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 2013 Fall Term
Monday Classes: September 30-November 4, 2013
Wednesday Classes: October 2-November 6, 2013
Friday Morning Classes: October 4-November 8, 2013
Men’s Lounge, Fountain Building- 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
A Survey of Art – Peter Loewer
Art history can tell more about a culture than any other subject matter. During this survey of private collections and museums, we’ll cover just a small part of the world of art. Using PowerPoint image—and some movie snippets—we’ll study the beginning, the middle, and the probable end of art, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and some architecture.
Peter Loewer has written over thirty books on gardening and natural history, including the award-winning “The Wild Gardener” and “Thoreau’s Garden.” At present he reviews movies and DVD’s for the Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN). While the days of seeing three movies in one day are over, he still keeps up with his viewings.
Men’s Lounge, Fountain Building – 2 – 4 p.m.
Radioactivity, Then and Now – Henry Griffin
Radioactivity was discovered over 100 years ago, but new features continue to be observed and new applications are found. The course will include an inventory of current understanding by members of the class and summary of possible discussion topics, such as basic science, background radiation, nuclear medicine, radioactive waste, and energy devices. Each day the class will end with a discussion of “what’s next?”.
Henry graduated from Davidson College in 1958 and studied nuclear chemistry at MIT. Following two years of research at Argonne National Laboratory, he joined the Chemistry Department of the University of Michigan and taught there for 40 years. He retired in 2004 and moved to Black Mountain in 2010.
Wednesdays -Highland Farms
Men’s Lounge, Fountain Building- 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
King Arthur – Dr. Pat Trautmann
This course will offer a historical and literary study of the truth or myth of King Arthur and the characters associated with him.
Dr. Trautmann is a nationally recognized expert on storytelling and has made numerous presentations to large groups on folklore. She has been telling stories for over 30 years, has taught at various institutions throughout the United States, both at the High School and University levels.
Men’s Lounge, Fountain Building – 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Education – Scott Roy
This workshop offers clear and practical investing education to help gain a better understanding of the key principles of saving and investing. Class members will learn the specific strategies to help reach long-term goals.
Scott Roy has been a financial advisor with Edward Jones Financial Advisors for 19 years. Scott has an AAMS designation with Edward Jones. Scott’s office is located in Black Mountain, NC.
Men’s Lounge, Fountain Building- 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Going Social: An Introduction to the World of Social Media – Caleb Hofheins
Social media is one of the fastest growing means of communication and is quickly becoming a primary source for information. This course will provide a basic understanding of social media networking and will include an exploration of popular social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, as well as other networks. The class will also take a brief look at how to create a profile on some of the popular networks and connect with friends and family, as well as considering how culture is using social media as a way of communication. In addition, the class will provide a practical overview of web browsing, including how to shop online, booking travel arrangements, and exploring a variety of other websites.
Caleb Hofheins is the Assistant Director of Communications at Montreat College and works heavily in the areas of social media marketing, website management and development, and video production. Caleb lives in Black Mountain, NC, with his wife Elizabeth, and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in management and leadership at Montreat College.
Conference Room, Foundation Building Conference Room – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Race: Separated by Paradigms/United by the Spark of the Holy Spirit – Wade DuBose Burns
This course will be an interactive course based upon Wade Burn’s 44 years of study and reflections of his involvement with the black community in Atlanta for 27 years. Wade Burns moved and worked into the Atlanta community where Martin Luther King’s family, inner-circle, and leaders of the movement became his neighbors and shared the non-violent leaders’ vision for a beloved community.
Wade Burns has been a licensed architect since 1973 specializing in inner city restoration and revitalization. He has given 200 keynote speeches or seminars for the American Institute of Architects, colleges and historic preservation organizations in 17 states. Wade has been recommended by several civil right affiliates to teach about the paradigms of race and perspectives. Wade resides in Montreat, NC.
Each course is $20 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
PO Box 504
Montreat, NC 28757
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2013 fall special events
October 4 and 5
December 14 at 2 p.m.