Oxford Lifelong Learning Program

A new Lifelong Learning Program will begin in Spring 2017 (March, April, May) with several exciting courses.  All of these courses will be a part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) through the University of Alabama.  

The City of Oxford intends to launch a much larger program this Fall, which will include continuing adult education through OLLI and the Oxford Community School for the Arts.



For the Spring Semester, registrants will pay a $25 semester fee.  After that, all classes will be free (except for supplies and/or field-trip fees for Wine Tasting and Glass Blowing.)


Register for Spring 2017 Courses



Course Catalog: 


Armchair Travel: Four Great European Cities

Date: Tuesdays- March 28, April 2, 9

Time: 5:00 to 6:30 PM

Location: Oxford Performing Arts Center

Instructor: Charles Hill

This travel group heads off to visit four of the great European cities. Remember no money, no passport, and no shots required- just come enjoy cultures and countries different from our own. Join us for five fun-filled weeks as we travel the globe and return week six to enjoy tasty tidbits from each locale.

Rome: Its architecture is unrivaled with the Coliseum, Pantheon, St. Peter’s Bascilica, and the Forum.

Paris was founded in the 3rd century B.C. and by the 12th century was the largest and most important city in the world.

London is the capital and most populous city of England and the United Kingdom. Home of the British Museum, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Tower Bridge.

Classical Athens was a powerful city-state. It is widely referred to as the “Cradle of Western Civilization” and “The Birthplace of Democracy.” Athens is home of the world’s largest classical archeological sites and world’s greatest classical museums

Beginner’s Guide to iPhone/iPad

Date: Mondays- March 27, April 3,10,17

Time: 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM

Location: Oxford Performing Arts Center

Instructor: John Longshore

Do you own an iPhone or iPad? This four-week course is for people who need to know as much as possible, as quickly as possible. This course will cover how to add contacts, how to take photos, how to download apps, and how to email.

Class Limit: 15 students

Bonus Class: Field Trip to Orbix Glass

Date: Thursday, April 27

Location: Fort Payne & Mentone, Alabama

Glass blowing: $85; lunch on your own

Transportation furnished

Learn all about blowing beautiful works of art from glass. Each participant will be able to create a Christmas ornament with the help of the Orbix staff. 

Bonus Class: Painting Workshop with Larry K. Martin

Date: Wednesday, April 26

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Oxford Performing Arts Center

Instructor: Larry K. Martin, World renowned wildlife artist

His presentation will include:

Part one: observations on the universal role of graphic creativity, or “art,” throughout the history of humanity. (short PowerPoint included)

Part two: The subject of Wildlife Art will be addressed- the popular role of animals (and habitat) in art, the variety of techniques employed in this particular genre of artistic expression in our present culture. The speaker’s preferred approach is best represented by the title “painting with soft acrylic,” and Larry will demonstrate a number of brush techniques that are employed in his paintings. 

Let’s Learn About Wine

Date: Duplicate Classes on April 13 and April 24

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Location: Oxford Performing Arts Center

Instructor: Dr. Patrick Bernardi

The history of wine extends back over 9000 years. During that time wine has influences cultures, religions, and civilization in general. To quote Ben Franklin from one of his missives, “…Wine, a constant reminder that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”

This course will take students through the history of wine and wine making to present day. You will learn about grapes, wine, wine making, and wine types and their characteristics. 

Let’s Taste! Learn To Taste Wine

(Not associated with OLLI)

Date: Duplicate Classes on April 17 and May 15

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Location: To Be Announced

Instructor: Dr. Patrick Bernardi

Approaching wine at a tasting, a dinner, or other social gatherings can be intimidating, not to mention deciphering a restaurant’s wine list.

This course will describe how to taste wines and what to look for in wine lists. Wines made from different grape varieties and blended grape varieties will be presents along with suggestions on food pairings made simple. 

Oxford: City At The Crossroads Of History

Date: Mondays- March 20, 27, April 3, 10

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Oxford Performing Arts Center

Instructor: Hunter Gentry

Explore the history and lore of Oxford, Alabama through stories of its early settling families, “boom” into the 20th and 21st Centuries with photographs and documents. The course will be wrapped up with present city officials examining the Smith Years and Crossroads of the Future. 

The Greatest American Novels

Date: Thursdays- March 23,30, April 6,13

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Oxford Performing Arts Center

Instructor: Dave Murdock

Since the almost- forgotten writer John William DeForest first used the term “The Great American Novel” in an 1868 essay, there has been a vigorous debate over which novel deserves the title. After 149 years, there is still no consensus… but there are “the usual suspects.” In this course, we will discuss and define the term and survey the wide range of texts that have ben called “The Great American Novel focusing on the three novels most commonly given the title.

Week 1: The Great American Novel- defining and describing what American novels have been called “The Great.”

Week 2: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

Week 3: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick

Week 4: Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn