McCALL Continuing Education

Fall Term 2022

Preview of All Courses

Thursday, September 8 at 2:00 p.m. | Assembly Room at Givens Highland Farms
Meet the instructors and select your courses!

A printable course description is available for download here. 

TUESDAY Courses: 13 September to 18 October

Mornings: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

England’s Greatest King: Henry II – Dr. James Aydelotte & Diplomat Ken Scott

Henry Plantagenet dazzled 12th century Europe, ruling nearly all the British Isles but also about two-thirds of France. He greatly strengthened royal government, becoming the “Father of English Common Law.” But his relationships with his family were dramatic. His equally intelligent queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, former Queen of France, and four unruly and greedy sons, including future kings Richard I (the Lion-Heart) and John (Soft Sword) greatly taxed his power. He also dominated the Church, but was challenged by Archbishop Thomas Becket, a future saint.

James Aydelotte earned four degrees, including a Ph.D. and taught European history at the University of Iowa and several colleges.  

Ken Scott Jr. is a retired Foreign Services Officer with 25 years’ experience in Africa, India and Sri Lanka, as well as in the U.S. State Department. After Davidson College, he earned a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

[Facilitator: Neil McMillan]

Afternoons: 2:00- 4:00 p.m.

The Architectural History of Asheville – Professor Jane Rogers Vann

Asheville is home to many outstanding architectural treasures, several of which are on the National Register of Historical Places. Each building displays the artistic expertise of its creators, and is unique in its location, design and construction. Many colorful slides will illustrate Asheville’s cultural and economic history, as well as the influence of the environment on its growth.

Jane Vann is a retired seminary professor who has developed a deep interest in the architecture of Asheville, especially the amazing work of Rafael Guastavino.

[Facilitator: Barbara Earnhardt]

WEDNESDAY Courses: 14 September to 19 October

Mornings: 9:30 -11:30 a.m.

Katherine Anne Porter – Dr. Robert Brinkmeyer

This course will study short stories by Porter, one of the finest Southern writers of the 20th century – especially stories about Miranda and her family – as well as Porter’s “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” and “Noon Wine.” Classes will be largely discussion-based, requiring participants to read 50-75 pages weekly and ensuring a lively and engaging course. 

Robert Brinkmeyer is Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, where for many years he was the director of the Institute of Southern Studies and a professor of English.

[Facilitator: Susan Denne]

Afternoons: 2:00- 4:00 p.m. 

Investing 101 – Financial Advisor Scott Roy & Partner Avery Basolo

Financial education is an important part of achieving a better future. In this course, you can expect to review:

  • Key features of bonds, stocks and mutual funds
  • How insurance can protect against unexpected life events
  • Basics of estate planning

Scott Roy has been a financial advisor with Edward Jones since 1993. He earned a business administration degree from Furman University and has achieved the AAMS designation. He has been very active in the community life of Black Mountain.

Avery Basolo has been with Edward Jones since 2019.

[Facilitator: James Aydelotte]

THURSDAY Courses: 15 September to 20 October

Mornings: 9:30 -11:30 a.m.

To Begin the World Over Again: The Early Years of U.S. Foreign Relations – Instructor Paul Grass  

This course will explore significant episodes in American diplomatic history during the Revolutionary War and the Washington and Adams presidencies (1776-1800). The fledgling United States endured grave challenges in negotiations with the formidable European powers, especially Britain and France, while its initial statesmen crafted a distinctly American style for conducting foreign policy.

Paul Grass has a MA in History, enhanced by subsequent doctoral studies. He has taught at Montreat College and UNC Asheville, and has frequently participated in McCALL courses.

[Facilitator: Ken Scott]

Afternoons: 2:00-4:00 p.m.

The Historic Swannanoa Valley – Dr. Mary Standaert & Mr. Joe Standaert

This course will journey from Old Fort to near Biltmore – stopping at Black Mountain, Christmont, Blue Ridge Assembly, Montreat, Mt. Mitchell, Oteen and Azalea, using photographs, videos and postcards. The Valley has multiple religious assemblies, the historic Black Mountain College, and mountain ridges that have been called “Eastern America’s Most Historic Skyline.”

Mary Standaert earned a BS in Biology from Winthrop University, a Masters in Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of South Florida.

Joe Standaert has a BS in Biology from Rutgers University and a Masters in Ecology from the Yale School of Forestry. In 2009, Joe and Mary published “History of Montreat” illustrated by their extensive postcard collection  and in 2014, “Swannanoa Valley.” 

[Facilitator: Ted Carey]

All courses will meet in the McCALL Classroom in Prentice Lodge at Givens Highland Farms.


Register and pay for your courses ONLINE!

Contact Ashley Bond at 828.419.2109 if you have trouble with the online registration process. For all other questions, please contact McCALL President James Aydelotte, at 828-707-6363 or jamara3@outlook.com.