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Join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University, or OLLI at Auburn, on a journey along the Silk Road, the storied trade route that connected China and the west.

The caravan leader at the OLLI Brown Bag Lunch and Learn on Nov. 16 will be Douglas Casson Coutts, retired Distinguished Visiting Professor and diplomat-in-residence at Auburn University.

The session will begin at noon in Ballroom CD at the Clarion Inn and Suites, located at 1577 South College St. in Auburn. There is no admission charge for OLLI members and guests. Attendees are asked to bring their own lunch.

Coutts’ listeners will discover how the west met the east, how China learned about Europe and about the exploits of one of the Silk Road’s more famous travelers, Marco Polo.

Coutts worked for 30 years in the United Nations system and has many years of experience living and working in Asia, China and Africa. He holds masters’ degrees from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and Université Laval in Québec, Canada, and a bachelor’s degree with honor from Michigan State University.

For more information about OLLI at Auburn, contact Linda Shook, OLLI director, at 844-3501 or visit the website.