OLLI at Auburn hosts Brown Bag Lecture Series Guest Bill Wilson


Special to the
Opelika Observer

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University (OLLI at Auburn) will host its “Summer Brown Bag Lecture Series” July 31 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts Humanities (Also known as Pebble Hill) located at 101 Debardeleben St. in Auburn.
OLLI members, guests and the public are all invited to enjoy this lecture series and to learn more about OLLI at Auburn course offerings, social engagements and initiatives.
The featured lecture guest will be Bill Wilson presenting “A Survival Guide for Widows and Widowers” to address the research and resources for widowers, along with accounts dealing with grief firsthand.
“Newly widowed myself, I am researching and writing a survival guide for new widowers. Based on my research and personal grief journey, this presentation will include information such as: how-to’s, group sharing/discussion and a questionnaire for additional research in addition to accounts of personal grief journeys,” Wilson said.
Wilson has been a professional communicator for more than 50 years. He has written or ghost-written six books, magazine articles, columns, newsletters and radio PSAs. As an accredited public relations professional (APR) and a certified association executive (CAE), he devised and taught professional development programs in public relations and marketing.
Wilson has previously served as an adjunct instructor at Northern Virginia Community College.
“A Survival Guide for Widowers” is a direct outgrowth of Wilson’s loss of his wife in August 2015 and his subsequent grief journey. He shares help and experience as a fellow widower who has walked the lonesome road of recovery after losing a beloved wife of 41 years.
OLLI at Auburn offers academic not for credit programs for adults aged 50 years or older through program sites at Auburn University, AUM in Montgomery, and the Chambers County Public Library in Valley.
OLLI at Auburn is a program of the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach at Auburn University. OLLI administrative offices and select classes are located at the historic Sunny Slope property, at 1031 South College St. in Auburn. For more information regarding this event, to volunteer or be a sponsor, please contact Ileeia A. Cobb, Ph.D., OLLI Director, at 334-844-3105, olli@auburn.edu, or visit www.olliatauburn.org.


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