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Kingsport Alliance for Continued Learning registering students for fall

Contributed • Oct 9, 2019 at 9:55 AM

If you’re an adult who loves learning without the stress of homework, tests and grades, the Kingsport Alliance for Continued Learning (KACL) is serving up a fall lineup sure to spark your interest.

Beginning Oct. 15 and continuing through Dec. 3, the (KACL) will offer a series of informal classes through a partnership with East Tennessee State University at Kingsport. The non-credit courses (with no homework, grades or tests) are open to anyone and the cost of participation is just $25, which covers all regular classes for the fall 2019 term. With the exception of four field trips (yes, there’s even fun field trips), most of the classes are held at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, located at 300 W. Market Street, in Downtown Kingsport.

Tuesday classes begin Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. when Dr. Daryl Carter discusses “America in the 2020s” and delves into political and cultural issues facing America in the next decade. Coffee and muffins will be available at 9:30 a.m. before class begins.

Tuesdays will feature lessons about different areas, cultures and history of the world, including “The Four Corners of the United States,” presented by Dr. Ron Zucker, retired professor of computer science at ETSU, on Oct. 29; and “Australia and New Zealand,” presented by John Barrett on Nov. 5. On Nov. 12, Fred Sauceman, senior writer and associate professor of Appalachian studies at ETSU, will present “Truth, Justice, Excellence in Barbecue, and the American Way of Life.” Then, for the final Tuesday topic, Lisa Rolen — having just returned from a field season in Pompeii — will share the latest interpretation of that “slice of life” with “Rediscovering Pompeii” on Nov. 19.

Thursday classes start at 1:30 p.m. and begin Oct. 17 with “Current Practices and Trends in Financial Services,” presented by Randel Taylor. This class explores existing and emerging technology within financial services with a focus on banking. Other courses include “The First Soldier: Hitler as a Military Leader” by Dr. Stephen Fritz, professor of history at ETSU; “Culture, Social Change and Community Development in Kingsport,” presented by Shelburne Ferguson, attorney-at-law; “The Basics of Digital Photography” by Rick Currie, a well-known local photographer; and “Building Cultural Bridges: Premises, Promises and Privileges — Our Call to Action,” presented by Dr. Brenda White Wright and Sharon Petke.

Friday classes will take place at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The first morning class will begin Oct. 18 with Dr. Colin F. Baxter, professor emeritus of history at ETSU, leading “The Secret History of RDX – The Super Explosive that Helped Win World War II.” Additional morning classes are titled “The Chemical Industry in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, Part II: The Rest of the Story,” presented by Dr. Bob Maleski; “The History of Holston Medical Group,” presented by Dr. Jerry Miller; and “Forensic Document Examination,” presented by Dr. Chris Rush, assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology at ETSU. Numerous case studies will be used to illustrate the discussion.

Friday afternoon courses include “The Art of Zentangle,” which teaches an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns, led by certified Zentangle teacher Kay Grogg on Nov. 1. “Differences Between Federal and State Jury Systems: The War on Drugs in East Tennessee,” presented by Rick Tipton, and “Can We Really Learn from the Experience of Others? How Shared Learnings Can Become Actual Change,” presented by Peter Lodal, complete the Friday schedule.

KACL will also host four field trips this semester. The first is a tour of Barter Theatre and viewing of “The Producers” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. Next is a trip to the Gray Fossil Site at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25. There will also be a tour of the Kingsport Times News on Friday, Nov. 15, and another trip to Barter Theatre to watch “White Christmas” at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Barter tickets are not included in course registration.

The KACL was established in 1993 to provide adults, regardless of educational background or age, opportunities to attend stimulating courses, lectures and special events. Anyone new to KACL may attend one class free. To register and pay the $25 membership fee, or for more information, including a full list of classes, call (423) 354-5200 or visit www.kingsportlearning.org.