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 the Givens Highland Farms. We also host regular events that are a great way to stay engaged.

Spring Term 2019

Presentations and Reception
Wednesday, April 4, 2019, 2:00 P.M.
Givens Highland Farms, Assembly Room
200 Tabernacle Road, Black Mountain, NC

Come and hear the Instructors and make your choices!

Pre-registration is highly recommended due to class size limits and popularity of classes.

2019 Spring Classes
Monday Classes: April 8 – May 13, 2019
Tuesday Classes: April 9 – May 14, 2019
Wednesday Classes: April 10 – May 15, 2019

All classes will be held in the Brookside Center, Lower Fountain Room.

Inclement weather alert: 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.

Spring Term 2019 Classes

America in 2022 – An Evaluation – George C. Yates, Ph.D. (Mondays: 9:30 am – 11:30 am)

This course analyzes the current status of four basic indicators of America´s general condition and uses that analysis to predict their probable development over the next three years. Those indicators include the economic, political, foreign policy and societal components of our nation. The objective of this course is to evaluate the condition of America at the end of 2022. Each class will consist of lecture and question/discussion components. This class will only meet for the first four Mondays (April 8, 15, 22 & 29).

George Yates is an Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. His scholarly areas are Strategic and International Management. He earned his Ph.D. in Management at the University of North Texas. He has 20 years of Business Experience in corporate management, divided equally between finance, manufacturing and senior management.

The Architectural History of Asheville: Its Buildings, Neighborhoods, and Environment – Jane Rogers Vann (Mondays: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

Asheville is home to many outstanding architectural treasures, many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. We find these buildings in the center of the city, in its neighborhoods, and throughout the countryside. Each building displays the artistic expertise of its architects, designers, and craftspeople who had a hand in its construction. Each building is unique in its site location, construction methods, and finishing designs, all of which make for a wide range of topics for exploration. These buildings also shed light on the cultural and economic history of Asheville. What events, community leaders, and citizens groups influenced the shape of the city we now enjoy? This course explores the history and architecture of Asheville by examining its most important buildings, neighborhoods, and the influence of the environment on the life of the city from its beginnings.

Jane Rogers Vann is a retired Presbyterian seminary professor who, since moving to Asheville, has developed an interest in the architecture of Asheville, especially the work of Rafael Guastavino. Other interests include the history and practice of Christian worship, liturgical arts, and gardening. She and her husband Dave live in East Asheville.

Identity and Reform in Nineteenth Century America – Gordon B. McKinney (Tuesdays: 9:30 am – 11:30 am)

This course will examine all of the elements of American identity through the American Civil War. As this identity was being constructed, Americans began to perceive imperfections in their society and started reform movements to correct these defects. These crusades included: Temperance, Women’s Rights, Abolition of Slavery, Universal Education, and Reform of Religion. The tensions created by these movements contributed to the crisis that led to the Civil War.

Gordon McKinney was educated at Bates College and Northwestern University. He taught at Valdosta State University, Western Carolina University, University of Maryland, and Berea College. He was also a Program Coordinator for the National Endowment for the Humanities. McKinney is the author of four books about America in the 19th century.

Classics of American Silent Cinema Pt. 2/6 Great Stars  – Chip Kaufmann (Tuesdays: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

This follow-up to the Winter course will feature 6 more silent films. Each movie will showcase a major star of the era. The stars and the movies are: John Barrymore (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde), Clara Bow (It!), Douglas Fairbanks (The Mark of Zorro), Greta Garbo (The Mysterious Lady), Lillian Gish (True Heart Susie), and William S. Hart (Tumbleweeds). These movies were all box office successes back in their day and show off the stars to their best advantage. They provide a rare opportunity to revisit the past and see the movies that enthralled our grandparents.

Chip Kaufmann is a classical music announcer for Blue Ridge Public Radio (formerly WCQS). He has taught over 40 courses at OLLI (College for Seniors) since 2008. He contributes articles on film for Rapid River Magazine and has posted over 500 reviews on Amazon. He also lectures on composers for the Asheville Symphony during their Symphony Talks.

Charles Dickens’s The Pickwick Papers – Humor in Early 19th Century English Life – Dr. Steve Wilkerson (Wednesdays: 9:30 am – 11:30 am)

Dicken’s Pickwick Papers was the writer´s first novel, published in 1836 when the author was only 24 years old. Although it contains some rather subtle social commentary, it is nothing like the scathing observations on the shortcomings of English life portrayed in Dicken´s second novel, Oliver Twist, which immediately followed. Samuel Pickwick, the main character, and the other three members of his Pickwick Club engage in a series of somewhat disconnected but hilarious madcap romps and adventures. Pickwick is roughly twice the length of Oliver Twist, but the most important of the escapades will be discussed in class, as well as viewed in an engaging BBC production for television.

Steve 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 also completed a Ph.D. in mythological studies. He is particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to religion involving history, psychology and mythology. Steve has taught numerous courses for the McCALL Program.

Renewable Energy around the World – Dorothy Sulock (Wednesdays: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

In this class we will see videos explaining each of the renewable energy technologies. We will learn about units of electricity such as gigawatts (GW) to enable us to understand the magnitudes of installed renewable energy and potential renewable energy. We will discuss strengths and weaknesses of each technology. We will visit, by video, renewable energy installations in various countries including some countries too small to make these lists.

Dot taught 40 years at the University of North Carolina at Asheville in the Mathematics department, Humanities program, International studies, and the Master of Liberal Arts program. She also taught 20 years in OLLI teaching a variety of classes related to achieving a sustainable planet, including four classes on renewable energy around the world.

Please note that we have a total of six course offerings at the Givens Highland Farms location in Black Mountain. Please send your registration form to Laura Buckwalter, Director of Conference Services for Montreat College, at the address shown on the bottom of the registration form. Each course is $25 and the annual membership fee is $25.  If you are enrolled in the fall term, you will not pay the membership fee again for winter or spring terms.


Please send your registration form to Laura Buckwalter, Director of Conference Services for Montreat College, at the address shown on the bottom of the registration form. Each course is $25 and the annual membership fee is $20.
If you were enrolled in the fall or winter term, you will not pay the membership fee again for the spring term.

If you have questions, call Dwight Stobbs, McCall President, at 828-669-0680 or email

Registration Form