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Rivers of Alabama course through OLLI

January 25, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


January 25, 2021
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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Zoom Video Conference

Starting January 25, one of ARA’s favorite people, Dr. Bill Deutsch, will be teaching a 7-week, Rivers of Alabama course through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Each session is 1.5 hours, taught Mondays starting at 2:30 pm. The class will be on Zoom, and shared with OLLIs at UA Tuscaloosa, UAH Huntsville, and AU Auburn. Registration can be done through any of the OLLIs.

NOTE FROM DR. DEUTSCH: Rather than needing to become an Academic Member at $250 per year, one-time Rivers of Alabama course participants can get the 7-week course for $50 by becoming an OLLI at AU Member (not Academic Member). Click here for non-Academic Member membership info.

The Rivers of Alabama course will start Monday, January 25, 2:30-4:00 pm, and run for seven, 1.5-hour sessions each Monday.

  • If someone joins OLLI for the Rivers course, they can then email Barbara Darron at [email protected] and she will add them to an email list that will get the non-sharable Zoom code each week. They would not register for the course on the OLLI website, like Academic Members do.


Rivers of Alabama
Bill Deutsch, Instructor
Jan, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8 (seven weeks)

This course will cover the human and natural history of rivers in Alabama. Topics include the origin of the
river map on the Alabama Great Seal; river geography, geology and hydrology; the state’s world-class
aquatic biodiversity; the role of rivers in human settlement, economy, and culture; river politics and policies;
and personalizing your river ethic. Participants are encouraged to share their river stories and to discuss all
topics in relaxed and enjoyable ways. Field trips to rivers and museums are possible.

*Bill Deutsch is a Research Fellow, Emeritus, in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences
at Auburn University. He has worked as an aquatic ecologist and educator around rivers for forty years. He
co-founded the Alabama Water Watch program for promoting citizen volunteer water monitoring,
environmental education, and improved water policies.


An optional book, Alabama Rivers: A Celebration and Challenge, will be for sale at discount and free
shipping through January 31 from: www.alabamariversbook.org.