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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 2016 Spring Term

Monday Classes: April 4 – May 9, 2016

Wednesday Classes: April 6 – May 11, 2016

Friday Classes: April 8 – May 13, 2016



Mondays-Highland Farms

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


The Trojan War, so timelessly described by Homer, lasted for ten years. It then took one of the war’s most memorable protagonists, Odysseus, another ten years to make his way home to his island kingdom of Ithaca. Indeed, the story of his Mediterranean wanderings has become emblematic of any similar sort of adventurous journey – anyone’s own peculiar “Odyssey.” This course will focus on the fascinating exploits of the intrepid Greek warrior and also explore some of the ways in which his experiences are still most relevant today. 

Dr. Stephen Wilkerson earned a Ph.D. in history from Duke University but has spent most of his professional career as a physician, primarily in the U.S. Navy and Army. He has recently completed a Ph.D. in mythological studies. He is particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to religion involving history, psychology and mythology.


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

BILTMORE AND THE WORLD – Ken Richards       

Connections from Asheville and beyond emanate from Biltmore Estate, Asheville and Buncombe County. This Power Point presentation is a historical overview of the Vanderbilt family. Specifically, the importance that the Biltmore Estate has in the economic, agricultural and tourist areas will be shown to connect WNC with global markets. Individuals who have played a role in Biltmore Estate will be discussed. Behind the scenes visuals will be shown along with a current pictorial visit of Biltmore.                    

Kenneth Richards, former director of education for Biltmore has taught for McCALL, UNCA, Road Scholar, Elder Hostels and Highlands Center for Creative Studies. He has been the keynote speaker for many special programs. Ken has conducted tours of WNC for the Chicago Institute of Art, Conference groups at the Grove Park Inn and at Biltmore, et al. He works with the Asheville Chamber hosting meeting planners. He and his daughter are co-authors of “Insider’s Guide: NC Mountains” now in its 10th edition.


Wednesdays -Highland Farms

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


Dorothy L. Sayers, known to many as the author of the cleverly-plotted Lord Peter Wimsey stories, was more than a mystery writer. A person of passionate intellect, and a “liberated woman” of the turbulent twenties, Sayers was one of the first female graduates of Oxford. She rebelled against the “time-encrusted rituals” of Anglicanism, but was deeply drawn to the person Jesus. Sayers’ passion was the reclaiming of Jesus’ life and teachings from the obscurity of pompous church language, which she accomplished in her acclaimed BBC drama, The Man Born to be King. Her embrace of the liberating theology of the Incarnation informed her response to issues of her time, notably the Women’s Suffrage Movement. She had no interest in debates over gender-inclusive language for God, but advocated a Christian view of men and women as human, equal in the eyes of God. This course will include not only videos of some of her mysteries, but also reading some of her poetry. 

Ellen Farrior graduated from Florida State University with a BA in Spanish and received a Danforth Fellowship for student ministry at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her Master’s in Social Work at UNC Chapel Hill. Ellen and her husband, Hugh, were commissioned as medical missionaries to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and worked there for 14 years. She worked with the Head Start program in Cleveland County, NC after returning to the US. Ellen then served on the Mayor’s Committee on Immigrant Medical Services in Washington, D.C. and after retirement, she volunteered as Guardian ad Litem for Hispanic families in the Buncombe County court system.


Brookside Center, Fountain Room: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Starts April 6th and is a 4-week course)


The U.S. today is the world’s only superpower. However, it is experiencing significant domestic and international problems in adapting to the current chaotic world conditions. This process has been complicated by its ongoing internal political polarization and weakened economy. Meanwhile, China and Russia are trying to acquire superpower status. This course describes the characteristics a superpower nation must possess, then analyzes and evaluates the current superpower status of the U.S., China and Russia. It concludes with a prediction of their relative superpower status in 15 years, or 2030.

Dr. George Yates earned a BS in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, an MS in Business Finance from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of North Texas. He spent 24 years in large corporation management, and after earning his Ph.D., George taught 10 years in UNCA’s Management department, retiring four years ago as an Associate Professor Emeritus. George has taught many courses for the McCALL program.



Fridays-Highland Farms

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


This course will include a brief discussion of the general characteristics of the style and forms of nineteenth century music, often referred to as the Romantic Period. Work of several selected composers of this period will be played and discussed in class. Composers such as Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and other composers chosen by the class.

Dr. Bob Neil is a retired Professor of Music and former President of the Friends of Music at Montreat College. In 1977, he earned an Ed. D. with emphasis in Music History and Hymnology from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was the first college liaison for McCALL and has taught several music courses there in the past.  


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


Imagine having fun, being peaceful, creating, improving fine motor skills, focus and self-esteem. Discovery and relaxation happen as you let go and enjoy the journey with this easy-to-learn and relaxing method of drawing beautiful designs using structured patterns called Zentangle®. Great for non-artists and artists. There are no mistakes just opportunities! Classes will cover various techniques such as Structured Patterns, Strings & Shading, working on different color Zentangle tiles, zendalas. The class will also require the purchase of a Zentangle kit for $25. Class will be limited to 20 participants.

In 2014, Michelle Marshall was introduced to Zentangle. The freedom of knowing she couldn’t make a mistake released her creativity. Two years ago, she became a certified Zentangle teacher so she could introduce others to this wonderful, relaxing abstract art form. She offers Zentangle® Basics and Beyond Basics classes in her West Asheville studio, Marshall Arts.


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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