Michael Ray Taylor to speak at Olli Brown Bag Lecture Feb. 10


Contributed by OLLI

Michael Ray Taylor, author and journalism professor at Henderson State University in Arkansas, will present “Hidden Nature: Exploring Caves” at OLLI’s Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture Series on Wednesday, Feb. 10. His presentation will be streamed live on OLLI at Auburn’s Facebook page at noon.

Taylor, a seasoned caver and journalist, will guide us on an adventurous photographic tour of the cave-rich region called TAG, an acronym for Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. Highlights of our tour will include Alabama pits hundreds of feet deep, huge hidden chambers, subterranean rivers, beautiful  formations and odd wildlife. We will learn about the thrill of caving, scientific discoveries underground and ways that the health of Alabama caves affect surface life and the water supply. 

Taylor is the author of several books on caves and science. His latest is Hidden Nature: Wild Southern Caves, from which this talk is adapted, was released in August 2020. He has written for Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Audubon and many other publications, and he teaches journalism at Henderson State University in Arkansas.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University (OLLI at Auburn) hosts its live Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture Series from 12 to 1 p.m. on OLLI at Auburn’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OLLIatAuburn. The free program is open to the public. 

OLLI at Auburn is a program of the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach. OLLI administrative offices and select classes are located at the historic Sunny Slope property, 1031 S College St. in Auburn. For more information or to learn about becoming a Volunteer Faculty Member, Volunteer Service Assistant, or Sponsor, contact Shawnee McKee, OLLI Administrative Support, at 334-844-3146, olli@auburn.edu, or visit our website at www.olliatauburn.org.


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