Spring 2014 Schedule of Classes

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Session I - January 28 - March 7

Mondays—
Wilder and Wilder: A Film Sampler from Billy Wilder
February 3, 10, 17, 24
(Please note the longer class time and 4 weeks only)
3:00-5:15 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: Dr. Matthew Hearn, Lipscomb University Professor, Department of English

As the “dark genius” of American comedy, Billy Wilder wrote and/or directed a remarkably diverse series of Oscar-winning films in Hollywood after emigrating to the U.S. to escape the rise of Nazism in his native Austria.  Join us as we sample and discuss some of his classics: Ball of Fire (with Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper, 1941), The Lost Weekend (with Ray Milland and Jane Wyman, 1945), Stalag 17 (with William Holden, 1953), and The Apartment (with Jack Lemmon and Shirley McClaine, 1960).

Tuesdays—
Presidents You Wish You Knew More About
February 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 4
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructors: Libby Lacock, Hank Davis, and Dr. Tim Johnson. Libby and Hank are both members of the Lipscomb University Lifelong Learning Advisory Board and Dr. Tim Johnson is a Lipscomb University Research Professor in the Department of History

Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States but is only the 43rd man to serve. If you come to this class you might find out why. Each week we will deal with one or two Presidents that are less familiar to most people. It is interesting that most of these men were elected Vice President and succeeded a President who died in office. This term will deal with:

  • Both Johnsons – Andrew and Lyndon succeeded Lincoln and Kennedy. There were some similarities as well as great differences.
  • Ulysses S Grant – did you know that was not his real name? He was a close friend of Lincoln’s and was devastated by his assassination.
  • Millard Fillmore and Franklin Pierce – 13th President who succeeded Taylor and the 14th President who was elected in his own right.
  • Warren G. Harding – 29th President, elected in his own right but died in office and was succeeded by Coolidge.
  • John Tyler – 10th President and the first man to succeed a President.
Wednesdays—
Ancient China, Global China: Understanding China's History, Government, Culture and Economy
February 5, 12, 19, 26, and March 5
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Swang Center, Room 108
Cost $60
Facilitator: Turney Stevens, Dean, College of Business and Professor of Management

In this study of ancient China as a global economy we will study issues that deal with the country’s history, government, culture and economy. Each week will deal with the following:

  • Week 1: From Yao to Mao: 4000 Years of Chinese History in 90 Minutes
  • Week 2: Communist or Capitalist? China’s Inscrutable Government
  • Week 3: Which Mattered Most? Western Culture or Eastern Culture?
  • Week 4: Today’s Global Economy: China as Titan
  • Week 5: China’s Masses: Warmhearted or Warriors?

Suggested Reading for Individual Purchase:

  1. Henry Kissinger: On China (New York: Penguin Books, 2011) At Amazon, Paperback $14
  2. Jung Chang: Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (New York: Touchstone Books, 2003) At Amazon, Paperback $12.78
  3. Nien Cheng: Life and Death in Shanghai (New York; Penguin Books, 1986) At Amazon, Paperback $13.11
  4. Simon Winchester: The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom (New York: Harper Perrenial , 2008) At Amazon, Paperback $11.73
Thursdays—This Class is Now Full
Great Decisions: An Analysis of Eight Issues of Concern to U.S. Policymakers Today
February 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 6
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, 3rd Floor, Andrews Institute
Cost $60 or more depending on course length
Facilitators: Linda Peek Schacht, Lipscomb University, Executive Director of the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership and Mary Pat Silveira, retired 30 year veteran of the United Nations

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The name is shared by a national civic-education program, briefing book and television series administered and produced by the Foreign Policy Association.  The Great Decisions program highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. Great Decisions provides background information, current data and policy options for each issue and serves as the focal text for discussion groups.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Defense Technology
  • Israel and the U.S.
  • Turkey’s challenges
  • Islamic awakening
  • Energy Independence
  • Food And Climate
  • China’s foreign policy
  • U.S. trade policy

You can order your Great Decisions 2014 Briefing Book at: www.fpa.org

Fridays—
"As the Page Turns" Book Club
February 7, 21, March 7, 28 and April 11, 25
(Note: Special Meeting Dates)
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Meeting at the Avalon Home
Cost $60 for both sessions
Instructor: Kay Wyatt, Lipscomb University graduate, M.A.T. English from MTSU, and retired Lipscomb Academy English faculty.

Join our first ever Lifelong Learning Book Club as we read and discuss the following books of fiction and nonfiction, every other week for six meetings spanning both sessions (No class March 21st due to Spring Break):

  • (2/7) The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede
  • (2/21) The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • (3/7) Outliers: The Study of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • (3/28) Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  • (4/11) Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • (4/25) The End of your Life Book Club by Will Schwalb

It was once said “ Each time we come to a book we give it a different reading because we bring a different person to it. It is not you who reads the book, the book reads you.” How will these books read you as you read them?

Session II - March 24 - April 25

Mondays—
The History of Rock and Roll Music
March 24, 31 and April 7, 14, 21
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: John Bridges, Author, Historian, Musician and Classic Car Collector

Whether it started with the “rocking and reeling” spirituals of rural black churches or in Mississippi “juke joints” or in Chicago blues bars, rock and roll gradually evolved into the songs of Elvis, Jerry Lee, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and many, many others. Using photos of 100 rock legends along with samples of their greatest hits, we will trace rock and roll music from its beginnings through the 1980s. Get ready to blow the dust off some great old musical memories.

  • Week 1: The Roots of Rock and Roll 1920-1940
  • Week 2: The 1950s Rock and Roll Explodes
  • Week 3: The ‘60s….The Golden Years
  • Week 4: The ‘70s….Rock Expands, Disco etc.
  • Week 5: the ‘80s….Rock Becomes Pop
Tuesdays—
Cold Case Investigations of Nashville
March 25 and April 1, 8, 15, 22
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: Pat Postiglione, 33 Year Veteran of the Metro Police Department, 26 years as a Homicide Detective

A major player over his 33-year career, Pat Postiglione was with the Metro Police Department working tirelessly on Nashville's most infamous crimes. As a homicide detective he helped to solve 56 cold cases and put some of Nashville’s most notorious murderers behind bars. In this class Pat will discuss what makes a homicide cold, what potential issues are there with cold case investigations, and successfully solving a cold case. 

He will use as examples the many cold cases he has solved over the years, some of which you may recognize: Victim Marcia Trimble, convicted killer Paul Reid and the infamous Perry March.

Wednesdays—
The Christian World(s) of J.R. R. Tolkien
March 26 and April 2, 9, 16, 23
3:00-4:30 a.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: Dr. Ken Durham, Batsell Barrett Baxter Chair of Preaching, College of Bible and Ministry, Lipscomb University

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”  Thus begins the classic children’s tale by the distinguished British scholar John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973).  The Hobbit and its more grownup sequel The Lord of the Rings (3 volumes) have now sold close to a quarter of a billion copies, and launched a series of beloved films. In addition to being an exceptionally-successful writer, J. R. R. Tolkien was a serious follower of Jesus Christ, and was highly influential in the coming to faith of his good friend and fellow Oxford scholar C. S. Lewis.  Unlike the great Christian apologist Lewis (Mere Christianity, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters), Tolkien did not highlight his Christian beliefs in his fantasy literature.  But a close examination of his stories reveals a Christianity woven deep into his themes and characters, like rich threads in a magnificent tapestry. Join us for a 5-week exploration of the faith, family, friendships, and fiction of the person who many consider the greatest fiction writer of the 20th century.

Suggested readings:  The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings (3 volumes).

Thursdays—
An Introduction to the Study of Islam
March 27 and April 3, 10, 17, 24
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Cost $60
Instructor: Dr. Howard D. Miller, Professor and Academic Chair of the Department of History Politics and Philosophy

Howard Miller is a widely published social historian with a specialty in medieval studies. His Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A. in medieval studies are all from Yale University. His career prior to coming to Lipscomb includes serving as an assistant professor at Cornell College and an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University and California State University. His writings include works on the history of languages, food, Islam, literature and other aspects of medieval culture. In an introduction to the study of Islam you will learn a brief survey of Islamic history, from the appearance of Muhammad to the present era, with particular attention paid to explaining the basic tenets of the religion and it’s interaction with Christianity through history.

Fridays—
"As the Page Turns" Book Club Continued
February 7, 21, March 7, 28 and April 11, 25
(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.

Join our first ever Lifelong Learning Book Club as we read and discuss the following books of fiction and nonfiction, every other week for six meetings spanning both sessions (No class March 21st due to Spring Break):

  • (2/7) The Day the World Came to Town by Jim Defede
  • (2/21) The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • (3/7) Outliers: The Study of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • (3/28) Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  • (4/11) Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • (4/25) The End of your Life Book Club by Will Schwalb

It was once said “ Each time we come to a book we give it a different reading because we bring a different person to it. It is not you who reads the book, the book reads you.” How will these books read you as you read them?