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Distinguished Lecture Series

The Annual Distinguished Lecture Series is a series of six monthly lectures on topics of interest by recognized experts.  These lectures are held October through March and are free and open to the public. Registration is requested so that we can plan for seating and refreshments.

Various other arts and cultural-related lectures and activities are offered throughout the year.  See Upcoming Events for more information.

Discover, Gulf Shores AL

Do you have a passion for learning? Discover offers a variety of courses designed to provide accessible opportunities to continue learning in retirement and to meet other members of the community. Courses are typically three sessions long and meet for one and half hours each time. The fee for each course is just $35.

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. 

▼   Upcoming Events

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.


Summer Classes: June 5, 2019 - July 12, 2019

Fall Classes: September 25 - November 15, 2019

Quarterly Luncheon: July 26, 2019  |   December 6, 2019


▼   Wednesday Classes: USA Marx Library

Wednesday Classes: June 5 - July 10, 2019

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.  


1:30p - 2:30p Learn to Play the Ukulele

Coordinator: Ann Henkel


2:45p - 3:45p Europe Travelogue 

Coordinator: Mary Beth Allison 


▼    Friday Classes: Alpha Hall Extension

Friday Classes: June 7 - July 12, 2019

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.  


1:45 - 2:45     Downtown: It Ain't Just Dauphin Street

Coordinator: Mary Beth Allison

1:45 - 2:45  Great Masters of Art History

Coordinator: Janet Burns


3:15 - 4:15     The Round Table and Mobile's Role in the Civil War

Coordinator: Mary Beth Allison

 3:15 - 4:15   Mobile - Theater, Music, and Dance

Coordinator:  Janet Burns


▼   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 2018-2019 Officers are:

Mike Lester, President

Kitty Emery, Vice-President

Meg Cosby, Secretary

Joan Hoffman, Treasurer

Janet Burns, Curriculum Co-Chair

Hal Alexander, Curriculum Co-Chair

Rose Wells, Newsletter Editor

Lady Lester, Membership & Publicity Chairs

Jane Harding, Telephone Committee Chair

Ginger Hudson, Social Chair

Beverly Vann, Director

Mary Frances Hallett, Director

Earl McLaughlin, Director