Spring 2015 Schedule of Classes

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Session I - February 2 - March 6

Mondays—History of Motown

February 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 2
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: David Williams
Vice Chancellor for University Affairs and Athletics & Athletics Director and Professor of Law Vanderbilt University

Growing up in Detroit just a few blocks from Hitsville USA, David Williams II was a witness to living history, watching the people and the events that brought Motown to life. David will share his memories and extensive knowledge and the songs that shaped this important era.

Tuesdays—Reading Scripture that Transforms

February 3, 10, 17, 24 and March 3
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: Rhonda Lowry
Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation

In this class lead by Rhonda Lowry, senior fellow of the Institute for Christian Spirituality, we will examine the reasoning of why so often we have read scripture for information rather than transformation. This course provides you tools to enliven your quiet time with God and experience His Presence through His Word.

NOTE: The Wednesday Session I Class has been changed as of January 6, 2015.
The new class and teacher are listed below.

Wednesdays—Five Revolutions that Changed History

February 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 4
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: David Lawrence
Retired Lipscomb University Professor of History

An analysis of five pivotal revolutions and their consequences, some of which were advantageous and some of which clearly were not.  However, after these revolutions the countries involved and all those affected by them were altered.

1.    The Roman Revolution.  This revolution ended 500 years of the history of the world’s first republic with its well formulated constitution and ushered in the Roman Empire which was in reality an autocratic monarchy operating under the form of the now-dead Republic.
2.    The American Revolution.  As a result of philosophical influence from the Enlightenment which took root in the spirit of autonomy and self-reliance in the British colonies, this revolution, which the British refer to as “the colonial rebellion”, brought about the United States of America which eventually became the greatest power in the world.
3.    The French Revolution.  This movement was inspired by the application of its own Enlightenment principles by the Americans.  Transposed back onto French soil, this revolution toppled the monarchy but then took on a life of its own and outgrew its Enlightenment parameters.  However, the French revolution made lasting contributions and forever altered the French nation.  
4.    The Russian Revolution. In Russia the same pattern followed by the French was applied to bring down the Russian monarchy, but it also moved beyond its Enlightenment philosophical guidelines and resulted in a seventy-year reign of Communism, thus trading one philosophy for another.  The history of Russia since the fall of Communism suggests a trajectory of continued autocracy.
5.    The Iranian Revolution.  The Middle East, after the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War II, was largely under the control of Western powers.  The time of a vibrant Islamic state lay in the Medieval past.  The overthrow of the American-supported Shah in 1979 marked the beginning of a new asserting of religious and political freedom and autonomy for the Islamic area, the old dar-al-Islam.  

Thursdays—Forensic Science: From The Crime Scene To The Crime Lab

February 5, 12, 19, 26 and March 5
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: Joe Minor
Retired Special Agent-Forensic Scientist with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

The class will explore how forensic science is used to solve crimes in the real world of crime scene investigation (CSI). A classroom crime scene experience will be included, followed by discussions of how the evidence is processed by forensic scientists at the crime laboratory.Topics will include: fingerprinting methods, DNA profiling, firearms identification, trace evidence analysis, and an explanation of how forensic databases are used to identify suspects and connect crimes.

Fridays—"As the Page Turns" Book Club (WOW: Women Only Welcome)

Note: This is a continuation of a yearlong class
February 20, March 20 and April 17
(Note: Special Meeting Dates)
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Meeting at the Avalon Home
Cost $60
Instructor: Kay Wyatt
Lipscomb University graduate, M.A.T. English from MTSU, and retired Lipscomb Academy English faculty.

As the Page Turns Book Club continues monthly on the third Friday of each month through April 17. Each month we will choose another book from a selection of titles.
Someone has said that people who love to read live many lives, but one who never reads lives only one. Join us as we explore the lives of the characters we meet in the book club books. These characters will resonate with our readers differently as will details in the stories, which should make for lively discussion each month.


Session II - March 23 - April 24

Mondays—Discovering Tennessee Writers

March 23, 30 and April 6, 13, 20
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: Dennis Loyd
Retired professor of English at Lipscomb University

From the Smoky Mountains to the Mississippi River, Tennessee’s landscape has been dotted with a variety of literary personalities. Some continue to be well-known and respected—James Agee, Wilma Dykeman, Andrew Lytle, Robert Penn Warren and Peter Taylor. Others had their moment in the sun then lost much of their prominence but deserve some rediscovery such as George Washington Harris, Mary N. Murfree, Emma Bell Miles and T. S. Stribling. No textbook will be required.

Tuesdays—Spiritual Road Trips: Seven Churches of Asia

March 24, 31 and April 7, 14, 21
10:00-11:30 p.m.
Longview Mansion- 811 Caldwell Lane
Cost $60
Instructor: Scott Sager
Vice president of church services at Lipscomb University

Exile. It’s a place no one wants to be- until John saw Jesus there. Exiled on Patmos, the Apostle John saw a vision of the Risen Christ and heard a message given to strengthen the seven churches of Asia. Scott Sager will be your guide on a journey into the world of the 1st Century Church where you will discover timeless truths for Christians of today.
Note: This class will potentially be followed up with a Life.ong Learning travel trip to visit the destinations central to this study.

Tuesdays cont.—Storytelling, Truth-Telling, and Documentary Film

March 31 and April 7, 14, final date TBD at the Nashville Film Festival (April 16-25)
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Swang Center, Room 108
Cost $60
Instructor: Ted Parks
Co-curator of Lipscomb University’s HumanDocs Film Series, associate professor of Spanish

Film historians look to Auguste and Louis Lumie`re as key figures in the birth of the cinema. More than a century ago, the Lumie`re brothers thrilled audiences with what they called the actualite´ -- one-minute snippets of French life on the cusp of the 20th century. The modern documentary can be said to trace its roots to the Lumie`re brothers and their belief in cinema as a way to represent the real world. In this class, we will begin with classic examples of non-fiction filmmaking -- such as Robert Flaherty’s pivotal Nanook of the North (1922) -- then view more recent documentaries, asking how the way documentarians represent truth impacts our understanding of the world and our responsibilities in it.

Wednesdays—Developing Global Mindset

March 25 and April 1, 8, 15, 22
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: Mike Kendrick
Associate professor of Management at Lipscomb University

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ~Mark Twain
Learn about the Challenges of Global Mindset:
     Cultural Distance
     Administrative Distance
     Geographic Distance
     Economic Distance

Thursdays—Creation Care: God, Man, and Environment

March 26 and April 2, 9, 16, 23
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: Kent Gallaher
Professor and chair in the Department of Biology at Lipscomb University

In his book South of Seattle, James LeMonds writes in reference to Genesis 1:26, “This passage, twenty-six verses into the creation story, has proven to be the most destructive sentence ever written, for in it, Man has found an unassailable rational for the eradication of land and life in the name of personal profiteering. This course will explore the concept of creation care. The notion that mankind should not simply view nature as a pantry from which to draw the necessities of life, but that our relationship with nature is actually a reflection of our relationship with the one who created it.

Fridays- Rethinking Prisons: Justice, Punishment, and Incarceration in America

March 27 and Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Instructor: Michael McRay
Adjunct professor in conflict resolution and reconciliation at Lipscomb University

Prisons seem to be common sense, right? Dangerous people need to be removed from society. And if you hurt others, you deserve to be hurt too. This feels right to most of us. But are there other ways to think about social separation and justice? This course will consider such problems and explore whether other methods of accountability, social separation, and justice might be more constructive to the common good and more faithful to the good news of Christ.
Week 1: History of Prisons (How did we get here?)
Week 2: Prison Narratives (Stories of the inside)
Week 3: Private Prisons (Making money off incarcerated persons)
Week 4: Death and Other Penalties
Week 5: What Else Is There? (Restorative justice, punishment, and Christian discipleship)