Upcoming Rivers of Alabama Course

Travel down rivers through time to encounter the rich human history and natural wonders that have defined Alabama. Along the way, we will celebrate an array of magnificent rivers filled with unique plants and animals, shaped over the ages by a remarkably diverse geology. Accept the challenge to restore and protect our rivers for their economic, cultural, and ecological benefits, but most of all because it is the right thing to do.

Join Dr. Bill Deutsch and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Auburn University as they journey through Rivers of Alabama, a 7-week Zoom course that will allow participants to explore the wonders and mysteries of Alabama’s Rivers.


The Rivers of Alabama course will start Monday, January 25, 2:30-4:00 pm, followed by seven 1.5-hour Monday sessions (1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8).

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.

Dr. Deutsch’s book, Alabama Rivers: A Celebration and Challenge, will be available at a discounted price and free shipping for course participants through January 31. For more information and to purchase Alabama Rivers, visit www.alabamariversbook.org.

Course Registration Information:

Rather than needing to become an OLLI 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. Click here for non-Academic Membership info.

Anyone who becomes an OLLI at AU Member to take the Rivers of Alabama course should email Barbara Darron (OLLI Program Coordinator) at bda0003@auburn.edu and she will add them to an email list that will receive the non-sharable Zoom code. They would not register for the course on the OLLI website, like Academic Members do.