zoom

Presented by Dr. Judy Stout and Alice Marty

Spring is finally here and after a long winter, it is exciting to see buds, green leaves, and flowering plants everywhere.  This is inspiration to get outdoors and plant!  Join us for Master Gardening, where Dr. Judy Stout and Alice Marty will present on a variety of topics including vegetable gardening, landscaping with native plants, the birds and bees, and others!  This is a popular course where you can learn the science, techniques and tips to make your garden a masterpiece. 

▼    Friday Classes:

Friday Classes: April 23 2021 - May 28, 2021

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Alabama Wildlife & Plants: Friend or Foe?

Offered on Mobile Main Campus & Via Zoom 

Presented by:  Dr. David Nelson, Dr. Steve Carey, Nicole Schaffer, Jack Lecroy & Michael Niemeyer

Do you wonder which plants are safe and which are harmful for you or your pets?  Which ones have healing capabilities?  Do you know how animals and marine life contribute toward the health or harm of the ecosystem?  

Join us this spring as biologists and other experts will lead classes on these topics.  Classes will include lectures a range of plant and animals native to the gulf coast and will learn to appreciate the diversity that contributes to our robust environment.  Learn about snakes, scorpions, spiders and ticks, marine life, bees, wasps, and hornets, as well as helpful and harmful plant life on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Cancer 101:  Past, Present and Future of Cancer

Offered on Mobile Main Campus & Via Zoom  

Presented by Griffin Wright, Doctoral Student, USA College of Medicine

Despite decades of research in cancer biology, the disease still runs rampant among our community. Have you ever wondered: What is cancer? How does it form? What makes a cancer cell different from other human cells? How we do treat cancer? How do we find new therapeutic approaches to treat it? What are the differences among cancer types? Cancer 101 will provide a brief overview of the past, present and future of cancer and cancer therapies, how we got to where we are, and where we should go next. Come learn about what makes cancer, cancer.