KACL spring classes to feature social media, avoiding financial scams, America’s first 50 years, discoveries at the Gray Fossil Site and more

Beginning Monday, March 12, and continuing until April 20, the Kingsport Alliance for Continued Learning (KACL) will offer weekday classes on a variety of subjects presented by authorities in the fields of history, English, social networking, biology, law, Spanish and nuclear physics.

KACL, in partnership with East Tennessee State University at Kingsport, will offer morning classes from 10 a.m. – noon, while afternoon classes are held from 1:30–3:30 p.m. There will be no sessions during Easter week, April 2-6. Classes are held on the campus of ETSU at Kingsport, 1501 University Blvd., near Allandale Mansion, with the exception of a visit to Greeneville on Tuesday, April 17, to U.S. President Andrew Johnson’s tailor shop and museum, the Dickson Mansion and the Nathanael Greene Museum. The excursion costs $15.  

For a fee of $45, enrollees can take advantage of any or all classes. Additional members of the immediate family can enroll for only $22 each. 

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

The history of the United States’ first 50 years will be the theme of classes on Monday mornings, March 26-April 23, with a focus on the U.S. Constitution and the development of the American concept of “liberty.”      

Other history topics will be discussed on Tuesday afternoons, including prehistoric Britain, the Eastern Front during World War II and a close evaluation of President Thomas Jefferson.

On Tuesday mornings, the focus will be on travel, with a look at Alaska and its bears, England, Italy and touring America by railway. 

Other classes feature such diverse topics as “Writing Your Memoirs”; “Understanding the New Social Media,” encompassing Facebook, MySpace and Twitter; and “How to Avoid Financial Scams.” In addition, there will be classes devoted to recent discoveries at the Gray Fossil Site, the Way of St. James Pilgrimage in Spain and the Nuclear Age.

KACL will partner with the Friends of the Kingsport Public Library to present the Great Decisions discussions on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-3 p.m. in the library’s Mead Auditorium. Sessions will focus on U.S. foreign policy in regard to promoting democracy, the exit from Iraq and Afghanistan, Mexico, Indonesia, cyber-security and the state of Earth’s oceans.

Registration for the free Great Decisions program can be done at the desk of the library and is independent of KACL registration. Participants have the option of purchasing a $20 text.

For additional information about KACL, to obtain a printed class schedule, or for registration or special assistance for those with disabilities, contact Gwen Bays, ETSU at Kingsport, at (423) 392-8000 or baysg@etsu.edu

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