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.
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.
Odyssey courses are offered on a quarterly basis: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.
Classes are offered on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 – 3:45 PM and on Fridays from 1:45 – 4:15 PM.
Discover Odyssey: September 13th from 2:00 - 4:00pm
Fall Classes: September 25 - November 15, 2019
Winter Classes: January 22, 2020 - March 13, 2020
Spring Classes: April 8, 2020 - May 29, 2020
Luncheons: March 20, 2020 | June 5, 2020
Wednesday Classes: January 22 – March 11. 2020
1:30p - 2:30p Development of the Italian Renaissance
Coordinator: Earl McLaughlin
2:45p - 3:45p The Holy Land Revealed
Coordinator: Earl McLaughlin
Friday Classes: January 24 – March 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.
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm Awareness of Exploitation in Our Community
Coordinator: Andrea Pennington
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm Alabama Authors
Coordinator: Mary Beth Allison
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Ulysses II
Coordinator: Ken Rettig
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Victorian Cemeteries: Culture of Death
Coordinator: Janet Burns
Luncheon: March 20, 2020
USA Faculty Club
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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
Joan Hoffman, 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