City of Gulf Shores

University of South Alabama hosts third annual Distinguished Lecture Series 

The University of South Alabama will launch the 2017-18 Distinguished Lecture Series with a screening of The Underwater Forest, a documentary detailing the discovery of an ancient cypress forest just off the coast of Gulf Shores. The 60,000 year-old  forest was preserved in sediment before being uncovered by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Come take a time-traveler’s journey to our own prehistoric forest from the ice age.

Ben Raines, who wrote and directed the documentary, will introduce the film and participate in a Question and Answer session immediately following.  An investigative reporter for, Ben Raines has covered environmental issues and natural wonders in Alabama for nearly two decades.

This free lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 26 at the Cultural Center Auditorium, 19470 Oak Road West, Gulf Shores, AL 36542.  This event is open to the public. 

Please register by calling the Center for Continuing Education at the University of South Alabama at 251-460-7200 or by going online to  You can also respond by email.

Lecture Series
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