KACL spring classes to feature exotic travels, great men in history, dragons, sharks and more

Beginning Tuesday, March 8, and continuing for six weeks, the Kingsport Alliance for Continued Learning (KACL) will offer weekday classes on a variety of subjects presented by authorities in the fields of history, biology, law, the arts, and current events.

KACL, a continuing education program of East Tennessee State University at Kingsport, will offer morning classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – noon, while afternoon classes are from 1:30–3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Classes are held on the campus of ETSU at Kingsport, 1501 University Blvd., near Allandale Mansion, with the exception of a visit to Johnson City’s Carmike Theater on March 24 to attend a screening of Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute,” and a day trip on April 12 to Knoxville to enjoy the Museum of East Tennessee History and the Blount Mansion. The trip to Carmike Theater is $20 and the Knoxville excursions costs $35 for bus fare.

For a fee of $45, enrollees can take advantage of any or all the classes. Additional members of the immediate family can enroll for only $22 each. Also, any person who is interested in trying KACL courses may sample a single class free of charge.

The classes feature audience discussions with presenters, and there is no homework or tests.

Tuesday mornings will focus on the “Around the World” series with discussions led by visitors to Thailand, Laos, the South Pacific sites of major World War II battlefields, China, and cruise destinations along the rivers of southern France.

Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings are devoted to history, from the early days of America immediately following the end of the Revolutionary War, to the adoption of the Constitution and the election of George Washington. Also on the schedule are “Great Men” of history, how leaders have changed the world, the Great Depression, the history of Tennessee’s judiciary, and the ways coal mining influenced the development of the region.

Wednesday mornings are devoted to the arts with classes focusing on “Dragons and Monsters in Art” and “The James Bond Phenomenon in Film History.”

Thursday afternoons will feature a class on the biology of coral reefs and their inhabitants, including sharks and turtles. Other classes will explore the past and future of electric power, Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute,” and a look at the present and future state of libraries.

For additional information about KACL or for registration, contact Gwen Bays, ETSU at Kingsport, at (423) 392-8000.

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