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McCall Continuing Education

We offer a variety of classes on engaging topics taught by local experts—designed especially for our community members. Classes are held at local gathering spaces such as Highland Farms. We also host regular events that are a great way to stay engaged.


Class schedule for 2015 Fall Term

Monday Classes:  September 28 – November 2, 2015
Wednesday Classes:  September 30 – November 4, 2015
Friday Morning Classes:  October 2 – November 6, 2015


Mondays-Highland Farms

Brookside Center, Fountain Room: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.


This course is an idiosyncratic evaluation of our post-World War II Secretaries of State from the point of view of a retired American diplomat. This course will highlight how our top diplomats sought to counsel the President of the United States on major issues with varying success and endeavored to protect State’s “turf” against encroachment by other agencies. Secretaries of State have been required to protect the Foreign Service itself and to counter powerful National Security Council advisers, who sought to push different agendas with the President.

Ken Scott, Jr. is a retired Senior Foreign Service officer, serving over 25 years in several diplomatic posts in Africa and South Asia, and in the Bureau of African Affairs at the State Department. Graduating from Davidson College in 1968, he served as a lieutenant in the Third Armored Division headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, and obtained his Master’s in Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, before entering the Foreign Service in 1972.


Brookside Center, Fountain Room: 2 – 4 p.m.

WRITING YOUR LEGACY MEMOIR – Georganne Spruce       

You have lived your story, so what does the next generation need to know about what you have learned? Our lives are our legacy, and a precious gift to our families and the future. In this class we will explore the themes in our lives and what persons and events are most important to our main story. We will identify sources in addition to our own memories to create a meaningful background and examine techniques that memoirists use to make their stories come alive. We will write, in class and outside, and share short pieces to practice the techniques presented.

Georganne Spruce is the author of the memoir “Awakening to the Dance: A Journey to Wholeness” and a writer of poetry and inspirational essays at www.awakeningtothedance.com. She teaches workshops on how to release your fear. She has a BA in theater and an MFA in dance and has taught English, theater, and dance in universities and high schools. In 1994 she studied literature and culture in West Africa on a Fulbright-Hays Travel Abroad Grant.


Wednesdays -Highland Farms

Brookside Center, Fountain Room: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

ATTICUS and SCOUT and RACE in AMERICA – Dr. Jeannie Franklin

In this course, we will read Harper Lee’s two published novels, To Kill a Mockingbird, set in the 1930’s and Go Set a Watchman, set in the 1950’s, and see the film of Mockingbird starring Gregory Peck. We will examine the two books contrasting views of Lee’s theme of race, and of Atticus Finch. Finally, as our first African American President finishes his second term and the chants “Black Lives Matter” is heard in cities across the land, we will contemplate whether progress has been made since Lee wrote or not.

Dr. Jennie Franklin taught To Kill a Mockingbird for 17 years to ninth graders, who considered it their all-time favorite book. She retired as English Department Head from the Lovett School in Atlanta in 2000 and now owns Black Mountain Books with husband Carl. She holds a B.A. from Maryville College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, all in English Literature.


Brookside Center, Fountain Room: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 


This course will include 6 topics: 1. Receptivity to Christianity in Taiwan and the search for answers; 2. The spread of Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam; 3. The spread of Christianity I; 4. The spread of Christianity II; 5. Learning from other religions; and 6. The faith option. Both religious and secular factors will be considered.

Robert Montgomery was born in China of missionary parents. He served in Taiwan among aboriginal people for 16 years. He received a Ph.D. from Emory University in Social Scientific study of religious. He has written 5 books on the sociology of missions.


Fridays-Highland Farms

Brookside Center, Fountain Room: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Death, war and destruction in the Bible? What to do when the Gospels disagree? Exactly what does Paul think of women leaders? Did Isaac have a miraculous recovery between Genesis 27 and Genesis 28? There are many passages in the Bible that are troubling to modern sensibilities – even ancient sensibilities.   What do we do with them? Just ignore them or make up ingenious explanations? Many (if not the most troubling Bible passages) have a true and satisfying solution if we put them back in their historical contexts. This class will look at a number of standard problem passages, but also will look at passages brought in by those attending the class – nothing is off limits to our exploration.

Kent Smith is a retired Presbyterian minister, having served 40 years as a Minister for Christian Education and Youth. Kent is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and has presented papers at their annual meetings. He has worked with the Paul and Scripture Seminar in creating their interactive Bibliography. Kent continues work in original languages and keeps current on modern trends in Biblical Scholarship.


Brookside Center, Fountain Room: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


There will be Power Point supported presentations about everything that makes the park special. There will be focus on significant places such as Cataloochee, Cades Cove, and Elkmont. The politics and history of the creation of the park will be covered. There will be presentations about black bears, elk, synchronous fireflies, and wildflowers. We will discuss current programs, threats, news and opportunities related to the park.

Wilma Durpo brings more than 30 years of exploration of the Great Smoky Mountains into her presentations. She is an educator, naturalist, and photographer whose Power Point presentations exhibit the beauty and spirit of the Smokies.


Each course is $25 with a membership. The annual membership which covers the winter and spring term is $25 if you did not pay for the fall term. If you have questions, please email Bob or call him at 828.669.6423.

Send your registration form to: 
Mr. Bob Shaw
McCall Treasurer
PO Box 504
Montreat, NC  28757

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