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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University, or OLLI at Auburn, is hosting a brown bag lunch on Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Clarion Inn and Suites located at 1577 South College St. The featured speaker for the lunch is Craig Darch, who will provide a talk from his book entitled "From Brooklyn to the Olympics: The Hall of Fame Career of Auburn University Head Track Coach Mel Rosem." OLLI at Auburn summer brown bag programs are free and open to the public. OLLI members, guests and friends are invited to come to the lunch series. Attendees should bring a lunch.

In "From Brooklyn to the Olympics: The Hall of Fame Career of Auburn University Head Track Coach Mel Rosen," Darch chronicles the life of former Auburn University track coach Mel Rosen. The book follows Rosen from the streets of Brooklyn during the 1930s-’40s to his selection as head coach for United States track and field for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics. The book describes how a Jewish kid from Brighton Beach, New York, followed his dream to become the head track and field coach at Auburn University for 28 years. Rosen coached seven Olympians and 143 All-Americans and guided Auburn’s track and field team to four consecutive SEC Conference indoor championships. Lively vignettes highlight Auburn sports history, Alabama history, Jews in the South and the Olympics.

Darch is the Humana-Sherman-Germany Distinguished Professor of Special Education at Auburn University. He has taught at Auburn University for 36 years. Darch earned his doctorate at the University of Oregon. He has co-authored three college-level textbooks on learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities and has written and published more than 60 research articles for professional journals.

For more information, contact Ileeia Cobb, OLLI director, at 844-3105, or visit the website at