Lifelong Learning Fall Session 1

Lifelong Learning Fall Session 1 is in the past.

The Lifelong Learning Program offers people of retirement and semi-retirement age an opportunity to expand knowledge and explore new ideas in an informal, noncompetitive environment. Learning occurs in a pleasant social atmosphere in classes with one’s peers. There are no exams and no grades or credits. There is no previous educational requirement. Rather, the opportunity exists to interact with friends old and new. This is a time when you may fulfill many of your dreams.

Fall term begins in August with two five-week sessions ending in November. The classes generally meet for one and a half hours in the daytime once a week for five weeks.

To register for any of these classes click here.

To see more information on the Lifelong Learning program click here.


A History of Mysteries
Aug. 26 and Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30
3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Instructor: Dr. Kimberly Reed, Professor in the Lipscomb Department of English

This course will examine the history of the curiously appealing mystery story in its various manifestations, from tales of murder in the reign of Elizabeth I to contemporary postmodern narratives. Along the way, we will watch film clips of TV and movie adaptations of famous mysteries and will read mystery short stories or novels featuring an all-star cast: Auguste Dupin, Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, Harriet Vane, Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, Adam Dalgliesh and Inspectors Morse and Lewis.


Israel and Palestine from Abraham to Jesus to Today - Part One
Aug. 27 and Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24
3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Instructors: Michael and Rob McRay

This class will explore the roots and history of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, including what the Bible says about the Promised Land. You’ll look at the events and ideas that created the modern nation of Israel, consider the reasons why this conflict is so difficult to resolve, and try to understand both sides of the struggle over this land.


*Rebirth I! The Renaissance in Northern Italy and Austria
Aug. 28 and Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25
3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Instructors: Drs. John and Jill Parker, retired Lipscomb faculty from the departments of English and chemistry

Part One: Scenes and Events
The Renaissance in Western Europe (15th-17th centuries) brought in the “rebirth” of the values of classical Greece and Rome and began history’s most spectacular period of genius, creativity, adventure, and human advance. This course, a prelude to an exciting, gorgeous Lipscomb tour of northern Italy and Austria (November 15-26), will examine some of the most significant historical events in those countries and present spectacular portrayals of their scenery and cultures.


The American South: Myth or Reality
Aug. 29 and Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26
3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Instructor: Dr. Robert Hooper, Lipscomb University, adjunct faculty, Department of English

The American South has always been a subject of debate. The issues go back to the early Colonial period of American history. As time passed, slavery became the defining issue between the North and the South, forming attitudes religiously, economically and socially in the two regions of the United States after 1820. And then there was The War. Slavery ended, but race continued to define the South. How have the South and the remainder of the nation dealt with the issues from the Civil War until the present?


Art Landscapes at Radnor
Note: This is a 10-week course
Aug. 30 and Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Meeting at Radnor Lake       
Instructor: Cliff Tierney, Lipscomb University associate professor of art
Special Price: Cost $120

This two-session course will focus on learning the process of drawing and rendering on site. Subject matter will be Radnor Lake as students visit the park and learn the processes of rendering from observation.


Finding the Common Link: An Introduction to Genealogy Research
Aug. 30 and Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27
3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ezell Center, Room 136
Instructor: Elizabeth Coker, local historian and public speaker

The class will give everyone a better understanding of how to get around their own “roadblocks” in research and find the support they need to find their long lost ancestors. It includes a trip to the Tennessee State Archives.


*Fulfills requirements for the Travel Learning Certificate Program.