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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University, or OLLI at Auburn, is opening the 2016-17 academic year with a general membership meeting featuring a presentation by Gerald Johnson, professor emeritus of Political Science at Auburn University. In addition to Johnson’s presentation, the meeting on Sept. 12 will include an information fair for OLLI’s campus and community partners and a new member orientation. The meeting will be held at the Clarion Inn and Suites, located at 1577 South College St. in Auburn.

Johnson is a respected political scientist and former director of the Capital Survey Research Center. He also has worked on Alabama constitutional reform for more than 40 years, including working on the 1973 Alabama Constitutional Commission and as a director on the Board of the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform. In addition to his accomplishments at Auburn University, Johnson is a popular OLLI at Auburn teacher and speaker. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Marshall University and earned his master’s and Ph.D. at Marshall University

Johnson’s talk, entitled “Civics 101,” will be at the OLLI Convocation, which begins at 10 a.m. The convocation will be preceded by the information fair from 8:45-9:45 a.m. and followed by the new member orientation from 11:30 until noon. Cookies and coffee will be available all morning.

OLLI information fair participants include the City of Auburn Parks and Recreation, Area Agency on Aging, Master Gardeners, Village Values Village Friends, Auburn Alumni Association, Lee County Historical Society, Auburn University Pharmacy Practice Experiences, War Eagle Travelers, Auburn University Music Department, Auburn University Office of Gift Planning, Alabama Arise, Caroline Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities, Auburn Public Library and more organizations and programs.