ETSU’s 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. 25, and ending Wednesday, Oct. 31. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday.

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. 25, at 9:30 a.m., at Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church, 610 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, followed by a performance of the ETSU Bluegrass Band. Most courses will be held at the church.

The fall session provides a wide variety of opportunities to learn something new. More music and the history of bluegrass, old-time and country music will be provided by ETSU’s Dr. Lee Bidgood. Peter Paulin of the Jonesborough Fine Arts Gallery will present the second part of his art history series on painting from the Renaissance to the modern era. Rich Hayward, a retired detective from the Miami-Dade Police Department, will give a travelogue of his photography tour of Africa.

Retired minister Dr. John Martin will discuss religion in the period from 800-200 B.C., while ETSU’s Dr. R. Andrew Dunn will examine the future of journalism. For the ecologically-minded student, Konnie Lewis of the Tennessee Valley Authority will offer “The Tennessee River System: Navigation, Flood Control, Electricity, Water Supply, Recreation, Wildlife Habitat and More,” while activist Jennie Young will explain mountain top removal.

ETSU’s Dr. Robert Pack will offer “Educating Students for Roles in Local, National and International Public Health Services,” while Dr. Zachary Walls of the ETSU Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy will present “Disease Mongering,” the practice of advertising diseases to sell treatments.

Field trips are planned to the ETSU and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum at the Gray Fossil Site, as well as a visit to the ETSU Valleybrook facility, with remarks from ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland and a buffet lunch.

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, identify 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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