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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University, or OLLI at Auburn, is offering a brown bag lunch and learn on Wednesday, Oct. 12, that will cover the basics of American history. Randolph G. Russell will present “American History in No Time” from his book by the same title.

The luncheon will be from noon-2 p.m. at the Clarion Inn and Suites, located at 1577 South College St. in Auburn. The program is open to OLLI members and to non-members. Attendees should bring a lunch.

Russell notes that the United States Department of Education found that only 12 percent of high school seniors were proficient in American history. A similar test given to college seniors at large and small institutions around the country had an average grade of F. A Newsweek poll found that 70 percent of adults are not aware that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land.

“American History in No Time” was written to provide the basics of American history to a general audience, but it has been used at a number of colleges, including the University of Central Florida, Utah Valley University, Eastern Florida State College and Palm Beach State College.

Russell has presented his history program to the Florida State University chapter of OLLI and to many civic groups. A native Floridian, Russell holds degrees from the University of Miami and the University of Florida. In addition to his history expertise, he is an accomplished musician who has appeared at the New York Jazz Festival and performed with Tony Bennett, Burt Bacharach, Lou Rawls and Billy Crystal.

For information about call OLLI at Auburn, contact Linda Shook, director, at 844-5100 or visit the website