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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University, or OLLI at Auburn, will host itsannual fall semester 2017 general membership meeting Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to
noon at the Auburn Church of Christ located at 712 S. College St. OLLI members, guests, and friends are invited to come learn more about OLLI at Auburn course offerings, social engagements and initiatives.

The OLLI at Auburn general membership meeting will feature Edwin C. Bridges presenting “The Birth of Alabama: It Was a Complicated Delivery.” Bridges grew up in the wiregrass region of southwest Georgia. He graduated from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago.

Bridges taught history for a high school in Greenville, South Carolina, and also taught at Georgia Tech before joining the staff of the Georgia Department of Archives and History in 1976. After six years at the Georgia archives, where he last served as assistant director, he was appointed director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History in 1982. He served as director for more than 30 years until his retirement in 2012, after which he was appointed director emeritus. He continues to be actively involved in historical research and has just completed a new general history of Alabama entitled “Alabama: The Making of an American State,” published by the University of Alabama Press. He is also involved as an active volunteer in planning for Alabama’s upcoming bicentennial.

The general membership meeting and information fair will highlight membership benefits, programming and registration information to individuals interested in membership as well as engagement for current members. Additionally, several organizations, clubs and programs will be available to offer vital information on the resources and services offered throughout the community and the Auburn University campus.

OLLI at Auburn offers academic not-for-credit programs for adults aged 50 years or older through program sites at Auburn University, AUM and the Chambers County Public Library in Valley.

OLLI at Auburn is a program of the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach at Auburn University. The OLLI offices and select classes are located at Sunny Slope, a historic property, 1031 South College St. For more information regarding this open house event, contact Ileeia Cobb, OLLI director, at 844-3105, or visit the website.