OLLI Day is a celebration of lifelong learning. OLLI Day was first declared in 2020 to highlight all the program has to offer and continues today as an opportunity for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes throughout Alabama to create connections and strengthen our community. In addition to OLLI at Auburn, Alabama also has OLLI programs at the University of Alabama and University of Alabama in Huntsville. OLLI Day is a great time to join OLLI at Auburn where you can become part of a vibrant community of adults and experience the joy of lifelong learning.

Alabama OLLI Day 2024 Signature Event
August 7, 2024 | 4:00 - 7:30 PM
Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center at Auburn University
910 S College St, Auburn, AL

4:00PM Registration and Pre-Program Displays

4:30PM Welcome and OLLI Day Program

5:00PM Award-winning author and New York Times contributor Margaret Renkl reads from her book “The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year” accompanied by projected illustrations. Joining her to discuss their collaboration on the book is her brother, artist Billy Renkl.

6:00PM Reception and Book Signing

Program and reception are free and open to the public.

OLLI at Auburn members receive 2 free drink tickets with membership for the 2024-25 year.

Margaret Renkl

Book Discussion for “The Comfort of Crows: A Backyard Year” by Margaret Renkl
June 20, 2024 | 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Auburn Public Library
749 E Thach Ave, Auburn, AL

Instructors Ken Autrey, Wendy Cleveland, and Jay Lamar lead a discussion of the themes, structure, and illustrations of the book. Move through the seasons with us as we explore this week-by-week devotional about the creatures and plants that make up the beauty of everyday life. Program is free and open to the public. Copies of the book are available for loan from Auburn Public Library and for purchase from Auburn Oil Co. Booksellers. OLLI members receive a discount on purchases at Auburn Oil Co. Booksellers.

The Comfort of Crows book cover by Margaret Renkl yellow with flowers and birds

Billy Renkl: The world is on its way to you always

Solo Exhibition
May 20 – August 22 | Monday – Friday 7:45 AM – 4:45 PM
Biggin Gallery, 101 Biggin Hall, 112 S College St, Auburn, AL

Artist Lecture & Closing Reception
Thursday, August 22, 2024 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Lecture: 005 Biggin Hall, 112 S College St, Auburn, AL
Reception: Biggin Gallery, 101 Biggin Hall

With each mixed media collage in this exhibition, Auburn alum Billy Renkl explores the histories embedded in vintage and antique papers. Paper, so easily ripped, marked and worn, reveals tangible, and often mysterious, histories. Renkl's overall practice approaches collage as a way of embodying ideas in conversation with these histories. On collage, Renkl says, "A collagist is always in the art store. As with photographers, the world is always approaching us with an outstretched hand: 'This?' And it's my endless work to notice."

The exhibition, artist lecture, and closing reception are free and open to the public. For more information, visit: https://cla.auburn.edu/art/galleries/exhibitions/2023-24-exhibitions/billy-renkl/.

Collage artwork in blue tones with a headless statue surrounded by ladders with a celestial chart above it

Billy Renkl, man with white hair and a slight smile wearing a blue jacket and green shirt

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Last Updated: June 25, 2024