The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Alabama is hosting OLLI Day on August 22

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Alabama is hosting 2022 OLLI Day on August 22, offering current and potential members a chance to hear from a Southern writing legend and learn more about the ‘organization.

Sean Deitrich, also known as Sean of the South, is the keynote speaker for the event, which will take place at the Bryant Conference Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 22.

“We are delighted to welcome her to OLLI Day,” OLLI said at UA Director Ashley Chambers. “His fans appreciate his published work in magazine and newspaper columns, numerous books, online and social media blogs, and his in-person lectures. Sean has an insightful and honest approach to humanity.

The event is free for OLLI 2022-2023 members and $50 for the public.

Registration includes a one-year OLLI at UA membership, an OLLI Day catered lunch, and a meet and greet with Deitrich.

“OLLI Day presents a great way to join and get involved with OLLI at UA,” Chambers said. “Now is the perfect time to join OLLI, attend OLLI Day, and learn about the many in-person and online lifelong learning programs offered to our community.”

OLLI is a national organization that offers a variety of non-credit courses, social activities and excursions for adults over 50.

The member-driven program has no tests or assignments and aims to provide members with social, educational, travel, volunteer and leadership opportunities.

“In addition to expanding their knowledge throughout the year by participating in OLLI programs, research has shown that adults who stay intellectually active are also healthier and more socially balanced,” Chambers said.

OLLI at UA has local chapters in Tuscaloosa, Gadsden and Hoover. Chambers said he hosts more than 300 in-person and online classes each year, as well as day and overnight trips, social gatherings, hands-on creative activities and intellectual discussions.

Through the OLLI Shares initiative, the OLLI programs at UA, the University of Alabama at Huntsville, and Auburn University are collaborating and offering several online courses to members of all three programs.

“OLLI Day celebrates the collaboration between the three largest lifelong learning programs in Alabama,” Chambers said. “Next year it will be at (the) University of Alabama in Huntsville, and in 2024 it will be at Auburn.”

You can learn more about OLLI and register for OLLI Day here.

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