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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University, or OLLI at Auburn, begins a new academic year Monday, Sept. 12 with a general membership meeting. Classes begin the week of Sept. 19.

There are course offerings to meet an array of interests, from American architectural styles to meditation, culinary creations to the history of Roman and Anglo-Saxon England. The fall catalog lists 50 classes for OLLI at Auburn, 15 classes at Auburn University Montgomery and eight at the Chambers County Public Library. OLLI classes offer learning for learning’s sake; there’s no credit, but there also are no exams.

OLLI at Auburn, which is a program of the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach at Auburn University, offers two types of memberships for the year that runs Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, 2017. General members, who pay $25 per year, participate in OLLI social activities but do not take academic courses. Academic membership ($115 for one term, $165 for two terms and $200 for three terms, plus the $25 general membership fee) entitles the member to participate in OLLI courses.

OLLI membership offers several other valuable perks, too. Members can obtain an Auburn University affiliate ID card and Auburn University library privileges. They can audit Auburn University courses, receive a discount at the AU Bookstore, ride Tiger Transit and qualify for discounts to seminars and workshops.

Those interested can learn more about OLLI at Auburn at the general membership meeting on   Sept. 12 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Clarion Inn and Suites, located at 1577 South College St. in Auburn. The meeting will feature a lecture by Gerald Johnson, professor emeritus of political science at Auburn University and former director of the Capital Survey Research Center. His talk is entitled “Civics 101.” The meeting will be followed by a brief orientation session for new members.

OLLI at Auburn’s campus and community partners will present an information fair designed to acquaint returning, new and prospective members with opportunities for engagement on the campus of Auburn University and in the community from 8:45-9:45 a.m. on Sept. 12.
A complete schedule and description of the fall courses can be found at the OLLI website, www.olliatauburn.org. In addition, the OLLI catalog is available at several locations in the Auburn and Opelika area including Auburn and Opelika Public Libraries, the Opelika and Auburn Chambers of Commerce, Opelika SportsPlex, the OLLI at Auburn Office, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, Clarion Inn and Suites and area medical offices and businesses. To register or to request a catalog, contact Linda Shook, OLLI at Auburn director, at 844-5100 or email olli@auburn.edu.