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Distinguished Lecture Series

The Annual Distinguished Lecture Series is a series of six monthly lectures on topics of interest by recognized experts.  These lectures are held October through March and are free and open to the public. Registration is requested so that we can plan for seating and refreshments.

Various other arts and cultural-related lectures and activities are offered throughout the year.  See Upcoming Events for more information.

Discover, Gulf Shores AL

Do you have a passion for learning? Discover offers a variety of courses designed to provide accessible opportunities to continue learning in retirement and to meet other members of the community. Courses are typically three sessions long and meet for one and half hours each time. The fee for each course is just $35.

Odyssey USA, Mobile AL

Odyssey USA: An Adventure in Learning is a membership organization and a community of learners who share the love of learning. Odyssey members design their own classes based on the interests and intellectual curiosity of the group. Classes are challenging and thought-provoking with mind-stretching activities on a wide variety of topics. Additional activities include quarterly luncheon lectures, and field trips.



▼   Odyssey Membership 

There are no formal requirements for membership to Odyssey USA other than an interest in being a continuous learner. You also need not be retired, nor are there any academic or experience requirements. As a membership organization, Odyssey charges a Membership Fee rather than registration fees for the courses. Members do pay for the cost of the meal at our Quarterly Luncheon Lectures and for field trips. 

To join please click the Enroll Now button above or call us at (251) 460-7200 to have a membership form mailed to you. 

▼   Upcoming Events

Odyssey courses are offered on a quarterly basis: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. 

Classes are offered on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 – 3:45 PM and on Fridays from 1:45 – 4:15 PM.


 Discover Odyssey: September 13th from 2:00 - 4:00pm

Fall Classes: September 25 - November 15, 2019

Winter Classes: January 22, 2020 - March 13, 2020

Spring Classes: Canceled due to COVID-19

Special Spring Course:  April 22, 2020 - May 29, 2020

Luncheons: The March 20, 2020 and June 5, 2020 luncheons are canceled. Luncheon will be rescheduled later in the summer or early fall.


▼   Wednesday Classes: Online

Wednesday Classes: April 22 - May 27, 2020

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Digital Communication

Presented by Emily Wilson

Digital Technology through Center for Continuing Education

Course will be held online 

▼    Friday Classes: Online

Friday Classes: April 24 - May 29, 2020

For more information on these courses select the Enroll Now button above and then select the course title to read the course description or to enroll.  

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Digital Communication

Presented by Emily Wilson

Digital Technology through Center for Continuing Education

Course will be held online 

▼   Board of Directors

Odyssey USA is a membership organization with an Executive Board elected by members to ensure a positive and inquisitive learning environment.

The 2019-2020 Officers are:

Mike Lester, President

Open, Vice-President

Open, Secretary

Joan Hoffman, Treasurer

Mary Beth Allison, Curriculum Co-Chair

Open, Curriculum Co-Chair

Open, Newsletter Editor

Mary Ann Tuohy, Membership & Publicity Chairs

Barbara McLeod, Telephone Committee Chair

Ginger Hudson, Social Chair

Lady Lester, Director

Mary Frances Hallett, Director

Earl McLaughlin, Director