Decade-long Relationship between TBGBC and OLLI-USF Continues to Strengthen

Ken Kotecha receives OLLI “Roll of Honor” plaque
Ken Kotecha (right) receives his OLLI “Roll of Honor” plaque from OLLI-USF Director Ara Rogers at the June 2nd Volunteer Recognition Breakfast at Tampa Palms Country Club. Ken is a native of Zanzibar, a retired attorney and professor of law and political science, and has authored a book on African politics.

Longtime Tampa Bay Great Books Council member Ken Kotecha has been inducted into the Instructors “Roll of Honor” for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of South Florida. The “Roll of Honor” recognizes those devoted volunteers who have successfully taught more than ten courses in the OLLI-USF program. This testament to the excellence of Ken’s teaching comes from TBGBC Vice Chair Ann Ottaviano, a student in one of Ken’s recent classes.

Last winter I enrolled in an OLLI “Arabs and Africans” course taught by Ken Kotecha. Ken’s teaching encompassed not only the socio/economic but also the political aspects of the subject, making it a very interesting, informative course. I kept all the notes and handouts for future reference.

OLLI-USF recognizes Great Books volunteers
Among the volunteers recognized by OLLI-USF on June 2nd were these Great Books aficionados: (from left), Arlene Zimney (who chairs the OLLI-USF Volunteer Management Committee); Jack Herman, veteran class leader on Current Affairs and Science; and Patrick DeMarco, longtime moderator of the OLLI-USF “Great Books” courses, and TBGBC co-founder and Secretary.

Ken will be teaching the third part of what I term the “African Trilogy” (unfortunately, I didn’t take the first one) from July 21 – August 11, addressing the ramifications of the scramble by worldwide countries for a place in Africa’s socio/economic/political picture.
I am sure this course will be as informative as the last one, and I encourage all those interested to enroll. It should be a great experience!
Ann Ottaviano, Vice President
Tampa Bay Great Books Council

Ken Kotecha will be teaching “Africa and the World” at OLLI-USF beginning July 21st, and “African Politics: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly” during OLLI-USF’s Fall term. Call (813)-974-2403 (Option 1) for more information.

An increasing number of TBGBC’s active participants are teaching OLLI-USF classes this Summer, including Jack Herman (“Science: What a Wonderful World”), Cath Mason (“Tell It Like It Was: Your Stories, Your Voice”), George Hyde (“Egos, Ethics and Economics in Today’s Mass Media”), Brenda Tipps (“How to Read Poetry Aloud for Inspiration and Fun”), and Ken Kotecha (see above article).  Tentative plans for the Fall term include almost a dozen OLLI-USF courses to be led by individuals who are also very active in TBGBC programs.   For details and registration information at (813)-974-2403 (Option 1) or online at