Alliance for Continued Learning to offer fall classes

East Tennessee State University’s Alliance for Continued Learning (ACL) will offer a wide range of classes and activities during the fall session beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20, and ending with a special Wednesday session on Oct. 26. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.

To give new members an opportunity to become acquainted with the group, the ACL will welcome all participants at a continental breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 9:30 a.m., at Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church, 610 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City. ETSU President Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr. will offer welcoming remarks and there will be a performance by ETSU’s Bluegrass Band.

The fall session offers a variety of experiences. Among the literary and historical topics are “Ritual and Rite - Everywhere in Our Lives,” by ETSU Professor Emeritus of English Dr. Anne LeCroy, “A World of Literature,” by ETSU’s Pat Buck, and retired minister Dr. John Martin will present “The Bible in the Modern World.” Carlos Whaley will offer “A Survey of the Civil War in East Tennessee from 1861-1864 and Women’s Role in the Civil War.” Martha Query, who has interviewed nearly 100 people for her research, will present “Remembering World War II: Personal Accounts.”

In other seminars, Dr. Steve Falling, a photographer and retired Eastman Chemical Co. researcher, will discuss Norwegian history, culture and scenic beauty; Dr. David Valentine will present a photographic program of his river cruising in Southern France; and Dr. George O’Neill will share his experiences cruising aboard the British ship “Minerva II.” ETSU Director of Clinical Services Teresa Boggs will give insight into autism in “The Speech and Language of Autistic Children.”

Most courses will be held at Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Field trips are planned to Tipton-Haynes Historic Site and Rocky Mount Living History Museum.

Sponsored by the ETSU Office of Professional Development, the ACL is “member-powered, member-driven and member-governed.” Participants decide the study groups, forums, classes, and other activities to be held, find leaders for the sessions, and elect officers.

No educational pre-requisites, examinations, or grades are involved in the courses. Although a $40 fee allows participants to attend any or all sessions, some trips may require additional fees.

For more information or a schedule of classes or special arrangements for those with disabilities, call the ETSU Office of Professional Development at (423) 439-8084.

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