Fall 2016 Schedule of Classes

Session I - August 29 - October 3

Mondays—Egyptology: Egypt and the Hebrew Sojourn

NOTE: This is the first session of a ten-week class. the class continues in the second session
Aug. 29 and Sept. 12, 19 and 26 and Oct. 3
3-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 107
Cost $60 per session
Instructor: Pamela O’Neal, Author of The God of Egypt
This history course examines ancient Egypt from the days of Joseph through the Hebrew Exodus. Students will gain a historical perspective of the life and times of well-known Bible characters and of the biblical narrative. Is there any evidence in Egyptian history supporting the story of Joseph? What transpired in Egypt during the space of time between the books of Genesis and Exodus? Is there historical evidence of Moses’ existence in Egypt? Who was the pharaoh of the exodus? What was the significance of the plagues from an Egyptian perspective? All of these questions and more will be investigated and illustrated in this class.

Tuesdays—Cooking and Tips for Everyday Living

Aug. 30 and Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27
3-4:30 p.m.
Nutrition Foods Lab, James D. Hughes Center
Cost $60
Instructor: Mary Nelle Chumley, Lipscomb Alumnus and Special Event Hostess
If you do not cook or do not like to cook, this class is for you! If you have trouble planning menus, shopping or thinking about what to have for a meal, you need this class.
In Cooking and Tips for Everyday Living we will learn all of these skills and much more. You will learn how to prepare basic main course dishes, a brunch meal and some simple dessert dishes. At the conclusion of each class we will taste the food that we have made that day.
This will be a hands-on fun class that will have a limited number of spaces available so sign up quickly.

Wednesdays—A Study of Acts 1-9

Aug. 31 and Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28
10-11:30 a.m.
Longview Mansion, 811 Caldwell Lane
Cost $60
Instructor: Carl McKelvey, Executive Vice President of Lipscomb University’s Center for Spiritual Renewal
A study of Acts of the Apostles is actually a study of Vol. 2 of Luke's Gospel.  It is truly a continuation of all that Jesus did and taught through the ministry and work of faithful followers, both men and women who were witnesses in Jerusalem in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.  This particular class will cover the time span from Jesus' ascension to the conversion of Saul of Tarsus.

Thursdays—Great Scot! Your Scottish Ancestry

Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
3-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 109
Cost $60
Instructor: Charlie McVey, Lipscomb University Professor of German
Let's look into the Scottish connections to America: why did they leave Scotland? Who came to the New World? What have they done here? And especially, where are they in your heritage … are you an "Outlander?  We'll also briefly survey Scottish history and the contributions of Scottish-Americans to our culture.  And as a course extra -- an optional trip to the Middle Tennessee Highland Games & Celtic Festival ( http://www.midtenngames.com/ ) on Saturday, September 10th! Slainte bhath!

Fridays—"Lessons From Mayberry"

Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
10-11:30 p.m.
Blakeford of Green Hills
11 Burton Hills Blvd, Nashville TN
Cost $60
Instructor: Paul Nance, Director of Creative Services, Lipscomb University Athletic Department
God provides learning opportunities for us in many unexpected settings—is it possible we can learn from a television show? This entertaining study will examine the pure morals and Godly values offered through episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show”.

Session II - October 18 - November 21

Mondays—Egyptology: Egypt and the Aftermath of the Exodus

NOTE: This is the second session of a ten-week class. This class is a continuation of the first session’s Egyptology class.
Oct. 24, 31 and Nov. 7, 14, 21
3-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 107
Cost $60 per session
Instructor: Pamela O’Neal, Author of The God of Egypt
This second section of the course covers ancient Egyptian history from the drowning of the Egyptian army in the Red Sea through the days of the Hebrew conquest of Canaan.  This class will survey the thrilling events that unfolded in Egyptian culture after the Hebrews left. How did a vulnerable and devastated Egypt survive in the wake of the plagues? Did the Egyptians’ encounter with God make a lasting impact? Is there evidence of Joshua in Egyptian history? How does King Tut fit in relation to the story of the exodus? Is Egypt rightly cast as the enemy of God in scripture? All of these questions and more will be explored and answered in this class.

Tuesdays—Travel and Writing

Oct. 18, 25 and Nov. 1, 8, 15
3-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: Gloria Ballard, Freelance Writer and Former Travel Editor at The Tennessean
If you love to travel and you love to write, this class combines the two. We will examine different types of travel writing from basic where-to, how-to stories to creative, first-person essays that reflect on the inner journey that may arise from a special trip, location or destination. Participants will discuss work by a variety of contemporary travel writers and learn ways to transform their own travel experiences into compelling, true stories. Instruction will include how to generate ideas for travel writing, how to gather information for a travel story, ways to shape your travel experience into a compelling story or essay and how to use photos and illustrations with your travel story. Come prepared to write, as each class will include a short writing period. Participants will be encouraged to continue the work at home between classes and to share their work with fellow students in the class. The class is open to all levels of experience. 
Week 1:  Beginning a journey: types of travel writing
Week 2: “Destination” stories with a twist
Week 3: Travel writing as creative nonfiction / personal essay
Week 4: Beginnings, endings, revisions
Week 5: Travel photos, tips & techniques and sharing your stories

Wednesdays—United States' Presidential Elections: Ideology into Reality?

Oct. 19, 26 and Nov. 2, 9, 16
3-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 109
Cost $60
Instructor: Craig Bledsoe, Provost of Lipscomb University
Neal Allison, Professor of History and Political Science at Lipscomb University
In anticipation of the November 2016 presidential election, this course examines American political ideology and its effective implementation as seen through the lens of twentieth and twenty-first century elections. By using the tools of the two disciplines of history and political science to look at selected influential U.S. presidential elections, we’ll see how effectively a president’s ideology became reality. Studying this ideology will help us understand the values and beliefs that are important to Americans and if the president’s interpretation of these beliefs helps or hurts a society’s progress. A further grasp of these issues will help us to appreciate the ideas and power structures that influence our world.

Thursdays—A Month in Tuscany: An Overview of Art, Cooking and Culture

Oct. 20, 27 and Nov. 3, 10, 17
3-4:30 pm
Ezell Center, Room 109
Cost $60
Instructor: Turney Stevens, Graduate Professor of Business at Lipscomb University
When Frances Mayes published her best selling book, Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy, the whole world seemed to discover the joys of life in romantic Italy. If you can't spend a year in Tuscany, how about spending five weeks with us this fall as we explore the art, history, music, food and culture of Florence and the surrounding countryside? This class is open to all but is also a great preparation for those planning to join Lipscomb's Lifelong Learning trip to Florence in May, 2017.

Fridays-- The "Wacky, Wonderful English Language"

Oct. 21, 28 and Nov. 4, 11, 18
10-11:30 a.m.
Fifty Forward Martin Center
960 Heritage Way, Brentwood TN
Cost $60
Instructor: Kay Wyatt, Lipscomb University graduate, M.A.T. English, MTSU, retired Lipscomb Academy faculty
In the “Wacky, Wonderful English Language” class, we will look at our amazing English language. Some of the areas we will consider are how the English language has developed through its history until now, how words originate and develop (etymology), how English readily borrows words from other languages, how great literary word makers have left their marks on English, how our many, many idioms can make English a difficult language for English as a second language learners, and how our language has become the world’s lingua franca.  Please join us on this wacky, wonderful English adventure!