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February 9, 2017 - “Curating Contemporary Art”

Wassan Al-Khudhairi

“Curating Contemporary Art” lecture will be given by Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and
Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art 

6-7 p.m. Bryant Conference Center, Birmingham Room

Questions? Call the Art Department at 205-348-5967

Wassan Al-Khudhairi is the Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art. She holds a Master of Arts with Distinction in Islamic Art and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Georgia State University. Al-Khudhairi was previously Co-Artistic Director at the Gwangju Biennale Foundation in South Korea, where she collaborated on the curation of the ninth edition of the Gwangju Art Biennale. Al-Khudhairi has lectured around the world on the subject of modern and contemporary art, specifically related to the Middle East. Other past experience includes positions at the Brooklyn Museum and the High Museum of Art. 

The Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series is sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History, the
Department of Art and Art History Visiting Artist Committee, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Continuing Studies at The University of Alabama.

OLLI at UA Space Camp - May 4-5, 2017

OLLI at UA Space Camp

U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville
Registration deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017

Have you ever wanted to know what it really takes to be an astronaut?

Join us for an out-of-this-world adventure, memorable German feast, and a history lesson on the Rocket City through the space program. Registration is through OLLI at The University of Alabama Huntsville. 

Facilitator: Peggy Hamner (
Registration Deadline:  Friday, April 14
Cancellation Deadline: Tuesday, April 18
Activity Level: walking flat, extended standing, bending at hips and knees
Fee:  $335.50 double occupancy; $420.00 single occupancy
Fee includes transportation, Thursday box lunch, Biergarten Meal Package, Friday breakfast and lunch, and 1 night’s lodging at the Huntsville Marriott, located at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

Reserve your spot TODAY! 
For more information, full itinerary and registration, visit the OLLI at UAH website.  


Past Events

October 26 - 7:00 pm

This is How We Roll - A Season with Alabama Wheelchair Basketball
Red Carpet Premiere 

UA Adapted Athletics and OLLI at UA invite you to attend the red carpet premiere of “This is How We Roll – A Season with Alabama Wheelchair Basketball.”

“This Is How We Roll” is an episodic documentary series following the men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball teams at The University of Alabama. Told from the viewpoint of two members of the team, each episode takes the viewer deeper into the lives of the college athletes, on and off the court, as they seek a national championship.

The series is produced by Power 10 Films and directed by Daniel Koenig. The cast features the 2015 Alabama Wheelchair Basketball Team with Caitlin McDermott and Jannik Blair starring.

Come meet the stars and get pictures and autographs! Purchase tickets for $5.00 online at or by calling 205-348-3000.

Cuba: Art and Culture - March 18-26, 2016

Come with us to Cuba in this exciting time as Cuba-U.S. relationships improve.   The 8-night itinerary includes tours of Havana and the nearby countryside, a day at the Bay of Pigs, 2 nights at a beach resort on the Veradero Peninsula and visits to dance and art centers in the city of Matanzas.  Pick up a brochure at the OLLI office or view it here.  [Link here to the PDF] The price per participant is $4,849 (Double Occupancy) and $5,685 (Single Occupancy).   A $600 deposit will hold your place.  The balance is due on December 18, 2015.  The group is limited to 22 participants and registration is on a first come/first serve basis. For more information or to receive a registration form, please contact Peggy Hamner by email at or by phone at (205) 310-0388.

The Night of Champions.

OLLI is proud to sponsor on February 25th  a special event honoring The University of Alabama’s Adapted Athletics program and 2015 National Champions of Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis.  Meet the athletes, get autographs and take photos while learning how UA is leading the way in adapted athletics.

The Night of Champions event is FREE to the public, and the first 250 guests will receive 2 free tickets to the wheelchair basketball tournament to follow on Friday, February 26th at 6:00 pm..

This event is sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The University of Alabama, the College of Education and the College of Continuing Studies.


 We meet people when we travel!


Olli convention

On this picture: Hattie Kauffman, VP of Long Range Planning  and Bernard OSHER,Founder Bernard OSHER Foundation. 


OLLI at University of Alabama- Host It and They Will Come 


The Southern Regional Conference on Learning in Retirement was held at The University of Alabama's Bryant Conference Center July 28-30, 2015. The event kicked off Tuesday evening with a wine and cheese reception at the Tuscaloosa Museum of Art, showcasing the famed Westervelt Collection. Guests packed the conference center Wednesday morning for a down-home southern breakfast before listening to the trials and triumphs of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame inductee Jeremiah Castille. Castille encouraged the crowd to finish strong and to give a little more effort every day to make a difference in the world around us. 

Attendees laughed out loud as Seattle native and College of Continuing Studies dean Dr. Craig Edelbrock recalled being told to, "Go to Hale" in his best impersonation of local southern drawl. Once fed, inspired, and entertained, guests headed to breakout sessions on grant funding, increasing diversity, and effective partnerships. Day Two concluded at the Alabama Museum of Natural History in Smith Hall, for the Taste of Alabama Reception.

Jennifer Anderson, OLLI at UA director and conference planner, stated, "We are excited to have hosted such a great crowd. We had great vendors, and people came from all over the country to learn with us this week." More than 160 participants came together for the conference, and some learned a little extra Alabama history during the visit. At the close of the conference, buses loaded up for a field trip to walk across historical Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. After the walk, they visited the Voter's Rights Institute and the Selma Interpretive Center, followed by a tour of local antebellum homes.

When asked why the College of Continuing Studies was so adamant about hosting events like this, Dean Edelbrock replied, "Lifelong learning is a big part of our college mission and, of course, in everything we do at UA as we strive to be leaders.  Hosting and supporting this conference at UA puts us at the forefront of leadership in lifelong learning regionally and nationally."

Article by Tory Shumpert and published in the OLLI Newsletter September Edition.