McCALL Continuing Education - Montreat College

McCALL Continuing Education

Winter Term 2022

Pre-registration is highly recommended due to class size limits and popularity of classes. Please note that due to COVID-19, classes will only be available to Givens Highland Farms residents for the Winter 2022 2021 Term.

2022 Fall Term Classes

Tuesday Courses – January 18 to February 22
Thursday Courses – January 20 to February 24
Friday Courses – January 21 to February 25

All classes will be held in The Givens Highland Farms Assembly Room (200 Tabernacle Road, Black Mountain, NC)

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Any McCALL class cancellation will be called in to the WLOS-TV station. It will be listed as Montreat College Center for Adult Lifelong Learning and can be seen at the bottom of your T.V. screen on the local T.V. channel 13 news.

Winter Term 2022 Classes

Tuesday Courses

Mornings: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Telling Stories through Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-fiction – Professor Doug Sutton-Ramspeck
The love of stories and storytelling is central to human experience. We will explore why stories appeal to us and how to shape them in ways that interest and even move others. Participants will have the option to share works they have created and receive helpful feedback.

Doug Sutton-Ramspeck, a retired professor of English at The Ohio State University, has authored nine books of poetry, a novella, and a collection of short stories.

Afternoons: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The Architectural History of Asheville – Professor Jane Rogers Vann

Asheville is home to outstanding architectural treasures, many of which are on the National Register of Historic 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 Presbyterian seminary professor who has developed a deep interest in the architecture of Asheville, especially the amazing work of Rafael Guastavino.

Thursday Courses

Mornings: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The Golden Age: 19th Century Russian Literature – Dr. Steven Wilkerson

Russia has produced some of the world’s greatest authors: Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Chekhov and others. This course will survey the development of the profound literature of the Russian people, with a special focus on War and Peace.

Steve Wilkerson earned a PhD in history from Duke University but has spent most of his professional career as a physician. He also completed a PhD in mythological studies. He has taught McCALL courses on Dickens, Homer, Virgil and Islam.

Afternoons: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The Philosophy of Art: Plato to Baudrillard – Dr. Elizabeth Jones

This course will discuss the major philosophical theories of art, including those of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Adorno, Benjamin, Derrida, Gadamer, and Baudrillard. Examples of art which relate to these theories will illustrate our discussion.

Elizabeth Jones has earned several degrees including a PhD in Art History and a Master’s in Philosophy. She taught Art and Film History at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Converse College, and University of Texas-El Paso until her retirement.

Friday Courses

Mornings: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

To Begin the World Over Again: The Early Years of U.S. Foreign Relations – 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 confronted grave challenges in negotiating with formidable European powers, while its untested statesmen launched a distinctly American foreign policy.

Paul Grass has a MA in History enhanced by subsequent doctoral studies. He has taught at Valley Springs Middle School, as well as at Montreat College and UNCA.

Afternoons: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Information – Financial Advisor Scott Roy

This course will present practical financial information, stressing the key principles of saving and investing, as well as outlining the “rules of the road” for stocks, fixed income, mutual funds, tax free investing, and estate planning.

Scott Roy has served as a financial advisor for Edward Jones since 1994. He earned a degree from Furman University in Business Administration and has held multiple leadership roles with Edward Jones since 2010.


To register for the McCALL Winter 2022 term, please print and mail our online PDF registration form to Ashley Bond, Special Events Coordinator for Montreat College, at the address on the bottom of the form. Each course is $30. Should you choose to register for 2 or more courses, each additional course will be $20. A printable course description is available for download. Please contact McCALL President James Aydelotte, at 828-707-6363 or if you have any questions.