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Odyssey USA, Mobile AL

Odyssey USA: An Adventure in Learning 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 Membership 

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. 

To join please click the Enroll Now button above or call us at (251) 460-7200 to have a membership form mailed to you. 

**Due to COVID, membership will run for three months (9/9/20 - 12/11/20).  Membership fees are prorated to reflect a 3-month membership of $45. 

▼   Upcoming Events

Odyssey courses are offered on a quarterly basis: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. 

Currently, the Fall, 2020 Term will begin on September 23 and run through November 13, 2020.

What's new for Fall, 2020?  

  • There will be a special "Zoom" course on Wednesday mornings at 11:00 a.m.  No need to get out of the house.  Just register for this course and participate in lectures and presentations on a myriad of topics--from the comfort of your home.
  • Some classes will be available this fall either in class on campus or via Zoom.  When you register for classes, you may choose either the on campus class or the course via Zoom.  




▼   Wednesday Classes:  

Wednesday Classes: September 23 - November 13, 2020

For more information on these courses select the Enroll Now button above and then select the course title to read the course description or to enroll.

**Wednesday classes will be held in Alpha Hall East. The Marx Library is currently closed for groups.

11:00 a.m. "Nuggets of Knowledge" 

A Wednesday morning Zoom class featuring multiple topics and speakers!


1:30 - 2:30  p.m.  High Renaissance in Rome (Choose on campus or attend via Zoom)

Presented by Janice Gandy


2:45 - 3:45 p.m. A History and Culture of Mobile (Choose on campus or attend via Zoom)

Presented by Scott Corcoran & Meg McCrummen Fowler 


▼    Friday Classes:

Friday Classes: September 25 - November 13, 2020

For more information on these courses select the Enroll Now button above and then select the course title to read the course description or to enroll.  

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Zentangle II (On campus class only.  Not available via Zoom)

Presented by Clara Brunk

*This includes an $11 fee which will cover the cost of all materials.  Please make checks payable to USA Ctr. for Cont Ed.  Ms. Brunk will distribute materials in class.


 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Japanese Language and Culture (Choose on campus or attend via Zoom)

Presented by Yoko Sefat



3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Holy Land II Video Series (Choose on campus or attend via Zoom)

Video Film Series


3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Understanding Acrylic Paints & Their Many Applications (Limited to 10 students.  Not available via Zoom)

Presented by Marcy Matherne

▼   Board of Directors

Odyssey USA is a membership organization with an Executive Board elected by members to ensure a positive and inquisitive learning environment.

The 2019-2020 Officers are:

Mike Lester, President

Open, Vice-President

Open, Secretary

Open, Treasurer

Mary Beth Allison, Curriculum Co-Chair

Open, Curriculum Co-Chair

Open, Newsletter Editor

Mary Ann Tuohy, Membership & Publicity Chairs

Barbara McLeod, Telephone Committee Chair

Ginger Hudson, Social Chair

Lady Lester, Director

Mary Frances Hallett, Director

Earl McLaughlin, Director