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.
Membership rates are:
Annual Membership: $110.00 (4 terms)
Semi-Annual Membership: $60 (2 terms)
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 – 4:00 PM and on Fridays from 1:45 – 4:15 PM.
Fall Classes: September 26, 2018 - November 16, 2018
Winter Classes: January 9, 2019 - March 1, 2109
Spring Classes: March 20, 2019 - May 10, 2019
Luncheon: December 7, 2018
March 8, 2019
May 17, 2019
Wednesday Classes: September 26 - November 16
Late Roman/Early Gothic Art 1:30p - 2:30p
Instructor: Mrs. Gandy
Coordinator: Ginger Hudson
Mrs. Gandy returns this Fall to continue her series of classes on the Roman Empire. This quarter, she will address the chaos that emerged in Europe with the breakdown of the Western Empire and the destruction from the barbarian invasions from the north. Finally, she will discuss how order was gradually restored as the Early Gothic Period was entered.
Aerial America—Western States 2:45p - 3:45p
Coordinator: Mary Beth Allison
We end our US travel series in the Western States. Don’t forget: If you have lived, worked, or traveled through any of these states, we would love to hear your stories!
September 26 Hawaii
October 3 Alaska Part 1
October 10 Alaska Part 2
October 17 Washington
October 24 Oregon
October 31 California
November 7 Montana
November 14 Idaho
Friday Classes: September 26 - November 16
Music of the Classical Period 1:45 - 2:45
Instructors: Laura Moore
Coordinator: Janet Burns
You've all heard of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert! This class hopes to teach you even more, in presenting these major composers of the Classical period (roughly 1750-1820) along with some of their major works. The class will explore the importance of Vienna as the home to these composers, the various influences ON the composers and OF the composers, and the many genres that really came into prominence during this time, including the piano sonata, the string quartet, and the symphony. Of course, we will not forget Mozart's operas or Schubert's 700+ songs! And, naturally, there will be LOTS of beautiful music. We hope you will join us for this interesting and enjoyable class.
Faulkner 2.0 1:45 - 2:45
Instructor: Dr. Coleman
Coordinator: Ken Rettig
Faulkner 2.0 will focus on what is considered Faulkner's last great novel: Go Down, Moses (published in 1942). We will start from the beginning of the book and make our way through it (the most complicated part of the text is "The Bear" section, so we will spend at least 2 meetings talking about this section. As a literary text, Go Down, Moses challenges readers' conceptions of what a novel is and/or looks like. This text also asks readers to inspect commonplace ideas about United States history, particularly in terms of race with respect to Native Americans and African Americans.
The United Kingdom from WWI to WWII: Profiles and Images 3:15 - 4:15
Speaker: Woody Hannum
Coordinator: Ken Rettig
The course will investigate the history and culture of the United Kingdom during the inter-war years with an emphasis on the leaders of the time i.e.. David Lloyd George, Stanley Baldwin, Ramsey MacDonald, Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, George Orwell and others. It will also include study of film, fiction, architecture and the Monarchy.
Political Science: Current Topics 3:15 - 4:15
Speaker: Dr. Sam Fisher, et al.
Coordinator: Jean Golden
Various members of the USA Political Science Department will present information from their own areas of research during the course of this semester.
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