ACL starts soon

East Tennessee State University’s Alliance for Continued Learning (ACL) will offer a wide range of seminars and activities during its spring program series beginning Tuesday, March 19, and ending Tuesday, April 23. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday. All classes will be held at the Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. in Johnson City.

To give new members an opportunity to become acquainted with the group, the ACL will welcome participants at a continental breakfast on March 19 at 9:30 a.m. ETSU President Emeritus Dr. Paul Stanton will offer welcoming remarks.

The spring lineup includes a look at the civil rights movement by Dr. Jill LeRoy-Frasier of the ETSU School of Continuing Studies; Southern Appalachian folk medicine explained by Dr. Anthony Cavender of the ETSU Department of Sociology and Anthropology; and an investigation of the “prodigal son” in art.

Among other sessions are musician and composer Dr. Lewis Songer speaking on the acoustics of music; retired pastor Dr. John Martin interpreting the Apostle Paul in light of the Hindu Upanishads; and Dr. Julia Wade, who retired as a biology professor at Milligan College, outlining “Evolution Then and Now: A Misunderstood Phenomenon.”

Additional options are Dr. Brian Martin of the ETSU College of Public Health discussing health care reform and Dr. Theodore Thomas of Milligan College bringing to light the “under-reported hero” Pralat Hermann Maas, a pastor in Heidelberg, Germany, during World War II.

Field trips are planned to ETSU’s radio, television and film studio and the George L. Carter Railroad 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. A $40 fee allows participants to attend any or all sessions. New participants may have one free first-time session when they register in advance.

For more information or a schedule of classes, visit call the ETSU Office of Professional Development at (423) 439-8084. Persons who require special assistance or who wish to arrange for a sign language interpreter should contact the same number.


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