Fall 2014 Schedule of Classes

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Session I - September 2 - October 8

Mondays—An Introduction to the Holocaust and Genocide Studies

September 8, 15, 22, 29 and October 6
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: Danielle Kahane-Kaminsky, Executive Director of the Tennessee Holocaust Commission

The Holocaust remains an unparalleled instance in human history of industrialized, systematic genocide. In this class, we will examine the causes and legacies of the assault on humanity and violations of human rights during the Holocaust Era. The meaning, impact, and aftermath of the Holocaust will be explored through readings, literature, film, and eyewitness testimony of survivors and liberators. We will explore and discuss the behavior and perspectives of perpetrators, victims, bystanders, and ourselves as students, while seeking to understand the nature of this twentieth century event and its significance.

Suggested Reading Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust by Susan D. Bachrach
ISBN 0-316-07484-5

Tuesdays—History of Christian Architecture

September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: Dr. David Lawrence, Retired Lipscomb University professor of History

This class will explore the sacred places where Christians decided to meet and consider the development of Christian architecture and the philosophy governing the choices for church structures. Consideration will be given to the concept of building structures that complement the narrative of the gospel and enhance the experience of worship as opposed to the concept of functionality. Particular attention will be given to the development of Gothic architecture and its influence on subsequent styles.

The lectures will be as follows:

  1. Sacred Spaces (September 2): Examination of the basic concept of the human impulse to worship and to dedicate a sacred place to do so.
  2. Classical Architecture (September 9): An interpretation of Greek and Roman temple architecture and a consideration of the influence of classical temple architecture on Christian forms.
  3. Early Christian Worship (September 16): The narrative of the development of Christian architecture from its simple beginnings though the selection of the Roman Basilica as the fundamental pattern for Christian churches.
  4. Gothic Architecture (September 23): A pictorial journey that narrates the development of the Gothic form as perhaps the ultimate expression of Christian architecture, its didactic purpose and symbolism, and the variant forms in different European countries.
  5. Post-Reformation Christian Architecture (September 30): The continuation of the narrative of Christian architecture through the Baroque expression in Catholic lands and the simpler forms in Protestant areas.

Wednesdays—The Flowering of New England: The homes and works of famous American authors of the 19th century

September 10, 17, 24, and October 1, 8
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: Dr. John Parker, Retired Lipscomb University professor of English

During the 1600’s, strict Pilgrims and Puritans from England established villages, cities, and a stern religious culture in what Captain John Smith first named New England. Some seven generations later, in the first half of the nineteenth century, their descendants, many now prosperous in business and education but still under the dark cloud of Calvinism, witnessed a sudden explosion of literary genius. Hawthorne, Melville, Alcott, Longfellow, Dickinson, Mark Twain and others produced an outpouring of fiction and poetry that is still the best of the American literary canon. This class will study samples of the most treasured passages from these writers, and in a week-long bus tour out of Boston our travel group will wander through the houses where these famous authors lived and imagine the effect that living there in this close and beautiful region where the most brilliant and enduring of early American literature was produced.

The lectures will be as follows:

  1. Transcendentalists: Emerson, Alcott, Thoreau
  2. Hawthorne, Melville
  3. Brahmin Poets: Longfellow, Whittier, Holmes, Bryan
  4. Women: Dickinson, Wharton, Stowe
  5. Twain

Thursdays—Creation and New Creation: What is the Future of the Earth?

September 4, 11, 18, 25 and October 2
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: Dr. John Mark Hicks, Lipscomb University, professor of Theology and History

God created a good earth in which God rested. Historically, Christians have had varied understandings of why God created the earth, the relation of humanity to the earth, God's intent for the earth, and the future of the earth. We will explore the biblical story through the lens of God's intent and goal for the earth, and we will discuss how this relates to our salvation and mission in God's plan for us.

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

Note: This is a yearlong class meeting six times

September 19, October 17, November 21, 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, Retired Lipscomb Academy English professor

As the Page Turns Book Club returns for Part 2 on Friday, September 19, in the Avalon House, and continues monthly on the third Friday of each month (except December and January) through April 17. Our September book discussion will be on Wonder by R.J. Palacio. The book centers on 10-year old Auggie, who has to face a world every day that doesn’t know how to face him back. 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.

Fridays—Managing Digital Images--This Class is Now Full

Note class time change: New time is 2:30-4:00 pm

September 5, 12, 19, 26 and October 3
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Hughes Center, Computer Lab
Cost $60
Instructor: Angela D. Lee, Lipscomb University, visiting professor of Art

From an iPhone to a point-and-shoot camera, the precious memories we have are now all digital. In this class, we will cover the basics of managing your digital images, including retrieving them from the camera, archiving and storing the images, and sending the images for commercial prints.

Session II - October 21 - November 24

Mondays—The Civil Rights Movement: The Power of Women & Music

October 27 and November 3, 10, 17, 24
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: Mrs. Jeanne Newton, Lipscomb University, adjunct professor of Music Appreciation

This course will survey many of the influential women who were integral to the Civil Rights Movement, serving as trailblazers and torch bearers from the 1940s through the 1960s. The role of the power of music on humanity in general and the Movement in particular will also be examined as music exerted bi-directional influences on all of American culture during this period of change and volatility. Who were these women? Why were they willing to risk so much? How did music empower them and the Movement? Learn more about the Highlander School, the Freedom Singers, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, the Freedom Riders and iconic songs, such as We Shall Overcome, This Little Light of Mine, Strange Fruit, and many others.

Tuesdays—Dementia Update: Recent Information on Detection, Treatment and Prevention of Various Forms of Dementia

October 21, 28 and November 4, 11, 18
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: Dr. Dale Alden, Lipscomb University, assistant professor of Psychology and Counseling

I will cover recent information on diagnostic advances for early Alzheimer's Disease and other causes of dementia, the most recent advances in treatment for those that have dementing illnesses and the valid and not-so-valid methods to help decrease the chances of developing these conditions. Much of what is marketed for "brain-building" and prevention has turned out to be a waste of time and money, but there is a good deal of research showing benefits of both old and new strategies recently in the medical literature

Wednesdays—“After the War”

October 22, 29 and November 5, 12, 19
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: Mr. David Hardin, a writer, editor and historian

David Hardin's book, "After the War" retraces and examines the postwar lives and struggles of some of the Civil War's famous figures.

  • Legacies: Jefferson Davis and daughter, Winnie; William T. Sherman and son, Tom;
  • Heroes: U.S. Grant and Robert E. Lee;
  • Two Confederates: Joseph Johnston and Nathan B. Forrest; Women Alone: Mary Chesnut, Mary Lincoln and Libbie Custer;
  • Opposites Attract: John B. Hood and George Thomas.

Class will be part lecture with open discussion encouraged

Thursdays—Wives of Southern Presidents

October 23, 30 and November 6, 13, 20
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: Mrs. Elizabeth Coker, local historian and public speaker

Another series of dramatic portrayals by Elizabeth Coker focusing on the intriguing lives of the wives of our nations early leaders. Step back in time as we see how the role of women changed from colonial America up to the era of the civil war.

  • Week 1 - Lady Martha Washington
  • Week 2 - Mrs. Dolly Madison
  • Week 3 - Mrs. Rachel Jackson
  • Week 4 - Mrs. Eliza Johnson
  • Week 5 - Mrs. Mary Lincoln and Mrs. Varina Davis

Fridays—Heaven: A Trip to Die For!

October 24, 31 and November 7, 14, 21
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: Mr. Walt Leaver, Lipscomb University, Vice President for University Relations

What does Scripture say about where we all want to go?

  • Fantasy: Imagine that you’re offered an "all-expenses paid” trip to a fascinating place….A place you’ve always heard about….but a place where you’ve never been.
  • Fact: Everyone has been offered an “all expenses paid” trip to a fascinating place called “heaven”. We’ve heard about it but how much do we really know about it? Surely it’s much better than the only other available option. Nevertheless, we’ve never been there and we don’t personally know anyone who has.
  • Would a Travel Brochure be Helpful? Although many Christians have a very limited view of heaven and the afterlife, Scripture has a lot of pertinent and exciting information about where people go and what happens to them after they die. During these five sessions, God’s Word will provide a solid foundation for hope and numerous encouraging glimpses of where Jesus went more than 2,000 years ago “to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2)