Special to the
Opelika Observer

Dr. Bill Deutsch, a retired Auburn University aquatic ecologist, will present “Viewing Alabama Land with Head and Heart” at OLLI’s Oct. 16 Alabama Bicentennial Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Lecture Series.
Deutsch will discuss Alabama land physically and biologically as a natural resource, as well as culturally and spiritually as a source of beauty, refreshment and a sense of place. He will include an overview of the state’s geology, soils, crops and settlement patterns.
Deutsch will also discuss how geography strongly influences personal identities. Come ready to discuss your sense of place in Alabama or elsewhere. This will be an interactive session.
Deutsch is a Research Fellow (Emeritus) in the Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences. He is an aquatic ecologist and educator who has worked with local communities on many river systems of the world. Deutsch founded Global Water Watch and co-founded Alabama Water Watch, a program for promoting citizen volunteer water monitoring, environmental education and improved water policies.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University (OLLI at Auburn) hosts its Alabama Bicentennial Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities, also known as Pebble Hill, which is located at 101 S. Debardeleben St. in Auburn.
Lunch begins at 11:45 a.m. and participants shoud bring their own meal. Coffee, tea and water will be provided. The program begins at 12:15 p.m.
The series is made possible by a grant from the Alabama Bicentennial Commission and is cosponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities. The program is open to the public at no charge.
OLLI at Auburn is a program of the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach at Auburn University. OLLI’s administrative offices and select classes are located at the historic Sunny Slope property located at 1031 S. College St.
For more information regarding this event or to learn about becoming a volunteer faculty member, volunteer service assistant or sponsor, call Shawnee McKee, OLLI Administrative Support, at 334-844-3146 email at olli@auburn.edu or visit www.olliatauburn.org, call administrative support at 334-844-3146, olli@auburn.edu or visit www.olliatauburn.org.